Sunday, March 22, 2009

Show them what they can do, not what you can do.

When I do workshops I go out of my way to try not to do a bunch of feats of strength. Some stuff can't be helped, but me running around snatching the 40 kg. and bent pressing two 20 kg. bells in one hand isn't doing much to serve to serve those trying to learn from me. Don't get me wrong, it's fun to do that stuff at the appropriate time, but when it's the running theme that's when I see a problem.
I find it much more entertaining to unlock potential and get people doing things they didn't think they were capable of.
I did a workshop today and had a number of PR's get pulled off. One of the attendees pressed out a 32 kg. kettlebell, and I believe he had only ever pressed the 24 kg. He also came close to pressing the 40 kg. at a bodyweight of 155 lbs. I know he'll get that press soon.
If you asked me why I became a trainer the answer would be "Because I have no job skills."
Answer number two though would be stuff like this. Putting people on a path and seeing them achieve things they otherwise might not have been able to, or would have taken much longer to achieve.


  1. Very good. It is amazing to help others whether with athletic skill enhancement, body changes or simple feats of strength. Keep it up!

  2. What happened to "It's all about me?"

    Walk the walk, baby.

  3. Great workshop Jordan! A lot of information to process and incorporate. It was also great seeing Emanuel (sp?) press the 32kg bell like it was nothing. Having a chance to hit some pr's while learning more about kettlebells made for a really great day.

    I'm still sore btw. :)