As a coach, there should always been a #1 rule: Do no harm.
If people are putting their trust in us to help them along their health and fitness journey, we should honor that trust by making smart decisions for them. Reducing the risk for injury is paramount. I’ve always preferred the idea of reducing the risk of injury rather than prevention. To be honest, you can never truly prevent injury.
The unfortunate truth is that things do happen, however, something as simple as putting your shoes on can cause an injury. That doesn’t mean you will stop wearing them.
A great way to reduce injury is to increase your strength, mobility, stability and flexibility. Essentially, being part of a well-rounded exercise program. Moving well and moving often.
Having a coach will help facilitate your execution of that exercise program so you can maximize the benefits. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been working with a coach for years, it helps to have a watchful eye.
Coaching can provide the details and cues to help perform exercises that are appropriate for you while also executing them at a high level. Doing things right does matter. Move your foot here. Pull your arm there. Yes, there is nuance to human movement and people do come in many shapes, sizes and abilities. Will every person look identical while performing the same exercise? Probably not. This is why, as a coach, setting people up for success in the gym is crucial. This is also why having a coach is important in the first place. Smarter exercise selection and instruction leads to better execution and performance for you. This in turn, can lead to improving your strength, balance and other related abilities while building up a resistance to injuries both in and out of the gym.
Are You Over 40 And Looking At Getting Healthy, Leaner, And In Shape? If So, Come Try Us Out With Our 6-Week Personal Training Experience!
First Capital Gym is York’s only gym that specializes in fitness over 40. We provide personal training and small group personal training programs. We are conveniently located in East York on Industrial Highway.
Michael has been working with clients in the gym and countless adults in a physical therapy setting since 2013. He spent 3 semesters working at Towson University with student-athletes from nearly every sport at the school. He served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Kennard-Dale High School during the 2019-2020 school year. His goal is to always get better and give you the safest and most effective use of your time at First Capital Gym.