Identify Your Perfect Movement Coach in 7 Ways | Lifemoves

Identify Your Perfect Movement Coach in 7 Ways

Education is one of Lifemove's core values. We often are granted teachable moments where this core value is tapped into.

In the last 10 years the fitness industry has gone from fanciful movements with the BOSU and other devices to make a training session “fun-ctional” back to basic human movements of lifting, pushing, pulling and rotating with the feet on the ground. I started to learn the art and science of the Olympics lifts which can be used under the appropriate circumstances with rehabilitation clients, the elderly and high performance athletes.

A video of a VERY poor Olympic lifting technique has circulated within my peer group of Strength Coaches, Personal Trainers and Kinesiologists (see below); the clients in this video will most likely end up with acute and chronic injuries as a result. The discussion about the quality of Personal Training and coaching provided in the fitness industry these days has been ongoing for several months as a result of videos like these.

We are concerned that clients who are paying good sums of money are not being provided with the value and quality they deserve.Part of the lack of value is little movement education or correction during their sessions which places the client in situations where they could get injured in the short or long-term.

Lifemoves’ clients are generally overcoming an injury, illness or surgery which has forced their bodies to create movement compensations and pain. When there is pain the neuromuscular system reflexively prevents that muscle from contracting optimally during movement and co-contracts others to create further stability or the movement needed. Consequences are 1) the overuse of muscles that are designed for stabilization or as secondary movers instead of primary movers 2) these movement compensations have shifted joints enough so that there are poor joint mechanics which leads to long-term deterioration of joint surfaces (think of osteoarthritis). Pain is a signal that something is not quite right and that the training stimulus needs to be changed, such as a correction or load reduction.

Anyone with a basic level personal training certification can lead a client through a workout session which leaves them exhausted at the end. Our Kinesiologists are looking out for our clients’ long-term health, fitness and wellness. It is important to us that our clients use the appropriate levels of stability and mobility to lift, push, pull and rotate.

How to Identify a Great Movement Coach

When working one on with a client or even in a small group setting coaches will:

  • Breakdown movements into blocks and then piece them together much like the stages of learning to drive
  • Listen to you when you mention you have pain by stopping the lift, ask questions and adjust the lift by correcting or regressing it
  • Be less concerned about counting reps and more concerned about movement quality
  • Be analytical and attentive
  • Be moving around see your movements at various angles
  • Be able to progress or regress each movement depending how successfully you complete it. For example a kneeling plank to alternating knee lifts (feet on ground) to full plank and the other direction
  • Be consistently upgrading their coaching skills and knowledge via podcasts, discussions, webinars, workshops and conferences

As health care providers we don’t care how much you sweat or have a desire for you to collapse on the floor after your session. Our aim is to use an appropriate progressive level of resistance which improves your daily functional capacity and durability, but doesn’t not compromise exercise execution and technique. We are here to coach you and show how to move differently, more efficiently and more effectively.

Clients who have worked with Personal Trainers who made their client work hard, but didn't correct their form and did not adapt an exercise to manage their injuries have approached us due the lack of lack of attention they received. These intelligent clients seek training programs that will account for their injuries or medical conditions and help them navigate towards their goals.

We are always searching for the best methods of training such as exercise selection that meet our clients goals, needs and abilities.

Excellent Coaching of the Power Clean

Thank you to our numerous peers around the globe who brought this to our attention and who helps us continue to improve our own movement coaching skills.

Alfred Ball

Practicing Kinesiologist | Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist | Clinical Pilates Instructor. He has worked in the health, fitness and rehabilitation industry for over 20 years. Alfred started Lifemoves in 2007 to provide exercise therapy and fitness programs for people with injuries, chronic diseases and disabilities. His focus as a Kinesiologist is to empower and to guide people to learn to move with more strength, confidence and ease.

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