Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are manipulative treatment
procedures used in Osteopathic Medicine and Physical Therapy. These
techniques use a voluntary contraction of the patients 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 patients
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 ones 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 Its all about !
The above quote is intended to convey a sense of dedication and commitment
to taking control of ones 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.