We live in an incredibly informed world. All of the knowledge that you desire is at the tip of your fingers, all you have to do is look. Access to this level of knowledge is unprecedented. You no longer have to seek out instructors, drive across country and sit through boring lectures. You can now become a certified expert on almost any subject in just a couple of days and an online test.
This amount of unregulated knowledge is one of the single greatest and most horrific things that has happened to the fitness industry. Through a systematic lack of regulation anyone that wants to can become any kind of fitness instructor just by taking a test. This has led to a very unique saturation of a market that previously had no real competition.
You can drive down any street in a major city and within a few miles see 7 yoga studios, 5 Crossfits, 6 Barre Classes, and if you are close to a park you can watch at least 5 different run groups running by 7 bootcamps, all going on at once. With the addition of some kind of food store that has Natural or Fit worked into the name and just as many options to buy 10$ smoothies, you now have a fitness takeover. It’s super hip to be super fit.
Honestly while this can get a little weird, it isn’t a bad thing. We are in an age where people are concerned about their health. You know they’re healthy, they can prove it to you by showing you all the fitness apps on their phone. They have charted their runs, WODs, yoga and pilates. Taken pictures of all of their meals, and even have the after workout group pictures filled with sweat and smiles.
We live in a fitness culture. Not only is everyone an athlete, everyone’s an expert. But if you are really concerned about your fitness, how do you know you are doing the best thing you can possible be doing? How do you know? Just ask them. All you have to do is ask.
Seeking out a coach and a training program is an investment. You are investing your money, your time and your physical and emotional well being. What are you getting out of your investment? Are you getting stronger and faster? More bendy and calm? Are you buying into a community of attractive people that you’ve never had the opportunity to spend time with before? If this is what you want, then you are getting a return on your investment. If you don’t know what you’re getting, then all you have to do is ask.
If you aren’t asking your coach questions, then how do you really know what you are doing?
If you don’t know why you’re lifting a prescribed load or doing a movement, or how it is going to affect you down the road you won’t know if you should push yourself harder..
If you don’t know what you are going to be doing the next day or even the next week, then how can you know if you are seeing improvement?
It’s ok to not care. You have a hard job, work long hours and have a family to care for and a dog to walk. The last thing you want to do is start questioning the biggest reprieve of your day. As far as you’re concerned it’s working. You’re getting stronger and faster, your look better naked. You aren’t getting hurt that often and after a hard session you don’t want to choke your kids.
It’s ok not to care. However, by not caring, you are limiting yourself. You are really only doing the bare minimum, which in turn is going to affect your training down the road.
If your fitness is who you are – instead of just something you do, then what exactly are you doing?
If you don’t know I have a challenge for you.
It’s that simple. Walk up to your trainer or coach and ask what is the purpose of today’s workout? It’s ok to ask why. If your coach has put hours into your programming and has a vision for the athlete that you will be in the next month, two months and six months, then he or she is going to be excited to tell you how much you are going to be lifting. How each progressive cycle isn’t only going to make you stronger, but also faster. How the durability you are doing today is going to progress and make you even stronger in the next couple of months. How through the proper application of these exercises you are not only going to be a better athlete but have fewer injuries and rehab the injuries you do have.
All you have to do is ask.
If you don’t ask, you won’t ever know if your coach is doing everything they can do to make you stronger, faster and injury proof.
If you don’t ask, you won’t know if what you’re doing today will affect what you’ll be doing tomorrow or even next week.
If you don’t ask you won’t know if your coach is putting together a concise training program designed to make you the best athlete you can be or just pulling random exercises off the internet and praying you don’t get hurt too bad.
If you don’t ask, your coach will freely continue to take your money and deliver mediocrity.
All you have to do is ask. If they don’t or can’t tell you then they’ve already answered your question.
You owe it to yourself to understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. This basic understanding allows you to train at a higher level and also perform at a higher level. It helps you from getting injured and allows you to get the most out of one of the single best investments you can ever make – yourself.
All you have to do is ask.