Yes, you can say our teaching vocation is a matter of Integrity.
As Fitness professionals, we actually spend more time with patients than most medical practitioners. We have the opportunity to witness their performances. We can achieve more field experience and have potential to design better tailored programs. Structural approaches -like surgery- should be the last resort. Working in conjunction and referring should be the norm, not the exception, for the sake of patients and clients. The answer to earn respect is Continuing Education.
• Anyone prescribing tailored exercise should be proficient to identify the diverse modifications available and understand clinic/athletic implications of a given program design, while the performer (client) should receive the relevant variations and assistant exercises, in order to set individual and realistic benchmarks.
• Their high benchmarks of proficiency should earn Personal Trainers the respect from most medical practitioners to the point that mutual referral becomes the norm rather than an exception. Working in conjunction reflects in better care, according to the needs of clients, athletes and patients
• Coaching how groove motion patterns of principal lifts, assistance and auxiliary exercises, while creating or modifying the conditions to tailor both exercises and equipment according to the intrinsic viewing of physiological, bio-mechanical and neuromuscular function. In other words, exercises and equipment always should suit the individual needs or limitations of the client but not the other way around.
• Teaching skills and practical strategies to treat special cases including clients with anthropometric disadvantage, lack of joint mobility/stability and strategies to achieve spine stability. Coaching how to Intervene or assist in the treatment of some other clinical cases, including Upper and lower Cross Syndromes, functional lumbar disorders, Poor motor control & Osteoarthritis.
• Facilitating Communication & Coaching Skills to deliver messages and cues according to the background, culture, age, fitness level, needs and goals of the performer, so as to improve Customer Care & Retention skills.
Knowledge craves Adaptation
If time-traveling was possible, any good S&C Coach or Personal Trainer of today would be considered a visionary ahead of his/her time only 15 or 20 years ago. Such is the rapid pace of scientific findings and the broad bibliographic resources available these days.
Opposite to what many fitness gurus want you to believe, there are not absolute truths when it comes to physical conditioning. So, it is nothing wrong with recognising mistakes and adapting to better "knowledge-environments".
In the same way that adapting to training means never adapting to training, knowledge is a dynamic pursuit that never ends. If you believe your Continuing Education has reached its peak, then, you can consider yourself a "fitness gurú", which far from a compliment, it deflects your work ethics and commitment towards your clients.
Not only for newcomers
When it comes to work ethics, a humble attitude towards to Continuing education is what really counts to enhance the longevity of your training career. Such claim not only includes those who just finished formal studies or recently obtained theirs professional registration as exercise professionals.
In fact, no matter how seasoned we are, thinking that we know all the right answers only means that we stopped asking relevant questions
It is not a coincidence that adapting to new standards of knowledge and enhancing communication skills are both qualities pursued by some of the greatest leaders within our competitive Industry.
Between the Class-Room & the Gym Floor
In QTX, we understand how to build bridges between the class room and real-life scenarios in the gym floor. In order to accelerate the learning curve trough areas that really matter -and save time and tears in the process- QTX has been developing Workshops, Mentoring Packages and Reading material for students interested in learning the art of providing tailored training services. Our approach makes not apologies to provide students with tools that improve practical knowledge, coaching skills and, ultimately, enhance their customer retention skills.
“More than bad exercises, there is plenty of poor form and wrong training prescriptions”
Not only newcomers, self-taught athletes and Fitness enthusiasts but, also, S&C coaches and other health & wellness professionals within our Industry (including practitioners who might want to learn how to address patients from a Personal Training perspective (so as to robust a mutual referral culture where the conjunction of methods can provide an optimal service to clients and patients)