If you are not honest about your personal bias and if you do not read papers, or read good papers with an open mind to a specific question, then eventually you will be left behind.
Reading through a Facebook Group of Personal Trainers, I read both an alignment debate and then a research debate. After which I found myself and sitting at my desk thinking that I may have joined a deluded industry.
I love the trainers I meet, they want to do great things for their clients, and want to help so much that sometimes they over believe and then do not critically review.
Worse, than that, they then become attached to the information, see ‘results’ and then defend their opinion like nothing else counts. It is almost like they miss the point and they lose their focus on the client because they focus on the system so much.
It took me ten years to evolve out of following guru’s; it took me most of those years to grow out of my ego and my attachment to being right. Now I know I can only be right for very specific questions for that point in time.
Also, I know my results are kind of irrelevant, books, guru’s and other trainers can help guide me to research, but they won’t answer specific questions well enough. I know that I used to hide under the terms of ‘common sense’, ‘science is bad’, ‘look at my guru’s success’ and never really got into reading as I should.
When I started reading research properly then I got kicked three times in the areas I was known as an expert.
1 – Kicked in the fascial techniques. I learned them all (three) and I was devastated when I really pulled at the research, I was awesome with a scraping tool and an elbow
2 – Kicked in the postural alignment bits. I was amazing (I thought) at improving movement symmetry. Static symmetry was my bag, I could nail long, short, weak and tight and furthermore, I could link their posture to everything, if only I were not so wrong.
3 – Finally I was kicked in the hands-on techniques. When I thought I was improving the skill by using FMR, and ADS I noticed improvements first hand in the session. Then went back to my coaching notes and the research on skill development.
Anyway, the moral of this story is, that without learning to read the research, and facing your bias, then you will always think and deliver the same stuff. You will find yourself angry when people say things you do not believe and your ‘results’ will always support your bias. Eventually, you will be left behind by the industry and find yourself saying things such as I believe in going back to basics, or doing things the old way.
Now read this, it is cool!