Improving Clients with No Restrictions During Group Corrective Exercise

After lots of discussions, I’ve realized that there needs to be a progressive way to improve our clients with no restrictions.  Basically, we give our clients the green light to train all patterns if they score a 14 or greater on the FMS with symettrical 2’s in each movement pattern.  So, what do we do with our clients during our “corrective work” time we have laid out for each workout?

Steve and I have been going over some stuff lately, and I have to tell you….I love it.  Following the heirarchy, if a person has symettrical 2’s in each pattern, we should refer back to Pod 1 (mobility) for continued improvements.  If the mobility pod is clear, we then move to Pod 2 (stability) for improvements.  This is a perfect system, and we use it with excellent results that are replicatable with anyone of our staff members.  Follow the system and get results.

Since these clients need something to do during our corrective time period, we had to come up with a solution to continue their progress and keep things interesting for them.  After some good discussion, we came up with a pretty good solution that keeps the non-restricted and higher skilled clients challenged and still improving during our corrective time period.  What do we do during our corrective time period with these clients?  Turkish Get Up’s!

Each one of our clients will begin to learn this movement while training with us.  We LOVE the Turkish Get Up!  This movement will challenge the best of the best, while improving their FMS scores.  It’s not that hard to teach if you have a system and process to follow.  Check out a previous blog post done about teaching Turkish Get Up’s in group format

http://smartgrouptraining.com/index.php/2012/09/teaching-turkish-get-ups-in-group-training/

After our clients begin to really understand the Get Up, we begin to progess them and really let them explore the movement to it’s fullest potential.  After watching Kettlebells From the Ground Up 2, we knew we had to get some of this stuff into our group training classes for our advanced clientele.  Both DVD’s are solid.  After watching them and practicing what you will learn in them, you will immediately see the potential it will have at improving movement within your clients.  You can get both DVD’s at www.functionalmovement.com.  We highly recommend them and will be a great addition to your collection.

Our clients begin by learning the movement in phases.  After they begin to own the Get Up and are successful with the movement, we begin to incorporate what we learned from the Kettlebells from the Ground Up 2.  In this DVD, there are some amazing variations of the Get Up designed to improve hip mobility, shoulder mobility, and stability within the body.  The hip openers will begin to improve Active Straight Leg Raise scores.  The Shoulder openers do the trick for the shoulder mobility screen.  After working both of these, stability dramatically increases as well.  We have had some good success with incorporating these patterns with our more advanced clients, or our clients with limited restrictions.  The Get Up will challenge any one of your clients, improve their scores, and keep them coming back for more.  Give it shot and let us know what you think.  However, as with anything, you must first own this movement yourself before having your clients do it.  So, if you don’t already know the Get Up by heart, start to toy around with the movement and explore its capabilities.   You’ll love it, and your clients will too 🙂

Jared Woolever – MS, CSCS, TPI, YFS

 

The Evolution of Bootcamp – Introducing Group Personal Training

We were lucky enough to be featured on http://thefitnessbootcampclub.com.  Georgette Pann has a ton of great info on her website that is bootcamps specific.  Definitely a great resource!

In this article, we talk about the benefits of bootcamps, but more importantly how to make your bootcamps more personal.  This is a great article!  Please check it out and let us know what you think!

http://thefitnessbootcampclub.com/fitness-business-2/the-evolution-of-bootcamp

Straight Sets Are Not Just For Body Building – Using Straight Sets In Group Training To Increase Form and Intensity

Today, I want to share one of my favorite tactics to use during large group training formats.  What’s that you ask?  Straight Sets is exactly what I’m talking about.  Straight sets for those of you that may not know what I’m talking about, or using different terminology, is performing each exercise back-to-back for 3-4 straight sets.

Why do I like this method?  That’s a good question, so let me explain.  Using stright sets really lets your clients feel that “burn” and get extremely fatigued.  This is great.  Our clients are always looking to get smashed and leave feeling like they really got their a$$ kicked.  Using straight sets tends to give them a pretty solid butt whoopin’.

However, even though your clients may leave feeling that way, I look at the entire training session as a coach to ensure this method meets my standards of quality vs. quantity.  Straight sets do more than just kick your clients butt during the workout.  Let me elaborate on what I’m seeing as a coach.  Here’s a list of benefits from using straight sets:

  • Keeps the group organized and eliminates chaos from having people move all over from station to station.
  • Increases in form.  Clients have the time to really learn and feel each exercise.  This method is great for any fitness level.  It gives beginners time to learn the movement while pushing your more advanced clients to that point of technical failure (usually ends up in drop sets and unloaded versions)
  • Great for a hypertrophy phase.  With most of our clients wanting to improve body compostion, this is another great quality.
  • Clients LOVE them!

Those are a few of the highlights of WHY I like using straight sets in my programming.  I usually use them during hypertrophy phases, but also like them when we see a large influx of new clients coming in at once.  A few times a year, the fitness industry is hoppin’.  New Year’s Resolutions, Back to School, Running Groupon or other DOD sites, Transformation Contests, and other methods of marketing can really increase leads within your business.  Using straight sets allows each new member really learn the exercise being performed, so they leave with a sense of success and accomplishment.  This is a great way to help improve your sales as well.  It’s much easier to have someone stick with your program if you can improve their successes while eliminating most of their failures.

If you’re not using straight sets, give them a shot.  I love them, and plan to keep them a staple of my program.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my circuit formats, supersets, tri-sets, etc… I just wanted to shed some light on the straight set format.  Personally, I don’t think we use this training format enough.  Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you.

If you’re currently using straight sets, or see the value in them, please leave a comment below.  We would love to know why YOU like them as well.  Even if you don’t like them, we would still love to hear that as well 🙂