Monday, February 16, 2009

Are You Still Learning?

These are all the books I have read in 2008... (except for "Starting Strength" , I just started that one.)

I think with every profession, it is up to an individual to continue to improve and expand on their base of knowledge, application, and new conceptualizations. Too many personal trainers get caught up in the way they do it, and really never look outside the box that they created for themselves. This is a real deterrent to self-growth. I am always saddened when I speak to fitness professionals that are so hung up on how they do things. They begin to believe that their philosophy is the only one that exists.

The phrase, "if its not broken, don't try to fix it" comes to mind.

So many fitness professionals get by using "luck". Simply because you got your client to lose 20 pounds doesn't mean you are a great trainer. You simply took a sedentary person and made them active. These pats on the back are fine throughout a career, but the real tests come when trainers are provoked to think outside of their box and learn from other professionals that have more access to practicality at a higher level.

Learn from those better than you. Don't be ashamed to seek out assistance or confirmation from those that are "in the know" more so than you are. When you "let go" of your own beliefs and begin to accept others, than the education process truly begins. Knowing how and when to apply different things to different situations is REAL knowledge.

Pick up a book. Attend a workshop. Network with other professionals. Stimulate your thirst again.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree with you more, John. I've said this before, and i'll say it again: "The more you know, the less you know you know...the less you know, the more you think you know." :)


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