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Training the Older Adult Client: Key Corrective Exercise Patterns – The Shoulders

Part III: Key Corrective Exercise Patterns – The Shoulders

As we discussed in Part I and II of this series, we recently completed our very first full 3-day training certification: the Integrative Corrective Exercise Instructor™ certificate program.

In the 3-day intensive Integrative Corrective Exercise Instructor certificate program – designed specifically for those of you that work with older clients like we do in our clinic in Chicago, we covered the key concepts and principles of training older clients.

There are three keys we have found to be fundamental in helping improve the effectiveness of our training programs and helping our older clients successfully work towards accomplishing their health and fitness goals. These 3 concepts form the foundation of our Integrative Movement System Corrective Exercise Strategy™.

1. Awareness

The most important component to our corrective exercise program is to help increase our client’s awareness of their current habits and educate them on how to develop more optimal posture and movement habits.

2. Attention-to-detail

The next most important component is to bring attention-to-detail or paying attention to the simple things that can be often over-looked. Essentially these are the simple things that ultimately can have a dramatic impact upon your older client’s overall success.

3. Appropriate Progressions

Use patterns that give your older clients the best opportunity for success.  There is nothing wrong with pushing your client…as long as they’ve ‘earned-the-right’ or been progressed appropriately to successfully perform the higher-level intensity or patterns.

In the previous video we discussed how to implement these concepts into one of our go-to corrective exercise patterns for improving glute function and hip mobility. If you missed it, view it now, click here for Video I.

In this second video of the series, I share with you one of the key corrective exercise patterns we use to improve scapular stability and overall head and thorax alignment.

In the next video I’ll share one of our go-to corrective exercise patterns for improving overhead shoulder range of motion.


Dr. Evan Osar is the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification designed specifically to aid the fitness professional establish themselves as an invaluable part of their client’s health care team. In addition to his chiropractic degree, Dr. Osar has earned national certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and The Soma Institute – National School for Clinical Massage Therapy. He is the founder of Fitness Education Seminars, an education company with the mission of helping trainers and therapist recognize their role as a part of the solution to the health care crisis.

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