Official Website of Sarah E. Rippel, BS, CPT, FMS

-Sarah’s Training Philosophy: Keep An Open Mind-


If you want to get the most out of training with me, keep an open mind & let go of everything you’ve ever been told about exercise. You have enlisted my help because you believe that I know my stuff.

I do.

You have sought my help because you haven’t been satisfied with whatever you have done before. Please let me do my job & trust in my abilities. I don’t blow smoke up people’s butts, so please believe that what I tell you is useful! I want you to absorb what you learn from me and utilize it!

I have been in this business for a loooooong time, and would not still be here if I did not know what I was doing. Longevity in the fitness industry speaks volumes.

No, we won’t be doing workouts where you wanna puke.

We won’t be doing endless reps of single-joint “feel the burn” exercises.

I don’t give a rat’s behind about P90X or CrossFit or whatever other fad your friends have fallen into. Programs such as those may work for people because they get excited about exercise, and that’s great. If they are able to stay with a “cookie-cutter” program and continue to see progress without getting injured, even better. Keep in mind that an active lifestyle is not a fad, it is something you commit to for the rest of your life. Cookie-cutter programs do not fall in-line with my training philosophy, nor do they reflect the fact that I believe personal trainers should do no harm to their clients. If you are seeking a “one size fits all” program, go ahead and train in that manner. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I don’t care that you did endless lunges in body pump and loved being sore or your previous trainer told you not to eat fruit.

Have those methods done anything for you in the past? No?

Well, go figure.

You wouldn’t be working with me if you had been able to accomplish your desired results on your own, or through another training method.

Now, shush it and let me do my thang. 😉

We are gonna do things my way or else it ain’t gonna work…obviously that means compromise and we must work together, but do not fight me!

The exercises I prescribe are there for a reason. I realize that the simple stuff ain’t sexy, but it’s important.

You ask “why aren’t we doing such-and-such exercise?”

You say that your previous trainer had you doing all sorts of exercises that were awesome, but I know that they way too advanced for you. You can’t even do a simple squat without your knees caving in and your torso falling forward, but lo and behold, you were banging out rep after rep of loaded overhead squats.

Your previous trainer did not know what they were doing.

They probably had you doing all sorts of exercises simply because they felt they looked “cool” and/or were trying to impress you.

Can you perform a body weight squat that deserves to be progressed? If so, great! If not, we will work on getting the pattern established before I allow you to move on to more advanced variations.

We are gonna do the simple stuff until you OWN it, and them we will amp it up.

I refuse to do a mediocre job and I don’t want clients who expect amazing results while giving me mediocre effort and/or refuse to let me take the reins!

Whew…

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2 responses

  1. rocketboy

    been enjoying your posts-especially the frequency and no nonsense tone.
    hugs
    pf

    November 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    • Thank ya, Pat!!! I pretty much just out it out there. Tends to ruffle a few feathers but the world needs more people like ourselves!! People appreciate REAL…and those who are able to laugh at themselves! 😀

      November 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

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