A client's brief guide to a trainers assessments

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Fitness assessments for a personal fitness trainer are one of his/her greatest tools, they tell us everything we need to know before we design a program that's perfect for the client. Going off of that many experienced clients will know that a good trainer always assesses them before going off and doing anything. However many new people may not have an initial idea of why the trainer is getting them to move and lift for assessments and I wanted to create this brief guide to help people new to assessments. I'll break it down by category so it's easier to read.


Movement assessments

Movement assessments are one of the first kinds of assessments a trainer will do on a new client, right after all the paperwork and body composition tests are done (should they be needed to begin with and only be done in accordance with the clients goals). They are many upper and lower body assessments that can be done and can assess a great deal of aspects of someone's physical health. Some of which being dynamic flexibility, potential core strength, balance, and overall neuromuscular control. They can be done standing in place, lying down on a table, or moving around. One other important reason a trainer might get a client to do movement assessments is that our posture changes on a frequent basis and our body has to adjust for whatever changes we make. Regardless if something is performing right or wrong this is a great way to see what's going on and to pinpoint areas which can be worked on to get you the client faster results.


Strength assessments

Now this is almost self explanatory, strength assessments are done using multi joint exercises like a squat or chest press to see how strong you are. Although if needed other pieces of equipment can be used in many different ways to assess a new clients strength and what kind of strength they have. For example if you are being made to do a chest press a trainer might be wondering if you can press up the weight as well as you can lower it or vise versa. Again as with anything whether or not you do this will depend on your goal.



Muscular endurance assessments

As said above this should be almost self explanatory. A trainer might assess your muscular endurance to see how long your muscles can work within a given time. Now one of the most common ways to assess muscular endurance is through bodyweight exercises like push ups or bodyweight squats and the trainer will see how many you can do at a time.


Aerobic fitness assessments

This is the last one I'll explain. Aerobic assessments are done in either the submaximal or maximal kind to see how your aerobic fitness is in various capacities. Most of these tests can be done either on a track or on a treadmill. Some requiring minimal equipment and some requiring a laboratory. The thing about aerobic assessments is that they can give a lot of valuable information not just to the trainer but to the client as well. However they can be potentially time consuming so make sure to tell your trainer your goal/goals and they can help determine if doing it will be of use during the assessment.


There are more kinds of assessments out there and they all can have various benefits that can go a long way towards getting you into the kind of physical conditioning you want to be in. These are just examples of some of the more common kinds of assessments you might see a trainer taking someone through at the gym or ones you might be going through yourself. What kind you end up doing will depend on your goal though so be sure to tell your trainer what you want to do. If you want to know more about them please don't hesistate to ask as we here at Tight Assests are always here to help.

So I bid you farewell and happy lifting!

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