It's important to manage expectations. Sometimes we're doing HIIT from the get go - sometimes we're not; functionality is always more important
When assessing a client and deciding on how their training will move forward before we decide on any training style I break it down to the following two major sites, shoulder function and hip function.
These two sites are great indicators for coaches to be able to design effective programmes almost immediately. If a client has tight shoulders or restricted range of movement this can be seen in both postural checks and other key positions such as the overhead and the hanging position. It then, in turn, has implications for the squat and the deadlift – two of your best fat burners.
After these two sites have been assessed you can then go on to improve core activation in someones squat; or pec activation in a bench press. It all starts in the same place. If a client has tight hips, or restricted range of movement this can be seen in a squat or their ability to generate power from certain positions; any clients reading this now know why this month they’ve all been doing single leg work!
Sorry. My point is this: whether you want fat burning, muscle building, rehab-ing or prehab-ing, every client needs a full range of movement to maximise their results and get a return for their efforts.
This weekend I was thanked by two clients for discovering sore areas and issues. They rather they were dealt with through exercise now, instead of becoming more complicated issues 15 years down the line. Training when you’re over 40 actually highlights potential issues and left untrained these could become major issues as you get older.
Symmetrical exercises assume that we are symmetrical. We’re not, we have left to right imbalances, we have tight muscles we didn’t know about, and we have restrictions and old injuries. Don’t let them stop you from getting the results you want.