Monday, June 7, 2010

The Value of Assessments

A common error most people and trainers make when starting a work out program is to not do a proper assessment. They make the mistake of jumping right into a work out and from there just making it harder and upping the ante. That is unreasonable and not based on any science. How can you get to your goals if you have no idea where you are physically today? You are trying to accidentally get in shape. Now let's say due to just probabilities, 1 out of 100,000 gym go'ers will somehow get results blindly without a proper assessment. Now from there, how will they maintain their results when they have no idea how they got their results in the first place? What if they start to lose the results and have no idea why? Because they never knew where their body was, what it needed, and what it responded to in the first place nor did they assess more along the way. It's like running a lab experiment without any data, it would drive scientists crazy. They would be baffled.

And baffled is where most people at the gym are and most trainers are when someone doesn't see any results. Assessments, it's how you will personalize a program for the individual and create a road map to their goal.

If you want to take a trip to NY, how will you get their unless you figure out what your starting city is? A client might just say, I'm fat, or I'm out of shape. That's like saying I'm somewhere in the west coast. The better defined your assessments and goals are, the more realistic reaching your goals become.
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