Monday, August 13, 2012

Win a Copy of Muscle Imbalances Revealed Assessment & Exercise!

Thank you for your support during the "Advanced Screening" of Muscle Imbalances Revealed Assessment & Exercise. Hopefully, you took advantage of the incredibly low price and have already dived head first into the downloadable videos.

As you can see, I'm pretty excited about this product because:
A. I love contributing to a quality educational product, and
B. Its my first product in 4 years

The creator of Muscle Imbalances Revealed, Rick Kaselj, had a cool contest giveaway on his blog last week. I asked if he could give a few copies away to my readers and he said for sure. Keep reading to get details on how to win a copy.

On Tuesday, August 14 the "Official Release" of Assessment and Exercise is happening...

BUT Today is your one and only chance to win a copies of  MIR Assessment & Exercise.

And it will only take you a minute to enter.

I want you to explain to me in the comments section of this blog post what your experiences are working with a client that has a history of past injuries. I know first-hand what it is like to work with injuries and the constant modifications needed with certain exercises, but I'd like to hear from you.  Here's your question:

How does using assessments help you with clients that have a history of injuries? What challenges do you face  and how do you overcome them to design an effective exercise program?

REMEMBER: you must place your response in the COMMENTS section of this post--complete with your first name and email. 

I’ll go through every single one of your responses before Wednesday at 5 pm EST and I’ll choose ONE winner. So make your answer COUNT!

If you win, you’ll be notified by email and I will give you online access or will mail you the physical DVDs of Assessment & Exercise.

Remember, give me your best response in the Comments section of this blog post! The winner will be notified on Wednesday, August 15th!


  1. Looking forward to read what people have to say.

    Rick Kaselj of


  2. How does using assessments help you with clients that have a history of injuries? What challenges do you face and how do you overcome them to design an effective exercise program?

    I find that using assessments, especially with clients who have had previous injuries helps to identify their compensations and weaknesses that stem from the injury (and often times this has taken place many years ago!).
    I find more often than not that people with previous injuries never really allowed for proper healing or neglected to follow through with PT which often leads to weakness, more compensations, and muscle imbalances, and improper movement patterns.
    The most challenging for me is to sell a client on the rehab work and to get them to DO it on their own. They are typically so focused on their aesthetic goals that they just want to get to the "fun" stuff and don't take some of the stretching/rehab exercises as seriously (at least when I am not around)as they should or as I would like.
    I try to negate this by giving them what they want and what they need! I try to give them a balanced program that will address their muscle imbalances but also include things they like.
    For example, if someone really wants to bust out some biceps curls(more than likely I would prefer to spend the time on something else), I'll let them have at it, if they do everything else. :-)
    After all, I'm there to serve them and hope they enjoy their workouts with me. It's a give and take.

    I would LOVE to win this give away!! I know a little about all this stuff but would love to learn more and expand my tool box!!

  3. Assesment have to be so comprehensive that any lack of information can lead to failure. You need to examine not just certain diagnosis of injury that doctors made, but to go through clients history of any kind of sport experience. For example, one client (age of 34, IT) had injured during squash match. We thought that bad posture in prolongled seating and stressfull lounge was couse, but after few weeks of training, he menasioned that 14years ago during wrestling competiotion he had back incident. So we lost few weeks because of lack of informations.
    During first talk and work sessions, most of the clients are relatively closed. Normally, they don`t know us. Second, they don`t know what stuff from they past are important and they offten skip them. Afterwords, it showed that those skiped things can be really important.
    With good assessment plan, we leave proffesional impression (classic talking is ok, but leaving lost of space for mistakes), and lowers the risk of bad diagnosis to minimum which allows us to make efficient program.
    In shortly, we need to much time to get to all relevant informations.
    I`m convinced that this assesment kit is very usefull. It will enrich our approach, save us time and make us more efficient in problem solving!

  4. Using assessments with clients established a baseline for their movement patterns. I reassess periodically to gage if the program is improving rapidly or not. I also assign "homework" to clients to expedite their improvements like foam rolling, or movement prep as Pre-work to our sessions.

    The challenge I face is the knowing which compensation to tackle first. As if their maybe a hierarchy : maybe if I build their core then their push-up would be better. If I build their Glutes their knees wouldn't buckle on a squat. I overcome this challenge by training stability over mobility. Trunk stability before upper body and lower body mobility.

  5. How does using assessments help you with clients that have a history of injuries? What challenges do you face and how do you overcome them to design an effective exercise program?

    Assessments are vital with helping me with clients who have a history of injuries. Not only does it tell me what I can and cannot do with the client, it lets the client know himself what he is actually capable of doing and gives sense to any type of re-hab work I make him do.

    I have a client right now who has 2 ankle sprains (one of them a grade II), minor scoliosis on his lower back, and a torn right rotator cuff. That is on top of his kyphosis, bilateral foot pronation, forward head, and internally rotated arms from not working out in 7 months.

    The assessment I made him go through allowed me to find out everything I needed to know as to how to work around and try to help some of those things. Most importantly, it made me get through to him that we need to get him healthy, that fitness is not just "get on the treadmill for 30 minutes" or "lift weights until your gasping for air". There is more that we can do to help him out with these things while still going after his goal of losing some weight. This also gives me more authority and separates myself from other trainers as now he trusts me more than any other trainer he knows, even the head trainer at our gym.

    My biggest challenge has always been finding ways to work around the re-hab without feeling uneasy about whether something can "tweak" or cause something else down the road. Especially for the client I just wrote about as he is basically a disaster and the last thing I need happening is being stuck on re-hab and just giving him cardio (as of right now, he only has 1 arm he can work with).

    For this client in particular, I am trying to overcome this challenge (my biggest challenge yet) by doing some direct re-hab work (especially on the ankles) and just hitting the posterior chain like crazy, getting in some energy system training on the bike and one arm pushing and pulling exercises.

    I try my best to work around and help with what I can. I'm paid to change their lives for the better (that's how I see it), so I try to do just that with the best possible service anyone can give them.

    This giveaway would help me so much as it would give me more confidence in working with injured clients and get them from "re-habbers" to kick ass beasts. Change their lives and perspective of fitness for the better.

  6. As ATC Mike Reinold quotes: if you're not assessing, you're guessing! I have stood by that since day one. I am a firm believer that conducting a comprehensive assessment to assist and pin-point underlying pathologies and imbalances will undoubtely, send each and every trainee on their way for continued success.

    The challenges which I face as I incorporate assessments are: having a client not listening and defying the trainer's helpful advice and two, concentrating so meticulously on assessing, that the whole "training effect" notion is disregared. As we know, our clients are here to workout.

    It has become increasingly difficult as we learn more and more in the world of "assessing", to try and articulate the importance of evaluations. With every preliminary and mid-point period, I'll take the time and explain (or reiterate) how the body works/functions and if any aberrant movements are initiated, repeatedly, then any and all goals set, may be compromised

    As far as the training part of things, I try not to get all caught up in every little detail. I'll take care of the readily apparent issues first, then proceed to conduct the workout and evaulate as we move forward. We can only assess so much from a "static" position. Investing the time to evaluate a trainee as they're executing a deadlift or even a squat, can go a long way in determining what's working and what's not.

    With that said, I am confident that this product will disseminate the right information to the vast majority of devoted fitness professionals!

    Thanks again, John!


    Andrew Zomberg
    Philadelphia, PA

  7. Assessments is the thing that starts it all. When human beings started to understand natural sciences, they began with observations of nature. Without assessments and observations of our clients, it wouldn't be a scientific process.

    I like to say, without an assessment, it would be attempting to get the client "fit" on accident. Even without injuries, its the system that will keep them injury free and injury resistant during our training program.

    With that said, the difficulty is the client comes in with certain expectations. They don't see the celebrity trainers using assessments and in their minds the trainers they have already seen on TV are the authority. Why are they the authority? The viewership makes them so. Just the same as all your blog readers make you an authority. If you had 0 readers, no matter how skilled, you would just be a guy who knew stuff.

    I overcome the issue before it begins. I tell them from the first day what to expect, I become transparent. I explain to them though why it's more effective, you can use a host of analogies comparing their bodies to cars or what not. But people are not stupid, if they are explained the value up front they will buy in.

    Once they believe that figuring out their weaknesses and minimizing it as much as possible is the key to a good program, program design becomes easy. They just needed to know why. Once they know why they begin to believe. Once they believe they want what you as a trainer wants for them. Good health.

    Sam Yang
    Los Angeles, CA

  8. I find assessment invaluable in producing effective training programs for people who have either a history of injury or are recovering from a recent injury. The biggest challenge is getting the assessment itself to guide the right course of action.

    If we don’t use the assessment properly and having something that is broad enough yet still targeted and able to guide a trainer to prescribe the right activity to address both the injury and the underlying issue.

    I know, broad but targeted? WTF? This IS the challenge we all face and what I mean by this is the assessment must be able to first identify there is an issue, then guide a trainer to look at the underlying issues of imbalance/weakness/tightness etc that are symptomatic of a specific injury. So broad enough to identify there is an issue, yet able to be narrowed down to provide a targeted assessment framework to identify the specific problem. This then guides the trainer to prescribe the right assessment for strength, mobility or flexibility of surrounding support muscles as well as the injury itself.

    Without a good assessment tool and some critical thinking, the challenge is always going to present itself for trainers when prescribing a program to remedy an injury or client with systematic injury occurrence without being sure of the underlying causes.

    A regular occurrence of hamstring strains may or may not be as simple as a weak or tight hamstring and without combining inquiry and assessment, your program, even though strengthening the hamstring, may not stop future strain as you have not identified the underlying causes of the weakness or tightness. It might be glute weakness, poor pelvic tilt, or calf related or a leg tracking issue or weak VMO or a combination of all. Until assessing the right range of motion and strength capabilities it is very challenging to get strength rehabilitation or injury proofing programs spot on.

    So, utilising assessment tools definitely produces better results for clients by guiding the trainer to think more critically in identifying the issue to address in the programming. It also helps to show and justify to the client the importance of some of their programming, if they can see and experience the weakness or reduced ROM from doing the assessment process it adds value in their eyes to what may seem trivial exercises. Ultimately, by applying effective assessment to guide our programming we are aiming to give the client the best base to build on, maximising the benefit from their ability to exercise longer and reducing time out from injury while improving their goal achievement likelihood.

    Vaughan – Canberra, Australia

  9. It's imperative to a client's longevity that we be able to assess them when they are willing, and also when they aren't "looking". Especially, when the sessions are dealing with more than just a person looking to work out. Like depression, life struggles, self-image issues, sedentary life just looking to be confident in a gym setting, etc... all make it that much more important we can assess while comforting and encouraging them.

    In addition, assessments can be used to assess possible injuries or overworked patterns that clients use when not with you. Whether it's exercise or repetitive postural patterns. I have a former triathlete , middle-aged, and he omitted w what he was doing outside are sessions until he tore a menisci. Running was completely omitted....he was overtraining and I had no idea. He missed several sessions while resting, and we were forced to work without the lower body for several weeks. This hindered his progress, and more importantly now has a nagging injury, unless he pursues surgery. ( ANOTHER HUGE benefit to using and implementing the assessment and it's findings-Avoid expensive surgeries!) If there was a thorough assessment guide, it would be invaluable to a young trainer like myself. Young in the field that is. Assessments can help work with clients injuries, safely, effectively, and progressively. Any injury can disrupt client's progress and demand for an alter in the programming. A good assessment reveals all the steps needed to program most efficiently, and saving valuable time and money to ensure customer satisfaction.

    Assessments also help me as a trainer because when a client with a past of issues is seeking a new level of fitness they seek trainers who are knowledgable in the common aches and pains...and the ones who will be able to steer clear of another one. This allows us to increase our value, and recruit more clients on referrals, and giving us a 'niche' market. I've enjoyed the CES material, but am eager to learn more.

    I Appreciate it , John.

    Best Regards- Jonathon Schetzsle -

    Austin , TX

  10. Andrew Zomberg's email:

    Sorry, John. I was on a 7 hour train ride while composing this!


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