One of the biggest mistakes personal trainers make is trying to fit the individual to the exercise instead of fitting the exercise to the individual.
Put simply, bodies vary, and people should not do the same exercises in the same manner.
All of us need to perform the main, Functional Movement Patterns of Pushing, Pulling, Knee Bend, Hip Hinge and Rotation; however, it’s unrealistic to expect people with different skeletal frameworks, body proportions, and injury histories to perform them in the same way.
Because of these individual variations in the ways that humans move, no given exercise can exactly match everyone’s movements. So, personal trainers must know how to choose the particular exercise variations of the main functional movement patterns that best fit how each individual client or athlete moves.
The Movement Prescription Assessment (MPA) is a simple system for determining which pushing, pulling, knee bend, hip hinge and rotational lifting movement variations best fit your clients and athletes, and which lifts they should avoid.
Exercises are general, but exercisers are individual. An individualized program isn’t just about what exercises you do and how you do them; it’s also about what exercises you don’t do based on your client’s individual structure, current ability and medical profile.
The MPA is a tool for quickly analyzing relevant lifting movement competency and readiness in order to individualize exercise selection and optimize exercise prescription.
The MPA consists of 15 movements used to easily assess each individual in order to find a safe, pain-free and individualized starting point and training direction.
You’ll know how to
• Analyze relevant movements to determine what exercises are right (and wrong) for each person.
• Determine the best lifting movements to use as a starting point with new clients.
• Identify what lifting movement variations to de-select based on individual readiness.
• Utilize joint friendly strength training protocols to immediately get people lifting without of pain.
• Provide more biomechanically effective or anatomically accurate programs.
• Find a safer and more individualized training direction.
• Fix the majority of movement dysfunctions with a simple and smarter movement prescription system.
• Assess on the fly.
• Assess in a group training setting.
• Get a better baseline of abilities during the first session.
You can, and should, be discerning about which exercises you use with your clients, and why you don’t do others. Why? Because it’s their hard-earned money, valuable time and health on the line. Plus, by being more discerning on the front end, you’ll increase the chances that you’ll have more success with everyone end up working with. That will ensure you have more happy clients, get more referrals, and make more money in the long run.
How Is the MPA Different than Other Assessment Procedures?
Since the most effective programs are the ones the prioritize the main, functional lifting movements of Pushing, Pulling, Knee Bend, Hip Hinge and Rotation; the most useful assessment information comes from assessing those same movements.
While you may be assessing other types of movements by using other procedures, you’re still left guessing which variations of the main, functional lifting movements best fit each person you train. In other words, without a comprehensive system for assessing the main, functional lifting movements, you still don’t have a good baseline to inform you on where to start your clients and athletes with safe and individualized strength training path.
This is why the Movement Prescription Assessment provides you with the most useful assessment data because it looks at the most relevant movements to a comprehensive strength training program.
This way you’re able to get enough actual strength and conditioning done to create the type of training effect needed to achieve the fitness, physique, or performance goals of your clients and athletes while also helping them feel better and move better.
We don’t need more exercises. We need better exercise prescription ability. Perform the right assessments and you’ll make the right exercise choices.
Outline and Schedule
The Missing Movement Assessments
1.1 Here are the results to 90% of your current assessments.
1.2 If the causes of dysfunction are so predictable, so is the fix!
1.3 What You Can Do vs. What You Can’t: Which is more important to assess?
1.4 The new rules of pain-free, individualized exercise prescription.
1.5 The best assessments are the ones that provide the most relevant data.
1.6 Assessing the main, functional lifting movements.
Training People with Pain and Injury: The Myths and Must Knows
2.1 This real-world aspect to training clients who have pain is crucial, but often ignored.
2.2 The Corrective Exercise Trap
2.3 Trainer Voodoo
2.3 Know how to eliminate unnecessary elements from your programs to optimize training time and effectiveness.
2.4 The AM/PM Pain Pattern: This simple question will tell you a lot about their pain and what to do about it.
2.5 How to asses on the fly in group settings with new, drop-in clients.
Get Them Moving Without Pain, Fast with Joint Friendly Strength Training Concepts
3.1 Simple, and practical movement solutions for the most common to the most challenging back, shoulder and knee joint problems.
3.2 The best lower-body exercises to build stronger legs with bad knees.
3.3 The best lower-body exercises to build stronger legs despite a bad back.
3.4 The best pushing exercises to work around shoulder issues.
Assessment Guidelines for Finding the Right Movement Prescription for Each Person
4.1 Lifting Movement Readiness Criteria: How do we know the client is ready to use a certain lifting movement regression or progression?
4.2 Awareness vs. Ability: You must know the difference to get relevant assessment data.
4.3 The Two C’s: They must demonstrate both on all exercises.
4.4 The three rules of individualized exercise prescription.
Top 7 Bodyweight Movement Assessments
5.1 Do we need to assess the overhead squat?
5.2 Can we add some load to any of these bodyweight assessments?
5.3 Squat Assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
5.4. Lunge Assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
5.5 Single Leg/ Cross-body Coordination: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
5.6 Push-Up Assessment (Even for people who can’t do push-ups): Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
5.7. Lateral Core Assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
5.8 Quadruped Spinal Awareness Assessment and Quick Correctives
Top 4 Resistance Band Exercise Assessments
6.1 The benefit of bands over cable for assessment purposes
6.2 Why these band assessments are performed standing.
6.3 Knowing what to look for in these band movement assessments gives you relevant data to inform programming beyond simply pushing and pulling movements.
6.3 Standing Pushing Assessment and Quick Correctives
6.4 Use this anti-rotation assessment and exercise that’s far better than the Pallof Press!
6.5 Standing Pulling Assessment and Quick Correctives
6.6 This band pulling assessment is really a sneaky spinal awareness assessment that gives you very valuable information on the client.
Top 4 Free-weight Exercise Assessments
7.1 Why we need to do some externally loaded assessments.
7.2 How to choose the appropriate amount of load for the assessment.
7.3 Hip Hinge assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
7.4 Pulling assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
7.5 Pushing assessment: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
7.6 Rotational coordination: Level 1 and 2 Movements and Quick Correctives
Programming Your MPA Results
8.1 How to take care of most of common dysfunctions without getting caught in the corrective exercise trap.
8.2 The 123 Beginner Training Program System
8.3 What is the best way to use mobility exercises with beginners and new clients? It’s not as a warm-up!
8.4 The Best Mobility Exercises
8.5 A Real-World, 3-Phase Beginner Program!