NASM - Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist, ACSM - Health Fitness Instructor, CHEK - Health Practioner Level 1, WKA - Kickboxing Instructor, NSCA - Strength and Conditioning Coach, USA - Olympic Weight Lifting Coach, Kettle Bell - Level 2 Practioner
"Well, what can I tell ya. I have been in the industry for 17 years. The industry I am referring to is 'fitness'. I've been involved in athletics as early as the 5th grade when I was recruited to play on a local basketball team. I was clearly chosen because I was tall. I can still remember the impact of the coaching and teaching. I remember it like it was yesterday. I am mentioning this brief blurb about my life because of the impact of knowledge. I put my credits before my verbiage because this is what I have accomplished as a purveyor of movement. I get a kick, a rush and that feeling of euphoria when I am able to have an impact on a client or student. This desire, this love for mechanics, has spilled into other aspects of fitness throughout my plight to be the best trainer I can be. One particular subject that I haven't conquered, or even tried to truly understand, is nutrition. When you are studying to become a personal trainer they do touch on the subject but they often only dedicate a chapter to it. Duly noted; but if you ask me, it's just not enough. There are many scenarios presented to the "trainer." Most of the time it's, 'I want to lose weight to look good for the summer,' 'I want to fit into my wedding dress,' 'I am sitting down too much at my new job and have gained 20 lbs.' What you don't hear is what most people won't tell you: "I'm depressed," "I'm unhappy," "I'm not motivated to eat right," "I don't know what the right stuff to eat is." I can go on and on.
I took it upon myself to dedicate about 25% of my continuing education to nutrition and to the world that surrounds it. This was a ploy to have a better understanding of my roster. In the future, I may dedicate more, but I felt this was a good way to start.