Our personal training philosophy is based on five core components. These are:
Planning – the first cornerstone – is part of the initial consultation. It is also an ongoing process that informs the other four cornerstones.
Personal training is a continuum of the other four processes. The interrelationship of these types of personal training is a function of the goals of the client.
When improving body composition, you may work on fat loss; you may work on muscle growth (hypertrophy), or, ideally, you may work on both.
If you want to lose body fat or gain muscle, you must be able to move efficiently. In order to move effectively, you must gain structural integrity. Structural integrity demands that you perform strength training and improve your flexibility. The performance of strength training leads to hypertrophy. As a result of improved strength and flexibility, you become better able to perform exercise of increasing metabolic difficulty. The more metabolically challenging the exercise you perform, the greater the yields in strength improvement and energy expenditure.
At a certain point in fat loss training, further strength acquisition becomes unnecessary, and the development of capacity begins. Capacity, or energy system training is more popularly known as aerobics or cardio training, but those terms are too general to explain what is an exact science. Energy system training is the scientific application of work to rest intervals in precise ratios to produce fat burning potential.
As you add energy systems to your strength work, your training volume increases. The greater the training volume you perform, the greater the necessity to supply the body with high quality nutrients. Thus, dietary and supplemental strategy plays a role in the improvement of body composition, whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, or both.
The physical qualities that are related to improved sports performance – strength, speed, and agility – are developed as a function of improving specific personal training goals. These are structural balance, body composition, relative strength, and finally, power.
Power – the ability to express strength quickly – is the hallmark of most sport-specific skill. Just as in personal training to improve body composition, if you want to improve power, you must first improve structural balance. Doing so requires the aforementioned work on strength and mobility. As structural integrity improves, work shifts to relative strength training, or training that improves strength relative to bodyweight.
Additionally, to improve power at the highest levels, you must decrease friction caused by non-functional mass and tight tissue. That means that ultimately, to be powerful – and thus fast – you must first become lean, flexible, and strong. The pursuit of these goals requires proper nutritional strategy, and in this way, personal training for sports specific fitness is much like training to improve body composition.
These personal training components are necessary to manage the healing of and recovery from injuries. Whether in a physical therapy setting, or at the level of post-rehabilitative fitness, healing must pass through the five essential steps that make up our personal training methodology: inflammation must be managed through dietary modification and nutritional supplementation, so that movement may be restored (mobility), so that normal motor patterns may be reintroduced and strengthened.
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