Corrective exercise involves drills like breathing, muscle activations, and stretching that help you overcome any weakness or problem with posture, balance, movement patterns, or whatever else may need to be corrected. Even though this type of corrective exercise my not be high on your priority list at first, this type of exercise is needed to create a balanced, high-functioning body. The goal of Basics and Beyond’s personal trainers is to help your body become healthier, stronger, and more fit. That may involve some kinds of exercise that you’ve never thought about.
Why corrective exercise?
Your well-being is the most important thing to us. The goal of a personal training program is to improve your body. Yes, this means losing weight, getting in great shape, and getting stronger. It also means learning to move correctly, eliminating aches and pains, improving your posture, preventing injuries, and rebalancing parts that are out of whack.
How we do corrective exercise
First, we do an assessment to determine any areas that are weak or excessively tight. We look at how you stand and how you move. This tells us what’s working and what needs attention. Then we develop a program that addresses these issues alongside the typical fitness goals of leaner, stronger, more toned, or whatever else you need help with. We will teach you what needs to release, activate, or change. And we’ll teach you how to do it!
We recognize that corrective exercises are made to do just that – to correct. We don’t intend for you to be doing them forever. Once the weakness is corrected, you’ll find greater ease in engaging in more “normal” exercise. We help our clients learn corrective drills, and help them incorporate the drills into their daily exercise and stretching routine. These are typically easy moves you can do at home or at work.
Building a better body requires
- Understanding of what needs to be done (that’s our job)
- Proper instruction for what you should do (that’s also our job)
- Discipline to do your homework in order to get a better body (that’s YOUR job)
One of our goals is to help our clients build a conscious awareness of their posture and movement mechanics when they are not in the gym. Poor posture and overuse problems come from your day-to-day activities – or LACK of activity…
Corrective exercise helps build a healthier, stronger, and high-functioning body so you can maximize your workouts AND stay pain-and-injury-free. We use progressive systems that involve a succession of exercise and stretching methods, each building on the other, for maximum benefit.
We work with you to help you achieve your personal health and fitness goals. We also insert some goals and awarenesses that you probably didn’t know about. The personal trainers always have the best in mind for our clients. We help you improve and correct your body, and move easily with less pain – but move more effectively and correctly, for better strength, easier weight loss, and proper body mechanics. We’ll help improve your overall physical health – including fitness, strength, posture, body mechanics, and energy.
Corrective exercise for seniors
Proper body mechanics are needed to move and exercise efficiently. Integrating balance and agility exercises into workout routines for senior clients will benefit coordination, and help prevent injuries and falls.
People often notice that balance and coordination decrease with age. Posture starts to collapse and some begin to exhibit the “dowager’s hump.” Exercising in the golden years is important to train for the activities of daily living.
For active aging clients, corrective exercise may be necessary to improve simple daily tasks such as walking, cleaning, or climbing stairs. Getting in and out of the bathtub may seem like an easy task, but when you look at the complex body movements involved, it’s clear that this task requires a functional body and good balance.
Corrective and functional exercise involves tasks that train proprioception, balance, and timing. Common functional exercises include:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Footwork drills
- Balance training
- Reaction practice
Integrating balance and agility exercises into corrective exercise routines for senior clients can benefit coordination, and help improve your body’s day-to-day function. Corrective exercise is ideal for a senior fitness program.
If you’d like some personal help with corrective exercise, contact Basics and Beyond to schedule a time to talk about what you need. We do a LOT of this type of work, and it’s important that you get a personal trainer who is experienced and qualified!