Hello Readers and welcome back, it has been a while. I should probably apologize for my long absence, but I won’t. Life happens sometimes and we head down directions we hadn’t anticipated. This past year I’ve been down some interesting roads. I haven’t published anything in a long time but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. In fact I wrote a 120,000 word e-book that I’m still editing and refining. I have 2 dozen drafts on this blog I never published as well. I’m back now, for how long is anyone’s guess.
I’m getting back into training and coaching. A year off did my soul and body good. I’ve had time to get back to what brought me to fitness in the first place. I’ve also had time to observe the growing insanity of fitness trends these past 12 months and I’m annoyed to say the least. As I’ve said a million times, fitness doesn’t need to be complicated. As a professional trainer I learned a long time ago that simplicity is often the surest path to success and results with clients. Inexperienced trainers build flashy, and complicated programs to dazzle their clients. Real coaches teach the basics and impress their clients with concrete sustainable results.
Over the last year I’ve also seen many of my former students flounder and fail. It’s worrying because I thought I had left them in capable hands. Evidently I was wrong. It happens. Watching former students and trainees struggle is hard. I’ve always felt a tremendous responsibility and duty to my clients to protect them from failure, injury, and setbacks. While I know that isn’t always possible and that failure helps growth, I still hate to see it happen.
Let me wrap this short post up by saying this. Your exercise program should reflect your lifestyle. Fitness is a sliding scale with a definition that changes by sport and vocation. The idea that anyone coming through the door should be pushed to the limit and trained as an “Elite” athlete is not just shortsighted and ignorant its dangerous. Since its apparent that many so-called fitness professionals can’t seem to come to this realization it falls on consumers to make the distinction, is this too much for me and my goals, or do I need more? Some of you out there literally cannot afford a physical injury that stemmed from over exuberant training programs.
Ultimately your safety and well-being falls on you consumers and clients. You need to ask questions of your coaches and trainers. Why are we doing this? How does this help me achieve my specific goals? Is this necessary for someone in my condition, ability, skill set? Is there a simpler method we can use? Many of you are paying for “Individualized” programs and “one-on-one” coaching experiences, make sure you’re getting exactly that.