Bandwagons and Professional Stability
I am not one that hastily jumps onto bandwagons. I’m typically skeptical and hesitant to dive into something (most often greatly marketed products)unknowingly, especially as a professional. With the fitness and health industry, many people are seeking an answer. As an health professional it is my duty to provide that answer and I applaud all of those that admit to not knowing (but will research to find the answer) as opposed to claiming to always have the answer(a bullshitter). But because the industry is so constantly evolving and changing shape, answers aren’t always as clear as they seem. The industry is like this formless mass, and based on perspective, changes and adapts to fit that persons worldview (a disservice). Continual research and progress of scientific data better grows our understanding of these deep concepts, better knowing ourselves. But continual noise of newest trends and fads, provides little more than just money making schemes. Fitness and health, while unregulated, provides a field of potential to earn a buck at the expense of progress. There is nothing wrong with someone trying to make a successful career or product, depending upon your view. For me, such debris provides little substance and only detracts us from our full potential and development. Similar to the internet, which provides often rare gems of information and creativity as compared to the vastness of noise that is silly videos, narcissism, and a slum-like environment (see: You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier). With all of that said, people come to me for one of two reasons. If a person has been programmed from such advertisements and false-truths, they will be seeking a quick fix. ‘Fix the damage I have done over the course of years or decades, within a couple weeks. I don’t want to change my diet, I don’t want to sweat, and I don’t want to wake up early’. You get the point. Or a person comes to me with realistic expectations (or no expectations), and (deeply/emotionally) understands this will take hard work. The persons best fit for reaching milestones are the later. Although, there is hope for the first, they often require deprogramming, and most are unable to change a strongly build perspective that blames others for their failures. I’ve deprogrammed before, quiet successfully actually. It just takes a huge amount of commitment from the individual, I’ve only met few who can handle such a process.
I’ve met trainers that are known for their lack of stability, it is a sad reputation to have. A ‘what is the trend this week’ kind of trainer. The problem is that there is no stability, you start to become the boy who cried wolf or trainer who is on a new fad. From what I’ve collected, the quality of the client you will attract and their ability to progress through determination and patience, is limited, if they are seeking these sorts of constantly changing trends. People seek me out because I am grounded. ‘This is what works, this is what doesn’t, this is high risk, this isn’t.’ I’ll even admit when a subject is out of my wheelhouse, only to further research it for the client, or point them in the right direction. My methodology is stable, but don’t confuse stable with boxed in or narrow-sighted. It is far from that. The point of the stability is to be unwavered by external forces, it doesn’t mean you can’t change and adapt. I’ve seen other methodologies that gather their stability from boxing themselves in with their own walls (pseudo-stability).
From my experience developing professional stability and growth is best done slow and methodical. It provides greater philosophical security, and holds more value to both the trainer and the clients. Be less apt to join the hive, and more to explore the freedoms of intellectual analysis and creativity. Now, you are unique.