We visited Motive Training a few weeks ago for a full Functional Range Assessment and what turned out to be quite the workout!
Going into my FRA, we were presented with some foot pain in the plantar fascia and peroneals. The goal was to assess joints and find a cause to why the foot was being overworked. We tried some exercises geared to strengthen where I needed it most to avoid this condition from coming back. This was technically a mini-session but I was sweating! 😅
If you’re in the market for personal training, have certain goals you’d like to meet, or are trying to recover from a pesky injury @motivetraining is the place to be!
Who is your typical client?
We work with people across all spectrums, from athletes to people who have never touched a weight in their life, or kids as young as 8 to men and women as old as 85. We’re a movement-focused gym, teaching people the importance of taking a full-body approach to staying strong, mobile, and healthy. So, we work with everyone, and we love that.
But, we see many more people coming through Motive with achy joints, pain, and injuries. Or people that are demotivated, frustrated, and unhappy with their progress because they’re not receiving information or guidance that’s meant for them.
Everyone is unique, and we make it a priority to address that with every single person that comes into our gym. That’s what makes us truly different from the competition.
What are the most significant benefits of your training/memberships?
Every membership comes with hands-on coaching and personal training, but it’s more than that.
We have our own mobile app to track progress, take measurements, and build 100% customized programs for people to do workouts outside of Motive.
We take the time to set realistic goals and measure them in whatever way we need to. For example, some people want to see changes in their range of motion, while others want to see the scale weight drop. We track progress and measure what’s necessary to know we’re making a difference.
We currently offer short- and long-term memberships for personal training. So, if you’re preparing for a wedding, event, or race, we have options to help you. But, no matter what membership people choose, we want to see them every week because we know how essential it is to build momentum and stay on track.
Most successful clients or most significant transformation you’ve seen?
There are so many, but Penny’s recent transformation stands out. Penny came to us a year after a tragic car accident. She broke over 32 bones, has plates and screws in her ankles and knee, and couldn’t walk independently until recently.
Physical therapy helped her walk again, but they pushed her out of the program to fend for herself once she was “cleared.”
It wasn’t until she came to Motive that she saw a drastic difference in pain reduction and movement function.
You can see her results, as well as a lot more, here:
What is a Functional Range Assessment, and why do you do this?
The Functional Range Assessment (FRA) is a comprehensive tool to examine people from their heads to their toes.
We test how joints move independently to gauge range of motion, strength, flexibility, pain, etc. This way, we know where people’s limitations might be so we can work on fixing them.
A standard personal trainer assessment will gloss over many essential movement variables, but the FRA gives us a ton of valuable information to give you better programming, coaching, and results.
Motive’s FRA includes a 2 hour examination and a 1 hour follow up session.
What was included in my functional range assessment?
Going into your FRA, we were presented with some foot pain in the plantar fascia and peroneals. The goal was to assess joints and find a cause to why the foot was being overworked.
The FRA first examined capsular space within specific joints (toes, ankles, knees, hips). Especially for a runner, having adequate space in these joints without impingements is crucial. We dug in and assessed the true anatomy of the joint first. In other words, we assessed the architecture. After assessing passive range of motion (ROM), we assessed the ability to move at that joint. Comparing passive to active ROM shows true joint mobility. We define joint mobility as the ability to move with strength and control. As a runner, it is very important to have both abilities in order to avoid compensations that will eventually lead to injuries.
The FRA also includes performing Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs). CARs are controlled joint circles. The goal of a CAR is to put the joint through its full range of motion. CARs engage muscles that are not often used in an intentional pattern. Thus, teaching the central nervous system how to properly move at a particular joint without using any compensatory muscles.
Having exceptional joint health will facilitate runners to be efficient athletes. Having strong and mobile joints will give runners a more powerful stride and better endurance. More importantly, proper working joints will lead to better longevity. If you enjoy running/exercising now, won’t you want to continue 10+ years from now? Our goal is to not only make you able to continue, but to be healthy and pain free as you age.
Stop into Motive Training and check it out for yourself!