We have all seen the videos on the line of people in the gym doing crazy exercises on equipment, too fast, crazy angles will too heavy weights and terrible form. I understand why they are funny at times, but let me explain the problem for us an industry.
These people in the videos are trying to better themselves in an environment that they are unfamiliar with, as staff in these facilities it’s our as trainers and instructors job to help them – not capture them for entertainment.
For a better understanding lets flip the script on some of my personal experiences.
I’ve been stood by the side of the road with a car that won’t start, I’m an idiot, I cant fix it. The AA bloke turns up in his magic yellow van, opens the bonnet fiddles about for literally 30 seconds.
“Try that pal” I turn the key, the car jumps into life and off I go eternally grateful.
I tried my hand at Boxing, unsuccessfully. I enjoyed the training immensely but as soon as I stepped in the ring to spa my nose was blooded by a 15 year old more than once. Bags and pads are easy because they don’t hit back. My attempts at the sweet science would make any comedy fail video.
Until you’ve stood half naked in a hot yoga room, in a puddle of your own sweat out trying to remember which is your left foot and which way is forward. When the sweat is in your eyes you can’t see and the instructor is telling you to put your head on the floor without bending your knees.
I’ve trying to build a website this is me on the Skype to the guru’s who are helping me;
“You know the thing that clicks the thing, that leads to the what-it called can you make it thingy ma jig?” ( I’m horrible and I.T. but I’m getting better)
The point I’m trying to make is we are all human and have environments that we are and aren’t comfortable in, It is our role as fitness professionals to make people feel confident in our environment, I challenge any PT or fitness instructor to help 1 random person in the gym this week everyday.
Can you think of some examples in your life when you’ve been humbled by your lack of knowledge or physical ability? I bet it you felt shit right? Now imagine someone filmed it then put it on Facebook? would that be a good advert for the class or company you were visiting? or you as a trainer or person? Would you go to a driving instructor who filmed client’s first lessons and put them on Facebook for jokes? The old kangaroo petrol, hitting the curb, Stalling. No way! he would go out of business in a week – think about that fitness industry!
Now I bet you can think of a time when someone helped you out for nothing, a tip or trick that they have picked up through experience and practice. How good it made you feel? Great right, so lets stop the mocking and get out there and help some people.
Ross is a Sports and Exercise Therapy Student, he has 12 years experience working in gyms across the country. Recently he has collected qualifications in Pilates, sports massage as well as Precision Nutrition. In his spare time he likes to convince his friends to travel Europe.