A Long Trip to Nowhere


Imagine this scenario:  you’ve planned a trip to the Caribbean and, on the day before you’re supposed to fly out of Logan, you call your well traveled friend to ask for directions.  You figure, he travels a lot so he must know the best way to the airport.  So, he eagerly replies, “Sure!  I jump onto Storrow, take the tunnel to the airport exit, and I’m there in less than 10 minutes!”  The problem is, he lives in the Back Bay and you live in Waltham.

My point here is that if someone doesn’t know where you’re coming from, they probably can’t tell you the best way to get where you’re going.  This is pretty much what happens when you start working with a trainer without any sort of assessment – it’s guessing at best.  We all come to exercise with our own injury and medical history, previous exercise experience, movement flaws, aches and pains, etc.  The only way to formulate your program (directions) to meet your fitness goals (your destination) is to know where you are right now.

Of course, there’s always a chance that you’ll get lucky and get the right directions simply by chance, but that’s a long shot.  If you’re investing money and time into your body, health and well-being, are you comfortable gambling on it?  Don’t go on a long trip to nowhere – get the right plan from the start and get where you want to go faster and easier.

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Michael Bento is an Advanced Trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

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