Why I DON’T Know it All

I have been in the training and rehabilitation industry for 16 years.  I have a little experience.

I have done my bachelors and masters degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. I have learned a little.

I spend thousands of dollars a year on research papers, books, DVDs, webinars, courses, and seminars.

I have a little experience and have learned a little, but I have to keep learning and experiencing to better help my clients, and to grow as a professional and help improve my body.

Looking at a course with Mike Robertson.  I could have said, yeah, I have more experience than Mike.  I have as much education as Mike, plus I do as much reading as Mike.

This would be a rookie move and a huge mistake from growing, learning, experiencing, and becoming a better trainer, coach, and therapist.

So why would I go to a course of a fellow fitness education colleague?

#1 – Repetition is Mastery

I do not have a photographic memory.  I need to see, hear, and practice things a number of times.  When I attend a course I am reminded of things that I know, but have forgotten, or have yet to master.

Going to a course allows you to learn in a variety of ways.  I learn by reading journals, listening to lectures, watching DVDs, and practicing in a live course.  I know in time doing all of this will lead to mastery.

#2 – Looking at things in a New Way

I have learned things one way.

I have my way of explaining things.

By learning from others, I learn new ways of looking at things and explaining things.

# 3 – Nuggets of Breakthrough Knowledge

I always learn something new.  It may be one thing, or it may be a new way of seeing an issue with a client.  For an example, let me share with you some of the nuggets I learned from Mike Robertson.

What I Learned from Mike Robertson in 16 Hours of Learning:

  • 1.    Importance of psoas.
    2.    Blunders in plank exercises.
    3.    Hidden erector spinae function.
    4.    Assess the joint above and below an injury.
    5.    Question what you are doing when it comes to lumbar flexion.
    6.    The Kinetic Chain game.
    7.    Challenge what you do when you do core exercises.
    8.    They based hip machines on gross anatomy, not functional anatomy.
    9.    The Balloon stability game.
    10.    Importance of active and passive isolation assessment.
    11.    Most people get rotation from their lumbar spine.
    12.    Transversus abdominis strength versus trimming.
    13.    Importance of closed chain hip and knee movements.
    14.    Key cause of basketball injuries.
    15.    What postures are on the increase.
    16.    4 keys to sagittal plane force coupling.
    17.    What to do about posterior knee pain.
    18.    Why we all need to deadlift.
    19.    Importance of fatigue.
    20.    What is the importance of the 4th hamstring.
    21.    Importance of transverse of pelvis transverse rotation.
    22.    2 static assessments that I must do.
    23.    23 isolation assessments for movement dysfunction.

Sorry, this is the list that I learned from Day 1 of the course.

I have experience and knowledge, but I still have so much more to master and learn.  The best way to learn is from the best.

Rick Kaselj, MS

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