How ROM Relates To Your Clients’ Goals
Whether your clients have aesthetic, health, or performance goals
If you’re a personal trainer, you’re a salesperson. You are selling your clients on the idea of implementing healthy habits into their lives. It’s your job to deliver the information necessary to convince them to take action. Your delivery will change based on who you are talking to and what their goals are.
The biggest question I get is, “What if my clients aren’t interested in range of motion assessments and corrective flexibility + mobility programs?”
The answer is that you have to relate WHY having optimal flexibility and mobility is essential to their goals. And make no mistake, it is related to everyone’s goal because it is essential to human musculoskeletal health. For Every. Single. Person.
If there is a restriction in the hamstrings or the hips that prevents the hip from hinging during a bend pattern, the low back will become hyper mobile as a compensation. Eventually, the wear and tear associated with the faulty pattern will cause pain or an injury.
For an athlete, that same restriction will alter biomechanics and reduce speed, agility, and the amount of power they can generate. Find me an athlete who’s not interested in becoming faster and stronger.
Someone with aesthetic goals may find it interesting that restricted hamstrings can pull the pelvis under into a posterior tilt. This can reduce the appearance of having rounded glutes and it further inhibits the glutes from activating. Muscle balance and symmetry supports the balanced distribution of weight and posture. Good posture has a tremendous impact on aesthetics. When the body is in correct alignment, the correct muscles activate and over time, this activation develops the muscle as it was intended—symmetrical and toned. When muscles are inhibited, or don’t activate, they lose tone.
The same restriction means different things to different people. That’s okay. You can give your clients what they want and what they need.
Enable your clients with stretch programs using ROM data to help them rebalance, align, and meet their goals—whatever those goals might be.