-Forget What Others Say…What Do YOU Think?-
The fitness industry is a prime example of one that thrives on information. Our clients want information on how to lose weight, eat better, and improve their overall health. As trainers, we want information on the latest research findings, exercise techniques, and nutrition. It’s information overload!
With all this information everywhere, it can be overwhelming at times, not just for the general public, but for us trainers as well. There are virtually a gazillion (yeah, a gazillion!) exercises we can have our clients perform, and three gazillion progressions possible once they’ve mastered the basic movement. How in the heck do we know what’s the best choice?
We must have a working knowledge of our craft.
A working knowledge obviously means that we work with clients. We instruct, educate, motivate, and monitor them as they go through their workouts. This is a given.
A working knowledge ALSO means that WE as practitioners MUST have hands-on experience training OURSELVES.
There are tons of personal trainers out there who don’t work out.
I know a few of them.
Who wants to be trained by someone who doesn’t do it themself? If I were a client in this position, it would be really hard for me to take the trainer seriously. Why should someone listen to a trainer who goes on and on about how important it is to exercise at least three days a week, when they spend their free time sitting on the couch playing Halo 3?
With that being said, how the hell can you teach someone how to perform an exercise correctly if you have never done it yourself? It makes absolutely NO sense to me.
Furthermore, how can you determine which exercise progressions are “better,” if you don’t spend time comparing them by DOING them. Sure, you look at an exercise and realize that the emphasis is on hip extension, so the glutes will be doing the bulk of the work. You know this, but do you really know how to coach someone through it? Do you really know how it FEELS? Do you really know how YOU can best get the point across? How can you determine your own “exercise speak” for that particular movement? What I mean by this is, how can you determine an effective cueing to relay to your client if you haven’t first gone through the movement yourself? Yeah, it looks good on paper, and the video of that guy doing it looks pretty cool, but…
Forget what others say – WHAT DO YOU THINK? Can you APPLY the knowledge? Can you select what you determine to be the “better” exercise choices from the plethora of options readily available? You see, what works for one person may not work for the next. You must be ready for this, and have SOLUTIONS in mind…not just EXERCISES.
Your most important client?