It’s been a crazy couple of months here at Bodhifit and I really can’t complain. Posts are becoming a bit rare but I rather posts useful information than worthless sh*t. About 3 months ago, I received an email from a London, UK strength coach interested in a 1 week internship. As I already conducted some before, I wanted to change the formula. I asked him what kind of internship he was looking for and replied that he was interested in knowing everything about the fat loss subjects. As there are so many things involved in fat loss, I wanted him to be more specific. I asked him about his past and present clients, success stories, struggling issues with clients, and a little curriculum of his previous experiences. That way, I could incorporate all the missing elements into the internship, to give a more individualized and personal approach.
After receiving his credentials and little story about what he did, I had just enough information to build a full week internship. However, I always need to evaluate them to see if they understand exactly what they did and follow up on their results. Following their evaluation, I do a little interview on what they are looking for health, physique, and performance wise, so I can understand their train of thoughts when they build their own personal program and diet, because if you can’t set up your own plan, how can you set up other people’s plan?
Turns out that Luke completely understood what he had to do on the subject of program design but like many good trainers, over thought the periodization process which was one of his concerns in the first email he sent me. For athletes, periodization is a must since there is always a given date to get in optimal game shape, but for regular Joes, trainers tend to forget that planning the road with the end results in mind is as important as setting goals. So the first day was mostly on how he should work on his program design and how he can achieve maximal results by using periodization for his own program and his clients. We also trained twice in that first day, morning workout using Weight releasers and PM workout was mostly load shifting techniques ‘à la Jerry Telle’.
Rest of the week was planned around Olympic lifting sessions at FXV performance gym with Pierre Roy. For those who want to learn how to do Olympic lifts properly, Pierre is the go to guy. Here is his story. We also touched subjects such as functional medicine, lab tests, how to interpret them and how to market your personal training business. One of the best references in personal training development is the Personal trainer development centre from my friend Jon Goodman. Loaded with information and is one of my references when someone wants to develop their skills as a coach.
Trainers fail to understand that clients invest in personal training but also in a relationship. Clients come to train and get results but if you go sergeant slaughter on them at every workout, even though you get results, they won’t come back. Having the perfect balance between being a trainer, mentor and a friend to a certain extent is hard, but if you know how to set limits and keep the relationship professional, your career will go a long way. Another problem I often see is to Over Teach, in other words, they try to make something simple, so complicated. Correcting or teaching an exercise shouldn’t be a lecture. I’ve seen trainers talk for about 2 minutes straight to show a simple split squat. If you cannot teach the proper technique in more than 2 steps at a time, you need to revise your program design; the exercise is probably too hard for your trainee.
We finished off the week with me evaluating Luke while he was interviewing a new client. One of his tasks was to elaborate a 6 month plan for two case studies, with the complete program design and nutrition protocol which Luke passed with honors. Take a look at what happened during the week. Follow this link if you want his take on his experience.