Regardless of who you work with… office workers, children, athletes, retiree’s… your number one priority as a PT isn’t to get your client to their goal.
Your number one priority as a trainer is to keep your client injury free.
Having your client hurt themselves during your training is your worst nightmare (you’re supposed to do the opposite). Your job is to help improve your clients life, not make it worse. Secondly, an injured client can’t train and, therefore, can’t pay you. Third, in extreme cases you’re screwed legally and the chances of you continuing in this industry are slim.
In short, you lose your reputation, you lose money and you potentially lose your job if your clients get injured.
Given those consequences, your entire training programme MUST be based around keeping your client injury free BEFORE you consider the best method for them to lose fat, improve performance, gain muscle etc.
How does this relate to posture…
For how different everyone is on the outside, the skeletal structure on the inside is very much the same.
As the classic hit song goes… “the leg bones connected to the knee bone” and that applies to everyone.
If we strip down to the skeleton, everyone looks the same minus a few differences in proportions.
No matter what, there is a universal, most efficient way of standing. We call it good posture.
These are not good postural positions and they leave you more susceptible to injury and chronic pain.
Not only does good posture avoid spending extra energy and decrease stress in certain joints, it also makes you stronger, more stable and more flexible.
When your Thoracic spine is in flexion, you lose the ability to rotate (try it). If you’re a tennis player and you can’t rotate, you can’t generate power in any of your shots.
As a trainer, let’s say this tennis player with a forward head, an increased Thoracic Kyphosis and protracted shoulder blades (an Upper Cross Syndrome) is your client and their goal is to improve their tennis game.
You could work on their strength and power with medicine ball twists throws, Wood Chops and Presses until the cows came home but you’re not going to make any difference to their shot power.
However, if you give them the ability to rotate 90 degrees instead of 30 degrees by getting them out of that Upper Cross Syndrome, imagine how much harder they could hit the ball. It’s like trying to throw something sat down versus throwing something stood up. Stood up is a million times more efficient.
This doesn’t just apply in a sporting environment.
Let’s say your client is an office worker who spends her time sat at her desk for 7 hours a day, followed by 2 hours sat watching TV at home. Her Lumbar spine has no Lordosis whatsoever and she’s in a Flat Back position.
She’s a LOT more likely to herniate a disc when she’s picking up her child because of the position her Lumbar spine is in.
If she’s your client, your first job should be to limit the possibility of that herniated disc because if it does herniate, she’s going to be in a lot of pain, she needs it fixing (discs take about 500 days to fully recover), she can’t train with you and she may even blame you (she may be right to).
Posture is not fixed. Posture is not hereditary. Unless your client is born with some sort of deformity or has a previous structural injury, it can be improved.
The scale on which it can be improved shrinks as you get older. It’s much easier to fix an 18 year olds posture than it is an 80 year olds.
But it is very do-able, and all you need is three things-
That’s exactly what you’re getting with this course.
You’re going to learn what the four most common postural faults are, you’re going to learn why they occur, you’re going to learn how to identify them and then you’re going to learn how to fix them.
As a trainer, this is must-know stuff. If you’re working with clients and you don’t know the exact program variables (hint: it’s not covered in the simple strength, hypertrophy, or endurance programming), then you’re genuinely putting your clients at risk.
The principles you’ll learn inside this course apply to every type of client you'll work with and will serve you for the rest of your PT career.
“Another great course from Primal Academy. This course follows a really user friendly format with videos illustrating each recommended programme. Oliver explains things really clearly. Some great information which I'll definitely be using in the future. Thank you!”
“This Primal Academy course has been extremely helpful as I have so many clients who struggle with exercises and I now know that its down to posture. I am looking forward to using my new assessment techniques and know I will be able to train them better. Brilliant course, well structured and easy to follow and I will be going back over the videos to keep reminding myself even though I have written notes. The good thing is I can go back forever! Very good course, well instructed. Thank you.”Krissy Stagg
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