Searching for the latest fitness fitness program or choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? You are heading in the right direction because you have made the choice or decision to improve. However, many people fail to accomplish one’s goal or staying committed to a program because one simply fails to identify their actual goal. It may sound obvious, but it is true. Every start to the new year, you may hear people say; “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get into better shape.”
The problem occurs when one does not simply elaborate about their goal(s) and do not take the necessary steps towards achieving the goal(s). How are you going to get in better shape? What steps are you going to take to improve? A needs analysis must be conducted before engaging in a fitness program.
What is a needs anaylsis?
In strength and conditioning terms, a needs analysis is a process that involves an evaluation of the requirements and characteristics of the sport and an assessment of the athlete (Baechle, 2008). However, a needs analysis can be applied to the general population as well. For example, an evaluation of the sport can be interrelated with one’s goal. Training for a 5k, Mud Run or Warrior Dash? The events listed in the previous sentence could be listed under the evaluation of the sport. When evaluating the sport, one must analyze the movements and physiological requirements of the sport. If you are training for a long distance run, it may not be wise to engage in a six-day-a-week powerlifting regimen. In addition to movement analysis and identifying the physiological requirements of the sport, one must identify the common sites of injuries within that sport. When you identity the common sites of injury within the sport, you become aware of any bodily dysfunctions that you may have.
A needs analysis is just one small piece of the puzzle when starting a fitness program. Comment below or send me a message in the contact form tab if you would like to learn more about the process of developing a program based on your goal(s).
Baechle, T. R. (2008). Essentials of strength training and conditioning. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.