Keep It Stupid Simple

Words to live by and when creating workouts or programs, are my rules that govern.

The inspiration for this 3 minute sermon came from the witnessing of a park kettlebell workout by one of the local gyms this past weekend. Running an outdoor workout in a public space is an excellent idea. It gives you an opportunity to market your services while creating an interest for all to see. Make sure your game is on point though.

I observed several minutes only because I had to turn my back to what I was witnessing. The technique was OK but the exercise was too complex. I watched three people injure themselves only because they were being asked to perform an unsafe move. When all eyes are on you, make sure what you display is simple enough for those performing, and for those watching to walk away intrigued, not scared. I’ve had many coaches and trainers who’ve taken exercises and added complex movements to them thinking they’re making them more advanced and therefore better. It’s generally not better, just harder in four ways.

1. Creates a longer instruction period.

2. Adds more moving parts to be aware of.

3. Ensures an atmosphere for injury potential.

4. Frustrates the client.

Number three in the list may never occur but the other three are a given and the last thing you want besides an injured client is a frustrated one who is struggling because they “just can’t get it”.

This Three minute sermon serves as advice to fitness professionals and to clients as a warning. If it’s too complex it’s too dangerous and workouts don’t need to be heroic. Be a hero on your board, bike, mat or whatever else that feeds you.


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