Starting a training program without an assessment is akin to plugging a destination into your GPS unit without a starting point.
It can’t be done.
There is a reason your GPS asks to use your current location!
Most athletes come in with a very specific goal to move better, move stronger, get out of pain or avoid injury. We often know what needs to be done to achieve these goals. Train. Eat clean. Recover. And repeat. Many athletes begin on the path towards their goals, and it may look something like this:
I think we can agree that this may not be the fastest route to our destination. The power of assessments is that they allow us to establish a starting point so that our path can look closer to this:
When you visit a qualified medical practitioner, they start with an examination. Why should the training process be any different?
The goal of an assessment is not to produce a diagnosis. The assessment should help to create an athletic movement profile leading to the development of a personalized, precisely controlled training program.