Some might say what we do at SVPT is boring. From a certain point of view that is true, as we aren’t sexy, we aren’t flashy, and maybe the cool kids don’t dig us. But what we are great at is teaching you to master your movement and build fitness that will ultimately make you a bad-ass in life…….for the long term, not just for the next 2 months.
There is no screaming at you, making you puke, or trying to crush your soul. We believe in building you up, not breaking you down. I mean, isn’t that the reason you started exercising in the first place – to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally? No one likes to walk away from a workout feeling worse than when they walked in.
It’s not about being flashy or sexy, cool or stylish – it’s about building fundamental movement skills through challenging fitness fun. Mastering fundamentals reduces injuries, slows aging, and builds a body that allows you to live a fuller life. When you move better, you live better. Isn’t that what fitness is supposed to be about? Living a better and more full life, because you are physically able to.
We frequently get asked, “Hey have you seen the latest fitness trend _______ on social media?”. We see it. We have cringed at it, and we don’t do it. We don’t get caught up in the latest social media phenoms. (And we won’t name any of the current trends/fads out there, because this is not about bashing them, it’s about explaining why we don’t buy into them.)
Training trends and fads are usually the ‘latest and greatest’ exercise, system, or concept to gain attention in the fitness industry or achieve notoriety on social media. However, just as the latest diet and fashion trends die off, training fads and trends will fade. And after they fade, you will see many coaches and trainers reverting back to tried and true ‘boring’ systems, because they work.
Boring works. Simple is genius. So yeah, we are kind of geniuses.
While we do continuously educate ourselves about the “new” fitness trends, we have found that the common themes of most good fitness systems in our industry involve simplicity. As we continue our education, we continue adding more tools to our training toolbox. But more importantly, we learn through experience when it is appropriate to use those tools. This would include knowing when to use non-traditional or “fancy” implements such as kettlebells, bands, chains, TRX, stability balls, etc. We also know when and when not to use more advanced training methods such as eccentric training, tempo, volume, etc.
A lot of the trends and fads can be effective (for a time), but it comes down to understanding if these trends and fads serve the client’s purpose and goals LONG TERM, because we want to see you continue with your fitness, not blast a 30 day challenge twice a year. Quick fixes in fitness are just that – quick. Often not long lasting. Building fitness is a skill and takes time, just like any other skill. If you are jumping around from trend to trend, you are more than likely risking injury and not truly building a solid fitness foundation. A foundation is what you need to sustain fitness for the rest of your life.
Great coaching, efficient programming, and good results will never go out of style. More importantly, they will never stop being effective. Mastering the basics and building a foundation will never be wasted time, and learning quality movement will always be important. It’s a matter of understanding when the basics can be modified to make them more challenging and fun, but still effective and safe…not a circus act to post on Instagram that will eventually make the Gym Fails compilation.
So when a client vocalizes their disdain for a certain exercise due to boredom or simply because it is a hard exercise, we remind them of the why. Something wonderful happens when you explain to a client why they are doing something. They become empowered. All of a sudden they do that exercise just a little bit better. Ultimately our job is for you to feel confident enough to leave our little gym nest……FLY BIRDIE FLY! Our job is to have you not need us anymore, and if we are constantly bouncing from trend to trend, we aren’t giving you the foundations to understand fitness and do it on your own.
You will notice we do not sell anything or push anything flashy, sexy, or trendy on you except good old-fashioned hard work, consistency, and sound programming. That is the secret, our “secret”.
Shara Vigeant, BA, NSCA-CPT*D, CFSC