Hello My Friends!
I still havent figured whether or not it is appopriate to write everyday. Im assuming no one really cares. Especially if your not writing about anything interesting. Anyway, tonight I had my first group back in the studio. Everyone seemed to be really excited about getting their annual "beat down" as they call it. I work in a small studio and most time when I have a group, there are other trainers conducting other functional groups at the same time. We have to share space. I don't mind... Actually, I do mind. But only because I want my clients to have a better experience without any distractions. Only in a perfect world, right? This also leads to other trainers looking at the exercises youre doing which, once again, I don't mind. Actually, yes I do. Its only natural. To me, we all are pumping out recycled material. Sure we discover new things about the body daily but in the end it's all stuff that has already been discovered by somebody, somewhere. Its like the music industry. We hear songs today that were made 50 years ago, then the new artist samples the originial( with permission of course) into another song with a different name.
So you know im going somewhere with this Right? One of the other trainers kindly corrected me today(after our clients left) on how to correctly perform a "turkish get up". I will admit, at first his tone bothered me and I almost turned defensive then I shut my mouth and listened to what he had to say. He emphasized that the exercise is "precision of movement". I think thats what he said. Either way I knew what he was trying to tell me. A "turkish get up" is a very advanced movement and should have been done for reps and not for time. This will get them out of the mind set of having to rush the exercise because rushing a "turkish get up" is a NO NO. PLus, I didn't have them go to a knee(crucial part of exercise) exposing the knee to a very unsafe bend before they stood to their feet. Crucial mistake on my part and like everyone I make mistakes. Im just glad no one got hurt.
My colleague has way more experience than me so I listened. My ego wanted to ask how the hell he could pay attention to my group, his group, and count reps at the same time? Im working on my ego. I mean honestly, I couldnt tell you anything that he did with his group. Wasnt paying attention to them. I will say that IM glad he caught it, was a professional about telling me how to do it correctly, and didn't call me out in front of the clients. Just hope it was genuinely to help and not to let me know he is better. He will actually be training the same group of people I train and I wonder if he is going to correct me to them or let me correct myself the next time I meet with that group. Your guess is good as mine.
As a fitness professional its hard when you train alongside other trainers. People don't talk about it but the eyes don't lie. Ever. Our job is to help others and as a imperfect human being sometimes I forget that I don't know anything and if I want to learn something I better shut my mouth and open my ears. That shit is hard and evern harder to admit.
I wrote this because I know im not the only egotistical maniac that happens to be a personal trainer. I have to remind myself DAILY that I dont know shit. NOTHING. It takes a lifetime to master a craft and 3 years is not going cut it. My strength is the fact that I understand PEOPLE. No matter who they are, where they are from I can relate. We ALL are learing and though I was about to defend like a NFL strong safety, I bit my tongue and learned something for a change. Im glad I made that choice and I'm glad my colleague was there to teach.
So I guess this is mainly for all trainers who think they know everything(myself included). There is always someone watching and you better hope they care enough to correct you when you make a novice/careless mistake or someone will get hurt. And I guess this goes for anyone. If you are WILLING to learn then someone might be WILLING to teach your ass! Today I learned something.
Until something else happens...