Exercise and Nutrition Prescription

October 10, 2011

Many exercise and movement professionals do not use a vast range of methods to assess the movement patterns, mobility and posture of the clients they see. Realistically it would be impossible for a professional to complete an assessment using all the tools that they may, or may not have, at their finger tips, because it would take far too long and might not be necessary for the issue that the client has come to see them for. But as we know the body is connected and I get tired of seeing professionals, doing the same format of assessments for every individual they see. The truth is, we don’t know what type of assessment tool is going to reveal all the secrets an individual’s anatomy because we do not know their subconscious movement patterns, the way they learnt to walk, the shoes they ever first wore, how they moved as a child, how their parents educated them to sit, stand walk and all the repetitive movements they have ever done.

The truth is that exercise and movement professionals should be continuously assessing and reassessing their clients and thinking outside the box and learning new skills. The same is true for exercise and nutrition prescription. Just because we all have modern day life-styles and a lot of our movement patterns are similar and the foods we eat are not as high in nutrients as they used to be etc, there is still no one individual that has exactly the same movement patterns, muscle imbalances, postural alignment, metabolism and nutrition needs to another. Every human being is unique and there is no one assessment test or tool that is 100% reliable. No one can know every detail about another person’s thoughts and actions and no one will ever fully understand their own, let alone other people’s, subconscious movement patterns, nerve reactions and other aspects of what makes a living organism what they are.

If you notice an exercise professional giving, more or less, the same exercise prescription (i.e. the same type of training methods, exercises, diets etc) to all the clients they see, it doesn’t mean it will necessarily work. Be wary of any advert or professional that makes claims that they can guarantee results. Successful results (or those that are perceived to be) are dependent on so many factors including psychology, nutrition, activity inside and outside of booked appointments, neuromuscular connectivity and most importantly DNA.

Fear not this doesn’t mean there is no hope, that you should give up and spend a life of ignorance! Remain ever-learning and open minded to try new methods and concepts, even new foods, eaten at different times of the day, in different ratios etc. Your exercise practice might be spot on but you might just need to make a few nutritional changes or you might need to address your mindset and introduce some practices that offer psychological ‘food.’ Keep experimenting, keep trying new things and remember what works now might not work a few months or years ahead. Your intolerances might change, your exercise needs might change and who knows what new scientific findings might be brought to light!

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