Story Time: Why a Fitness Professional?

Hopefully the past few weeks have been helpful, especially in giving you a different perspective on all of this exercise stuff. I want these Newsletters to be informative and help guide you along your exercise journey, whatever that may be. The cool thing about exercise and fitness is that it is truly personal and it relates specifically to you.  Your body, your joints, your current health status, your daily activities, your environment, your stress levels, and many other factors and considerations. It is called Personal Training for a reason.

That is one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy this profession so much.  I am able to hear the story of each individual/client I meet with, get to know where they’ve been, and come up with a solution to solve their problem and reach their goal. And that’s what I would like to touch on today….

The reasons why I chose to become a Fitness Professional…

First, and probably the most obvious reason, is that I enjoy exercise.  

I grew up in the sports world and played a wide variety of them including football, baseball, basketball, golf, and track.  I tried a few others as well, but wasn't necessarily fond of them. I will say that I was blessed with good genes (thanks mom and dad) and was fairly athletic, meaning I could pick up on things pretty easily and was pretty good at them.

I say this not to brag, but to put things into perspective. You see, being ignorant and naive when I first started as a trainer, I thought that everyone could do things as easily as I could.  That all I had to do was show someone or tell them what to do and then bam...they’ve got it, right?! But that was far from the case. Everyone is unique, and I learned very quickly that different approaches were necessary for different people.  I just didn’t quite know what those were yet. (So glad I saw the light early on and don’t use a one size fits all approach anymore!)

And not only did this realization help better serve my clients, but it then forced me to dive deeper and become a better trainer. I needed to take my enjoyment of exercise a step further and truly know what was happening.  From a hobby to a profession. From a cook to a chef. From an apprentice to a master. From small Mario to SuperMario. Etc, etc….


To start, I took the leap into the world of RTS (Resistance Training Specialist) in April of 2014 and never looked back.  This is one of the BEST programs for Fitness Professionals that I have ever come across. It opens your eyes and puts a completely different perspective on how to be a true Fitness Professional.  Everything from biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, how to think (a thought process), how to look at exercise differently, how to work with any and every client, and that’s just scratching the surface.  


So after some awesome instruction in Chicago, I decided to continue further down the rabbit hole.  I signed up for the Resistance Training Specialist Mastery program in OKC in 2016. It consisted of 5, 4 day weekend modules and was with the creator of the program himself, Tom Purvis. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I guess it’s hard to describe, because I didn’t know what I didn’t know before the program, but to see how little I actually knew going through it (after being in the industry for 6 years at that point) was mind blowing. I am forever humbled to have found it and it has not only made me a better professional, but a better person.  Truly eye opening.


This desire to better myself and always learn didn’t stop after finishing those 5 modules.  It continues daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and I make it a priority for myself and for my clients, so that they are getting the best service possible when it comes to their exercise and health.  


And that is the BIGGEST reason that I decided to become a fitness professional, to help individuals better their health through exercise. It’s amazing to see how powerful exercise is when it comes to improving one’s health including improving strength, improving joint health, improving how our body responds to certain physiological processes, improving heart health, improving ability to manage chronic conditions, lessening aches and pains, and the list can go on and on. Such a great way to help people feel better, move better and continue to enjoy doing the things they love.  And I get to help with that! It truly is an honor and I have much gratitude for being able to help my clients with all of their exercise needs, whatever it may be and what is specific to them.

Oh and the results are pretty awesome too!! See for yourself: https://www.continuedperformance.com/testimonials/

So a slight change of pace from the past few weeks, but I hope that gives you some insight into why I do what I do.

If you’d like to experience a training session or would like to chat about your current exercise routine, click on this link or shoot me an email at ryan@continuedperformance.com.

Have a great rest of the week and stay tuned for more exercise related topics next week.


Best,

Ryan