Corrective exercise training is utilizing different types of specialty exercises integrated into a training program to improve or correct an imbalance of the body. Some of the different styles of exercises focus on muscular activation, muscular sequencing, strength, stability, balance, mobility, and/or core training; including muscular recruitment, endurance, and rotational stability. When integrating corrective exercises into a training program there are specific purposes behind each exercise and the improvement it is providing.
The enhanced progress these exercises can provide is exceptionally important. When a client has an injury, imbalance, limitation, or weakness to a movement pattern it is our job as fitness professionals to address the issue. If it is a movement deviation that we can correct, then it is our responsibility to create a balanced program with corrective exercises to fix the disparity.
When creating programs for clients it is imperative to maximize the use of corrective exercises. It is important to find a balance of what a client wants and what a client needs. When creating circuits for a client, I will incorporate one corrective exercise in each circuit. When I take my client/members through their programming, I teach and explain the purpose of each exercise. I call this “Motivation Through Education”. I want my clients to fully understand why they are doing each movement and the importance behind it. I can also create a stronger mind-body connection if the client understands exactly what muscles they should be using, the order of activation and/or where they should “feel” the exercise. All of these coaching strategies and cues will increase overall body awareness and understanding of the corrective programming providing the results the client wants and needs.
Many of these corrective exercises can be done on the floor, but if you are looking for a way to enhance core activation and joint stabilization during corrective exercise, the Step360™ Pro is a great tool to use. Here are 4 exercises to try integrating into your next program:
Beginners: 1-2 sets of 8-10 reps
Intermediate: 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps
Advanced: 2-3 sets of 12-20 reps
- Single-Leg RDL (add the Pro Elite Medicine Ball for increased intensity)
- Quadruped Opposite Arm/Leg Raise
- Standing Single-Leg Versa Tube Reverse Fly
- Kneeling Tall Versa Tube Stability Chest Press