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Old 11-07-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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Interesting article...
Link is work/family safe and is a letter from a s&c coach.
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Old 11-07-2006, 03:41 PM   #2
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I've been to one of Boyle's seminars. He seems like a good enough guy with lots of good info, but it's nice to hear him say it. One thing he leaves out, the difference in commitment level between the athlete and most PT clients; woah!
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:11 PM   #3
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Getting and keeping "normal" people motivated is the toughest part of my job. Being a trainer goes beyond technical expertise and involves being a counselor, mentor, coach and hammer.

Part of the reason I changed my business model to 90% group classes was the hand holding that goes on during personal training. Many of the clients, regardless of what they said their goals were, just wanted attention. The clients now bond to the class and people in it rather than soley to the trainer. The client becomes accountable to their peers and many times put out more effort next to their friends than they would if they were alone.

For me, it is all the good stuff of training with none of the downside.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:15 PM   #4
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I do both jobs in my business and he's really hit it on the head.

As a S+C coach I never have to cajole or nurse fragile egos. You just tell athletes what to do and they nod and get at it.

As a PT i'm sometimes horrified at the gap between how people percieve their fitness and their real abilities. Last night I was training a client who had described herself as pretty fit, active and who claims to have had a personal trainer for several months previously. She couldn't squat, do a single situp and struggled to learn box squats! A big case of patient explanataion and not crushing her with what I was actually thinking.

I think the difference between a good PT and a bad PT is that a good Pt will work through the frustrations to get their clients doing functional exercises while a bad PT will put it in the too hard basket and make their client do leg extensions.
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:28 PM   #5
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I always say controlling the 1 hour they are with me is the easy part....having control of their other 23 hours a day is the hard part!

If you want to be the best personal trainer in the world.....learn how to keep people motivated and going strong all the hours you are not with them. That's what separates the good from the bad.
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:44 AM   #6
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As the saying goes, it's the difference between "involvement" and "commitment". Most clients are just involved in fitness.

Think bacon and eggs: the chicken is 'involved', the pig is committed.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:47 AM   #7
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OK, soooooo, I'm assuming that "involvement" is a lesser degree of dedication as opposed to the degree of dedication in "commitment".

I sure hope I'm right Kenneth, 'cause you sort of lost me on the chicken & pig scenario.:lol:
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:33 AM   #8
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Chicken is involved - it donates an egg or two, but overall has no investment.
Pig is committed - you eat the pig. The pig gave it's life for your breakfast. The chicken just gave a few minutes of it's time.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:06 PM   #9
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Wow, that's a lot to think about over just a simple breakfast. In the mornings, I'm usually more concerned with getting to work on time.:biggrin:
But hey, I see where you are comming from.
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Old 11-08-2006, 03:33 PM   #10
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Just about any instuctor can teach a great student with natural talent and drive.

It takes a GREAT instructor to teach a punk or deconditioned grandma how to be an athlete.

(Paraphrasing from my Tracy's Kenpo teachings)

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