As a professional in The Fitness Industry, I’m always looking for ways to improve on my craft. Continuing education is a large part of what can help you grow as a person and professional.
This past weekend I attended The Fundamentals Seminar at Gym Jones in Salt Lake City. This article is not about the knowledge I gained, it’s about the importance of putting yourself out there for opportunities like this if you want to improve and move positively forward in your life.
For most Personal Training Certifications you are required to do continuing education credits. This can be done in a variety of ways. You can take the easy way out and order one of the “at home courses”. Where you simply read a book and take an at home test.
If you truly care about your craft, you will go the extra mile or in my case the extra 2,000 miles to learn from the best and bring out the best in yourself. You don’t always have to travel to get good quality information. Take the time to do some research and find a gym, coach, or training facility that resonates with you. When you feel inspired that transfers to your clients and will only help them improve as well.
Information can be presented in so many different ways. This past weekend a lot of concepts and knowledge were given to our group. It was delivered in such a way that made you think and want to know more and more.
This was not one of those lectures where you’re checking your email every 5 minutes or thinking of ways that you can duck out early. If those are the type of seminars you are attending as a fitness professional than you are doing a grave disservice to yourself and your clients. Spend the extra money, time or effort to find quality coaches to learn from.
Getting Out Of Your “Comfort Zone”
My favorite part of the seminar was of course the work-outs we did. For me this experience is invaluable. I train others 6 days a week and I love to do so. To have someone else train me is one of the best feelings in the world.
It’s important to be around others that challenge and support you. As our seminar leader Rob MacDonald repeated to us over again ” You become who you spend your time with”. If you want to become better, faster, stronger, ect. you need to find people that challenge you in those ways. Surrounded by this group over the weekend, I hit a new PR and remembered that incredible feeling that “anything is possible”.