They respect the anatomy and the biomechanics of each muscle as well as their intrinsic physiology. In addition, the program is first and foremost adapted to the client’s goal or the requirements of their amateur or professional sport.
First of all, it answers a fundamental question : How much time does the client have? Do they want or are they able to train for two hours five times a week, or for one hour twice a week? Depending on the answer, the program will provide a choice of exercises, the number of series and repetitions, the amount of weight, the recovery time and rate to reach their goal of specific sports preparation for esthetic or maintenance reasons.
That’s the way the body is built. For example, we often hear of hamstring stretches. Well, hamstrings are not just one muscle but three muscles with different anatomical directions and functions. Therefore, there are at least three different exercises. Otherwise, there is micro-tearing of the muscle fibres if the muscle is not solicited in a specific direction.
Here is another example: If a client experiences pain because of compression between the 3rd lumbar and 1st sacral, the decoaptation position should target this exact level and not the one above or below.
A final example, if the proximal part of the psoas needs to be strengthened in mid-range in order to solicit its activity with respect to the kidneys, muscle strengthening must respond to these conditions and not solicit other viscera or articulations.
For example, a gluteal muscle is responsible for hip extension. But with dozens of various exercises, the superior, middle, inferior, lateral, medial, superficial or deep parts of this gluteal can be strengthened. Each muscle of the body can and should be worked qualitatively at the outset before moving on to global or specific (volume, strength, power, speed, endurance, resistance or maintenance) exercises.
Certain segments of the body such as the thoracic or pelvic diaphragms, superior cervical spine, pelvis, and lumbar or thoracic spines require specific work to be effective. Whether it consists of muscle strengthening, LOADS, proprioception or posture, it is impossible to ask the brain to command a body that it does not recognize. For this reason, a very precise methodology is established involving transcendental, oral, visual and palpatory references followed by cortical references along with perturbation factors.
All muscles are wrapped in an aponeurotic sleeve and connected with each other through numerous fasciae. Everyone knows about muscle stretching; however, it is difficult to stretch a muscle if it is wrapped in a leathery sleeve which does not give. In order to stretch a specific muscle, it is better to consider it as the link in a specific chain extending from the toes to the top of the head. A stretch position will be chosen to precisely solicit the tension of the whole fascial chain in order to correct the specific muscle link.
Let’s take the classic case of an ankle sprain. A global proprioception of this articulation is generally suggested. The problem with these exercises is that they solicit a response from healthy ligaments and tendons without helping the ones that really need it. The knee is a complex system of femoro-tibial, femoro-patellar, fibulo-tibial, femorao-patellar, and femoro-fabella articulations. It is possible to reinforce the proprioception, and therefore the effectiveness, of ligaments specific to each articulation.
Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches (LOADS) are postural self-normalizing techniques which aim at widening the space within a chosen articulation. For example, it is possible in one minute a day to relieve disc compression between T6-T7 or even more specifically at the base of the long arm of the left sacroiliac joint. It is possible to create more room in a particular articulation with an exact position adapted to each person.
After mastering the hundreds of existing analytic muscle strengthening exercises, it then becomes appropriate to strengthen the solicited muscle in the context of its functional solicitation related to other articulations and muscles. The once again effective muscle must be allowed to move in a specific way or used in a specific sport.
Yes. Trainers must prepare their pregnant client’s body with the following:
- Exercises to prevent return circulation problems in the lower extremities
- Breathing exercises to master the movement of the diaphragm during birth labor.
- Perineal awareness exercises to dissociate the perineum from the adductors, gluteals, abdominals and thoracic diaphragm in order to help movement during labour and avoid post-partum incontinence problems
- LOADS to deal with frequent lumbar or sacroiliac joint pains
- Specific esthetic exercises to quickly return to normal carriage, hip thigh and gluteal curves and a flat tummy.
Yes. I have developed exercises specific to each viscera. These exercises are an extraordinarily valuable adjunct to surgical, medical or osteopathic intervention. Whether to support the kidneys, stimulate the gall the bladder, correct a displaced uterus, all this is possible as long as the trainer is precise and meticulous when teaching a particular exercise.
A personal trainer’s client is also the patient of an osteopath, chiropractor, medical doctor or surgeon. It is always advisable to work as a team to maximize the effects of training. This work may be curative as rehabilitation is complementary to a physiotherapist’s rehabilitation. It may be preventive in preparing tissues for surgery.
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