Why You Need An Assessment and The 2 Biggest Mistakes Made When Assessing Yourself and How To Avoid
Let’s start this with a question.
Which scenario would you prefer?
Something is wrong with you, you’re not sure what it is, you just know you feel like crap.
So you head to the doctor.
You get to the doctor and the doctor “assesses” you.
Asks you what is wrong and where you hurt. Then the doctor, from their experience, checks different areas that could be making you feel like crap.
Then following their assessment, they make an educated decision of how to treat you, and make you better.
They prescribe a medicine and you’re on your way to getting better.
Or, this one.
You head to the doctor.
You tell the doctor, “I feel like crap, and I want to get better.”
The doctor, steps behind a big curtain and grabs what looks like a pillowcase, full of different bottles of medicines and says “one of these should work.”
Which would you choose?
So many times, we would hear. I just want to get stronger for golf, but I don’t need an assessment.
Which makes it so hard to prescribe a program.
We are now to the point where we will not work with a 1-on-1 client without doing an assessment.
Our group classes are assessed every quarter.
How can you get better if you don’t have a starting point?
With Golf Fitness, as with any attempt to get better at a skill, there are certain steps to take.
Why try to get stronger when you can’t move because you’re so tight?
You get the point!
We know we can’t see everyone, and in our attempt to introduce the right way to prepare your body for your best golf, we had to develop a way for you to assess yourself.
But, like anything, it’s not always done perfectly.
Here are the 2 biggest mistakes made when assessing yourself and how you can avoid them.
#1 You think you’re doing the move correctly, but you’re really not. Let’s use my favorite as an example, the pelvic tilt. This is the most often incorrectly measured assessment, why? Because you can’t feel what you’re supposed to or you can’t see yourself very well in a mirror.
FIX- Have someone watch you. Almost anyone can watch the video with you and make sure you’re doing the movements correctly or at least a better job than you are. They may not have the professionally trained eye, but they can still be a better judge.
#2 You don’t understand what you are supposed to be doing. In the torso and hip rotation assessments, we only want you to go as far as you can without forcing the movement. Many times, even in our gym, we see our clients trying to force the move.
FIX- Just move as far as you can comfortably, you’re not going to have to retake the test or go to the principal's office if you don’t pass.
When performing our online assessment, do your best and if you experience some tightness or some pain, simply stop, mark down your result and move on. Then you can work on those with the exercises provided.
Remember, If you’d like us to help you with your assessment and design a specific program for you via our mobile and online app, visit this link