Ask many of your clients what their core is and they’re likely to point straight at their stomach! It’s a very common misconception that core stability is centred around a small set of abdominal muscles and the aim of doing core work is to make those abs pop.
Any good coach knows that the core is far more complex than this (and that “abs” are made in the kitchen!). As the central link connecting your upper and lower body, almost all of our movements either originate in, or move through the core, from playing tennis to mopping the floor, from lifting weights to tying your laces and from running and jumping to sitting still and standing up!
Having good core stability will have a huge impact on your clients’ lives, both in the gym and in their every day life, helping them to perform better, move better, avoid pain and injuries and improve their posture.
As a stickler for perfection, I always want the best from everyone, myself included. "It will do" will never do. As a coach and a teacher I want to influence the people I work with to actually care: care about improving their service, care about the clients they are training, and care about becoming a better version of themselves. If every coach I work with ends up improving their service just 1%, over time I can make a positive impact on the fitness industry as a whole.
The fitness industry is gradually changing for the better and I'm excited to be a part of that. Coaches are being taken more seriously as legitimate health professionals instead of just "that teenager with white teeth and abs", but for these changes to continue, coaches need to be aware of two things:
1. What you do with a client in their hour of training is not going to change their life, but everything you teach them about lifestyle habits, nutrition and psychological health will be crucial to their results.
2. A qualified professional needs to charge qualified professional prices that reflect their service, and shows the public they get what they pay for; £20 for the occasional "beasting" is not going to get anyone very far, so we need to change that perception.
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I really valued the additional variations of core exercises and refresher on the theory of the core (e.g sling units and movements).
I appreciated returning to basics then step progression exercises. The attention to detail is excellent, as is the explanation of exercise movements and corrective postural issues to review.
This course has reinforced my knowledge and understanding of the topic but it has also given me more depth and a greater understanding too.