Power-Based Cocahing & Bike Fit Partners

POWER-BASED COACHING & BIKE FIT PARTNERS

During the bike fit process, a ‘qualified‘ bike fitter will start the fitting process with an interview. At the same time, looking for visual queues as to where problem areas in the body might be lurking. Observations such as a subtle limp, leaning slightly to one side, flexibility issues, pain, etc. This should then be followed by an on-bike evaluation where these issues manifest themselves to a greater extent. Using sound Medicine Of Cycling processes, the bike fitter can determine a realistic course of action.

The reasons ‘bad-fits‘ still occur are numerous. Several tell-tale signs of an unqualified bike fitter are;

  • not interview/listen to the clients needs/goals and then fitting the client as to how the bike fitter thinks they should be fit;
  • only look at the bike and not the person, thereby missing telling signs as to any underlying physical problems, and, more importantly, not knowing what to do if they see any of these signs;
  • not understanding the importance of cleat positioning nor knowing how to adjust the cleats;
  • if using one of the ‘dynamic’ bike fit machines (Retul, Guru, etc.), not being able to take the exact measurements from the fit-bike to the clients bicycle. This is one of the underlying problems with the dynamic fit-bikes. Even if the difference is 1/16″, the client will be able to feel that something is not right.

That’s where Bike Fitness Coaching is different. First off, there’s no substitute for fitting the client on his/her own bicycle. Secondly, Bike Fitness Coaching has teamed with Physical Therapists and Orthopedic Surgeons specializing in bicycle related rehabilitation.

It has been our experience that our clients fall into one of 3 categories and Bike Fitness Coaching discusses each course of action with our clients.

  1. Bike Fit Without Referring
    1. None to minimalpain experienced that Bike Fitness Coaching can treat with an Advanced Bike Fit
      1. “Pain” can be considered decreased range of motion, decreased strength, or actual pain.
    2. A quality bike fit will decrease pain, increase range of motion, and increase strength to maximize the body’s ability to work more efficiently
    3. Bike Fitness Coaching will recommend stretches and core strength training always keeping the client’s preferences in mind
  2. Bike Fit, Refer, Complete Bike Fit
    1. Minimal to moderate pain.
    2. Bike Fitness Coaching will do a partial bike fit, then refer our client to a Physical Therapist (PT) who will do an eval and treat the client back to health.
    3. The client will then return for the remainder of the bike fit.
    4. Again, always keeping the client’s preferences in mind
  3. Refer Then Fit
    1. Moderate to extreme pain. Client experiencing hindered range of motion
      1. “Pain” considered extreme, client having acute injuries, contractures, fractures, etc.
    2. Bike Fitness Coaching will refer the client immediately to an Orthopedic MD partner. After treatment, the client returns for a complete bike fit, always keeping the client preference in mind.

SUMMARY

“Everyone Needs a Bike Fit at Some Point. Usually, the Sooner the Better!”

 

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