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Good question! Read below to get the answer from Wayside’s Personal Training Director, Paula Lambert.
Many people go to the gym to “work out;” the typical scenario is that they do the same routine that they have been doing for the past 5+ years. This usually consists of a handful of exercises that they enjoy doing or occasionally incorporating a few new exercises discovered in a magazine. However, this is both ineffective and sometimes dangerous.
As we age, our bodies change and our movement patterns develop compensatory behaviors. We usually don’t even know that we’re moving incorrectly. A well respected physical therapist, Dr. Shirley Sahrmann once suggested that we visit the physical therapist for a 6 month movement check-up, much like we visit the dentist.
The Wayside Training Staff is skilled in using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS™) to assess movement. Seven screens: Deep Squat, In-Line Lunge, Hurdle Step, Active Straight Leg Raise, Shoulder Mobility, Trunk Stability Push-up, and Rotary Stability are used to determine if there are weaknesses, asymmetries, or compensatory behaviors in a person’s movement. Identifying an individual’s weak links and developing an exercise program to correct them are necessary to reduce the likelihood of injury and to enhance the effectiveness of any performance training program.
Please contact Paula Lambert to schedule your free 6-month movement screen check-up.