I love this live class and the book is even better. Thumbs up, NASM.
What a great tool to help with massage and personal fitness training!
The test was tough. I didn't open the book and thought I would cruise through the test without any preparation and I was very wrong. Thank God the test is hard, because this is important info, and not info to dish out lightly. I was thankful for a challenge and am happy I studied the book to the point where if it's not memorized, I at least know what page to find the info I need.
Though the class I took was a bit loud for the first few hours of the NASM's Corrective Exercises live workshop at BrikFitness in Redondo, California, I still enjoyed it and really enjoyed the great trainers taking the class with me. There were healthy shakes being swirled together in blenders while enthusiastic personal trainers encouraged their exercising clients through their regular Sunday workouts all a while the workout music going and then the videos we were supposed to be hearing.
It was like trying to pay attention to a college professor speaking in a mall. I was trying to pay attention, glaring at the instructors with all my might and sonic ear power, but the blender would win.
The cool exercises that the personal trainers were trying also stole my attention for seconds at a time, which was enough to loose entire blocks of information from the class.
Finally, after several hours of being in a health store locker room with 80's workout music tapping at my brain, all the noise went away, the blenders stopped, the clients and trainers went home, and the workout music was turned off. Phew…now, what did you say for the past 2 hours?
Besides the major distractions, the information is excellent and I am already using it in all my massages and personal training sessions.
Corrective Exercises is just that, exercises to correct imbalances in our bodies. We learned to assess what is off balance, either because a muscle is weak, overactive, too tight, etc. From how a person moved in a certain exercise, we learned how to tell which muscles need foam rolling, which need stretching, and which need strengthening. Awesome!
Every massage therapist should take this class because it really fits hand in hand with how we can help people. Then, if you add personal training, you are several steps ahead in being able to massage their body back into balance.