Training the Older Adult Client – Part IV: Key Corrective Exercise Patterns for the Shoulders

Welcome to the 4th installment of this edition of Integrative Movement Insider™ (IMI) where we’ve been discussing a few of the key concepts and corrective exercise patterns we use when training our older clients.

In the previous video we discussed how to implement the foundational concepts of the Integrative Movement System Corrective Exercise Strategy™ – improve our clients’ awareness, pay attention to the small details, and help your clients earn-the-right – to help our older clients successfully work towards achieving their health and fitness goals.

In Video 1, we discussed one of our go-to corrective exercise patterns for improving glute function and hip mobility. In Video 2 of the series, I shared with you one of the key corrective exercise patterns we use to improve scapular stability and overall head and thorax alignment.

If you missed either video you can access those videos here: Video 1 and Video 2

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

You can be the specialist your current – as well as potential – clients need, want, and will seek out to help them safely and effectively work towards accomplishing their health and fitness goals.

By helping our older clients become aware of the factors that are within their control and helping them become more aware of their posture and movement we empower them for success.

By paying attention to the simple things like alignment, breathing, and control we can help our older clients address many of the underlying issues that are leading to chronic tension, discomfort, and/or the loss of performance.

By helping our clients ‘earn-the-right’ by appropriately progressing their patterns we empower them to safely and effectively work towards achieving their health and fitness goals.

If you like this information and want to learn more about how to develop your confidence and expertise in working with older clients that have Chronic back tightness, Degenerative joint disease, or Spinal stenosis and other issues related to the trunk and spine, then consider joining us for our one-day events. We share these concepts in our one-day, intensive training – Corrective and Progressive Exercise for the Older Client: The Trunk and Spine-Level I.

You will leave this training with the tools and strategies you need to successfully work with and attract older clients. You won’t think the same about training this population after attending this workshop!


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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