Personal trainers sometimes wrongly assume that corrective exercise is only for their older clients with ongoing aches and pains or others that experience chronic musculoskeletal issues. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Corrective exercise assessments and exercises should be used with every client. This is because corrective exercise is about assessing people to understand their musculoskeletal imbalances, compensations and faulty movement patterns at the outset of their program so you can implement strategies to correct their dysfunction, alleviate their aches/pains, and improve their performance (instead of making all of these things worse!).

As such, every personal training program should always begin with a complete musculoskeletal assessment and movement analysis first. This will help you identify where a client’s dysfunction lies so that you can correct these issues first before exposing them to more strenuous activities that will only serve to exacerbate their underlying problems. For example, if your assessment results reveal that a client who has chronic plantar fasciitis overpronates, you should teach them corrective exercises to address this problem to alleviate their pain. On the other hand, if a professional runner’s assessments indicate that they overpronate, you will need to address their overpronation issue with exercises to help improve their foot mechanics and resultant running speed. The more you learn about musculoskeletal assessments and corrective exercises (and the way the body works) the sooner you will realize that these techniques can be used in all situations where pain relief and/or improved function/performance is the goal.