You Gave Me The Power

He-Man I Have The Power
I have the power
I can destroy you
I can make you hurt
I can make you scream
I can break you
Mentally and physically
I have all the power
You do what I say
I can injure you
I can harm your athletic performance
I can neglect you
I can disrespect you
I can service you poorly
I can waste your time
I can waste your money
You could be my guinea pig, testing the weekend seminar tricks I just picked up on you next Monday (instead of mastering them myself first; the nuances are what matter)

But then again, I could also
Teach you
About you, about exercise, about this beautiful machine you own called
Your body
I can educate myself to further educate you
I can prep the best workout
For your day, your mood, your energy right now, in this instant, this rep.

I may tweak the plan for the day but there
was a plan!
And I can ask that you trust me when I say
This is good for you (because it actually is, not because I think it’s cool that my puppet client can do what I think is beastmode; see, see, see, look at me making my client do this useless exercise with poor form and too much weight, yay Facebook!)
I can make this about you (that is what you’re paying for, correct?)
I can do my job
Which quite simply is not simply provide
A great workout or training session for today
Above all else my job is to ensure
Via exercise, stretching, a little grunting and a laugh or two (okay, maybe at your expense you big wussy)
That however you walked in my door
I had and used the power to better your day, help you better yourself and have you walk out my door feeling much better than when you arrived.
It’s all trust. You never asked me about the magical pieces of paper that one would think could be the source of the strange, albeit life altering tidbits of wisdom I spew on the regular. I mean face it, you even tie your shoes differently now! The truth is I would never get those jems from any source other than experience.

And experience came from trusting I made the right choice with all this “power” I supposedly have

Not bias, not outdated information, not ego

I am not married to any specific exercise, but rather I subscribe that

the human body was designed to move, a great many ways

and it’s this I shall endeavor to help you master

Pick your personal FITNESS trainer wisely my friends, pick them wisely!

He-Man & She-Ra


Low Level Aches, Pains and Dysfunction – Easy Fixes

Let me tell you about my first day as a freshly hired personal trainer:

First day: you know the day where the company you’ve been hired by walks you through their procedures, shows you how to bill, do the paperwork, and introduce you to the staff and your supervisors.

NOPE, not how it went AT All. Instead the awesome boss I had (I mean that, he was the coolest guy ever!) asked if I was up for taking my first client. “Hell yea!” I proclaimed. “Good, one problem, he doesn’t speak any English.”

But he assured me that he was a cool young dude and that he picks up on stuff really well. Okay, so I did it. And you know what? It was a blast! In fact, the following week I go to train his sister who had a knee injury/limitation and also couldn’t speak English (they were from Mexico on vacation). Try explaining something to a client with no words. If any of you have seen my YouTube videos you’ll note I’m very hand and face gesture expressive. Trust me, it works!

Let me get this straight, right off the bat. I have ZERO certification in rehabbing injuries. ZERO. The extent of my knowledge has been a few things: my own injuries and how I’ve gone about healing them, what drills the numerous physiotherapists and chiros I’ve seen have taught me about my own injuries and just plain common sense that if this hurts don’t do that but keep working at getting back to “normal” over time.

Here’s another thing I’ve had to learn the hard way: there are no perfectly healthy clients. I have maybe had two or three people tell me in the consult that they have no injuries or dysfunctions, but in each circumstance upon movement assessment there always comes to light something. “Oh yea, I rolled that ankle a half-dozen times when I played soccer a few years back.” Riiiiiight, so that’s why your ankle mobility sucks!

Point is that all good trainers at some point have to do “pre-habilitative”, “corrective”, or “rehabilitative” work on their clients. The trick is to know when it’s outside your scope of practice (meaning you and I have NO business diagnosing and prescribing an exercise for some injury), outside my pay grade (eg. for me, working with an elite level pro-athlete) or simply that you don’t feel 100% confident in what you’re doing. In these cases you refer out to the network of therapists you should have for this circumstance.

So where’s the line? That’s a tough one and I believe it comes down to what you’ve actually done and actually know, not what you think you know. And here’s what I do know: I’ve run across situations (say like in above example of rolled ankle = crappy ankle mobility) and run across an “easy fix” drill that seems to do some serious good for the client (or myself). That’s what I know and it’s causal. This situation plus this action = this positive result.

So without further ado, I introduce my series of videos talking about these quick fixes:

Here’s what I wrote as the YouTube Playlist description for this series. You’d be wise to listen to it:

“These are exercise drills I’ve run across over the years that have helped me and my clients overcome basic aches and pains or dysfunction. If you have a serious issue, don’t be a tough guy (or girl) about it, stop watching YouTube for answers and go see a physiotherapist! Any questions or issues you have and would like answered shoot me a message!”

Stiff Ankles:

Tight And Weak Hip Flexors:

Shoulder Internal Rotation (“Angel/Scapula Winging”):

Shoulder Protraction (Slouching):

Lack of Shoulder Fluidity (“Stickiness”):

I’ll add more videos as I go along in this series but again, hear me when I say these are NOT FIXES TO SERIOUS ISSUES. These are just drills that can address less complicated and minor aches and pains (example: a rolled ankle).

If you have a minor situation you’d like me to tackle, shoot me a comment below.

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