Well hey there friends! Sorry for not chatting earlier, I got caught up with….life.
Anyways let’s take a quick look at some pictures to get us all caught up and then on to the good stuff!
RIce cakes as cereal as I have no willpower with real cereal
Clif Bar was nice enough to send some samples for our athletes
I have been working really hard to building my booty
Straight up killing my workouts
Seeing some awesome progress 🙂
Planning and preparing
Being a conditioning bad-ass
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately and now, onto more pressing matters.
The truth of it is, this has been bothering me for quite some time so I’m not going to waste any getting to the point. Some blogger falls in love with fitness, starts preaching to everyone and anyone that will listen about their fitness beliefs, gets certified and immediately starts taking on clients without EVER HAVING TRAINED SOMEONE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF QUALIFIED!
They get their certification and 5 seconds later are offering online training with cookie cutter programs you can pull off the internet for free and pimp themselves out as a ‘certified trainer’.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not against online training, there are some very talented people who offer their services and have actually put in the work it takes to become a good trainer. It just makes me sick that people think they can get a simple certification and then start dishing out advice without learning the ins and outs of everything first. Just because someone looks healthy and fit doesn’t mean they should be giving paid advice to others. Anyone can get certified (through at least some organization, they all vary in their requirements) but that doesn’t mean that person is qualified to be giving out advice to others.
There are so many different certifications and pseudo-certifications out there it’s enough to make your head spin (personal trainer, group fitness instructor, crossfit certified, bootcamp cert, bosu cert, kettlebell cert, etc). The funny thing is, I don’t agree with a lot of what various cert programs teach – squats are dangerous, different form cues, don’t have people do such and such, and just the general way most teach you to design programming. A certification is just a piece of paper. It takes personal knowledge, research, and then trial and error to find out what works best sometimes.
I just don’t think you can learn what you need to be a good trainer from one course. I feel that every trainer needs to have hands on experience working with someone who really knows their stuff. I love what Nick Tumminello says in this article:
It doesn’t matter which certification you’ve got because most of the stuff you’ll actually use “in the trenches” will come from non-certification based education anyway.
If you’ve passed a test from an organization, it simply means that you’ve memorized what that specific organization feels is important based on their system.
I really don’t care what certifications someone has, I want to know their personal fitness beliefs, who they’ve worked with and the results they’ve gotten, and how they come up with programs. I also think attitude and chemistry between a client and their trainer is really important.
And this whole getting certified thing doesn’t just apply to personal trainers, it’s everywhere in the health industry because it’s so hard to regulate who gets to call themselves what. Heck, almost anyone can call themselves a ‘health coach’ these days.
Nutritionists & nutrition coaches make me very nervous in particular. I find it terribly frightening that certain people feel qualified to give advice to others when they themselves may need nutritional guidance. Certain bloggers mask themselves as ‘healthy, happy, and having a great relationship with food’ when it really couldn’t be further from the truth. They appear malnourished, clearly deprive themselves of certain ‘bad foods’ and over exercise (
usually while wearing oversized headbands) and call themselves ‘healthy’. Being super skinny does not make one healthy, but I worry that young girls may see it that way. The fact that people like this are going to soon be giving advice when they should be the one receiving it is a scary thought that genuinely makes me shudder.
The fitness/health industry is a difficult one to work in and navigate through. Difficult in the sense that clients I work with are constantly being bombarded with information and it can be challenging to get them to stick to something without them wanting to jump ship the next time a crazy fad comes along (HCG drops anyone?).
That is why client/trainer trust is so important. My clients trust me enough to get them results – and I work hard to build and maintain that trust without taking it for granted. I encourage my clients to ask a lot of questions and if I don’t know the answer, I don’t bullshit them. I say I’m not certain but I’ll look into it or point them in the direction of someone who does. I’d rather be honest and say I don’t know then tell someone something untruthful. I also make sure that they know that certain things I do (the way I eat, my training schedule) works for ME and may not be right for them but that we can work together and find something that suits their goals and their lifestyle.
There is too much pride in the fitness industry. No one wants to admit they were wrong or that they changed their opinion. Changing your opinion is normal and shows growth. This time last year I still believed that you had to eat several small meals a day in order to keep your metabolism going and now I don’t usually have my first meal until 12pm – 3pm (That being said I do still believe multiple meals works best for the majority, Jen Comas Keck wrote an article about it HERE).
I am by no means a perfect trainer. I am still learning, growing and evolving and will continue to research and learn as I go. I have made mistakes and I always try and learn from them. I have learned what works and doesn’t through trial and error. I still have things that I test out and try and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I am not ashamed to say that I could have done certain things better.This job requires you to continually read articles and research about different training tools and methods and then you have to sort out the bullshit from the truth. You cannot be complacent, you have to want more.
So please, if you’re someone looking to hire a trainer or nutrition coach online or in person, please, please, ask lots of questions. Don’t assume that because they look a certain way that they have a good knowledge base of what they’re doing (they could just be following free program from bodybuilding.com). With so many people out there calling themselves ‘fitness experts’ it can be hard to navigate. I know people want results fast but that doesn’t mean you should rush to train with someone. Take your time and do your homework!
P.S. If you are looking for an online fitness/nutrition coach I’d be happy to recommend a few that I greatly respect.
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