Is your workout program "One Size Fits All?"
Updated: Jun 25, 2019
There is a fitness paradox in America today. The public knows more about health and fitness than ever before, but at the same time, as a nation we have the biggest obesity problem we've ever had.
Could it be that the way we are prescribing fitness programming is wrong?
From my 21 years of experience in the fitness industry, I believe that is exactly the problem. I see well-intentioned and hard-working people go to the gym and pound out miles on a treadmill, or strain to lift barbells, all in the name of "getting in shape." Quite frankly, most of these people are working too hard on the wrong things and they aren't making the progress they should be making. I also see a lot of them getting injured. But try as they might, they just aren't getting the RESULTS they want!
So what do we do?
I believe there are several things we can do and over the next few weeks I intend to provide more posts with different ideas to help "change the way fitness is done." So let's get into this paradox.
First, I think it's important that we start looking at fitness programming as a prescription rather than just a Hodgepodge of things all thrown together in hopes that something will work. Just like your doctor prescribes you a specific drug for a specific symptom, so should exercise be prescribed.
When starting or following a fitness program, you need to ask yourself the following questions.
Does the program specifically address your needs and goals?Is it appropriate for your age and fitness level?Does it address your physical limitations, range of motion and past injuries?Is it aligned with what you want to accomplish?
If all your answers were "yes," then this would be a well- prescribed program. And if not, well, good luck!
Some of the more popular programs out there today are what I like to call "One Size Fits All". You know, the ones in which everyone does the same workout routine despite their size, shape, fitness abilities and health conditions. Although these are good to get people motivated and moving, the problem with this type of workout is that we're not all the same. So with all these different individual variables, why would we think that a cookie cutter routine would provide everyone the same results?
News Alert: It won't.
And that's why maybe your friend gets great results from that fad diet or exercise program but you see nothing. It's not that you didn't try your best; it's because the program just wasn't right for you. It wasn't properly prescribed for you.
Unfortunately this is the problem with many programs out there and this is what discourages people from keeping at it.
A Better Solution - Individualized Training Programs
Individualized Training Programs (ITP's), on the other hand, are a much better option for those of you who have struggled in the past getting the results you want. This is because ITP's are specifically prescribed for you.
ITP's take into account your age, fitness level, health history, past injuries, physical limitations, nutritional habits, body fat, training history and specific goals. ITP's also include range of motion, flexibility and stability evaluations.
By taking all this information into account, your fitness professional can accurately prescribe a fitness program based specifically on your needs. This "blueprint" is incredibly important because now you have a specific plan with easy-to-follow steps for the next 3, 6 or 12 months to keep you on track. You'll also have a reference point for monthly re-evaluations so you can measure progress and be able to pin-point problems if there are any setbacks.
Many times people ask me "what's the best exercise or workout for this or that?" But the answer isn't the best exercise or workout, it's the prescription. Most exercises or workout programs can be effective, but there has to be a specific reason behind using them and this is where one size fits all programs fall short. The key is in the prescription because it takes into account all the different variables for each person and lays it out in a clear and concise way making it easy to stay focused and get the results you want.
So if you've been working out for a while and feel like you aren't getting anywhere, maybe now is a good time to consider a different approach. An ITP can be a game changer for you if nothing has worked in the past. Here's how to get started:
Find a Qualified Trainer
Find a gym where they hire qualified staff that can perform a complete fitness assessment.
At Motivate Fitness we call them Strategy Sessions and provide them for all members and Non-Members. (If a gym wants your business then they need to earn it and should provide these as a way of showing their professionalism and expertise!) This will also allow you to see if you are comfortable working with them.Find a trainer with a bachelor's degree in an exercise science or kinesiology.Look for a trainer who has certification/s such as:
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)- CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) or the CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)- CPTNational Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)- CPTFunctional Movement Systems (FMS)- FMS Level 1
At Motivate Fitness creating true results is our long-term goal. From our ITP's to our group fitness classes, every program here is structured with the ITP model in mind.
Need a little more? Join us for our FIT IN 42 program kicking off MAY 20TH, and not only get that one on one attention with your workouts, but your nutritional habits as well. Just Click Here to get started or email us at motivatefitnesspa.com.
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