Paying Homage and A New Paradigm
The pioneers of the modern day health and fitness industry are starting to leave us. Just in the last few years we have lost numerous influential players like Joe Weider, Jack LaLanne and Arthur Jones. Still further, we have lost Greg Anderson, a well-respected Seattle-based trainer, and Sergio Oliva quite possibly one of the best bodybuilders of all time. They have all made their mark and started a legacy to give way for others to continue in this field in some capacity and it is our job in the industry to take this passing of the torch seriously.
It is a great responsibility to take ownership and lead the direction of someone’s health. Unfortunately, there are many personal trainers out there that have just fallen into this field without consideration for what is at stake. Many fitness models and former athletes are leading the way with more style than substance. Extensions of large personalities and egos are the guiding light for many who blindly follow the way of these people. The logical fallacy of what works for them must work for me is at play and winning out as people are buying an image rather than considering science, logic, and reality. Unfortunately, success is more in the pocket books of the flashy leaders than in the health pursuits of the followers.
So what needs to happen with the health and fitness industry? A new paradigm.
This new paradigm needs to empower the front-line practitioners with the proper tools, techniques, and protocols to achieve success for those working with them. Egos need to be put aside for a collaboration of like-minds wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. Technology, science, research, and a comprehensive approach should be adopted in order to provide a solution to willing participants in their health journey.
We are all living and breathing this new paradigm every day and grateful to be a part of it. Do we have all the answers? No. Do we claim to be perfect in our approach? No. But our hearts and minds are fully committed to this new paradigm and we enjoy the continual pursuit of self improvement and growth in order to better help those we serve. Here’s a big thank you to the awesome Efficient Exercise Tribe and here’s to the future!