When designing training plans for your clients, it is easy to overlook the importance of stretching and solely focus on their overall fitness goals. However, not incorporating enough flexibility training into your client’s workout routine can do damage. Here are 4 signs your client needs more flexibility training. Take a look to determine if you need to add more stretching into your client’s workout regimen:
While it’s not fully proven that stretching reduces muscle soreness, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have your client stretch to relieve soreness. If your client is experiencing extreme soreness, target that specific muscle region by incorporating specific stretches to help alleviate the pain.
If your client is experiencing any sort of pain during or after exercise, it is wise to increase the amount of flexibility training that is being incorporated into their workout routine. Like soreness, stretching to improve flexibility can be used to relieve pain in clients. Again, stretching will most likely not take care of the problem entirely, but loosening up the muscles will reduce your client’s risk of injury and levels of pain before, during, and after workouts.
If your client seems to be limping during or after a workout, you may need to rethink their flexibility routine. Limping could be a sign that your client’s muscles are not loose enough for the exercise they are trying to perform. Spend more time before the workout stretching and working on their flexibility.
Stretching will not eliminate the risk of injury when exercising, but it does greatly reduce it. Loose muscles and tendons are much less likely to tear or become irritated than stiff ones. If your client becomes immobile, it’s likely that they have injured themselves in some way, like a sprain. Here, immobile means they cannot walk or perform the exercises without extreme pain. Direct your client to see their primary physician for a professional diagnosis and wait until they are completely healed before you continue their training.