It's Friday and instead of gearing down for the weekend and the end of the 2015 Personal Trainer Institute, everyone seems to shifting up. There are some powerful post conferences going on today, but aside from that attendees seem to have as much energy in the last sessions as they did in the first.
I don't know how they do it, but it's inspiring.
Be Realistic. Be professional and honest about your scope of practice regarding nutritional advice. It's fine to give an informed opinion about a diet, but don't cross the line into meal planning. In his sessions "Nutrition in the News-The Truth Behind the Media Headlines," Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD, reviewed some of the more popular diet trends clients are asking personal trainers about, including coconut oil and the Paleo Diet. His advice? Make sure clients know that there is never going to be one miracle food that solves their problems.newsletter_teaser: The synchronicities of life are sometimes unavoidable. Whether you're superstitious or not, sometimes happenings line up in such a way that you can't help but notice. You switch stations on your car radio and the exact same song is playing on a different channel, and then you hear it playing in the supermarket. Is there a message? I guess it depends on the song. I didn't need to be hit over the head with a sandbell, however, to get the message during today's opening sessions at the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute East.
The message? Stop walking in circles.
Presenters Sherri McMillan and Martin Rooney both shared this advice with personal trainers (who clearly understand the value of mid-week education). In both instances the educators were referring to underactive gluteal muscles, which aren't just a problem with our clients. Many fit peoples' glutes are also on vacation (Much to McMillan's chagrin, she said, alluding to the physical therapist she refers her clients to who schooled her on her own behind). Therefore, this turned in to a "teach and tell" moment, with attendees activating their glutes one side at a time.
"Don't forget to do the other side," both presenters said in different time blocks and sessions, "otherwise, you'll be walking around in circles all day."
Yes, obviously they were referencing muscular imbalance and it was a nice way to inject humor into the lecture. But it made me think about all the other ways personal trainers are lopsided, unbalanced and otherwise walking the same tiny circle over and over again in their careers.
Here are some key areas presenters covered at today's event, which was brimming with enthusiasm and education.
Do you find that looking at positive pictures and visualizing your goals help you achieve them? If so, there is no better way than to use Instagram as a healthy source of motivation. Whether you're focused on a healthy, holistic lifestyle, or pushing yourself to lose a few pounds, one, if not all, of these accounts will speak to you!
From the check engine light on your car to the check body light on your biometric sensor, it’s clear we live in a connected environment that is amassing more data about us and our habits than we can feasibly harness and make sense of at the moment. A two-day tour around 2015 International CES® in Las Vegas this week put this into sharp relief.
Blogging can provide a host of benefits for personal trainers and athletic coaches. It is a simple way to position yourself as an expert, and it’s an inexpensive means to boost your brand identity. You can use your blog to help others, create an online community and facilitate the content marketing process.
IDEAFit.com is one of my favorite web- sites and IDEA Fitness Journal is, hands down, my favorite magazine!
Before I was a blogger, I frequented the IDEA website often as an ACE- certified group fitness instructor. I [completed] an IDEA FitnessConnect profile, watched webinars, read articles and read the magazine every month. I have blogged about IDEA Fitness Journal on quite a few occasions. Seriously, this company rocks!
May 5, 2013
As this weekend of education, inspiration and fun comes to a close, I have to say how impressed I am with the experience I shared with hundreds of West Coast personal trainers. I have been to countless fitness industry conferences and events, and this one stands out. The program was great, as usual, and the presenters were all on target. However, the attendees really made this event shine in a specific way.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Only at a conference for personal trainers will you see people turning down the Doubletree hotel chocolate chip cookie. Not every person checking in for the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute West in Seattle bypassed the heavenly, sweet packet of fat and sugar, of course, but the front desk staff definitely had extras left over for the next crowd.