We had the privilege of having Steve and Jared visit us up here and participate in one of our team meetings here at Get Fit NH. The hour and a half we spent reviewing the FMS and getting input on the way these two experts score was worth its weight in gold. As we went over each screen in detail and as Jared screened Nancy, each of us also scored the screen. After each of the 7 movement patterns we compared our scores with Steve and Jared’s. If you ever have the chance to do this I would highly recommend it, no matter how good you think you are at the FMS. We learned a lot, and we have been doing this a long time.
At our informal “Q&A,” after the screen was complete, we got into the inevitable discussion about correctives, and Jared said something that really hit home.
“If the correctives you are doing are not working after a couple of weeks, they probably aren’t going to. You need to find what does.”
We then discussed strategies on how to break out the pattern further to identify what the issue is. You can see an example for the ASLR here: http://smartgrouptraining.com/fms-active-straight-leg-raise/#more-1599
But back to the money quote “If the correctives you are doing are not working after a couple of weeks, they probably aren’t going to.”
Another way to put it is the title of this article.
“Do What You Do, Get What You Get”
That is not just true of movement patterns, but really it’s about all of life. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results than what you have been getting.
We see it with our clients all the time, right?
Sally wants to lose weight, but she won’t change the way she eats.
Mike knows he needs to get more sleep, but he won’t turn off the TV at night.
Krystal says she wants to get stronger, but she also keeps picking up the “baby” weights.
Kind of low hanging fruit to be critical of, isn’t it? But think about it. They come to you because you can help coach them through their challenges. They need your help.
And are we as coaches really any different?
We want better businesses, to make more money, to have more time freedom, and to get awesome results with all our clients.
So are you getting the help you need?
Look, I’ll admit it. For the first few years of my career I thought I knew it all when it came to program design and getting better results for clients. And we did a pretty good job. But I think one of the best skills we can have as coaches is knowing that there is always someone smarter than you, and if you study the way they do things, you can get smarter too. You don’t have to reinvent everything.
That’s why when Precision Nutrition offered their Level 1 and Level 2 nutrition coaching courses we took them. They were doing nutrition coaching better than we were.
And that’s also why we have worked with mentors like Pat Rigsby and Fitness Consulting Group. They know more about running a successful business than we do.
That’s why we changed our screening procedure when we learned about the FMS. They were doing assessments better than we were.
That’s why when Smart Group Training was started, we started adopting SGT methodology. They did it better than we were doing it.
Admitting that someone does something better than you doesn’t diminish you as a coach, it makes you better as a coach. And if you don’t want to get better, do us all a favor and consider doing something else.
So here’s the challenge.
Pick one way today you can break out of any “Do What You Do, Get What You Get” pattern you may be trapped in.
And if you want to get better at training your clients, you owe it to yourself and to them to become an SGT Certified Facility. The next few years are going to be crazy in this industry, as poor trainers get weeded out and excellence rises to the top. Your competition is getting better, are you?
Make It Happen!