The Status Quo and the Culture of Personal Training

April 25, 2011

I’ve been reading a couple of great  books these past few weeks (Gary Vaynerchuck’s Thank You Economy, and Howard Schultz’s Onward) and it has made me notice a couple of things that  may not be ok with the health and fitness industry.

We’re worried about the Culture of the Personal Training industry. Many, not all, but many personal trainers are content with the lackluster quality that has become the personal training experience.  Everyday we walk into big box health clubs and notice trainers, some of which are no longer certified, putting people through the paces as they watch on disinterested with the work they do (some actually put every single client through the same workout). The same thing goes on with the private sessions we perform in condo’s with gym’s in Hoboken, NJ. Trainers show up as if it were laundry day, and barely put any effort into the training session. Often times we sit in amazement as trainers take two stability balls, one for their client and one so the trainer can sit on and check his/her text messages. This unprofessional CULTURE has become all to common hence, becoming the STATUS QUO. The Status Quo SUCKS!

You might say, why don’t the clients demand better? Quite simply, clients have become accustomed to the Status Quo because they have never known anything else. Indeed ignorance is bliss, until someone gets hurt. Now we aren’t saying everyone who is personal training performs their sessions this way, but there are enough to cause concern.

We as personal trainers have the ability to connect and influence people greatly. Why not make the most of this opportunity and do it the right way. We as trainers must live by sound principles that allow us to become world-class in delivering our services. To deliver that “World-Class” experience there has to be a passion to become a master of our craft, a genuine interest in our clients and not just their renewals, and for pete sake focus on them and not what’s on TV or on your cell phone, or who just walked by wearing what. Trainers, lets demand more for ourselves. We owe it to our clients who are spending their hard-earned cash. Clients you deserve better, so demand better!

Demand a Better Status Quo!

What Does it Mean to be Fit to You?

April 5, 2011

A couple of years ago I was a  featured community member on the TRX Blog. The question: What does it mean to be fit and why do you think its important? Here was my answer:

“To be fit means to be physically able to live your life to its utmost capabilities.  And while that may vary from person to person, pushing yourself to your physical potential enables you to tackle everyday life, separating those who are just ‘In-Shape’ from those who are ‘Fit’. The human body is an amazing machine and keeping it running on all cylinders is important to enjoy life and all it has to offer.”

I still believe whole heartedly in that statement and our training styles at Dave Q Fitness LLC reflect that with each client or class participant we teach. To be fit also means to be efficient in your movement. That’s why we believe in the principle of training movement and not the muscle, coaching the individual and not the weight, and train with a purpose in mind. These are training principles steeped in science with real world results. Having a solid system in place will help whomever you are working with to become much fitter, be it athlete or your average Joe and Jane.

Everyone has their own idea of being fit, some of you may agree with me and some may not. However one thing reigns constant. Being able to get others “Fit” revolves around your training principles and if they achieve results or not. Perhaps ask yourself the same questions. What does it mean to be fit to you and why is it important? Perhaps with that introspection, you can derive your recipe for success and develop your training principles and beliefs that achieve results.

This video should shed some light on what I’m talking about. “Do WorQ” and Train with a Purpose!