MS Kinesiology

On June 5th, 2015, I walked the line to receive my hood! I now have my Master of Science degree in Kinesiology.  In 2014, I also obtained my Corrective Exercise Specialist certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). As a sidenote, I have been a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for a few years now.

At the gym where I work, a trainer has to have a degree in a health science field in order to do any personal training on the gym floor (‘the floor’). So, this means I can now do personal training on the floor.  Mind you, I will not be training just anyone.  I will be bringing my clients from the massage room (‘my room’) out to the floor.  We will do assessment and treatment of soft tissue in my room and then corrective exercise on the floor.  One example might be that I assess your ability to do a bodyweight (BW) squat in my room.  I will look at your form and listen to your subjective assessment of where you feel the tension. Then, I will do an assessment of passive and active range of motion (ROM) while you are lying on my table.  I will ‘treat’ soft tissue restrictions as I encounter them.  We would, then, reassess the BW squat and repeat as necessary.

Once you have achieved a squat with form and depth that I find satisfactory (according to research and textbooks), we will go out to the floor and begin adding weights in varying capacities.  As I notice a change in your form, and as you notice the first sign of discomfort, we will return to my room to treat those soft tissue restrictions. Then we would go back to the floor and repeat that exercise to ensure we have ‘treated’ that restriction as well as possible.

This protocol is not limited to the BW squat.  If you are having difficulty with a particular movement, be it the pushing or pulling of any joint, we can assess, treat and exercise that area as necessary. (Other examples might be, but not limited to, the shoulder press, bicep curl, push up, chin up, leg press, hamstring curl, or even opening a jar!)

These appointments will last 90 minutes. I know that not everyone will want this kind of attention, so I will still offer strict table time appointments for 60, 75 or 90 minutes.  These sessions will not include any time on the floor.

I am excited to begin this new phase of my journey and hope to see you along the way!