I am pretty sure that I actually started lifting weights when I was around 20 years old. A good friend of mine thought it would be sweet to start doing the whole bodybuilding magazine lifting regimens in his basement on a consistent basis. I loved it, looking back we were basically stupid with what we did in terms of philosophy and without any planned program..the so called “shooting the sh*t program.” Nonetheless, it is what got me pumped about training and maybe one of the reasons why I have such a passion for training today. As a result, it brought to my attention how we train ourselves as opposed to getting paid from someone to train them.
- We can choose to do whatever the heck we want because it is our own bodies, although I would like to think that as trainers we have set our own goals.
- For me, I know it is important to clear up some of the mobility restrictions, the PRI breathing drills (repositioning the pelvis) that I need but sometimes avoid it in the warm-up or program..I may skip days..so on and so forth. If we have limited time, we kind of just do what we want on that day or how we are feeling.
- I love that we can test out different movements or exercises in programs to see how or why we would program something for somebody else (the testing out to see if it works type of deal).
You can see where I am going with this when it comes down to training paid clients and athletes. For one, we are paid to provide them with the best possible way of achieving their results in a safe and effective way. Finding out what they did in the past may be a good way of knowing what helped, what didn’t, etc… but ultimately we are in the business of doing what works and what does safely. I’m not interested if you think crunches got you a six-pack. That is bogus and you are doing a disservice to your clients, in my opinion, if you do silly nonsense like that.
Training Athletes and Clients
- We have a set plan that they need to follow in order to remove any barriers that may be limiting their performance. We do not give them stuff because it looks cool, crushes them, or makes them feel like we kicked their ass that day because that is supposedly the “best” way to train. Sorry, it is not. Take everything into consideration.
- Assessing people is of utmost importance and skipping out on soft-tissue work, mobility work, activation drills, and a good dynamic warm-up needs to be in order everyday to be consistent. Sure, we can back off on the weight if they are feeling crappy because of the many stressors that people have going on that day, but ultimately they need to follow the program and be committed.
Above video: Just because this is required in a “sport” does not mean that we do it in training. We want to reverse the “bad” in sports so that they can perform for longer in the season and be healthier. Hopefully I am making sense here. The real message is simply how we train ourselves may be completely different than how we train paying people (if your training is what I said above–doing whatever, no goals, doesn’t address restrictions etc…).