So I just got back from the Diagnosis Fitness Seminar that the guys from IFAST put on this past weekend. If you’re not familiar with the guys from IFAST, you should get familiar! Mike Robertson and Bill Hartman run an absolutely amazing facility and they help tons of clients reach their goals in the safest way possible. One thing those guys are known for is their assessment process, and for good reason… it’s absolutely amazing. I have been assessed by them numerous times and every time I am amazed by how thorough and accurate their assessments are. Because of this, they decided to put on a seminar and teach other people their assessment process… which is what I learned this past weekend. All I have to say is: MIND=BLOWN.
Without giving away too many details of the course, all I can say is that I LITERALLY learned more in a 48 hours period than I have in the last several years. Not an exaggeration. This course really helped me understand exactly how the human body functions and compensates so that I have a better idea of what to do with my clients and why. I also learned a ton of AWESOME stuff about energy systems training from Eric Oetter. Eric is so brilliant that I am afraid most of the time when he is talking, I look at him like this (are you guys seeing a trend yet?)
I learned a ton from his presentation as well, and now have a better idea of how to program energy systems training for my clients, my athletes, and myself.
Long story short, this was literally one of the best 48 hours of my life and if you don’t take this course, or a course similar to this, you are doing yourself and your clients a disservice. If you cannot assess someone properly, you cannot program for them properly and keep them safe.
On a side note: on the way home from the seminar I was freaking out and babbling about everything I learned and everything I want to do with our clients, and my friends, and myself, and blah blah blah blah. I even got a text from a friend saying she had pulled her hip flexor and was in pain and needed my help. I started going on about all of the breathing stuff I was going to do with her, and all the ways I was going to help her, and then I got a wake-up call from my business partner Jim. He reminded me that we JUST learned this stuff, and as powerful as it is, we don’t know how to properly use all of the information yet, and if we use it improperly, it may actually be to someone’s detriment. He is exactly right. It’s easy to come home from something like this and assume you know it all, and want to start experimenting on your friends right away… but you MUST ensure that you have a good understanding of what you’re doing, get plenty of practice under the supervision of an expert, and as Bill mentioned this weekend, recognize your limitations and ALWAYS refer out if you need to. (Phew! I needed that reminder. Thanks Jim!) I am however, looking forward to practicing my assessment skills on my friends and family! Watch out guys! =)
Here is a little taste of the debauchery that occurred AFTER the seminar was over:
There was a lot more debauchery that wasn’t really appropriate for my blog. Mostly including former Cressey Performance interns posing with me and giving Tony Gentilcore the finger… but you all don’t want to see those. =)
So yeah, all in all… this course was insanely amazing and super fun and I recommend anyone and everyone who has the chance to take it next time, to do so. Let me know if you have any questions about it!