Why I Don’t Offer Pilates or Spinning at the Studio

 

     As we come to the close of another school year, our attention is focused on the completed tasks of students.  I want to bring attention to teachers for a moment. Teachers are the unsung heroes in my book. They play such a huge role in the development of our kids and we don’t give them enough credit. You have to be a unique person to pursue teaching. You have to have a passion for teaching. It’s not the type of job that people aspire to if they want to accumulate a lot of money. Being completely respectful to any teachers that may be reading this, you never hear anyone say “I want to make millions of dollars as a teacher”. I’ve gravitated to observing teachers in the last couple years. If you strip down the competency of a trainer (that they know how the body works and they have a basic understanding of exercise), the success of the people they work with depends on their ability to communicate and teach.

     It was from reading about teaching that I became more aware of how people learn (visual, oratory, kinesthetic) and started taking that into consideration when coaching people. I’ve learned not to give a lot of credence to verbal cues for people who are visual learners. In that population, I’ll spend more time actually demonstrating the exercise. I’m quickly reminded of this when I make an error in judgment and give extensive verbal explanations for an exercise to one of my small groups and nobody moves. I’ll then quickly start to show the exercise and they’ll react with an “Oh, ok” and get into position. One of the more frustrating things I see when visiting a gym while traveling is when I observe a trainer just raising their voice as they coach. “Deeper, SQUAT DEEPER!” The poor person thinks they’re squatting deep enough, it’s just not clicking. The coach would probably get a better response if they demonstrated what the person was doing and then demonstrated what they wanted. I’m not guaranteeing this is the only way, but it may be a better option than talking louder. My wife and I shared a laugh when years ago we watched this trainer shout “Activate, activate”, as he trained this young woman. Activate? Activate what?

     Not to make this a venting session, but another problem I see increasing in my beloved fitness industry, is the novice coach teaching a skill that they haven’t mastered themselves. This is becoming one of my big gripes. I’ll explain how it’s manifested in the last 5-7 years. The certification and education business for trainers has exploded. Any weekend of the year you can pay to learn how to swing a kettlebell, lunge with a sandbag, or instruct spin. This is a good thing.

 

IMG_0052

(Me along side some of my team and a few fellow coaches at a Trainer Summit in Long Beach, California)

 

The level of coaching has improved immensely due to this, and the fitness world is better for it. I’ve written before about how I volunteer for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as the state director for Nevada, and coordinate an annual state clinic providing expert speakers to whom trainers can listen and learn.

 

IMG_0180 IMG_0216

(Hosting Annual NSCA state clinic at the studio)

 

The problem arises when that young trainer returns home on Monday and proceeds to “throw up” everything they learned over the past weekend on their poor unexpecting client.

     When learning any new skill, your immediate response should be to practice substantially before you try to teach it to anyone else. I won’t say you have to adopt the 10,000 hour rule, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s best seller Outliers, before you instruct. You should put a minimum of 20-40 hours of practice in before you start to use it in your programming. If you train yourself 4-5 hours a week, that’s practicing a month or two on yourself before you roll it out to clients. That time frame can slide up or down based upon the skill level of the task. I’m currently working on a new mobility and muscle activation program using Mobility sticks and mini-bands. I’ve been practicing for the last 2 months using the drills in my workouts, and feel I’ll be able to launch the program later this summer. Why do I think this is important?

 

Attachment-1 

     If you don’t have experience, you won’t have context to teach. The analogy I use is learning to write. You have to first learn the words, then how to put together a sentence before you can write out a thought. I love journaling, but giving a 3 year old a journal before they can write words is a waste of time. Part of learning is experiences and making mistakes. Knowing what not to do is sometimes more important than knowing what to do.

     It’s for this reason I don’t plan on offering Spinning at my studio anytime soon. Spinning is very popular right now. Many studios are being very reactive, as opposed to proactive, by ordering Spin bikes and putting it on their class schedule. Their idea is “our coaches will learn as they go”. In there, lies the problem. How can one teach others and learn at the same time?

     At J & D Fitness, I’ll continue to work with my team on becoming Masters of training, so we can continue to teach at an elite level. Similar to school teachers, my passion is for helping others, not to make millions of dollars. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

 

See you at the studio.


Comments

Security Check
Please enter the text below
CaptchaImage
Can't read text above? Try another text.
wq123
wq123

I am falcons jerseys 70 nike running shoes ye-ars old airmax an-d a dansko shoes outlet born a-gain Chris-tian, ravens jerseys I barbour jackets st-ill converse shoes am emp-loyed minnesota timberwolves jersey and giuseppe zanotti sneakers -blessed by- jets jerseys God cheap jerseys with portland trail blazers jersey -good physi-cal michael kors outlet health-. giuseppe zanotti I live beats by dre headphones a-lone with adidas yeezy shoes -my burberry four nike shoes ca-ts which red bottom shoes a-re my fur-children a-s never nike roshe run ha-d oakley sunglasses outlet human mcm bags ki-ds seahawks jerseys of my michael kors o-wn. air max I ralph lauren outlet atte-nd the north face the valentino outlet loc-al sacramento kings church longchamp handbags -here north face canada in cavaliers jersey th-e mountain-s coach factory outlet online of spurs jerseys St.He-lena, ray ban outlet Cali-fornia hermes outlet it uggs outlet -is called colts jerseys -the "-Haven"-; philipp plein clothing it is oakley sunglasses an- Seven Day- swarovski online shop Adventist- nike air max Church he-re utah jazz jersey on fitflop shoes the michael kors handbags -hospital roshe run c-ampus, eyeglasses stores alt-hough i am- not michael kors handbags a adv-ents coach outlet online it is- an open the north face d-oor church- ray ban wayfarer and nike air max true nike schoenen -believers burberry outlet store -as cheap basketball shoes God true religion outlet ble-ssed air max 2014 me mavericks jerseys an-d belstaff mens jackets guided m-e armani outlet online here oakley sunglasses 4 coach outlet store y-ears warriors jerseys ago a-s he guide-d fidget spinner me coach bags outlet to th-e ralph lauren hospital- tommy hilfiger outlet for gafas oakley emplo-yment dre headphones 11 longchamp y-ears montblanc ago retro jordans a-nd the philipp plein hos-pital nfl jerseys is burberry outlet store a-lso converse chucks Advent-ist michael kors bags hospit-al ray bans and adidas shoes 80%- Aventists- washington wizards jersey working oakley h-ere, adidas zx flux and guess bags s-uch ralph lauren outlet online a juicy couture outlet mira-cle to soccer shoes outlet be bottega veneta -able to red bottom pr-ay openly mont blanc pens -and share tory burch sandals -our fred perry outlet faith michael kors v?skor -and puma shoes outlet tell ecco shoes outlet o-thers of ralph lauren polo J-esus and G-od whether- mcm handbags co-worker-s cheap jerseys or north face jackets patie-nts mbt womens shoes or fam-ilies/frie-nds of pat-ients. air max I bcbg max azria s-truggle cheap nfl jerseys wi-th coach outlet depress-ion but ha-ve coach factory outlet an christian louboutin shoes exce-llent doct-or right h-ere reebok at jimmy choo outlet the- asics outlet hospital orlando magic jersey -and cheap oakley sunglasses my michael kors handbags mas-ter physic-ian God michael kors purses is- ray ban wayfarer always veneta at- nike roshe run my side.I am 70 ye-ars prada outlet old prada handbags an-d coach usa a born michael kors bags a-gain Chris-tian, I st-ill barbour womens jackets am adidas emp-loyed hugo boss outlet online and bengals jerseys -blessed oakley frogskins by- God patriots jerseys with -good moncler mens jackets physi-cal health-. titans jerseys I rayban live pandora canada a-lone with barbour jackets -my 76ers jerseys four ca-ts dolphins jerseys which reebok outlet a-re ray ban outlet my handbags outlet fur-children designer handbags a-s nba jerseys never okc jerseys ha-d vikings jerseys human air jordan retro ki-ds barbour jacket outlet of ralph lauren outlet online my salomon schuhe o-wn. nike.se I atte-nd hogan the oakley sunglasses loc-al nike huarache church rams jerseys -here in coach factory outlet online th-e mountain-s of true religion jeans men St.He-lena, sunglasses for women Cali-fornia ugg australia it chiefs jerseys -is juicy couture called oakley sunglasses -the "-Haven"-; it is nike running an- air max 90 Seven pandora charms Day- cheap oakley sunglasses Adventist- uggs canada Church pandora bracelet he-re ferragamo shoes on new balance the -hospital burberry c-ampus, alt-hough i north face jackets am- michael kors uk not ugg australia a nike free adv-ents oakley sunglasses it nike mercurial vapor is- coach outlet sale an open d-oor church- kate spade outlet and vans shoes true kate spade handbags -believers cheap jerseys -as cheap shoes God ble-ssed me atlanta hawks jerseys an-d guided m-e here adidas sneakers 4 celtics jersey y-ears ny jersey ago texans jerseys a-s he guide-d me to bulls jerseys th-e burberry outlet store hospital- michael kors uhren for coach usa emplo-yment true religion jeans women 11 polo ralph lauren y-ears nike shoes ago a-nd cheap nba jerseys the hos-pital toronto raptors jersey is a-lso los angeles lakers Advent-ist hospit-al jack wolfskin outlet online and 80%- Aventists- working h-ere, woolrich womens jackets and oakley s-uch michael kors outlet online a nfl jerseys china mira-cle to be -able to jordan shoes pr-ay skechers canada openly -and nike tn share new balance -our faith -and tell coach bags outlet o-thers thomas sabo of J-esus and new balance shoes G-od cheap jerseys whether- redskins jerseys co-worker-s or patie-nts Hermès Pas Cher or fam-ilies/frie-nds burberry handbags outlet of pat-ients. nike running shoes I ferragamo s-truggle wi-th depress-ion nike air max but true religion jeans outlet ha-ve an exce-llent browns jerseys doct-or tory burch right adidas superstar h-ere nike store uk at the- easton bats hospital -and my vans schuhe mas-ter physic-ian ray ban outlet God under armour shoes is- always at- my side.I am rayban 70 kate spade ye-ars hilfiger online shop old ipad mini cases an-d polo outlet a parajumpers parkas born prada a-gain ralph lauren polo Chris-tian, I timberland outlet st-ill michael kors outlet online sale am air max 2014 emp-loyed lunette ray ban and -blessed coach outlet online by- michael kors outlet online sale God with lacoste shirts -good physi-cal michael kors health-. coach bags outlet I timberland outlet live a-lone uhren shop with c&c beanies -my nba jerseys four saints jerseys ca-ts lions jerseys which polo ralph a-re new balance outlet my pandora jewellery australia fur-children nike air max a-s supra shoes never timberland ha-d cheap michael kors human chargers jerseys ki-ds ralph lauren of polo ralph lauren outlet my michael kors outlet o-wn. tommy hilfiger online I oakley sunglasses cheap atte-nd the loc-al church -here in th-e mountain-s nike air max of christian louboutin St.He-lena, nike roshe run Cali-fornia barbour mens jackets it prada shoes -is called polo ralph lauren -the "-Haven"-; it bills jerseys is coach black friday an- Seven adidas online shop Day- Adventist- Church salvatore ferragamo he-re roshes on ugg boots the -hospital converse outlet c-ampus, nfl jerseys alt-hough hornets jersey i jaguars jerseys am- not a jordans for sale adv-ents it hermes birkin bag is- eagles jerseys an new orleans pelicans jersey open d-oor church- air max thea and steelers jerseys true bears jerseys -believers buccaneers jerseys -as God soccer shoes ble-ssed ferragamo me an-d tommy hilfiger guided pandora m-e nike fu?ballschuhe here nike free run 4 longchamp y-ears ago michael kors a-s skechers outlet he guide-d me to th-e adidas.se hospital- burberry for moncler women jackets emplo-yment longchamp taschen 11 dsquared2 outlet y-ears ugg australia ago oakley sunglasses cheap a-nd the nj jerseys hos-pital polo outlet store is a-lso Advent-ist broncos jerseys hospit-al nike.dk and 80%- red bottom Aventists- chrome hearts rings working giants jerseys h-ere, jimmy choo and coach outlet usa s-uch a mira-cle ray ban occhiali to raiders jerseys be -able to ray ban uk pr-ay openly -and adidas superstar share -our coach factory online faith packers jerseys -and guciheaven outlet tell o-thers of burberry online shop J-esus milwaukee bucks jersey and michael kors G-od converse sneakers whether- nike roshe run co-worker-s the north face outlet or rolex replica patie-nts mcm handbags or fam-ilies/frie-nds fendi of michael kors outlet online pat-ients. north face backpacks I houston rockets s-truggle lac jersey wi-th new balance depress-ion but swarovski jewelry ha-ve versace outlet an burberry sale exce-llent doct-or right tods womens shoes h-ere at the- hogan sito ufficiale hospital denver nuggets jerseys -and polo ralph lauren my lacoste mas-ter physic-ian versace God 49ers jerseys is- always at- my iphone 4s cases side.I am michael jordan 70 ye-ars nfl jerseys old an-d ugg a born mcm backpack a-gain Chris-tian, I nba jerseys st-ill am emp-loyed skechers womens shoes and burberry outlet online -blessed louboutin shoes by- christian louboutin outlet God tory burch with longchamp outlet -good physi-cal ralph lauren online shop health-. polo outlet online I ray ban sunglasses live nike soccer shoes a-lone with -my four ca-ts nike free 5.0 which timberland boots a-re nike air huarache my cheap ray ban fur-children nike store a-s ralph lauren never azcardinals jerseys ha-d swarovski crystal human ki-ds of my michael kors handbags o-wn. ray-ban sunglasses I atte-nd louboutin the loc-al church asics -here marc by marc jacobs in th-e mountain-s pandora charms of true religion St.He-lena, michael kors australia Cali-fornia it zapatillas nike -is called -the burberry outlet online "-Haven"-; it links of london charms is g by guess an- cheap michael kors Seven stone island Day- ray ban zonnebril Adventist- belstaff womens jackets Church he-re on the marc by marc jacobs -hospital ray ban pas cher c-ampus, www.tommyhilfiger.nl alt-hough i am- cheap jerseys not nike air force a asics gel adv-ents it is- ferragamo shoes an open d-oor suns jersey church- jordan shoes and indiana pacers jersey true -believers -as God memphis grizzlies jersey ble-ssed polo ralph lauren me mcm handbags an-d miami heat guided m-e here 4 nike air max thea y-ears calvin klein outlet ago tory burch handbags a-s kate spade bags he guide-d me rayban to th-e fred perry polos hospital- supra footwear for emplo-yment prada outlet 11 y-ears ago hogan mens shoes a-nd nike factory the puma online shop hos-pital mizuno is bcbg max a-lso Advent-ist hospit-al nike huarache and fivefingers 80%- Aventists- thomas sabo jewellery working nike air max h-ere, panthers jerseys and purses and handbags s-uch dsquared2 a mira-cle hilfiger outlet to be -able true religion outlet to hermes belt pr-ay openly vans outlet -and dre beats share ed hardy clothing -our northface faith -and cheap oakley sunglasses tell o-thers of babyliss flat iron J-esus burberry outlet and jordan retro G-od whether- michael kors outlet online co-worker-s ralph lauren factory store or patie-nts mizuno running shoes or fam-ilies/frie-nds givenchy shoes outlet of vans shoes pat-ients. cheap jack wolfskin I levis jeans s-truggle swarovski wi-th levis outlet store depress-ion oakley sunglasses but belstaff jackets outlet ha-ve an polo ralph lauren outlet online exce-llent detroit pistons doct-or tommy hilfiger canada right h-ere at the- north face hospital nike.com -and my under armour outlet mas-ter physic-ian swarovski crystal God is- chi flat iron always cowboys jerseys at- my polo ralph lauren side.

air jordan shoes
Jasonholder
Jasonholder
Fitness industry is becoming more and more popular all over the world just because of it's necessity. There are many people who want to visit the gym room regularly and the new south wales top essay writers will let the people know how the fitness industry work.
Anonymous
Anonymous
I think the reason you're providing is good enough as even due to dissertation help online I cannot do a lot of exercise and I don't think I want to either.

J & D Fitness
4180 South Fort Apache Rd,
Las Vegas, NV 89147
702-892-0400