Hey big guy,
I have been a personal trainer for 4 years now and am suffering through grad school for my doctor of physical therapy degree. I was in a unique position at my gym in which I was hired as an 18 year old “know it all” because they thought I was already in grad school for physical therapy. I had actually said that it was my major, but they just assumed I was older since I look older than 22.
I have been through many phases in my lifting, and it seems every other week I come upon some new revelation that changes the way I look at everything. Lately it has been the CNS / periodization / myofascial release (a weird kind, not the regular one you hear about here).
I can give you some advice based on my world experience that will hopefully help you out.
- Look to more experienced people for advice, and take it in like a child would (a state of utter fascination)
After the information has a chance to set in, critically review it based on what you have heard, read and been taught. Then go back and ask the critical questions. After this session, usually the merit of the person/information can be gauged.
- Experiment with everything on yourself.
It seems that with all the new information you get, you want to share it with everyone a try it out on your clients, since you genuinely care that they achieve their goals.
The problem can sometimes be that the training methods are bunk or have a high potential for injury, etc. That can hurt someone, and your reputation.
As a side, I have little brothers who are always willing to be guinea pigs, so I don’t have to incessantly suffer.
- Take the classes for everything. Try to learn it all, and then apply it to work. See how you can plug it in to your everyday training life.
Once you see the application, the other knowledge surrounding the topic will seem more relevant, and therefore will stick in your head better (i.e. better grads)
- Lastly, this has been said here many times. Learn what you can from your teachers, but take it all in with a grain of salt.
I have taken 3 nutrition courses at the university just to get a better grasp of what I was learning in T-mag. Every single teacher in all those classes said that extra protein would hurt my kidneys and protein shakes were unnecessary for building muscle / recovery.
Anyone on this site can at least say anecdotally that if those two aforementioned, “ridiculed” principles were not put in to practice, there would be a lot of smaller bodybuilders out there not making the gains they so want in the gym.
The teachers did instill many good nutritional foundations in my head, though. Since the classes were all aimed toward general or disease-specific conditions, it all comes down to relevancy of the topic at hand.
- Never stop learning, and always ask why, even when the answer is explained (there is still always something going on that you might not know)
Lemme know if I can assist you further my friend. PM me for questions.