Banish Your Soft-Twitch Muscles Forever

And I’m back!

Question: what do Cinderella, soft-twitch muscle fibers and geriatric care have in common?

Answer: nothing, other than they all get discussed in this blog post. 

As you may have noticed, there haven’t been a whole lot (aka any) new postings on this blog for quite sometime. Just to catch everyone up to speed, over the past couple of years most of my professional time has been spent working in a management capacity for a company providing rehab services to long-term care and retirements home residents.

Surprisingly, blogging about the ins and outs of geriatric care isn’t really something most companies endorse. Not only that, but managing a team of up to 80 people spread out through 30 facilities was a touch time-consuming. I did still manage to maintain a few private coaching clients (and some of them will be featured on the blog in the weeks to come) but the majority of my time was definitely occupied with my day job.

But now that I’ve stepped away from that position, I can sum up my experience in geriatric care in two points:

  1. Appreciate your health & physical fitness, because once it starts to go what happens to the body isn’t pretty. At all.
  2. Having the opportunity to work in fitness and health promotion is actually pretty awesome.

As fitness professionals, I think we seriously underestimate how lucky we are to have the opportunity to work with clients seeking to make dramatic transformations. Now that I’ve returned to teaching and working in fitness, I am definitely more grateful than ever to work with people excited about transforming their health and physiques.

You definitely don’t really appreciate what you have till you are away from it for a while. So to honour that reflection, here’s a brief musical interlude by Cinderella.


Cinderella – Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till It’s Gone)

Check out the awesome 1980’s hair. I don’t know what is better: that hair or the fact he’s a piano on a beach in the middle of nowhere… what is that even supposed to represent?!?

Ok back to our regularly scheduled blog post…

That isn’t to say working in fitness is all roses and gum drops. The hours are long and people sometimes suck and can be annoying… but that’s no different than working in retail, hospitality or even academia. The great thing about fitness is that for many people, the time they spend with us often represents “the best hour” in their day.

Not only do we have the opportunity to be the best hour in someone’s day, but the energy and enthusiasm of our co-workers is amazing.

Just this week, I was having a conversation with a couple colleagues about strategies for motivating people to enlist the services of a personal trainer. By the end of the conversation we decided that an effective strategy would be to invent some new aspect of physiology like a soft-twitch muscle fiber.

That way, we could could convince clients that hiring a personal trainer would be the best way to ensure they banish their soft-twitch muscle fibers for good.


Heck, we could even prove how effective the program was by having clients take a muscle biopsy. 😉

Obviously this conversation was ridiculous. But the simple fact conversations like this happen from time to time in the fitness world helps remind us that the fitness industry isn’t life and death.

There are far too many industries where stress levels are high, employees don’t really enjoy their colleagues, the work atmosphere is depressing and you feel as though the work you do in a day doesn’t really contribute to the betterment of society.

Fitness is none of those things.

Our clients have the choice to work with us, work with someone else, or avoid working out entirely.

We have the opportunity to motivate people into action. Every time someone makes the conscious decision to work with us, we are given an opportunity to leverage our skills  and knowledge to potentially help make a dramatic impact in that individual’s life.

And that is a very exciting prospect!

On that note, you’ll be seeing quite a lot more activity on this blog moving forward. As my loyal readers, I’d love to hear from you about what topics you are most interested in.

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