As the year 2016 just passed, i figured i penned down in summary,my thoughts, reflections and opinions on both training and the industry
-Ask yourself if you are able and will stick to the program you will be doing 20 years from now, when you are 50 or 60 years old
-Ask yourself if what you are doing now benefits and aids you in your lifestyle or sport
-When you think you are doing enough core work, you have no idea. Your inner core is the main mechanism for posture and transmission of forces
-Motivation comes intrinsically, if you need people or the environment to motivate you, you have it wrong. Who you surround yourself is important but it should always be about yourself first
-Eat to fuel your body, not for the taste. Your body is your car, your food is the kind of petrol you are putting in
-That being said, let loose. Life is not all about broccoli and chicken breast
-Stretch for God's sake
-Do however understand that flexibility and mobility are on two different spectrum
-Injury happens when work capacity > tissue capacity. Mobility done right, helps to broaden the strength curve of the muscles around the joints
-Do your aerobic work, you have no idea how much it will aid in your training and recovery
-Circuit training improves VO2 max, only to untrained or minimally trained athletes, after a certain stage, you have to differentiate what actually improves VO2 max and what does not. Circuit training does not
-Don't wreck your body with drugs and dangerous techniques for the temporary glory and instagram likes. it will come back to bite you real hard 30 years on
-Strength is like a Tour Fe France and a really good double boiled soup. Do not expect overnight success and there are no cookie cutter programs out there. One size doesn't fit all. No one program fits all
-Expect to push hard but setting a PR on your training every week is futile, dangerous and plain stupid
-Auto regulation training should be a big part of your program
-That being said, when you feel lazy and tired, grab a shot, you may surprise yourself
-Better is better, more is not better
-Breathing is life, breathing is strength, breathing is yin, breathing is yang, breathing stiffens you up, breathing calms you down. Your diaphragm is connected to more things than you know, right up to your nervous system. Don't own breathing, don't own life
-Isolation has its merits, stop dissing it. End of the day, a bicep curl is still more functional than an overhead snatch for an everyday housewife
-A bigger muscle always has a potential to be a stronger muscle, so yes, isolation has its merits
-Generally, the harder things are, the better it is for you. Be it diet, training etc. Then again, always question everything
-Age is really a lame excuse not to strength train, we have up to 72 year old member here
ON THE INDUSTRY:
If you think being a coach/trainer and owning a business is all the rage now, you are not wrong, but understand that it is shit hard for those that put their all. Anyone that tells you it isn't is either lying or just are plain sandbagging their clients with cookie cutter circuit programming or same old program from client 1 to client 100 and make no mistake i know of many who are like that.
Understand that there are bad coaches, mediocre coaches and fantastic coaches. If you are a bad and mediocre coach, you WILL earn loads and enjoy life. If you are a fantastic coach, you will earn way lesser, and work your ass off 6-7 days a week. Those that pour their heart and soul into improving people know what i mean and those that don't, well shame on you.
Speaking from my perspective, i write up to 50 different programs a week, planning both for the general public, those that need special attention such as the injured and the elites, the competition group and myself.
We work 7 days a week, and up to 16 hours per day, coaching anywhere from 6 to 10 classes, programming, reading 1-2 hours, marketing, doing administrative stuff, planning 6 months ahead, settling bills, cleaning and maintenance, all these, in a single day. Worrying why someone isn't improving or if someone is improving way ahead of schedule, worrying about whether you can pay the bills this month. There are days where i sit against the wall, asking if this is really what i want, hating my life, but of course, i snap back into it after whatever 5-6 hours of sleep i have.
Sorry i just had to, i see misleading infomercials on Facebook and other social media platforms stating how much local undergrads earn as trainers and asking anyone and everyone to join the trainer force, well, before you guys quit your jobs and University, please, read my previous paragraphs 10 times over and understand what you will be getting yourself into.
To all who are still considering and reading this, understand the industry is changing rapidly, and that commercial gyms will be a thing of the past in the next 2-3 years. Do your homework, study but please stop worrying about CEC's, no one cares what certs you have as long as you can deliver. Stop attending certs after certs, sit down, apply and evaluate.
Lastly, you have to genuinely love what you are doing, understand why you are doing it and know that this is not an easy path.
-Cherish the moment, don't mourn when someone is gone, when they are gone, move on, there is nothing you can do. DO what you can, now. Everyday is valentines day and everyday is Mother and Fathers day
-Hustle hard, reap the benefits later
-Karma or whatever you may call it, is real
-Learn to just brush it off
-Put your mobile device away when you are with someone, anyone, otherwise, seriously, don't even bother meeting. It is the most disrespectful shit you can ever do when with someone
-Read the above again
-Open your eyes, smell the flowers, admire nature and realize that so much has changed because you have been lost in technology
-Spend some time away where all is green, where technology does not exist. Nature heals, itself and us. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we are one with this earth and the earth, one with us
-Love yourself and appreciate yourself
-Love the universe, love the greater being, whichever religion or non religion you belong to, understand that there are greater forces out there that we are too small and naive to understand
-To the younger generation, stop acting like you are entitled. Hustle hard and understand you have to work for everything and stop acting like the world owes you. Learn to connect on a personal level, not your screens. You are losing this ability
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!