Ask the Expert – Andre Noel Potvin
What makes an exercise high risk vs low risk?
Some of the most common questions in the fitness industry by clients are whether a given exercise is high risk. Many clients feel if they aren’t getting full benefit of an exercise unless they are achieving a specific range of motion. However the questions always comes as to whether the way they are doing it or the way we want them to do it is right or wrong. In this instructional video Fitness Guru Andre Noel Potvin explains the difference.
André Noël Potvin, MSc, CES, CSCS, TFL, is a Clinical Exercise Specialist and Owner of INFOFIT, North America’s Premier School for Fitness Professionals. He has been a leading Educator in Vancouver BC since 1989. Andre teaches that there is no right or wrong way to do an exercise. The question should be is the exercise high risk vs low risk or more effective vs. less effective. Watch this video that helps you in building a fitness program specifically designed for each of your individual clients.
Appropriate Exercise vs Inappropriate
Always start by discussing your clients goals then deciding with them whether exercises are more appropriate vs less appropriate for them in that particular moment. Whether a program or exercise is appropriate would be dependent on their age, fitness level, skill level, injury status, willingness to perform the exercise and their lifestyle. Keep in mind if a client is compliant with a program within a short time you will need to change their program. Generally a program should be changed every 3 – 4 weeks along with your methodology.
Decrease your risk of injury in the gym as a client by hiring a certified personal trainer. Elite Personal Trainers will teach you the difference of what is high risk vs low risk or appropriate vs inappropriate for you. They will develop a specific program for you based on your current level of fitness and ability.
Remember to train efficient, effective and safe! Keep your exercise programs low risk! Happy training!