I wanted to share a thought on Personal Training Techniques that were stuck in my head, to the point where I could not sleep.


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Here is the outline so you do not have to listen to me for 30 minutes!

Personal Trainers have become stations not radios

A few things on this analogy.  When it comes to Personal Training techniques, you have to have a reason to use them and then you have to have a bag of tricks to use.  If you do not know about a condition, then you would probably not know about the tool to solve it, so it would not exist.   I think that we have a number of education companies and strands of learning that limit you to what you can see and so what you can help with.  Sometimes they create things that do not exist.  My suggestion is this, rather than learn from just one show (so being the station), you should be able to hear from and refer people to all techniques, thus requiring you to focus on being a great radio and not a station.  Kind of works as an analogy, I will do better with it in the podcast possibly.

If someone shows a posture that resembles one which people adopt when they are in pain or have an injury, you cannot use this as an indicator that they will get the same pain or injury.

In my discussion with Nick, one of the reasons I did this Vlog, we were debating the need to look at posture, statically and to some extent dynamically.  Nick rightly pointed out, that when he sees a client, the posture can be a give as to the compensation pattern the client has adapted after and injury and so lead him to a technique, where less pain would probably also show up in that posture.  I however would see clients with out pain, and probably a limited previous history of pain, and I would see that as a way of guiding me to see how skill ful they are in movements that would challenge the client.  Where I would presume the posture showed me places the client was not going to regularly.  We discuss this more in our courses.

The bottom line on this is that, some people have been taught that because a posture is adopted in a client who is in pain, and as they come out of pain the posture changes, then you must have to stay away from the painful posture to avoid that injury.  That is what is not proven. Personal Training techniques should not come from hunches based on what seems to make sense.


Your a big thing of complexity and we only break this in to components to help understand, not to build techniques from.

This is the catch all problem with the industry.  People feel the need to be an expert, then they get drawn back to being a generalist and they do not realise that this does not work.  I think that this often is derived from the analogy to machines and cars.  If a car is out of balance you will wear the tires.  But if you push the engine it will eventually break, but if you push the human body it will get stronger and adapt!   We cannot be broken in to segments, we are a thing, and then science breaks us down to understand how this big complex thing works.  In injury and illness, a specific part of the thing is broken, it is easier to go to components rather than the whole thing, that is why medical specialists are a good thing.  However when it comes to performance or body change, then a group of specialists is probably a bad thing and a better idea would be to have someone who works with the whole and refers out the segments.  Bottom line if you talking about fascia you are probably wrong (a little harsh, but my point is you have ruled out so many other factors it is unreal!)  Personal Training techniques should come from a whole view perspective, not mashed together components.

Science is great, but in association and in the wrong hands can be a pain in the ass

Science kicks ass, it is awesome.  Two of my best friends (Mark Hines and Sally Pears) are the best people I know.  They do things for the right reasons and they treat science with the respect it deserves.  The pay in science is often worse than that of Personal Trainers and so they do this for the love of helping forward our knowledge in our industry.  Science is not perfect and people use and manipulate it to get them ahead and back up their own points of view.  Additionally there is good and bad science and in areas where it is hard to prove stuff, bad science flourishes and helps push bad technicians and then bad guru’s!  Personal Training techniques need to come from a good place.

Bottom line on this is, if you find yourself with a great explanation of what you do, why you do it and how it works, but you cannot find good recent papers in good journals, then you are probably kidding yourself.  If you are kidding you, you are kidding your client…and to adapt a saying from my new favourite business guru, John from Bar Rescue, nothing gets me ANGRIER THAN WHEN TRAINER KID THEIR CLIENTS!  GRRRRRR!!! DONT APPLY A PERSONAL TRAINING TECHNIQUE WITHOUT IT BEING FOR A SOUND PURPOSE.

Learn more, so that you know less and want to know even less!

The more you know about the human body, the more you will learn that we do not know and we have to guess.  Every great course, paper or person who has educated me has left me thinking there is a lot more to this than I thought, so I now relatively know less.  It goes back to the if you thought you knew 20%, but the 100% you were aware of was only 50% of what is out their, then when you discover the other 50%, you will now only know 10%….go figure them maths!!

The skill is to know when you do not need to know it, you just need to be aware of it, so you can pass people on to the skilled individuals in that area who live for the component you don’t really need!!  I have passed up on many personal training techniques for the reason being I did not need them, but I can refer to them.  One day I will speak to you about orthotics!

Know why the person educating in their Personal Training Techniques (or other techniques) is motivated, plus some other questions you need to use.

1 – Why are they telling me, to earn money (probably all of them, and why not, people have to eat!), did they have an experience that fits the inverse bell of a great story (watch my hangout to hear about that one), have they a gripe with an industry that failed them, have they discovered the answer?

2 – So where is this info coming from?  A collection of experience, a collection of good papers, a collection of good people of influence?  Why should you trust it?  What has it got to do with you and your clients?

3 – How you going to use it tomorrow?  Will it change the way you train your clients?  Will it help you develop new personal training techniques?

I can talk for a long time and often lose track of what I am saying! Also check out the middle of the night eyes, I am aiming for the late night DJ look (…please feel free to insert your own face for radio joke here!)


Here is the video — If you want to miss it, then scroll down for the funny song that partly helped me write this!


Funny song