For my whole life i have been fascinated with the way the human body moves. Not the way it works on a chemical or biological level but the way that bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles work as separate units to create smooth and seamless movements.
When studying to become a trainer I was expected to learn a myriad of different things. From the different energy systems the body uses to massage techniques(yes you read it correctly, massage techniques). When studying for my diploma in performing arts it was the same thing. I had, and still have a love for dance. Dance routes itself in emotion with expression through physical interpretation.
What i am trying to get at is that I train people to move. I know what I am and what I do and what is is I am capable of. My knowledge is not in food. Neither is it in rehabilitation. My experience and the numerous courses I have taken over the years have taught me a lot and give me insight into these professions. I actually choose not to be a jack of all trades. Not to be a one stop shop of health diagnosis and fitness appraisal.
Trainers seem to be over certified and under qualified nowadays. There is a certification for everything in the gym. I have walked into some gyms and read a persons bio thinking ” WOW!!!! This person is a god amongst men!” only to be let down when watching this same trainer with a client. It seems that most trainers do not have a real love for what they are doing. They do it as a means to an end. The end being a pay check or meeting someone of the opposite sex. I see so little inventiveness or freedom of thought. You give them a water bottle, they drink it. I say, punch with it, stand on top of it trying to stay balanced, twist it until you can get no more air out of it. You get the point. I suppose its like a carpenter who knows how to build a table and a carpenter who loves to carve wood, even in his spare time. We all know who will make the better table.
This is not a jab at the trainers who are doing this for the money and not the love. I am sure that the clients they train are getting what they want. But passion and love for something can give them what they need. And that need is the drive to love what they are doing to.
I once heard that being a Jack of all trades was a good. But I would prefer to be a King of one. And that one is movement.
Have a great day guys.