Last week at Support Group we had the chance to hear a presentation from a Personal Trainer in the area. We were able to discuss various ways that personal training has changed over the years and how to best approach a new training program. I was interested to find that the the presenter, certified through ACE (American Council on Exercise), had a very similar approach to training as what I was taught through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Both my background in NASM and his in ACE emphasized the importance of Stabilization Training as the first step in a training program.
Stabilization Training is the starting point in the OPT Model by NASM. This model was created to layout the foundation to allow clients to achieve optimal levels of physical and physiologic performance. Stabilization Training, being the basis for this model, is the phase of training focusing on increasing muscular endurance and stability all while developing optimal coordination. Essentially, this training ensures that you are using the proper muscles and performing the proper movements to ensure that you don’t get hurt in later stages of training. Overall, the goal of this phase is to improve muscular endurance, joint stability, flexibility, posture and muscular coordination. This proper foundation allows for greater gains when higher volume and/or speed is added.
Here are a couple stabilization exercises we discussed last week:
*All images from ACE Fitness
Katherine Horner, MS, RD, LD, NASM-CPT, CES
Surgical Weight Loss Dietitian & Exercise Specialist