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Old 10-20-2010, 11:05 AM   #32
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Re: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Giving a Client Rhabdo

Originally Posted by Trevor Shaw View Post
Well the point of my post was more that across the board, uneducated trainers who only learn to train people in 2 days are dangerous. Not that Crossfit level 1’s are solely responsible for rhabdomyelisis, nor that its their fault for the lack of education they receive. I believe these trainers are more dangerous though because their main technique is extremely high intensity training and they have no scientific / functional evaluation methodology to prescreen their clients. My point was also that these trainers should demand more out of their $1000. It’s not their fault they aren’t getting more, but they also need to recognize this and demand more.

You proved my point by stating "it's just lifting". By taking such a simplistic approach you drove home my point of trainers not getting it. If its “just lifting” then everyone studying physical therapy, exercise physiology, along with advanced degree’s in strength and conditioning are wasting their time. Ever wonder what separates your local YMCA /crossfit trainer from the guy who trains a Professional / Olympic team? The separating factor is education in the area of kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, and exercise principles my friend.

Over simplifying the squat was another error. Now sure, if you are training an elite athlete just tell them to squat. But, there is no way a weekend course can teach you to safely deal with joint dysfunction, muscular imbalances, altered firing patterns, poor core stabilization and lack of overall conditioning that makes up 99% of the people seeking trainers.

Trainers need to know how to successfully identify and deal with these issues, along with effectively adapt and progress exercises for the people who fall into these categories. If they could do this you would not hear cross fit associated with rhabdo as much as you do, and you would see Crossfit Certs earn much more respect on the national / global level as strength and conditioning experts and not just trainers.
I actually agree with some of that. CrossFit attached itself to rhabdo as a way of making its adherents aware of the risks. Marathoning etc has not. This exposed CF to tripe like what you are peddling.

Your post is an excellent example of what happens when someone has an overinflated view of education. My friend it is just lifting, running rowing etc. Millions of people do these things without help from CSCS or CF level I II or anyone else. I suspect that everything you learned in the classroom looked way different in the field. Most things in the strength and conditioning field, I am sure, are best learned through experience, fair enough through an EXPERIENCED not neccesarily "educated" coach.

I don't neccesarily disagree with the idea that a weekend cert doesn't make me a trainer. I'm not convinced that a degree does either. I expect any respect I would have for either would come from what they know and how they present it, vice how they acquired the knowledge.
Experience is a hard teacher because they gives the test first, and the lessons afterwards. - Vernon Sanders Law
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