Client Profile Process
Science now shows us that in order for the body to change—to become healthy and lean—we must tend to all the areas of one’s life and body to make sure the areas that have an effect on how the cells of your body function are being addressed.
Over the past 7 years we have been using a combination of advanced processes and techniques to figure out what you should be doing (and not be doing) in order to reach your goals. Until recently, most of the information was gathered in a somewhat random way. In order to meet our clients demands of having a truly individualized program, one that we can hold them accountable for while staying within their tolerances, we were able to create a process that allows us to gather all of this information in a cohesive and simple way. We call it our Client Profile Process. Our innovative Client Profile Process evaluates five critical aspects of your life, body, and health so we can devise a program tailored to you. These areas are:
• Your mechanical system—how your nervous system gathers information from your joints and muscles and how it recruits muscle. This allows us to understand your physiological tolerances, what needs to be worked on specifically and any limitations you might have that could affect the intended positive effects of exercise.
• Your functional movements—how your body puts movements together and functions within an exercise. This allows us to see what your body can and can’t do in regard to exercise along with figuring out the proper exercises and speed of movements (cadence of an exercise). This allows us to give the proper resistance stimulus so your body responds positively as the wrong exercise and the wrong cadence can send the wrong signals to your body.
• Your cardiovascular thresholds—how your heart tolerates stress and how well your heart rate recovers from stress. This allows us to devise a very specific cardiovascular program designed around your current cardiovascular function and ability so we are stimulating the proper signals to tell your body to improve heart and lung health along with creating a reason for the body to want to be leaner (not all cardio does both of these).
• Your metabolic type—how your body chemistry is made up and how your body responds to food. This allows us to figure out how to get your body chemistry balanced so your body is no longer struggling to work efficiently. The better your body is in balance, the easier it for your body to get back to a state of health and a lean body.
• Your mental approach—how you approach your body, health and exercise. This allows us to see if you have any thought processes that are causing your body to be in a state of stress that might very well be telling your body that is unsafe to lose weight. We can no longer separate the body and the mind—it’s a self contained system where everything effects everything else.
We now know that by evaluating these areas we can dramatically increase your chances of success many times more than just trying to get you to exercise more and eat less. The reality is, the less specific your program is to your entire life, health and body, the more you have to make up with diet and exercise. This is why you see people having to do extraordinary things in order to lose weight or get healthy. The more specific we are the more effective exercise and diet can be.
Think of it this way, it all comes down to information. If we don’t know what information your body is getting then how we would know what kind of stimulus to provide it to create change? Our goal is to use all this information to help your body get all the right information and stimulus in return so it wants to be lean and healthy. The more we know the more specific we can be.
Now Offering "The Werks" 5-Point Assessment
Our 5-point evaluation looks at these 5 major areas of your fitness health in five seperate sessions to determine where you currently are in regard to your overall fitness, health and well-being. This evaluation allows us to do one of two things:
1. Figure out what help you may need in each of the areas. We can then give you tips for each area so you have some direction for your own program.
2. It allows us to design an in-house program centered on the areas that require the most attention.
With "The Werks" you get all aspects of our services packaged together in one package price that gives you an opportunity to get the most out of our services, gives you a discount on everything we offer, and it lets you get a "taste" of everything we do that makes us one of the most cutting edge facilities in the Chicagoland area. The Client Profile Process helps us gather basic information but doing all five aspects in seperate sessions allows us to gather deeper levels of information so we can be even more specific with your program design. If we don't look, how will know if you need help there?
The processes and techniques we use to gather this information
• Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)—is a proven, time-tested checks-and-balances system that allows us to look at your body’s neuromuscular function. We can simply use it as an evaluation tool to see how well your body is balanced and fine-tune various imbalances or we can treat various injuries and find the source of most aches and pains. The process uses a hands-on approach of evaluating and treating inhibited muscles with great efficiency. This process is used in the first session and anything we gather from this process can get turned into a very specific exercise so you are working the areas that need the most attention. We can also use this process during your sessions to continue working areas that need attention or to work on your common ailments.
Consider this: Every time a weight is
placed in your hand and you perform a repetitive motion
or stress your body in any way, it may have an impact on your
the joints, for the rest of your life. Think of it in terms
of a doctor prescribing medication. Most
assume a physician is well educated about a medication before
prescribing it. However, wouldn't you be irate to later
discover that the doctor could have and should have made another
and what was prescribed for your specific case was inappropriate? It is for the same reason Fitness Werks professionals
need to know what to prescribe and why.
• Goal Sheet and 50-question Questionnaire—is a two-part questionnaire that allows us to see how you approach your goals, what your beliefs are about exercise and nutrition, what you are currently doing and not doing as well as how you feel about your body and what may be standing in your way of getting to your goals. This questionnaire helps us to figure out what percentages of each area (physical, chemical and mental) you need (and are willing) to work and what your preferences are (doing things you don’t like will have more negative implications than positive ones). This questionnaire is given to you after your first session (which is the MAT assessment) and is completed and returned to us before your functional assessment session. This information is then evaluated by the trainer you will be working with and they will then go over your very specific program breakdown during that functional assessment session or your next visit, where more tweaking of how things are going to break down work. This program will set the tone for your homework plans as well as set the grounds for our accountability schedule.
• Functional assessment—is where we look at how well things from your first mechanical assessment held, create exercises based on what is needed and we then put you through basic exercises to see how your body functions and tolerates stress. We start by looking at basic movement patterns like a squat and things like dumbbell chest press and lat pull-downs. These basic movements helps us see how your body functions (if there are any muscle imbalances still present) and links movements together while at the same time showing us how well your nervous system can control movements. We also use a stress test to test your heart rate and its ability to recover. All of this, along with the discussion of your questionnaire and goal sheet, is done in your second session. Once we have gathered all this data we then refine your program to fit all this information. Your next session will then be the start of your program and you will receive a report as to how your program breaks down with your first homework assignments.
• Cardiovascular threshold assessment—allows us to see your heart's working ranges--both your high working end and how well your cardiovascular system recovers. Science now shows us that traditional cardio (working at a steady pace) does not produce the most efficient results to either reduce body fat or get in high levels of cardiovascular condition (it does, however, get you in shape for doing traditional cardio—great, if that’s your goal). Learning where your current working heart rate levels are and how your cardiovascular system recovers allows us to create a cardio program that works within your specific thresholds so you maximize your cardio sessions. No more doing 30+ minutes of cardio.
• Metabolic Typing—starts with a 135-question questionnaire that gathers information from your physical characteristics like how you store fat, you body shape, what size your pupils are compared to your irises and what color your gums and ears are. It gathers information about how your body reacts to certain foods like how you feel after drinking a glass of orange juice and how you feel after eating red meat at certain times of the day. It also gathers information about your personality and emotional states like whether you are a “type A” or “type B” person and how you deal with stress. All this information equates to telling our metabolic expert what type of oxidizer you are and what your acidity and alkaline levels are. All of which help him to narrow down the foods that are best suited for your body. This questionnaire is usually given after the second session as your nutrition homework as it make take some time to gather all the appropriate information.
• Neural Reprogramming/Weight Loss Coaching—starts with a simply questionnaire that helps us understand where your focus and thinking is, which leads to how your body and mind are programmed to behave. This process is based on the fact that science now shows us how much our thinking plays a factor in our health and how much that influences our body’s current state. We now know that by virtue of our focus we program the subconscious mind to run various “programs” in the background that tell our body things like how much fat to hold on to and how much activity we should do. Where your body is currently is largely a result of your recent programming, which is from things like your stress, your focusing on the things you don’t like, and judging yourself for things you do or don’t do. Unfortunately, most people know more clearly what they don’t want than what they do want. Figuring out your current language and focus will help us know whether you are (unconsciously) working against yourself or not. Often only slight focus adjustments are needed to “tips the scales” in the right direction so your mind and body are working together, rather than running conflicting programs.
All in all, the information gathered within these techniques, processes and questionnaires allows us to figure out what signals your body is currently getting, which is ultimately causing your body to be where it currently is. For example, if you are focused on a body that you don’t like, your emotional stress may very well be causing your body to think it is starving by triggering the same chemical response that starvation creates even though you are not starving. The parts of your brain that is designed for survival does not distinguish where the signal comes from—only that there is a signal of not enough or something missing, etc. The same goes for doing exercises that exceed your body’s tolerance or choosing to do or eat things you don’t like. These can all send signals that stress the body in an unproductive way and can be counterproductive to your intended efforts.
Once we figure out how your program breaks down we will set up a schedule as to when you will be doing these activities outside of our time together. After you get to test this out for a week on your own, if there any places where you failed to stay on your schedule, we can set up an accountability schedule where we will know what days and times you will supposed to be doing your activity—like your cardio, nutrition or goal/mental homework. We will set up a time that we contact you, which could be via text message, instant messaging, email, a phone call or even show up at your door. Our contact could be a reminder for you to do your activity and/or it could be a follow up to see if you did your scheduled activity. Since we know life can throw us curveballs from time to time we set up a proper “plan B” if you miss your activity. This will be your fallback plan if things don’t happen when you first intended. This too can be set up for us to hold you accountable. Our goal is to make sure we are doing everything within our ability to help to support you every step of the way in places you need it, even when you are not with us.