Fun Friday – Random Thoughts III

Posted: April 26, 2013 by dannytwoguns in About Me

Get With The Program

I’ve been a little behind on just about everything the past couple weeks. The little free time I do have has been spent on some traveling and seminars/workshops but mainly working on my chapter and contribution to the upcoming, nationally published book, “Get with the Program.” The deadline for the first edit was today and I sent it in. It’s still kind of crazy to think that I will be a published author when the book comes out in August but I am super appreciative of everyone who has helped in the opportunity and process of the book as well as everyone who has helped get me to the point in my career where I’m good enough to be able to write a book. So a big thank you to everyone there.

Elite Training Workshop – Boston

I continued my year of getting better and continuing education this past weekend as I traveled to Boston through all of the events to see the Elite Training Workshop. This was one of the events that I hadn’t planned on going to in the beginning of the year but when I saw the lineup, it was a no brainer.

The first day was a business day in which Pat Rigsby and Ryan Ketchum teamed up to present “7 Elements of an Extraordinary Fitness Business.” Having seen both presenters speak multiple times in the recent past I was curious as to how much new information I’d take out of it and they definitely didn’t disappoint. My main take home was one of Ryan’s points in which he said, “You aren’t too busy. Work double time for half the time in order to own your time.” Being busy for the sake of being busy gets nothing done and I’ve already made a conscious effort in getting more done in less time this week and it is definitely working.

The second day was the workshop and training side of things day and it had a ridiculous line up that looked like this…

-Eric Cressey – Understanding and Coaching the Anterior Core (this presentation might result in a blog post in itself)
-Mike Robertson – Rebuilding Your Fitness Facility/Athletic Development for Everyone
-Dave Schmitz – Getting Game Ready
-Tony Gentilcore – Training Effect : Trust Me, Your Clients Arent Delicate Flowers (a Fight Club quote in the title, you cant go wrong even a little)
-Mike Reinold – Integrating the Hip and Core For Optimal Function and Performance
-Smart Group Training – Taking Group Training to the Next Level

Rather than go into detail on each presenters and their topics on this one I just want to emphasize a few of my take homes and “ah-ha” moments.

– There are a plethora of considerations when it comes to training the anterior core and approaches have to be different when you are dealing with someone who stands all day in spinal extension (Eric used baseball players but this also applies to everyone who stands all day, including myself) and someone who sits all day or in front of a computer screen all day.
– No matter how many times you see the “Band Man” Dave Schmitz you always learn something new and he never disappoints.
– There are also multiple considerations in training and coaching the thoracic spine and shoulder mobility depending on the client’s lifestyle, needs or sport. The common cue “chest up, shoulders down and back” applies a lot of the time but not for everyone, particularly overhead athletes or people will certain postures.
– I need to be looking into Mike Reinolds information and products.

My Main “Ah-Ha” Moment

When Smart Group Training presented their hands-on workshop, it was the last presentation and I was suffering from a little bit of fatigue and information overload but landed a huge “Ah-Ha moment” as my mentors Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove call it. It describes that moment where something just clicks in your head and makes you say “ah-ha”.

Steve and Jared of Smart Group Training are great guys and have definitely put their time in learning and getting better in the industry. They’ve done a lot to change generic and shitty group bootcamp workouts where everyone is doing the same thing and poorly at that into a more personalized personal training programs simply done in groups.

My “ah-ha” moment came when they were organizing and doing their workshop. I watched and thought to myself, “You know, I do everything their doing as well, if not better than they are and they’ve been traveling and presenting at seminars as experts in the field.” It was definitely a shot of confidence and made me realize how far I’ve come, how much I’ve learned and to keep doing what Im doing.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give myself a little plug here. If you haven’t checked out my group personal training programs, you probably should. It’s a glimpse of where the fitness profession is headed and combines high quality personal training with the affordability and motivation of training in a group. No generic make you tired and not better workouts here.

“Jammin” Jesse

Speaking of the group personal training program, my former Rock Your Rolls Off contestant and group personal training success story, Jesse posted over on his blog about his story and experience with me and the Twoguns Training Systems team. Be sure to check it out and let he and I know what you think. You can check that out HERE

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