Oh my gosh, there is nothing worse than a smart aleck! I’ve run into my share in this industry, and believe me, they are hard to take. All industry, or field of study changes. In the whole world there are people studying, researching, and revolutionizing those things we believed to be true. No matter what field you are in, there is somebody in the world who knows more than you.
I remember two specific times when I realized I didn’t know everything. There were probably more than that, but the two biggest really made an impact on how I work with clients.
- When the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) stated that behind the neck press and lat pull downs were contraindicated for people with shoulder issues.
- When I learned from a chiropractor that the practice of “pulling your belly button into your spine in the form of a Scoop was actually de-stabilizing the spine”. He hooked me up with Dr. Stewart McGill from Waterloo University. It was through working with McGill’s teaching that I changed how my clients worked their core.
It’s for this reason that the agencies who certify fitness professionals insist on continuing education. In writing this blog I have shared what I know. I have written when I learned that what I thought I knew to be true — wasn’t. This industry changes regularly, and in some cases personal experience teaches us that there are exceptions to the rule. Because there is so much to know and understand I recommend you align yourself with a certified professional, and not the gym know-it-all.
“The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.” — Daniel J. Boorstin