I’m going to let you in on a secret held closely by those in the fitness industry.
The majority of us have no real clue what we’re doing.
Honestly, in the early days apart from knowing a few basics on from (even that is questionable) when it comes to putting together training programs we’re woefully underprepared.
This is speaking from experience.
Initially what got given to people was nothing more than copies of what had been found in books or learned in passing by those more experienced.
This wasn’t really programming, it was merely getting people to exercise and expend energy.
Don’t get me wrong, for the larger population of gym-goers all they want is to feel like they’ve done something, they care little for the details or even if what they’re doing is optimal for them.
So long as they enjoy it that’s all they care about.
Do you know what, that’s 100% cool because if it keeps people training then it doesn’t really matter if their coach/trainer doesn’t really know what’s going on, so long as the client is happy that’s the priority.
It took me years to really get a good grasp on programming.
Even then there was still a lot of gaps.
Of course, over time a deeper understanding has been gained and now more can be seen in each successful program/protocol that is out there.
Has this improved my ability to coach/plan?
Yep, without a doubt.
Has it been something I will share with my clients?
Nope, most don’t want to know. They just want to be told what to do, how hard to work and that’s it.
Sadly the only people care about the quality and details in training programs are the coaches (and a few unique clients).
Thus you don’t have to be good at the above to do well in fitness, you just have to give the people what they want, a solid business tactic.
One word of warning though, the approach of giving people methods without understanding will only really work on beginners.
This is why you rarely see a PT/Coach in a gym wh works with anyone at the intermediate level or higher (they lack the depth of knowledge to do so), and do you know what, this is a good thing because it’s almost more hassle than it’s worth.
Being someone who has gone through various stages of learning and coaching I can tell you this much, no one really cares how much you know.
No one cares that a decent program can take several hours to write, in fact, most will be just as happy with something you cut & paste from the internet (cookie cutter stuff).
The only person that will ever know is you.
If you want to delve this deep then these three books are good places to start:
– Super Training by Mel C. Siff and Yuri Verkhoshansky
– Periodisation by Tudor Bompa
– The Transfer of Training in Sport by A.P. Bondarchuk
You can also find a lot of great info online for free.
Another gem of a book is Viking Warrior Conditioning by Kenneth Jay.
The choice is yours, my friends.