At DIAKADI, we believe that the key to successful, safe and efficient personal training is obtaining an in-depth understanding of each client's anatomy, lifestyle and health history. Consequently, we pride ourselves on the advanced assessments that our trainers use when gathering information on their clients. This fall, Billy Polson will be presenting a five part series (One Class per Month) that details the vital assessments every trainer should include when designing a truly individualized program for clients.

Tests/Assessments covered include:

  • Static and dynamic posture measurements
  • Anatomical structural measurements
  • Muscle palpation
  • Pelvic alignment
  • Flexibility, range of motion and individual (strong/weak) muscle testing
  • Movement patterns
  • General health screens
  • And most importantly - How to develop logical programs using the data gathered from advanced level assessments

This assessment series can be a tremendous boost in the way you analytically approach your training and program design.

While the series is free to all active DIAKADI trainers, we have opened up the assessment series to non-DIAKADI trainers as well for $20 per class.

Dates: 8/7 - 12/6

Location: DIAKADI

Cost: DIAKADI Trainers Free | Community Trainers $20


8/7 | Posture Assessment

If your clients have postural issues, they will never be able to develop their bodies efficiently and safely. Billy Polson will be reviewing the different techniques and tools used to perform an advanced level static postural assessment following methods from NASM, NSCA, CHEK, Janda and NMT. Testing includes plumb line work, pelvic palpation and alignment, structural palpation (lower and upper body), measuring spinal curvatures for deviations, and more.

9/25 | Movement Screen

Client movements screens should be far more than an overhead squat test and pushups. Billy Polson will discuss the ways of using a Movement Screen Assessment for each of the most basic movement patterns to add depth to your client assessments and therefore improving the program design you provide for clients.

10/9 | Muscle Testing

In this third section of our five part 'Assessment Educational Series,' Billy Polson will look at joint functionality and walk through a series of tests to ensure that your clients have safe, functional mobility/range of motion in their joints before designing workout and stretching programs for them. We will also learn how to test isolated muscles that a large percentage of clients tend to have trouble recruiting.

11/8 | Health Assessment

The fourth section in our series will address the in-depth health analysis that should be done when starting work with clients. Asking clients about their current medications, previous injuries and goals only graze the surface when it comes to learning all you can about your clients. In this final section we will discuss:

  1. Cardiovascular Testing
  2. Basic Health Screens (Blood Pressure, Body Fat, Circumference Measures)
  3. Full Health History
  4. Lifestyle Questions - HUGELY important
  5. Nutrition/Food Journals
  6. Intelligent goal gathering and setting


12/6 | Program Design

In our 5th section and wrap-up, now that we have covered all of the assessment tools, it is now time to learn exactly how to transition from assessment to program design.  We will be discussing:

  1. Transitioning in-depth assessment knowledge to successful programs
  2. Truly efficient, safe, and individualized program design
  3. Progressing and regressing programs safely and effectively

Feel free to call us with further questions at 415-863-4922.

We hope you will join us for these advanced level trainer knowledge sharings!