Core and Balance Training
Core and balance training will help your clients both in their workouts and in their everyday lives. Incorporating these components into your programs will help your clients gain balance, stability, and strength. You can integrate core and balance training into any of the other parts of the workout. This is where you really get to use your imagination and fun equipment like bands, balls, foam rollers, Bosu balls, and dumbbells. If you are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of core and balance training, consider taking a course to increase your proficiency. Perform Better offers seminars and instructional DVDs on these topics for a reasonable price. Trainers who neglect these components of the workout are not providing their clients with a complete program. In addition to the benefits your clients will gain from this type of training, they will reduce their risk of injury if you utilize them properly.
What Is Core Training?
The core consists of the abdominal and deep back musculature. Core training is important because all movement originates in the core. If the core muscles are weak, your clients' movements will be inefficient. Over time this can result in chronic back pain and other injuries. This will also inhibit the client's ability to progress in other areas.
Developing a program that involves the core muscles will help your client progress to more advanced exercises. Many people think that by working their abs they are performing core training. This is not really what core training is about. Core training is much more complex and has more to do with the fact that the deep back muscles stabilize the spine during each and every movement. If these muscles fail to do their job, you will not be able to maximize your strength. Some examples of core training include stability ball bench press and stability ball crunch.
Do not utilize core training unless you have received instruction in this area. If you don't know what you are doing, you could cause more harm than if you leave this component out of the program. You will also be acting outside your scope of practice and opening yourself up to a lawsuit. It is safer to wait until you have attended a workshop.
Balance is important in everyday life because people walk upright. The simple act of walking involves balance. Just look at a toddler who is walking for the first time or an elderly person who fears falling when he walks. We take balance for granted, but it's not just athletes who need to work on it. At any point, your client could accidentally step off the curb or trip over her child's toys. With good balance she may avoid a fall, potential injury, and embarrassment.
Balance training can be as simple as asking your client to stand on an Airex pad while she performs her shoulder exercises. There are many tools you can purchase to assist with balance training, but the simple act of moving from two feet to one foot involves balance. Toys will keep your client interested and engaged but they are not a requirement.