Hello all! The other day I had what I feel is an awesome idea for a group class. Although I have been training for two years I sometimes have really good ideas but never make them into reality because I start second guessing myself. Does this happen to the rest of you? How do you just get out there and do it without overthinking everything?
Trust in your education, your continuing education, your experience and your humility to recognize that there is always something new to learn. What person has never said “If I could only do it over?” Don’t go there, it’s a backtrap. Always learn from those who have been there, done that. Always be creative. Use your judgement and knowledge. Will you sometimes make mistakes? Yes. Is that okay? Yes. It’s how you grow. How do you think we scientists figured out things? And we will always have an infinite more to learn. That’s the upside! Just be creative and be thankful.
I teach instructor prep courses. There is one concept taught to these students that applies here. You should never have clients perform exercises that you have not evaluated personally. That means the instructor needs to do the exercises, consider the potential benefits and risks, determine if the client will be able to do the exercises, and determine if there is a good reason for the client to do the exercises or if there are better exercises to accomplish the desired result. Then the instructor needs to design a program for introducing and progressing/regressing the exercsie appropriately.
If you are going to create a class, you would use the same system. Test out all exercises you want to do in the class. Then test the ones that you have chosen as appropriate in the class format. Then consider your potential clients and figure out how to teach the class to them. Once you feel you can safely teach the exercises, begin to test them in a class environment. Be very cautious and monitor the clients for any reason to stop and adjust/eliminate exercises as necessary.
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Hello Missy Reece,
It can be a good thing to second guess, that means you are always willing to learn. With that goes the other side of the spectrum…willing to try new things. I like to go with the flow; try it myself first; if it does not “work,” move on to the next thing. There are so many options to choose from which are different for every person. The clients will even help you when they come up with their own way to accomplish moves. Remember, exercise is truly a personal thing in personal training. The best part of our business is being able to use our imaginations for creative boredom busting.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
Yes, it is easy to second guess yourself (especially in this business with so much competition)… What I’ve found over the years of teaching and training is the following:
1. Put yourself out there with your ideas as hard as it is– and get “uncomfortable”. Take risks and act on ideas (even small ones). It is a great way to grow and be successful. You’ll be happy that you did and it will give you confidence to go on to the next triumph.
2. If something “fails”–so what?! One step closer to success. Instead of thinking of it as a failure, just think of it as a learning experience and a chance to grow stronger.
3. Keep your eye focused on your training mission and philosophy. Do your new ideas support them? Pay attention to your own purpose in fitness (and not all of the competition) and watch it grow in your passion.
I often tell my clients that there are many paths to the same goal. Each trainer/instructor is different with their approach, but they can all achieve many of the same goals. It’s all good!