[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
I have worked in a lot of “Globogyms as you call it” and trained hundreds of average Joes and Janes. Heck even when I was the head strength coach in a high level performance center, 75% of our clientele was average Joes.
I NEVER went outside my beliefs. Of course I couldn’t always use my more advanced techniques, but I always stayed true to my beliefs and principles. To this day my clients all do (well baring an injury) do squats, bench press, overhead barbell work and deadlifts… A LOT of them do power clean variations and some of them do snatches variations.
The big basics work for everybody… The big basic lifts are the best to stimulate gains… if you are settling for inferior exercises with your clients because you think they can’t handle the big basics you are unprofessional: they are paying you a lot of money to get them results, it is your duty to use the best tools do the job. They don’t think barbell work is for them… YOU ARE THE EXPERT not them.
Heck, I remember a few years back, I had a 50 something housewife, linguistic teacher come to me for training… I had her do deadlifts, squats and benches… a few months later she competed in powerlifting, deadlifting 300lbs and bench pressing 175lbs at a bodyweight of 120.
I had a mother of 3 do cleans, push presses, prowler pushing, sled pulling, tire flipping… today she looks like a fitness model (of course the integration of these exercises was gradual).
Use the best tools to get results… just scale down the methods and loading to accomodate the capacities of each client.[/quote]
Thanks for the advice Coach!