Personal Training at SMI focuses on two key components: core strength and functional exercises.
Your “core” is a complex series of muscles that includes your abdominals, low back, pelvic floor, and hips. It is the foundation for all of your body’s movements. Anytime you swing a tennis racquet, bend down to pick something up or throw a ball you have to use your core. By learning to engage the core properly, you provide a natural weight belt that acts as a base for movement throughout the rest of your body. A strong core will create an efficient musculoskeletal system and help prevent injuries to common over stressed areas such as the low back and neck.
Normal body function requires movement in three dimensions and involves multiple joints working together. Even a simple task such as sitting down into a chair requires movement through a complex chain including the hips, knees, and ankles. If one of these joints is not performing optimally the others in the chain experience an increased and unnatural load. Over time this can lead to injury. Functional exercises stress your body in a way that emulates how you use your body on a daily basis. They challenge you to move efficiently and effectively in different planes and require multi-joint movements that simulate real life.
Using these key principles, SMI will work with you one-on-one to develop an individualized training plan based on your specific goals. Your program will be adjusted as necessary to address your specific weaknesses and needs.
You’ll become stronger, healthier, more efficient and less prone to injury. Whether you’re training for the Olympics or simply want a healthier lifestyle, SMI will help you achieve your goals.