I've been a trainer since 1985 and I like to think that I try to keep up with current trends. Over the years some have been good and others not so good.
One of the current trends is assessing your clients; after this you plan in mobility drills, foam rolling, static stretching, and recovery work. I do this -sort of... I watch people perform the exercises that are needed for their goals and I coach them -am I old fashioned or what? Some of these folk will get some foam rolling, etc, others won't.
99% of those I train want to lose weight, they couldn't care less about how they score on some movement screen, they're only interested in losing the blubber!
At present I take a Blood Pressure reading and will assess each movement that they do in their programme (obviously I watch their movement between exercises as well). Much of the time this will lead to them being given Leg Swings and Shoulder rotations with a stick, and maybe some foam rolling. I am also lucky enough to be able to give my clients moves on the Powerplate which I really like for mobility and recovery.
My question to you is - how essential are assessments, and am I being unprofessional by not performing a full screen with each client?
Let me have it!