Where do you get your information/knowledge?
One of my secondary interests within this field is understanding where fitness professionals acquire their information that is put into their practice. I would like to know where you get your information through selecting the designations below and further elaborating on the selection. (ie. Workshop/Seminar - Perform Better Seminar, Magazine - Men's Fitness, Textbook - ACSM GETP, etc.)
3) Past Experience
4) Past Course Material (Class Notes, etc)
5) Scientific Journals
6) Magazines/Mass Media
7) Friends or Colleagues
I am feeling that collectively we are being judged according our individual paths of knowledge acquisition.
I've learned much about you from reading your responses on this portal and one thing I feel confident that I can say about you is that you value higher learning and that you wish you would have known to get education before certification. If my memory serves me correctly, you are a researcher. All that you do, Jason, is admirable.
I consider myself a lifelong learner of many things, not only pertaining to the fitness. In fact, at the moment I am relearning Spanish so that I can conduct the personal training/group fitness instructor courses in Spanish as there is a need to encourage people of different ethnic groups to pursue careers in the fitness industry. My focus will be on the African-American and Latino populations as I feel there is a need in those communities.
However, I am of the mindset that it is much more productive to focus on the fact that no matter where the fitness professional acquires knowledge, the fitness professional is being proactive about learning. Some of us don't have the desire to be researchers. Many of us are content with being group fitness instructors.
For me, it is about as Peter and Kathie Davis would say, "inspiring the world to fitness." Leading by example is not limited to keeping abreast of the latest findings in exercise science. As you know, it is highly subjective.
Thank you for such a thought-provoking question.
One category has been missing from your list, and that is clients. I work often with people who may have medical problems, and I can learn a lot from them as well.
I look at all the sources as pieces for a collage which I can put together in any way I want.
I use a mixture of methods to gain my knowledge and information.
Textbooks- I use my past college text books pertaining to anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, and Fitness/Sports Conditioning. The text provides credible detailed information, backed by actual research.
Workshops/Seminar- Workshops help keep me keep current on the new modes of training and help keep my techniques/skills fresh. With new trends or modes of training arising, the workshops help give a crash course on relevant techniques/methods.
Past Experience- Depending upon what it is, past experiences with certain techniques/information can be relevant to current times, especially with exercise. You can take basic movements and traditional exercises and progress/regress for clients. Or you can take past experiences and know what and what not to do.
Scientific Journals- Are helpful because they provide researched, detailed information on all aspects of fitness. The make us aware of what information, exercises, techniques, and modes of training are efficient and effective. The National College of Strength and Conditioning provides great scientific journals on all aspect of fitness.
But its not just about knowledge and information its about how you use it.
Hope that motivated you!