When I started out as a personal trainer I felt like I had a decent understanding of the “body” (though I would clearly learn more and grow). However, I have felt that having a greater understanding of the “mind” (especially in these initial stages) would have made a more significant impact my clients and my professional success.
I have a very obvious bias in that the majority of the time I have worked as a personal trainer and health coach I was concurrently working towards my doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in motivation or change psychology. Despite that fact, I still feel and felt that a deeper understanding of the mental side, motivation, cognition, behavior management, etc. was needed and would have had a greater impact on my comfort, confidence, and effectiveness.
I am just wondering if others had a similar experience where understanding people and their needs became a critical component to the success of your work as fitness professionals. Or maybe there is another element that you have found to be the thing that transformed your ability to better serve your clients.
Please tell me what area i.e. group classes, small group, nutrition coaching, one-on-one personal training, etc. (be as specific as you would like) and the things that you learned later (on the job, in seminars, etc.) that you believe would have been helpful to have had exposed/mastered early on (again be as specific as you would like).
I tend to agree with you in regards to the importance of the mind. However, in my field I feel like I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. In seminary and and psychology we have a focus on the mind and soul and I am trying to help people see the value of the body. Neuroscience is demonstrating this and it will only become more widely understood and embraced and readily accepted as time goes on.
I am sure I could tie in the importance of a web-presence with the nueroscience discussion, but it is a just a bit too early for my brain to work that hard. However, I appreciate your point about the importance of utilization of the interwebs. While I use webcam services for coaching and am quasi engaged in this forum I do not use the internet to its potential. My website is www.shaunwehle.com and even the name is not the best use of the powers of the internet.
Maybe another discussion as well, but I would be interested to hearing thoughts on how to better use the internet as a fitness pro.