Strength coaches in the collegiate setting and personal trainers in the private sector tend to get a bad rap. Let’s be honest… when you think of a personal trainer you probably think self consumed, chicken breast eating, meathead… Strength coaches are more on the side of eating a ton of food, being super obnoxious, and lifting really heavy weights. If you go to any private gym you will most likely encounter a lot of bro science and tight t-shirts from trainers. Typically stereotypes have merit, let’s be honest. But as we all know, not all stereotypes are true.
There are a lot of individuals in the fitness industry that are not in this group of stereotypes that we typically think of. A TRUE strength & conditioning or fitness professional looks at their job the same as someone who wears a suit and tie to work everyday. I know myself personally, I typically go to at least 4-6 conferences every year. Being around other quality individuals in the industry at these conferences, you realize that there is an abundance of real professionals in the industry. There are also so many companies and organizations that bring extremely high quality training to their facilities. Companies such as EXOS, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and 95% of the collegiate strength and conditioning programs in the United States provide the standard in our industry.
When looking at hiring someone as a trainer or an employee I think looking for the 7 C’s in a candidate will give you your answer if they’re qualified to guide you in your health or be a part of your team. Going through the 7 C’s according to Forbes Magazine: 1.competent 2.capable 3.compatible 4.commitment 5.character 6.culture and 7.compensation. I think if we dissected all of these sub-points in further detail we will find all of the answers we need to see a quality individual. Next time you see a trainer that fits the stereotypes listed above, know that there are just as many quality individuals who DON’T fit the “fitness” stereotype. Train Inspired!
As strength coaches and personal trainers getting results with every athlete and client is our job. Luckily for us, a proper training program works. So results should be easy. Shouldn’t it?
Having a system is extremely vital to the success of every client. Webster defines a system as an organized set of doctrines, ideas, or principles usually intended to explain the arrangement or working of a systematic whole. Being able to implement a system of training that’s reproducible to clients and athletes alike is the key to future success.
But training is supposed to be specific to the person? Yes, but not really. There is a Buddhist quote that says “in the beginners mind there are many choices, in the experts mind there are few”. There are only a few ways that we do pushing exercises, pulling exercises, sprint development exercises, etc. Trying to reinvent the wheel is a really bad idea… Putting wrinkles in the way we do things as strength coach’s is what makes each individual coach unique. Having a training system is what makes the repeat-ability of results much higher for every athlete, client, or team that you as a strength coach will train. There’s definitely not a one size fits all program, but having a system in place we will make sure we’re checking all of our training boxes each time we train our athletes. As much as strength coaches harp on periodization of programs, most coaches are still looking for a system that fits their athletes. Find a system, believe in it, and implement it. Train inspired!
2017 is finally upon us! A new year means a fresh start, a blank slate for the year ahead of us. As we begin to think about the areas of our lives we would like to improve, we must understand how we view those challenges. This is detrimental to our success in achieving change. Most of us will make a resolution this new year. According to Merriam-Webster the definition of a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. 2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter. Resolutions are one of the many awesome things that many people will participate in the first few weeks of the new year.
Rather than making a resolution for the year 2017, make a commitment to your future. The definition of a commitment according to Merriam-Webster is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. Being committed rather than making a resolution to better health and fitness, I believe will change the outcomes of 2017.
Be dedicated to making the small changes important. Be committed to making the food you put in your body important. Be dedicated to making exercise a part of your lifestyle. Be committed to a goal. Be dedicated to the process. Be committed to the outcome.