Everything You Know About Corrective Exercise Is Wrong
Raise your hand if the mere sight of the term “corrective exercise” makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up or results in having to resist the urge to jump through a pane glassed window.
Corrective exercise can mean different things to different fitness professionals. For some, like physical therapists, it can mean any number of things including implementing unstable surface training with an injured client coming off a nasty ankle sprain. For others, like personal trainers, it can mean pretty much the same thing, having a healthy client perform all sorts of unstable surface training in the name of optimal core engagement! (whatever that means), and because it helps to separate themselves from the masses and it looks super neato.
Yes, I’m being a bit sensationalistic here. And yes, I’m going out of my way to use extreme examples. Hey, you’re still reading right?
Corrective exercise IS a thing, it DOES have a time and place, and MANY (not all) trainers and coaches need a slight slap upside the head (just a tap!) to help remind them what it is and what it isn’t.
In my latest article on BodyBuilding.com I give some insight on what corrective exercise means to me. Try not too take it too seriously though…I had some fun with it. 1