This is the beginning of a two part piece I’ve been wanting to write for a while. Often times I get asked by people who are interested in beginning personal training what to look for in their Coach/Trainer.
It’s a great question, because to the fitness outsider, they often don’t really know what separates a really good coach or trainer from one who’s not so great until it’s too late and they’ve already invested lots of time and money into the experience.
In hopes of saving you that time, money, and ultimately frustration, I put together a list of 5 things to look for in your future trainer or coach when you first meet them and go through your consultation.
The K.I.S.S. principle. Keep It Simple Stupid.
I can still remember my 4th grade teacher Ms. Carroll explaining this one to me when correcting my essays in regards to my run on sentences, that seemed to go on and on, with no end in sight, and just a couple of commas thrown in for good measure…. Oh wait, I did it again there huh?
Guess I never fully understood that lesson with regards to my sentence structure, oops. In fairness, she always left out the “Stupid” part.
Never the less, it has stuck with me not only in my career as a coach trying to communicate complex concepts to the average gym goer, but also as a lifter myself.
Want to see my left eye twitch uncontrollably???
Show me an article by the latest and greatest fitness guru talking about his new “Functional Training” method you can buy, which is way better than the rest. It takes all that I have not to bury my head in a pillow and scream for a good half hour straight.
Why the strong feelings you may ask?
It's because "Functional Training" is a total buzzword that fitness professionals have used more and more recently to explain away anything they do with your programming, no matter how half-assed the exercises are.
Whether it’s having you stand on one leg, doing a bicep curl with the opposite arm, all while you stand on a Bosu ball or to doing 75 Burpees superset with 75 Box Jumps for rounds, they’re explanation for the “Why are we doing this?” question is always something along the lines of, “Because it’s functional.”
It also implies that if what they’re doing is functional, then there must be lots of non-functional exercises out there, which just isn’t the case.