Over the past 21 years, on top of a degree from USU in Exercise Science and 5 years of working as physical therapists aide and as the exercise specialist in a cardiac rehab program, I earned more than 13 personal trainer "certifications." Each time I sat for a "cert" I walked away more disappointed than the last. Never once was I taught how to conduct a training session. Never once was I taught how to program a workout. Only ONCE was I ever (vaguely) taught how to do a movement (although not how to conduct one). But even then, I was never shown where that movement fit within a comprehensive workout plan.
It is scary to think that last weekend thousands of trainers all over the world were "certified" by myriads of (mostly) dubious agencies. "Ceritified," I guess, as someone who could help others become healthy. This is despite the fact that no agency I am aware of of them have a comprehensive, nor working definition of HEALTH in the first place.
At the end of the weekend, those who are truly passionate about helping others become healthy will, no doubt, be as disappointed as I have always been. These fine folks will continue seeking a better way of eventually adding to the collective. However, the majority of participants will be training your moms, husbands, daughters and sons tomorrow morning.
It's comforting to know that those who attended our workshop (pictured above and several not pictured) will be going back to California, OK, AR and here in UT and bringing better principles, methods and theory to folks.
Congrats to all who attended the GPP Intensive Training this weekend. It was a pleasure working with and getting to know you. Excited to see the positive impact you will make in others' lives!
For more information about GPP Intensive Training, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don't do as many as we used to, but are putting together another one for mid July. More details to come.