Walk Like A Warrior
By Tammy LeBoss | thefitprofoodie.com
Before progressing exercises too quickly, trainers need to teach clients how to walk. Learn to walk like a warrior and teach others to do the same. In determining mobility and stability variables, performing squat or lunge tests can be very useful tools. But, don’t overlook the simplest and perhaps the most functional movement performed every single day: Walking. Here are a few questions to ask during this simple walk test:
- Are there limitations in joint mobility and/or stability?
- What happens as they prep for push off?
- How does the heel strike the ground?
- Does the foot evert (roll in) or invert (roll out)?
- Are the hip, knees and feet moving in an integrated fashion?
- Is there efficient movement patterning?
- Are compensation patterns taking place? If so, how?
- Does the client report any areas of sensation or pain when walking?
For optimal function and performance, assess clients from the ground up using a proper Gait Analysis. This analysis can be performed informally when the client walks into the room and more formally as they walk on a treadmill. While they walk, watch closely to the way they move. Ask, are they applying NAFC ANSER™ to every day applications?