This is a guest post by Rick Kasalj.
I started out working out in a gym and was excited to get personal training with clients after doing all of my training and some extra training with the owner.
Personal training my clients went well but I was always having a few issues that I could not figure out and did not know what to do about. After 10 years of training, if figured out what I was missing in training my clients and it was addressing muscle imbalances.
All I used to do was stretch and strengthen. I quickly realized that something was missing
Here are the top 10 reasons why you should care about improving your knowledge towards muscle imbalances.
10. Causes of Most Aches and Pains
If your client, reports aches and pain in their shoulder, elbow and neck; it's probably is due to muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances push and pull the body out of alignment which leads to less and greater stress of different parts of the body which leads to the aches and pains.
9. Prevents Injuries
Plain and simple. If you're client gets injured they don't train with you and you lose the income.
A minor muscle pull could cause a client to take 2 weeks off of training. Let's do the math:
2 weeks @ $30/hr @ 2 sessions a week = $120. One clients muscle pull will cost you $50 more than Muscle Imbalances Revealed - Upper Body
You need to keep your clients injury-free and addressing muscle imbalances will do that.
8. Get Better Client Results
Address muscle imbalances will lead to your client getting better fitness and performance results.
Muscle imbalances are limiting the range of motion, stability and strength of your clients. Addressing muscle imbalances will improve these three things and lead to better results when it comes to weight loss and strength. Better results = more money in your pocket
7. Speeding Up Recovery from Workouts
Being ready for the next workout is an important thing. Taking a few minutes to address muscle imbalances will help your client recover from your workouts faster.
This will allow them to get more training volume in and push harder in the their next session.
6. Faster injury Recovery
When clients do get injured, one result that happens is everything gets tight around the injury. This tightness needs to be addressed to have recovery occur faster and get your clients back training faster. it's imperative to know how to address client injuries if you want to be successful.
5. Improves Movements
An example of this is the hips.
If you address muscle imbalances in the hips, better movement results which will lead to improved performance in the squat and lunge.
Better performance = more successful clients = more money for you.
4. Increases Energy
The body has to battle the issues of muscle imbalances.
In many ways it is like a minor injury to the body. If you get rid of those muscle imbalances, it will take that stress away from the body and allow it to conserve that energy and use if for fun.
3. Higher Level of Understanding
Being able to identify and address muscle imbalances is a higher level of understanding in fitness.
You don't get it during your initial training because it is complicated and it is easier to teach the FITT principles. Learning the higher level of learning of muscle imbalances, opens up better understanding, greater satisfaction of knowing what to do and better results.
2. Differentiates you from Other Trainers
Most other trainers are doing what everyone else is doing and what they learned during their certification. Clients are looking for something different and trainers that have a higher level of knowledge to get them the results they want.
In this day and age personal trainers are a dime a dozen. You must set yourself apart if you want to be successful.
1. Most Can Talk About it but Few Can Do it Right
Since Muscle Imbalances Revealed - Lower Body has been out for well over a year and helped 1334 exercise enthusiasts and health & fitness professionals. More and more people are starting to talk about muscle imbalances. The thing is, you can see who is doing it right and who is not. The ones that have got Muscle Imbalances Revealed are doing it right and getting the results the want.
The Final Word
I know no one like to listen to the old guy at work but if I had to do it over again, I would have spent more time understanding muscle imbalances and addressing muscle imbalances with my clients.
I hope the 10 reasons why, I listed above are some good reason on why you should as well.