In today’s world, it seems for some, the more information we can throw at somebody the smarter we appear to be. Well really that is not the case, sure it’s important to be well versed in your subject matter, however, most people when you are trying to help them, are not concerned in your degrees or breath of knowledge but how you can apply what you know to help them resolve a problem in a safe and effective manner.
Knowledge and empathy will go a long way in developing a great exercise program and, build a solid relationship with your patient or client.
Sure they will hopefully seek someone in the fitness or physical therapy world, someone who is qualified and has shown they can pass state boards and certifications. It is our job, however, to get to the point with the clients or patients and, and show them how you can apply your knowledge to their benefit.
When it comes to fitness, it seems the world of personal training in many cases has turned into a circus act with trainers trying out the latest new fad or exercise found on YouTube or Twitter. I see some the craziest things in the gym where I attend and wonder, what for?
Maybe I am just old school as well, and we know many things over time has changed in fitness and rehabilitation and it’s important to be able to accept, keep up to date and, adapt to change but, the human body has not changed much in my lifetime and still will respond to basic exercises and sound dietary and smart recovery practices.
I do not think someone who is serious about their health or attempting to come back from a physical injury or surgery is concerned with being entertained for 45 to 60 minutes with a circus routine. If they are, then maybe they need to consider their motives.
I truly believe if the patient or client has been assessed properly in regards their fitness and overall health improvement or physical rehabilitation, they will be looking for results, not a side show.
So in other words, what worked decades ago when it comes to getting your body stronger and losing some of that excess body fat or rehabilitation from a physical injury will work today! It will come down to a simple dietary plan, a simple exercise routine or rehabilitation program.
Simplicity is brilliance!
It will ultimately come down to a simple dietary plan, a simple exercise routine and, the client developing a mindset to see the final results they are searching for before they actually get there. This is where the mental aspect is so important to your overall fitness and rehabilitation success.
I like to keep things simple with my patients and clients to help them adhere to exercise compliance, to help them see the big picture rather than bog them down in extraneous facts and movements.
Make it manageable without causing harm physically.
The bottom line is to get results. Show them the way through short but concise workouts, and get to the troubling issues at hand with both of you coming up with answers through some trial and error in many cases.
Exercise modification will be in order and guaranteed when it comes to working with older adults. keep it simple, keep it smart!
Time is important to make the best of it through a concise but effective exercise program.
Richard Haynes PTA, CPT
Total Joint Fitness LLC