Joanne, I was so pleased to see the IFT model included in the new ACE Personal Training manual and have begun using it with all of my clients. Over the last 20 years, I have attended many conferences and continuing education workshops that have addressed a lot of the concepts in the model, and I have gradually integrated many of the ideas into my training practices. It is nice to finally see it all put together in a very practical, effective, systematic approach that every trainer can follow. The biggest challenge in using it may be in helping clients understand the importance of establishing firm foundations for a successful training experience. Many clients want to “jump right in” to intensity and tradition, so we have to consistently educate and inform our clients about the reasons behind our training choices. Sometimes, all it takes is a “needs work” result on a core function assessment to convince!
I tell my clients, If you can’t throw your own body weight around, why should I put weights in your hands? I explain to them the importance of learning these basic movements by saying, It’s not like you ever squat, push, pull, or lunge (btw…how did you get into your car today to get here LOL?). Explain to your clients the importance of learning to do these movement rights so their muscles can protect them far into the future. Tell them to focus on doing the movements slow and perfect. Clients really do want to do the movements perfectly. I tell them, it’s not practice that makes perfect, it’s perfect practice that makes perfect.
I love, love, love the IFT model. I passed my cert out of the 3rd edition book but have been using this model for some time now. Good to see ACE has caught up to me Hehe ;D. ACE is impressing me more and more!