After my post a few weeks ago about another trainer slating me and my content to market their own services it seems to have happened again, only this time it’s more in a personal trainer mentoring capacity and against some of the fitness products that I’ve associated myself with. I’m not going to copy in the entire article as it’s pretty long winded and without any real clarity or point but I’ll share a few of the snippets that I think deserve clearing up.

“Stop Reinventing and re-branding the wheel”

This is only the title of the post and it’s got nothing to do with me directly but it’s something that quite a few people around the fitness industry push and it’s something that deserves a mention. This statement is usually followed by master the basics, lay solid foundations and we’ve always done it that way. However, can you imagine putting a stone or wooden wheel on the bottom of a jet plane. It seems to me that those who don’t want the wheel reinvented are only able to see that it’s round and are blinded to any possible advancement beyond their current state.

I get the impression that this post is aimed my way as I was part of the Faster team that travelled out to Utah and New York earlier this year and got The Hub built and put onto the market. We also write and deliver the education for personal trainers wanting to take the Core Momentum Trainer and use it with their clients, so I know that there aren’t many CMT’s in the country just now, but I am working hard to get a course put on as soon as possible to get a few more trainers qualified so if you are reading this and interested in using a CMT then get in touch and we’ll get you on board.

Anyway on to what the article said…

This is similar to the reinventing the wheel problem, all a strength coach will ever see in from The Hub is a speed ladder. He has acknowledged that the product is new so we haven’t released the education that comes with the product yet explaining why this product came about but as you can see from the video to the right it can be easily integrated into a lifting session. When you approach training in The Hub from a movement and skill development perspective then it becomes a very useful product. Yes you can just draw the pattern on the floor but or buy some rings and cones but laying down The Hub is easy so I don’t understand the problem.

This one I’ve had to deal with before as the CMT does look a little like a big rattle and is usually scoffed at by those heavy into their weight lifting. I can understand to those hell bent on lifting weights the only thing that matters is the size of the weight and a top end product of 4kgs doesn’t seem like much but for anyone who’s actually trained with a CMT you’ll understand why I don’t bring Big Red out to play much. 4kgs moving at pace is very heavy and for most clients and athletes 1kg is more than enough. There are a few key concepts behind the design of the Core Momentum Trainer that are being missed due to this trainers lack of education on the product. 

First of all it’s designed to hit muscles with momentum and speed rather than slow consistent force. So when you generate a movement that causes the CMT to make that sweet noise you know that the muscle has eccentrically contracted and stopped the CMT moving at pace. As force is mass x acceleration  (or in this case deceleration) you can understand the reason why the weights are light when the speed is so high. So a “workout” delivered by a coach that understands movement and how to use a CMT will challenge even the fittest of athletes, and I would challenge anyone to train with me on the 1kg CMT for an hour and not feel like the most intense workout of their lives. 

Secondly, I believe there is much more to training clients than simply trying to make their muscles grow. Every person I’ve ever had in front of me has had their own unique set of goals, exercise history, injury history, skills, movement patterns etc etc. So when I coach an exercise to a human it’s not like programming something into a robot and it does it. Human movement is much more complex, for example if I want to coach a squat movement then just asking someone to squat isn’t enough. This is where everyone is different and this must be accounted for and the CMT provides the variability and constant change of environment that the research suggests is vital for skill development. So if you want to squat bigger you have to improve your squatting skill, the CMT works really well for this in aiding with big lifting. Check out the video to the right

What concerns me most isn’t so much a trainer that fears a product they don’t understand but one that is mentoring other trainers whilst understanding so little about human movement and how to coach and develop it. This is what came next

If “ALL” movements are based on these four key ones, which one is walking? Or running, cartwheeling, rolling, punching or kicking or any other infinite number of movements that the human body is capable of. What we’ve got here is a small list of movements that a personal trainer coached by shitty mentor will be able to coach someone through, with the mistaken belief that simply hypertrophying muscles through low level skill level movements will somehow help with everything else in the whole world. This is the perfect example from my last Strength and Conditioning blog of how trainers preach about providing individualised programming and then supply the same workout as everyone else and do so because they dont understand the more complicated things that are needed to create a truly individualised workout for every individual client and their own unique goals. 

That ended up a little longer than I thought it would but I thought it was worth the time to talk a little about what I do, the products I align myself with what they are used for. If you are still reading and have any questions about anything mentioned above please don’t hesitate to get in touch at scott@sdmovement.co.uk

Thanks for reading

Scott