Archive for the Random Thoughts Category
Fitness professionals may be the best medical practitioners in the world. We actually do something to deal with the underlying disease as opposed to treat the symptoms. Doctors have been reduced to simply giving us something that masks our symptoms. A friend once hypothetically compared doctors to mechanics. Imagine bringing your car in for service because the “check engine” light was on and getting handed some duct tape. The mechanic looks you straight in the eye and says “put a piece over the light, you won’t see it anymore”. You’d probably laugh and never go back to that mechanic, right?
Why don’t we laugh when the doctor gives us a statin, or blood pressure medication, or Metformin? Does anyone think that statins actually do anything to deal with why your cholesterol is high? If you do, you’re crazy. They just change the test results. The reason you have high cholesterol is still there? ( PS- lets not even get into the whole cholesterol debate, just think symptom and treatment)
High blood pressure? Take this. It will lower your blood pressure. Again, the drug will change the test result so that it appears more favorable. Does the drug deal with why you have high blood pressure? No, the drug just makes you “ignore the light” until something more serious happens.
To stay with our mechanic analogy, you now back a few weeks later and say “my oil light is on now too”. The mechanic says “no problem, have another piece of tape”. You just keep driving until the car stops working, with all these pieces of tape covering your warning lights. What’s the life analogy for that scenario? Not a pretty picture is it?
I’d love it if someday you went to the doctor to complain and they said. “Here’s a prescription for exercise, take 5 intervals three times a week for six weeks and come back. And also, lose a pound per week while you’re at it. If you come back and you’re not down six pounds and have an attendance note from your trainer I’m going to cancel your health insurance”. Now that would be practicing medicine.
We can dream can’t we?
One of our former athletes wanted to ask a few business questions. As I answered, I realized that I’d like to share my answers with you guys.
What is a typical day like for you?- To answer this one I decided to save myself some writing. You can read this post if you haven’t already.
As a manager, what do you do? My big responsibility now is staff education and training. The best way for me to make our business better is to have our staff be well prepared. I’m an educator and a quality control person for the company more than a day to day manager.
What advice can you give regarding career advancement for young managers? Know the area you are going to manage. “Walk a mile in their shoes”. Make sure you have done any job you will be supervising another in. Also, practice The Golden Rule , ” do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Treat people as you would want to be treated.
What has been your biggest learning experience? There have been many. Starting a business was the biggest experience in itself. We started in an industry that really didn’t exist and had to find and nurture a market. This was very difficult with no business education. However, most of the successful business people I know had very little formal business education and did lots of things “wrong”. Hard work, common sense, and a strong desire not to fail corrects a lot of wrongs.
How does your organization use values, vision, and mission statements? To be honest, we don’t, at least not in any formal way. We keep it simple. We practice the Golden Rule. People always wonder how we have been so successful. I tell them if treating employees like family and treating customers like guests is good business, then we have figured out good business. Too many businesses lack common sense. Our philosophy is the customer is always right until they mistreat our employees, then they are wrong. Our employees matter more than our customers. We’ll lose a customer if our employee is correct. No customer is so important that they can mistreat an employee.
How does your organization use goals and objectives? Probably in a very simple way. The goal is a very large one. We want to change lives. I tell my staff we are in the life changing business, not the fitness business. We are the best medical practitioners in the world because we prescribe exercise and proper diet. The objective? Make people feel important. If you do that, you can be successful.
Parents hate cross ice hockey. It’s not a “real game”. The kids don’t follow the rules ( no icing, no off sides ) etc. etc. Guess what, parents are not very smart. Every good coach I know is a cross ice fan ( I know that list does not necessarily include your sons current full ice coach).
You know what happens in cross ice hockey? Kids touch the puck ( a lot), kids score goals. kids have fun.
Here’s a great read from Ferris State Coach Bob Daniels on Cross Ice Hockey
PS- If you are not a cross ice fan, just imagine having a conversation with another parent about your current field of expertise ( accounting, law, medicine, manufacturing) and that parent acting like they knew all about your field. Guess what, that’s what you sound like when you talk to a real hockey coach about hockey. Watching your local pro team does not make you a hockey expert any more than shopping at CVS makes you an expert on medicine.
Anyone who has read my posts on coaching, parenting, or early specialization will really enjoy Coach by Michael Lewis. Coach ( subtitled Lessons on the Game of Life) is about Lewis’s ( Moneyball, The Blind Side, Liars Poker) high school baseball coach but really is a microcosm of todays youth sports world. I’d put it on my Must Read list. At 91 pages you can finish it in an hour.
This quote from Coach Fitzgerald ( our protagonist) sums it up
“Look, he said . All this is about a false sense of self esteem. It’s now bestowed on kids at birth. It’s not earned. If I were to jump al over you today, you would be deeply offended. You would not get that I cared about you”
A recent NSCA Journal article was summarized in Science Daily
The gist of the article was that strength and size increased while speed and power did not?
Two questions for anyone familiar with the study or, the Oklahoma State S+C program.
1- What type of training was done?
2- Did the study look at power just by VJ and 40 time or, did they look at relative power via Sayers/ Lewis formula.
I believe that an athlete who gains size and maintains speed and VJ gains power?
Feedback would be appreciated.