HPT5 CEO, Pete Banbury explains how we mentor and build your career as a High Performance Trainer (below)
Do you remember a time when you readily grabbed a pencil, pen or crayon and took to drawing something? Chances are it was way back in your childhood and the memory is as feint as the lined paper you were drawing on. If you can recall those moments, you will probably remember the feeling of excitement, intent focus and creativity coursing through your veins. And that’s where my story begins.
I didn’t do a lot of drawing in my childhood, but I came back to it later in life (mid 20’s), when I discovered, to my surprise, that it was a lot of fun drawing on people! Picture the scene: I’m teaching a group of eighteen students musculoskeletal anatomy for Sports Massage Therapy. Lots of faces contorting in mental ‘anguish’ as they tried to cram another muscle origin, insertion or bony landmark into their already overloaded brains.
When we try something new it hurts if we fail. People criticise, even mock.
Little wonder then that we are all physically hardwired to fear stepping into the unknown.
Two peanut size bodies in our brain, situated at the top of our brain stem, the Amygdalas, control our fight, flight or freeze reactions.
Try something new and the Amygdalas scream at you not to do it. They love the comfort zone and do everything in their capability, which is immense, to keep us there.
I have just finished watching the final episode in the third series of Homeland, starring Damian Lewis. Notwithstanding the fact I am six years behind the global viewing population (the show launched in 2011), I have been mesmerised by a master of his art. A genius in his field and undoubtedly an acting ‘hero’, this man is a leader – standing head and shoulders above the majority of his peers.
Reflecting on this kind of inspiring performance in a different industry, I wanted to know more about Lewis and consider what lessons could be learned in the context of fitness and healthcare. It may seem like a big leap from acting to fitness, but is it? I looked into what made Lewis so good and I found key themes from which we could learn.
HPT5 - “Transforming passion into profession in fitness and healthcare”
The nature of work is changing at a pace no one could have ever imagined. The combined impact of technology and globalisation has created the opportunity to do something people could only have dreamt of just two generations ago, making the concept of work a ‘lived-for’ and not a ‘dead-end’ experience.
35 minutes have elapsed in the most important rugby game in your life. You were selected, against all expectation, just two days before the game.
Your team is losing by 13 points to 3 to the most successful sporting team on the planet. You catch the ball near your own try line, the last thing you want to do at this point in the game is to take a risk which may result in your team falling further behind.
‘Instead of opting for safety first, you attack!
I’m going to stick my neck out and say, enough! Decrying Personal Trainers for their lack of commercial acumen or technical skill needs to stop. Now.
Firstly, there are some brilliant and talented trainers out there who are doing very well thank you very much. Providing great service and leading from the front.
I talked previously about the necessity for blistering underpinning knowledge to be a credible and capable Personal Trainer. Well here is the flip side to that coin. Hands-on skills.
Much has been written and spoken recently that the UK fitness industry needs to raise standards across the board. However, well meaning aspirations will not translate into tangible progress until the fitness industry benefits from a more forward thinking style of leadership which can maximise the full potential of people's skills, abilities and motivations.
Following on from yesterday’s post on giving your knowledge away freely, I’m following up with another aspect of customer care which is close to my heart – using hands-on skills to win your prospect’s attention, hold it and ultimately build a loyal, energised customer base.
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson talks in stark terms. “Physical inactivity levels across the UK should be a source of national embarrassment”. As a nation, we are fully ensconced in what can only described as a public health ‘disaster’.