Screening and Consultation
Is your body imbalanced since pregnancy? Do you have trouble sticking with a fitness routine? Are you exercising, but not seeing results? Have you been checked for abdominal separation? Do you have enough core strength to handle complex exercises or intense workouts? Might you be prone to injury? Are your current workouts appropriate for you?
To truly determine the best way to achieve your fitness goals, a comprehensive screening and discussion is necessary. A thorough understanding of how you move, your needs, wants, motivations and experience with exercise will provide the information needed to customize your fitness journey and give you the results you deserve. Whether you're interested in my training programs or have other fitness options in mind, let me help you get off to the best start! Read more about my Screening and Consultation session below. This session is required for everyone participating in personal training (also highly recommended to maximize small group training), but I encourage all women to start here.
Screening and Consultation
The screenings are not meant to diagnose, but rather are tools I use to collect information on how you move. By observing your movement I can determine if there are weaknesses or imbalances that could cause injury or limit your fitness success. It gives me a baseline and can then be used to prescribe exercises and provide feedback about your training program as you progress. By identifying weaknesses, we can individualize your training program so that you're improving your fitness and moving more efficiently.
Before your session: You will receive a link to a pre-participation health screening, which will help you identify any health risks that may require you to consult with a physician before exercise. You will also complete a questionnaire to provide me with information that will guide our discussion and future training.
During your session (approximately 60 minutes):
- I use the Functional Movement Screen to observe the quality of your movement (stability and mobility) as you perform fundamental movement patterns, and use the finger test to identify Diastisis Recti (separation of abdominal muscles, common in pregnant and postpartum women). You should wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and athletic sneakers. Expect about 15 minutes of low intensity movement.
- We will examine your past successes and challenges with exercise. We'll also look at the demands of your family life and how that impacts your fitness routine, as well as ways it can enhance your fitness journey. If you are pregnant we will discuss pregnancy discomforts and safety guidelines. If you've had a baby we will discuss posture and other physical changes or concerns since pregnancy and caring for baby.
After your session:
I will review all of the information collected. Within a week, we will then have a short Feedback and Findings phone conversation to discuss the outcome of your movement screen and the next steps in your fitness journey. I will lay out the approach that I see as the best fit for you to. It's possible that my discoveries will also lead me to refer you to see a health professional. See an example report here.
Summary, Rates and Scheduling
All Screening and Consultation sessions are held at my home-based studio in Northern Liberties. The rate is $99 and includes the following (home-based Screening and Consultation available in some areas for new moms):
- The Functional Movement Screen
- Diastasis Recti Screen
- Exercise history and fitness goal discussion
- Postpartum concerns discussion for new moms
- Prenatal exercise discussion for pregnant women
- Findings and Feedback phone call
- Summary report with findings and recommendations (see example)
- Discounted introductory personal or small group training rates
- Referral to women's health physical therapist if appropriate