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Most of us are in this industry to help our clients. Many of my students want to ensure they are doing everything they can to prevent injuries, and improve their clients performance. This desire to help can make it tempting to chase the latest trends and supposed breakthroughs. I wonder if I am the only one who, through my eagerness to help my clients, has become susceptible to various fitness gimmicks. I’ve been caught in the trap of constantly pursuing the next big thing, but now that has changed. For those who stay with me, I will be sharing what I have fallen for and why, I now question the practices I once endorsed.
If you too, think you may have ever unwittingly followed a trend, only to discover it doesn't do what you once believed, read on. This is for you!
Thankfully At this point i was introduced to the FASter process i now teach on Motor Skill Application specialists
Looking back, I think I thought I was ‘Jesus Jo’, scraping fascia, fixing everyone in Wimbledon with my spoon while I was waiting for my “Faktr tool” to arrive. (I was going to add a bad joke about spooning everyone in Wimbledon there, but I'm not doing that).
Now as I sit down considering an ice bath, (I’ll make sure I tell everyone about it 😂) I realise I must be one of the most gullible on Instagram. But that's ok. It has led me to reevaluate the techniques I once used and in some cases taught.
My perspective changed when Faster introduced me to their process, that I now teach on the Motor Skill Application Specialist ( MSAS) course. This helped me understand the importance of quality research, how to ask the right questions, ensuring my clients needs are always put first.
Although I continue to get things wrong, this process helps me to move away from being emotionally attached to any particular technique. It helps me to let go of my ego and biases, ensuring I remain open to change.
I want to be the trainer, mentor whose clients’ success is based on this process and not my techniques. It’s about finding better questions, not letting biases cloud my judgement.
For those who have made it this far, let's ensure we are not killing our clients' performance.
When looking at improving performance, it's vital we avoid vague terms often used to sell products. To do this, first, we must clearly define what aspect of performance we're focusing on. For example, if we’re looking to improve acceleration in running, it’s crucial to first understand the client's current level of experience, skill, biomechanics, and environmental factors, so we can measure and remeasure this.
Once the specific area of performance is clearly defined, we can then consider questioning what influences it. In the case of acceleration, this includes:
1. Sequencing: of biomechanics: Ensuring movements are performed with the right order.
2. Power Generation: Generating the appropriate amount of power at the right moments during movement.
3. Combination of the above: The right Inter and Intra Muscular Contractions with the appropriate power for task, or Motor Skill
4. Understanding the role of mental state, confidence, experience, anticipation, and competition.
5. Fatigue Management: Response to various loads . speeds
6. Feedback: Task driven, video analysis, coaching
Relying on techniques like foam rolling doesn't address these complex and interconnected factors. Foam rolling may offer short-term changes in the perception of range at a joint, but it does not contribute to the nuanced aspects of improving acceleration. The short-term benefits would cost your clients their long-term performance goals.
Having the expertise of being a Motor Skill Application Specialist can be invaluable in this context. Such specialists are equipped with the skills to not only understand and apply the principles of motor learning and biomechanics but also to evaluate research and practices critically, and change when necessary. This ensures that the training methods used are not just based on trends or surface-level solutions, but on a deeper understanding of what genuinely improves performance.
If you’ve been swayed by a fitness gimmick too, please share it in the comments. I’d love to know I'm not the only one! To find out more about the Faster Process taught on Motor Skill Application Specialist. Click on the link below .
These are meant as a starting point andI highly recommend doing your own research!
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.Presenter, Educator, Author with Faster function with over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry .