What is Corrective Exercise?
At Innovative Health & Fitness, we specialize in Corrective Exercise and help clients reach their fitness goals safely through proper progression methods, and nutritional guidance. You may be asking yourself, “what’s Corrective Exercise”?
By definition, Corrective Exercise means; “The systematic process of identifying a neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, developing a plan of action, and implementing an integrated corrective strategy”.
In simple terms, it is the process of fixing the bodies weak muscle groups, and overly-strong muscle groups, that are causing postural and movement dysfunction.
Why do you care?
Every person can and will benefit from Corrective Exercise, while some need to take more time to focus on it, others might need to just make sure they are doing a regular corrective routine to maintain proper function of the body.
If an individual decides they want to start working out and getting back into shape, most of the time they join a gym and go straight for the weights, or cardio machines. While this is better than not doing any sort of activity, if you have not taken the right steps towards correcting the bodies imbalances, you will have a hard time performing exercises correctly, and are on a fast track to injury.
Having guidance through a Corrective Exercise routine designed specifically for you and your imbalances, can assure faster progression, more strength gained in the long-term, and less chance of injury.
Think of it this way, if your natural posture has rounded shoulders, and a shifted pelvis, your form on exercise will mimic that posture. You need to start at a lower intensity level and focus on relaxing your over-active (too strong) muscle groups, and strengthening your weak/non-active muscle groups. Once you have fixed yourself and your body is restored back to a good postural position, you would then be ready to start progressing to more advanced movements such as squats, deadlifts, or running that really burns the calories.
The Problem With Most Personal Trainers
Most personal trainers will skip the corrective exercise stage and jump right into beating up their clients through advanced exercise routines. The reality is, the trainer is actually doing more harm than good to their clients; the clients body will start to remember an even worse movement pattern due to the increase in stress during workouts, and lack of engagement in the correct muscle groups. This will worsen posture and movement over time, leading to injuries later on down the road.
What to do next?
If you’re not sure where to start, have been out of the gym for a while, or live a sedentary lifestyle, you may need some guidance on where to start your fitness journey. If you have tried to get into the routine before, but every year fall into the same pattern of getting out of the habit, we can definitely help you get back on track, the right way.
We teach movement and proper exercise progression, as well as taking the time in the beginning of our training to correct any muscular imbalances you have before progressing you to the next stage of exercise.
It’s time to make a change, and we can help! To receive a complimentary consultation, contact us below or give us a call to learn more!