What is the best type of functional training exercise equipment for personal training?
What are the best exercise products for individual or group training?
Personal trainers buy and use a variety of training products and exercise equipment to help their inactive, overweight, obese, active and athletic one-on-one or small group clients in different ways. Trainers use functional training equipment to correct muscular imbalances, help clients to lose weight, become more coordinated, better balanced, stronger and achieve fitness goals as a result of regular exercise and proper training. Rubber resistance tubing, exercise stability balls, med balls (weighted balls of varying dimensions and weight), stretching straps and weights of all conceivable reinvention have become tools of the personal training trade just as common as running shoes, jump ropes, a good stopwatch, body fat calipers, a weight scale, and flexible measuring tape. All of these, and many other types of exercise or training equipment, have become tools of the trade for a modern personal trainer because inactive clients have different needs than athletic clients.
As exercise modalities increase in specificity to meet individual needs in personal training clients, so, too, does training and exercise equipment become refined and redesigned to meet the needs and growing sophistication and practice of exercise grounded by evolving laws in exercise science. At one time, in common practice, personal trainers would simply take clients out for a run followed by a brief strength training routine that might have included simple push ups, squats, and/ or dumbbell or barbell exercises. Training aided by very few training accessories or equipment suited most personal trainers just fine—the problem is—clients continue to decline in their ability to accomplish baseline strength or endurance exercises. Thus, exercise equipment is required.
Why is it good to use functional training equipment with personal training clients?
At one time most personal training clients could walk, run, play racquet sports or at least had some background in regular physical fitness. Today, the majority of personal training clients are simply plagued by chronic pain, disorders, and disease. It isn't a secret that 1 in 3 (34.9% CDC, JAMA 2014) Americans are obese, 50% of working Americans experience chronic back pain (ACA, 2014), and our greatest generation, the "Baby Boomers", comprise roughly ¼ (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014) of the United States population. Add these facts together and it is easy to see that the majority of our population requires specialized and functional training to help individuals regain functional movement ability, healthy muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardio endurance, and healthy body fat and muscle composition.
If the average American's physical condition is poor, the average person must rebuild their strength, stamina, balance and coordination, flexibility, and physical vigor. To accomplish greater physical fitness, even to improve the average person's ability to negotiate activities of daily living, people must be taught or trained, in a functional and transparent way, to learn how to properly use their body during movement to achieve acceptable physical fitness. Personal trainers assess current abilities, weaknesses, and limitations of an individual client giving them a detailed view of necessary exercises to prescribe and teach. More focus is now given to individual needs, muscular imbalances, health risk factors, and the lifestyle of personal training clients. As a result exercise specificity in practice is growing out of pure need. Terms like "functional training" are used when describing exercise movements prescribed for athletes repeated for athletic performance, however, most of the population benefits from functional training using exercise equipment and products suited for fitness training with average people.
What is the best exercise equipment that is most functional for personal training?
If a clients needs to work on balance and coordination or simple "core strength" necessary for walking and most activities of daily living, then training products like foam rollers, stability balls, rubber resistance bands, kettlebells, or even a "bosu" might prove to be valuable training accessories when used responsibly and commensurate to individual client needs and goals. Stretching aides or "straps" are used to help people stretch muscles in the most comfortable way. Wobble boards, pvc air filled disc's, adjustable balance platforms, and suspended training rings or ropes with handles help people perform exercises that specifically challenge core muscular stability and overall muscular strength. While, plyometric exercises performed on boxes of variable sizes, speed chutes, hurdles, cones, battle ropes, dumbbells, and the essential olympic bar with free weight plates serve as tools used to help people become stronger, faster, more agile, and better conditioned for advanced physical conditioning or competitive athletics.
Our goal is to answer your questions about exercise equipment and training products used in personal training. With our help you can become comfortable and knowledgeable in the best use of training equipment and exercise products for aquatics exercise, balance and stability exercise, cardio endurance training, strength training, flexibility exercise, functional training, and athletic conditioning. Always remember, the best kind of exercise equipment is specifically suited to an individual based on their needs, limitations, goals, and expectations. Now go do some good!
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