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Advice to Vibration Training Instructors – Get Tough – Part 3

July 26th, 2012

Please read the two previous sections – Get Tough Part 1 and Get Tough Part 2

Having a real passion for what you do, and making sure you “walk the talk”  are the two essentials to help you Be Tough, not just while at work but in every discussion and workout that involves vibration training.

Part 3 of Get Tough has two sub-parts – The Fitness Industry and more about The Customers.

The Fitness Industry

Vibration Training as a relative newcomer to fitness training has been treated with suspicion and spoken critically against by some top Trainers and Coaches who absolutely should know better. It’s even been treated as a “fly by night” scam  Why? well maybe because it threatens their livelihood and they are too lazy or too stupid to upskill and learn how to use this new method of training clients.

As with other fitness machines there are varying qualities, from the “as-seen-on-tv” units and similar ones marketed with totally untrue specs and highly exaggerated advertising claims, through regular Home Machines, to High Energy Lineal and High Speed Pivotal Work-out Models, which used with a specifically designed program gives results of hugely improved muscle quality, toning and general fitness.

This is where the Fitness Industry is tested, some coaches don’t  believe results are possible without hours spent grunting over heavy weights or weight machines in the gym. They don’t want to believe there’s a simpler, more time efficient alternative to the same results. You know what, some people enjoy doing hours of training  but, not everyone has the time or even wants to  – so what is the fitness industry offering these people?   In Australia whole new Fitness Gym chains are being set up using the concept of 30 minute speedy circuit sessions that work!  Yet, vibration training has in the most part been still been left out. To placate members who ask for machines somegyms  have a medium level unit sitting in an out of the way corner but ask the personal trainer how to use it and they haven’t a clue. Many have never even tried the machine.

When challenged Coaches and Trainers still sometimes resist.  I remember, Sal Marinello (Certified Coach and Trainer of Trainers) refusing to try out a high quality vibration machine and instead trialling a Soloflex – a small gym stepper with a tiny $20 vibration motor attached by tape. He then used that experience to justify his already widely published rants against Vibration Training. You can read my article about this here: Sal Marinello has an agenda. This is what Vibration Training Instructors are up against!

Getting Tough means – Stop caring about what other fitness trainers say; don’t feel threatened by them, no matter what (on paper) qualifications they have. If they refuse to try out on a high quality machine using a real vibration training program then what they think or say isn’t worth listening to. Don’t get into arguments with them. Tell them how dare they comment on a training modality that’s readily available for them to try, yet they wont and still expect to have an opinion – Lazy!

I advise VibrationTraining Instructors to learn about the different brands and types of machines so that you can Be Tough and knowledgable when you come up against questions and comments from other  fitness or sports trainers.  Ask them how they train people with disabilities like muscular dystrophy or morbid obesity and what results they get.  Here’s a good question – how would they train an older man with uncontrolled parkinson’s disease (drugs are not effective in stopping constant shaking of one arm and one side of his body). He can use a stationary cycle but what about weight training? What method would they use to slow down or stop the wasting of muscles he’s experiencing? (This man is real and he is able to follow the full IVTRB Vibration Training Program).

Finally, Get Tough and Stay Tough, so you can be the best trainer you can possibly be. You are most probably going to be dealing with controversy within the industry, criticism from other sectors of of the fitness and health industries, and even from your own customers until they understand you really do know how to train them, safely and effectively to get great results.

One final tip – make sure your Boss backs you 100%. This will only happen if you’ve been diligent about learning the job really well. Unfortunately some customers will try to pit you against your boss – crazy really as they want results but some people just wont listen to instruction. Instead they’ll argue and tell you their session with the “other” trainer or the studio owner (your boss) was different and suggest you have been too hard on them or too restrictive, if you’ve had to correct their positioning.  Then they complain to your boss. Well, a good boss will listen to the complaint, and having confidence in you, will tell the client they must have been “out of position” or you would not have corrected them.  Maybe your boss will talk to you later, not in front of the customer, even correcting you on a minor point but mostly to encourage you to keep on Being Tough.

 

Advice to Vibration Training Instructors – Get Tough – Part 2

July 5th, 2012

This follows on from “Advice to Vibration Training Instructors – Get Tough – Part 1″ which covered learning the program and becoming an instructor.

Remember you must be vibra-training yourself.  If you don’t carefully get into the program positions and carefully work through the program yourself ( three times a week for lineal machines) you have no right to be training other people. The benefits of Vibration Training must be seen in your own life.

Your passion for training is your biggest asset. 

I’ve met salespeople who sell small home vibration machines who have no idea how to use them or they just mumble on about standing on the machine.  I’ve questioned some who sell reasonably okay home machines, along with other home fitness equipment (the brands you see on stands or small shops at the mall), and they’ve told me they really have no idea. I spent an hour with one such mall salesperson showing him the IVTRB Safety Program, demonstrating the positions and putting him through so he knew what it felt like.  I also talked with him about how to maximise training on the smaller home machines to get the best results possible. This time was invaluable for that salesman (even if it did cost me time out of my holiday. I never stop being being totally passionate about vibration training).

I you need just one reason, one reason only, to GET TOUGH

It’s because your customers are going to give you “shit”. They will use every excuse to cheat on holding positions correctly. They will blame every other trainer they’ve ever had and tell you that you are wrong in how you are instructing them because (another excuse coming) the other trainer lets them do it this (wrong) way, or the other trainer showed them this (wrong) way. Just occaisionally they are telling the truth; another brand of vibration studio might have shown them a different way of a position but that is not a valid excuse for them wanting to ignore your training. Mostly they are simply “trying it on”, hoping to put in as little effort as possible and still get maximum results.

If you are using the IVTRB Safety Program there’s no variation in how the poses are done. There’s no way a trainer could have shown them differently. There are, of course, alternative positions for people who have genuine reasons for not being able to hold a position such as an injury or medical or disability situation.

Some customers will also outright lie to you so you need to be very confident in your ability to train them and also be able to catch them out. This is not being horrible to them, it’s for their safety and so they get the good results they are paying for.

BananaOne area some people lie about very often is Food.  The first rule of Vibra-Train (and all Vibration Training) is to eat before training.  You can eat a banana right before your session – you wont feel sick; it gives you the boost in blood sugar you need for training.

This rule is Not up for debate but many customers try – they tell me they don’t eat breakfast ever, or they don’t eat before going to the gym, or before running.  Well, I simply don’t care! They must eat before vibra-training. I learnt very early on how important this rule is. I’ve felt dizzy myself when I haven’t eaten for three or four hours but worse than that, a customer went hypo-gylcemic and passed out early one morning when I’d just begun managing the morning shift on my own. This is a natural response to blood sugar dropping very low but of course its a little scary for the instructor and any other clients who are in the studio. No one trains on my shift unless they have eaten first, a meal in the past hour or so, or a banana, toast and jam or similar.  A few nuts, a rice cracker (on its own), or an apple don’t work – the client is still likely to become dizzy or not hold positions well.

That last statement is the clue – even if a person tells you they have eaten, if you see them wavering about in the poses and you know they can do them, then they haven’t had enough to eat. Even a complete newbie can hold the poses and be corrected when they get out of position without they body waving about and looking like they might fall off the machine. I’ve caught people out late afternoon, they tell me they had a big lunch and a snack at 3pm, yet in the studio here at 4pm they can’t hold the first position without moving about in a shaky manner.

In my studio customers eat or they don’t train. I recommend all instructors insist on this. If you are reading this and you have a home machine the same rule applies – have a proper snack or train soon after a meal, you’ll get a better workout. We tell customers to drink water after their session and that they probably will need something to eat within an hour – this is an opportunity to eat some protein like eggs, tuna, egg-white shake or smoothie – a triple chocolate muffin is not recommended!