Strong Muscles and Wellness
Of the 600+ muscles in the human body, 65% are located above the waistline. Think about this fact as you consider a client who feels they are on track with their physical activity.
We know that the majority of our muscle mass sits in the upper body; therefore resistance training would be appropriate for this client and would represent an example of how resistance training and aerobic exercise (CV) complement each other to meet the needs and goals of your client.
Benefits of Strong Muscles
Increasing the strength of muscles of the lower body helps to protect joint structures from weight-bearing, and needs to be considered for their implications with clients who present with osteoarthritis.
As another reason to have medical clearance, you may be programming exercise variables to account for provisions specified by either a primary care physician or an orthopedist.
The positive results that come from doing resistance training allow your clients to live independently and with the dignity they deserve as they age.
Since we are currently enjoying longevity and a longer lifespan, some of the baby boomers or Generation X population members are living longer… and it would be ideal if they were not having to manage physical or functional limitations as part of the aging process.
In most cases, these conditions could have been prevented. Research is full of documentation that indicates physical inactivity is responsible for the majority of age-related conditions. This part of your client’s wellness should definitely be included as part of their bigger vision
Knowledge of Muscles as a Wellness Coach
Although you are not expected to have a master level of knowledge as it relates to muscle origins, insertions or actions, a fundamental knowledge of the major muscles and their typical actions will be required for you to understand clients who present with musculoskeletal or orthopedic concerns.
Knowing this information will also help you in designing exercise programs for the client.
Sixteen of the 600 possible muscles are presented in the table below. It is somewhat normal that you will frequently refer to these muscles with clients as part of the coaching process; this is especially true with injured clients.
Your clients are looking to you for advice, guidance, and direction, in order to improve their biometrics. You may want or need to refer to a standard human anatomy or physiology book for more information about not just muscles, but body systems overall.
How to Start a Wellness Coaching Career
Becoming a Certified Wellness Coach is the perfect addition for the fitness professional who wants to offer more all-inclusive wellness services to clients. The time is now for you to enjoy this exciting and rewarding career, which offers you personal fulfillment while improving the lives of others.
If you are passionate about helping people and living a fulfilling life, we can help you achieve your dreams right now. The Life Strategies Coaching Certification Course combines the latest advancements in human potential and neuroscience with proven methods of success used by the world’s most productive people.
Spencer Institute certification programs are open to anyone with a desire to learn and help others. There are no prerequisites.
That’s it for now.