Fitness courses focussed on functional training.

This blog forms the basis of my fitness courses as well as our functional therapy courses.  Aimed at Personal Trainers through to anyone who works in rehabilitation or performance, this is the information that we will look to find, when attempting to build a program.

Look at the notes on the slide share link and then look through the youtube video to see what we think.  If you want more, then scroll to the bottom of this page where I have added more information.

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The amount of information we collect at the front end of our assessment, is vital to power all the techniques we have.  The techniques may have come from the course, or from your own bag of skills, but they need to have a relevance to the client.
 
I have split the information in to components for our fitness courses.  Each of the the three components may work really well equally for fitness courses.  However in the functional therapy and to some extent the functional performance courses, some of the information becomes more or less important depending on the injury level or the performance standard of the client.
Here is the table –
Fitness Courses program chart
Goals
This section is the part where you need to fully understand how the client wants to move.  Also how they want to change physically.  The components of fitness that need looking at could include –
  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Power
All specific to the goal of the client, and also built in to the required skills / movements that the client has identified during the question and answers section of the assessment.
If you are interested in our fitness courses, or any other courses, please feel free to look around the site and sign up to the one that interests you most.
This is the most important component of the information to collect, as it relates to your clients needs and wants, and so this is what will keep them training with you.
History
The history of the client, injury profile and exercise comprehension that the client presents will be important to find, in order to allow you to be able to start to build your program.  A clients history is a the only real way to help you understand the potential injuries and road blocks your client may face on the way to improving performance.   These blocks could be psychological, or could direct your performance training.  We use two different forms to help us with this, after our initial questionnaire.  These courses help us identify what we need to work and where and what usually breaks down.
Current
The clients current fitness level is very important to determine and so this is the hardest part of the information collection process.  In our fitness courses we build on our own personal assessment information, and learn how to develop client specific assessments for the client infront of you.  This is not to dismiss the traditional tests, but instead it is to show how the testing you do may then influence your program.  This can be seen when people leap from sports speed, to track speed, to olympic lifting to improve track speed, to squats to improve olympic lifting.  The test is then brought down to the best weight lifted in a squat, which is a long way from the requirement of the sport!
It is at this point we also look to develop a sense of how the client looks, when they are doing a movement that they class as the best movement they can do.  The client is then fatigued and we look again at the movement to see what changed.  This shows the potential weak link or potential problem, that may cause a problem in competition or during fatigue.
We cover a lot more of this, and in a lot more detail, within our specialist courses.  This is all touched on in our AFT courses too.