Prime-Physio Fitness Lifting Assessment Guide

Thank you for considering my Lifting Assessment Guide to assess the squat, deadlift, bench press, overhead press/position, and the row.  These movements are staples to any training program for the goal of building strength, muscle mass, and improving the movement system by training these movement patterns in an efficient and safe manner.  As a trainer or a coach, these movements are demonstrated to clients or athletes to perform, but not everyone executes them properly.  Why is that?  Everyone is unique.  Everyone has different bony anatomical structures, different mobility limitations, and different ways of executing movements patterns.  What works to improve one person’s squat may not work for another person.

When you identify a movement that doesn’t look great, the typical response is, “we need to fix your form,” but the correct response should be, “we need to fix your form by identifying the cause of the faulty movement pattern.”  By performing a proper assessment, it allows you to identify what is causing a faulty movement pattern and select a specific intervention to correct the issue.  Not only is that how we are taught to identify and correct a dysfunction in a physical therapy assessment, it is the most specific and most time-efficient way to improve a faulty movement pattern in your clients, athletes, or even yourself.  Why guess what the issue is when you can perform an assessment to identify the limitation and select a specific intervention to improve it?

What Are You Getting?

In this guide, I break down the squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press by:

  • Mobility needs at each joint involved
  • Tests for anatomical variations between individuals 
  • Tests for the mobility needs
  • Exercise-based interventions for improving mobility limitations
  • Tests for motor control
  • Exercise-based interventions for improving motor control

Knowing your why is of utmost importance in the physical therapy world and should be equally as important in the strength training and fitness worlds. By knowing your why when correcting movement patterns and exercises, it allows you to be as specific as possible when working with people who all have unique differences.

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