Congratulations on rising up and working on improving your knowledge.
By commiting to getting better you’ve stepped away from the herd of mediocre trainers and coaches. Most trainers pass there certification and rest on their laurels, never taking steps to improve.
As a result they remain stuck, typically working in a big box gym with no more than a handful of clients, and only achieve mediocre results at best.
What you’re going to learn over the coming lessons is going to put you ahead of the game when it comes to getting results with the clients you work with.
The lessons combine my last 10 years of experience, plus knowledge from the numerous experts at the top of their respective fields that I’ve either consulted or studied with over the years.
I’ve invested over £20’000 on my continued education in the field so far. I’ve tried most things and made plenty of mistakes. And my aim is to help save you a whole load of headaches.
But I don’t want you to take what I share with you as gospel. I want you to take what you learn, test it with the clients you work with. Keep what works for you and discard what doesn’t.
Having knowledge is one thing. Being able to apply that knowledge to improve your clients results or experience is an entirely different skill.
Your programmes are the way you deliver your knowledge to your clients. So when you learn something new I’d recommend testing on yourself first, then implementing it in your programme’s right away.
If you can’t see how a new idea is going to work with either yourself, or the clients you work with simply put it aside in favour of something more practical that you can apply to help change the lives of the clients you work with.
If you work on the gym floor of a box gym and never see the same client twice then delivering random workouts is fine. But getting a client working hard and out of breath for an hour once a week will only get you so far. Leave that to the entry level trainers and aerobic class instructors.
As a DF Coach you’re not in the business of just providing workouts. You’re responsible for developing a programme – a road map – that when followed over months and years will improve your clients’ quality of life and advance them towards their ultimate goals.
To rise up to a the next level you need to become excellent at writing programmes that align with your clients long term goals. Yes, your clients want to leave feeling like they’ve worked out. But the workout is only one piece.
They’re on a journey. Their fitness programme is part of that journey. And each workout is one step on that journey.
The following lessons contain ideas on how we design programmes now. Over time you’re going to learn and develop. You’ll gain more experience and get better.
That means what you think is a good idea today, might not seem like such a good idea tomorrow. And it’s ok to change your mind based on new information or experience.
If you find someone smarter, that’s getting better results than what you’re currently doing I’d strongly encourage you to learn from them. See what they’re doing that you’re not. And work to implement what you learn into your programmes.
If the heads of the industry have disagreements on the best way to train then that probably means there is no one way to achieve results.
When some of the smartest experts I know, like Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin, Stuart McGill, Gary Gray and Gray Cook don’t agree on the best way to train then what hope is there for the likes of you and I?
My recommendation is to find the common ground. Get ideas and inspiration from a range of different experts. Be a student and learn something from them all.
Ultimately, I want you to find what works for you and the clients you work with.