I am a person who makes New Year’s Resolutions. Some people may call them goals but – heck – what’s in a word.
As I sit here contemplating my direction for 2017, it has become clear to me that I want to deepen my understanding of connective tissue and corrective exercises. I look at the classes I teach and the personal training I do, and I realize who much I have changed my approach over the years. While I still teach the traditional bench press (well, kind of; it’s definitely on a ball and likely with just one arm which means it really isn’t a bench press at all any more), I see myself moving more and more into stabilization and corrective exercises. Whether this is to actually correct existing problems or to prevent future ones, my approach is very similar. I see the enormous benefit in my clients and class participants, and I want to get better at it.
I have already signed up for a course in Michigan in April which is a continuation of the ‘Relief through Rolling’ techniques. Some of my MELT colleagues have been raving about NKT (Neurokinetic Therapy), and thus this is on my radar. I am still debating with myself whether I dare throw my hat in the ring for the NASM Master Trainer program with focus on corrective exercise.
With all that, I may forgo attending the IDEA conferences this year. Rufus and I always loved to go; it really was a vacation for us. Seeing the development of the industry is fascinating and has shaped the direction of my business. But, out of necessity, the sessions there cover a broad range superficially, and I feel that I need to go deeper rather than broader at this point in my career.
Whatever the ultimate decisions will be, I definitely plan, a year from now, to sit here knowing more than I do now. It is a humbling realization that, the more I know, I recognize how much I do not know. Life is an evolution. And I like to stay ahead of the curve rather than trying to catch up.