What’s a rEMOM?

Nesin TherapyNews

Written by: Dr. Karin Beck, PT, DPT

Maybe you’ve heard of an EMOM but not a rEMOM? It’s the same principle but focusing on the rehab element of the workout! So rEMOM stands for rehab every minute on the minute! And is a technique Nesin is using across all of our clinics including our NesinFIT and Nesin Pelvic Health clinics.

Typically, a rEMOM is a technique that is used to motivate athletes, but it’s also a way to rethink the way we have traditionally prescribed Home Exercise Programs (HEP). As a PT, I’ve been guilty of assigning far too many exercises for my patients simply because I know they would benefit from each, but I realize that several exercises and the time commitment to completing them can often be daunting and overwhelming.

However, when we assign a rEMOM it is usually 3-4 exercises for a certain number of rounds  for a certain time frame.  The work and rest periods are set depending on the condition of the patient! 

For example, a 10 minute rEMOM may consist of :
  1. 15 seconds of work and 45 seconds rest
  2. 30 seconds work and 30 seconds rest
  3. 50 seconds of work and 10 seconds rest
  4. At first, a minute rest in between may be appropriate

The length of the rEMOM can vary depending on certain goals. For example, a rEMOM can be shorter (8 minutes)  if working on strength and technique.  A mid range rEMOM (8-16 minutes) is appropriate for conditioning and strengthening and is usually 4 exercises  with 3-4 rounds.  A longer rEMOM  (16 minutes) is more for aerobic conditioning and stamina and is usually 3-5 movements for 5-6 rounds.  

Your therapist will perform an evaluation and determine where there are deficits in strength and/or range of motion. The types of exercises prescribed will then vary depending on what your therapist finds and determines what you can safely do. This type of exercise program is appropriate for people of any age and fitness level. If you have any questions or are interested in this technique, contact one of our locations today and start to live life better.