Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What makes a good trainer?

Have you ever wondered what makes a good trainer? I guess it depends on who you ask. If you ask a fitness magazine, they'll say someone with an accredited certification, or someone who has liability insurance. If you ask a certifying organization, they may say anyone who has there certification. Everyone has a bias. Everyone has a label. I guess I'm wondering if labels make good trainers.

I used to think so. I would see a list of credentials after a person's name and determine whether or not they were a good trainer. That's ridiculous, I know. But I would do it. I would literally look pass the person and look to their qualifications. Then I wonder, do people do that with me? If I do it, do they do it? Do we live in a world where the label makes the person? Yep, sometimes we do. At least I do. I did.

There are great trainers out there who have different certifications. Like everything else, there is no one best certification. There is no one best way to train. It is the person who makes the certification look good. It is the individual who makes a great trainer, not a label. Sure there are good trainers and bad trainers. But there are also good trainers with not so "desirable" certifications, or backgrounds AND there are horrible trainers out there with excellent certification credentials behind their name.

What is the point? The point is a person, a client, buys the trainer, not their label. If you are shopping for a label when you choose your trainer, you are doing yourself a disservice. You're missing the boat. Sure don't just choose a guy off the street. Do your homework, but look deeper than the label. Look at the person, their personality, their character, their passion and dedication.

We live in a world of labels and we shouldn't.

Anyway, training yesterday:

TGU w/ 16kg: 10/10
Dbl Bottoms Up Squats w/ 2 20kgs: 5 x 4 sets
Dbl Bottoms Up Press w/ 2 20kgs: 5 x 4 sets
Dbl Bottoms Up Cleans w/ 2 20kgs: 10, 10, 10
Bent Press w/ 24kg: 5/5 x 4
SLDL w/ 24kg: 5/5 x 4 sets

Sunday, October 25, 2009


All righty then! Just finished up with T-phase in Arizona. If you haven't read me saying this before, Z-health is truly amazing! Or more accurately, the human body is truly amazing! Every thing you do, every move you make, every thought you think effects your entire body. If you could touch just one cell in your body, every cell in your body would be affected by just that one small touch. Anything can affect everything.

If you are not performing well, or not as well as you would like, what is holding you back? Are you moving as well as you should? Are you thinking as well (or positive) as you should? Do you have an old injury that is effecting your movements? If so, you can do something about it. And, growing older does not have to mean a decline in ability, mobility, strength, or skill. If you think so, you're just lying to yourself. And that is fine, if that's what you want to do.

However, If you want to "stay in the game" of life,
Learn how to move well.Learn about your body. Learn about Z-health. It could be the best investment you ever make. And yes, you are worth it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Disney Hangover

Sorry I have neglected my postings for a while. I went to Disney. It is not a good excuse, but it took a lot out of me. I'm still getting over it. However, the time there with my family was awesome. Can't wait to go back.

Training is going well. I decided to start working LCCJ for some reason. (long cycle clean and jerks) So that is what I think I will focus on every two weeks in between my two week bottoms up kicks. I just really like doing doubles lately. Thank you Geoff Neupert. I'm a doubles guy now. Most of the time... Double TGUs are ugly!

Training yesterday looked like this:

Light Day
TGU w/ 16kg: 20/20
Dbl Snatches w/ 16s: 10 x 10 sets
Dbl LCCJ w/ 16s: 10 x 5 sets
SLDL w/ 16kg: 5/5 x 5 w/ no rest b/w sets