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Stretching with Your Clients
September 10, 2014

Due to the current lifestyle today’s society leads, i.e., sitting for long periods, sedentary living, and people not allowing their joints to move through full range of motion, we have compounded imbalances within our body. This contributes to postural abnormalities, pain, discomfort, inflammation, and poor movement patterns.

As a Personal Trainer, you can reverse postural abnormalities, create better skeletal alignment, and have better muscle function at rest and during exercise as a whole, all by targeting client specific stretches.

There is a range of different types of stretching techniques, which are specific to get different results. Some of them are static, PNF, passive, active and ballistic. These should be employed by the trainer depending on the time of the session and ability level of the client.

So what is the best way to stretch your clients?

·Warm-up: dynamic functional range of motion stretches are best in the warm-up, as they facilitate synovial fluid around your joints, which preps them for activity. This also warms the muscles up for the activity about to be performed.

·During: range of motion stretching can be used, and depending on the type of program, you could also use static or PNF stretching, but this must be for the specific purpose of rehabilitation to your client, so careful if employing this.

·Cool-down and post session: static, partner-assisted or PNF stretching is the best. For cool-down What this does is facilitates blood flow to the muscles which have just been worked, helping to rid the body of metabolic waste build up, replenishing the site, and allowing better recovery and no residual soreness.

The better the skeletal alignment, the better every system can function from that structure. Employ stretching which is specific to your clients, and the results will speak for themselves!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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