Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are manipulative treatment procedures used in Osteopathic Medicine and Physical Therapy. These techniques use a voluntary contraction of the patient’s muscles against a distinctly controlled counterforce applied by the clinician. The contraction is executed from a precise position in a specific direction to achieve a specific goal. METs may be used to correct a patient’s musculoskeletal alignment, increase the mobility of restricted joints to improve motion, lengthen short muscles, strengthen weakened muscles, and reduce localized swelling. Because the patient exerts muscular effort during this process, these techniques are considered to be active techniques. This description mirrors how I apply myself as a fitness professional. I engage my clients and all workouts are executed in a controlled setting with precise, designed objectives and with specific goals. Goals may range from, but are not limited to, enhancing one’s strength; muscular endurance; appearance; athletic performance; and/or general well being.

In the quest of becoming all we can be, there is nothing wrong with believing that “It’s all about !”

The above quote is intended to convey a sense of dedication and commitment to taking control of one’s health status, physical appearance, functional abilities, self-image, self esteem, and quality of life.

There are three major roles I assume as a fitness professional Teacher, Coach, and Guide:

The paramount responsibility of a health and fitness professional is to educate and enlighten you, the client, with the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to make positive lifestyle modifications in order to reach your personal goals.

The fitness professional must be a motivational leader who inspires you to perform to higher levels.

This role is significant in the journey on which we will embark on together. I look on each individual as a new textbook, and his/her progress is a new chapter in a story of success. I must apply sound knowledge of anatomy, exercise physiology, and the manipulation of the variables of fitness to optimize results.

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