The Ultimate Fitness Program
- Do you complain of a nagging pain that you have tried to "rehab" yourself and it just keeps coming back?
- Have you had a previous injury that keeps you from certain exercises?
- Are you "stuck" or bored with your current work out program?
- Are you not getting results?
One of the main questions we get from our clients is "how do I transition back into working out after my injury." For the person with previous fitness and strength training experience, this may not be too challenging, depending on the extent of their injury. They may simply need guidance on how to individualize their programs to their own injury, but still may need a little education on what an ideal program looks like.
Much more common, however, is the person that does not have a fitness or strength training background and is using their current injury as the catalyst to get back into the gym.
But before any beginner starts strength training or someone transitioning from an injury begins a program, you need to carefully assess the program and make sure that the program is specifically designed to your unique needs.
Components of a Good Strength Training Program
First of all, look at the general components of the program. You need certain things that are going to put you in a position to succeed in regard to preparing, performing, and recovering from your working.
For beginners to strength training, this could be the difference between succeeding and continuing your fitness adventure, or failing and getting back on the couch.
This is even more important for a person transitioning from an injury in to training. If the program is too aggressive, you certainly do not want to reinjure yourself.
Components to look for:
- A good warm-up consisting of self-myofasical release techniques and general dynamic mobility
- A series of exercises designed to "activate" certain muscle groups to get them ready to fire during the workout
- A combination of exercise types, that emphasize resistance training, but also develop mobility and coordination
- Proper regeneration strategies, including nutritional information
- Options to individualize the program based on your needs, goals, and experience
The next thing to look at is the actual programming itself in regard to exercise selection, sequencing, and periodization. Any program that picks stupid exercises or structures it in a way that is going to cause you to not be able to walk for 2 weeks is counterproductive for beginners to strength training and people transitioning from an injury.
Unfortunately, there are many popular exercises out there may do more harm than good. There are simple regressions and progressions that can be applied to assure that an exercise is both effective while not being disadvantageous to the person. This simply takes skill, current knowledge of the science of exercises, and experience working with people to know what works and what doesn't work.
PTS Fit is a transition program from injury to strength training. It's much better than that and applicable for anyone – from beginners to advanced, whether you're coming off an injury or just need a fresh start. The PTS FIT program includes all of the components above with the added benefit of knowing that it comes from physical therapists with that understand the body and how it responds to exercise. The program consists of an assessment by a physical therapist, exercise prescription, instruction, supervision, and regular follow up visits to modify and progress your plan. This program is the ultimate combination of strength and mobility that will get you feeling like you are