Your body and your fitness levels have changed during time, it’s not uncommon to jump right back into an old workout routine knowing your body is assuredly different than it was during your last workout. But it’s of the utmost importance that you assess your fitness before beginning any fitness program even with personal trainer.
Assessing your fitness should include checking your strength, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, and more.
What you’ll get out of gauging your fitness before you attempt to get fit?
You’ll identify your starting point.
You’ll be aware of injuries, muscle tightness and muscle imbalances.
You’ll be able to use this information to tell how your fitness program is working later down the line.
How personal trainer should assess your fitness
The assessment should includes the following tests and exams:
Our body is made of different tissue types like epithelial, connective, muscle, nervous and fat tissue. Value of each of them is very important, but from functional point of view – muscle and fat tissue has the main role to define health status related with physical (in)activity of the individual. Relation between these two tissues are one of the major predictions for possible diseases (conditions) and individual goal setting of the client.
In Be Strong assessment methods, tissue analysis is going through 3 phases:
- Measuring procedures with specific software technology system
- Reading and presenting results related with current physiological status
- Re-assessment after 4-6 weeks applied individual training program and review of progress
Tissue analysis is one of the initial steps in Be Strong assessment protocol and individual goal setting. Screening and following results are valuable tool for any goal setting in Be Strong systematic approach to training program
Testing provides important data about cardio-respiratory functionality which is important for the design of the training programs: an assessment of total and maximum consumption of oxygen (VO2max), aerobic threshold, anaerobic threshold, individual energy training zones, body’s energy consumption while at rest.
Cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability of the lungs, heart and circulatory system to supply your body with the oxygen it needs to maintain a physically active lifestyle.
Cardiorespiratory conditions can restrict your ability to breathe in enough air and deliver enough oxygen to your body when needed— leaving you coughing or wheezing and short of breath. Conditions that limit your cardiorespiratory function can affect your strength, vitality and sense of wellbeing. Responding to these limitations by reducing your physical activity only worsens the situation and reduces your overall fitness level.
It begins with sessions where the practitioner works to test your muscles. This is important because to know which underlying muscle functions are contributing to your discomfort, your practitioner needs to pinpoint them using localized muscle testing.
NKT is based on observations that certain body parts compensate for other weaker body parts. Essentially muscles or tissue can become weak and “shut down” following injury, while others become forced to work overtime and make up their shortcomings. This concept is known as the body’s “muscle compensation patterns.” These patterns are observed in people experiencing noticeable weakness and pain, but also often appear to some degree in those who are generally healthy and strong.
Muscle compensation patterns are stored in a part of the brain responsible for muscle and movement memories, called the cerebellum. Muscle testing could be used to help reveal incorrect movements being stored in the cerebellum that are contributing to pain or postural abnormalities.
Anthropometric measurements are a series of quantitative measurements of the muscle, bone, and adipose tissue used to assess the composition of the body. The core elements of anthropometry are height, weight, body circumferences (waist, hip, and limbs), and skinfold thickness. These measurements are important because they represent diagnostic criteria for obesity, which significantly increases the risk for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and many more. There is further utility as a measure of nutritional status in children and pregnant women. Additionally, anthropometric measurements can be used as a baseline for physical fitness and to measure the progress of fitness.
As part of General Initial Assessment, motor skill tests are used to provide information about athletes current physical status and the level of their performance. These tests are gettering information about athletes motor and physical abilities such as strength, endurance, balance and mobility.
In Be strong approach, these results are being used as guidelines for corrective program, if needed, creating periodization and training blocks but also as indicators of possible risk of injury. Results are being carefully stored in our database where we compare them with the results obtained from re-tests after the certain period of time needed for corrective program or after accomplishing certain cycle of trainings written by periodization.