Why do people ask questions regarding their personal clients on here?
I understand this website is a great source of information from many professionals within the industry. However, when asking specific questions regarding a client (ie. What exercises should I do?) it is impossible to answer. We cannot see your client nor have we performed any type of assessment on them. Therefore, not only is difficult to answer it is potentially wrongful.
1) Propose the difficulty and ask where to refer to.
2) Ask where to find out more information regarding specifics (assessment, programming, etc.)
3) Take advantage of resources (IDEA has much to offer) and become more familiarized before working with potential clients.
Would love to hear opinions.
Some of the questions posted could be Googled and returned with hundreds of responses...ours included.
Nevertheless, we can do our part to help regardless of how frustrating some questions can be.
Keep it coming brother!!!
you are right. Some people are asking specific questions that are truly impossible to answer, and we all say so in our replies.
On the other hand, it is still possible to give a generic answer to a specific question. It would always start with a qualifier such as "doctor's approval", "talk to the PT", "do an assessment". But this can be followed by rather concrete suggestions based on what has worked for any one of us in a similar situation.
When I first starting training - more years ago than I care to admit - I would have killed to have access to a web site like this. I am sure that I would have placed specific questions as well because I did not have the experience I have today. Getting ideas from other professionals would have helped me a great deal.
You state perfectly well that this is "a great source of information from many professionals within the industry". So let's all jointly improve this site even more in the knowledge that a rising tide lifts all boats.
Hopefully though it may not seem as helpful to some of us, to that person, you may have opened their eyes to a brand new perspective!
I'm thankful for this type of a resource and the people who participate. By no means do I think that I know everything there is to know about training, flexibility, nutrition, etc. That's the beauty of our industry. There's always more to learn. And sometimes you can learn a lot from others who have been there, done that.
Also, not everyone has access to many other professionals. I live overseas right now on a military base. My access to other professionals is limited. This forum helps to keep me in the know!
In any case, putting out a client question isn't for everyone, but if we all learn to ask for help (because not everyone can just read something and "get it") then it is easier for someone to feel part of the community and that's it's okay that they don't know the answer.
Also, many of us have different approaches to the same problems given our experience, knowledge and certifications/degrees.
I'm predisposed to throwing clients in the squat rack, but on here some trainers come up with interesting ideas I'd look forward to trying on a client regarding nutrition or other exercises.
Sometimes, it's nice to brainstorm, though. We all have different backgrounds and expertise, so it can be nice to hear from a totally different perspective.