I don’t ask for testimonials, it’s not my way. But this came in via facebook as part of a larger discussion and I think it has a wider message than “my coach is oh so great”.
It comes from one of my girls, a woman who’s been in the fitness industry for years, so when she speaks out on it her words have weight.
Over to you Linda:
- I come from a fitness instruction background and worked for over 10 years in commercial gyms.
Since joining Wild Geese and training with Dave, my whole approach to training has completely changed and if I were still an instructor my approach to instructing would be very different too.
Looking back now I view the commercial gym environment as dangerously ‘toxic’ particularly for women. I know in WG if I asked questions such as ‘how many calories will I burn off in a Kettlebell class’ ‘where are the 4kg Kettlebells?’ or ‘can someone measure my body fat’? I’d get a polite response but I wouldn’t last a week in there unless I changed my approach.
That’s exactly what I had to do.
Now I view training as a means of getting better at something, I want to master the clean and jerk (man that’s a technical beast), I want to be able to do one-armed push-ups, I want to get 10 pull ups before the end of 2012, I could go on and on.
It’s all about gaining, gaining strength, gaining confidence, gaining new abilities.
Now I train to gain not to lose.
So that in a nutshell is why I respect Daves opinion and those he is connected with and want to tap into your opinions on what is happening in Ireland today in terms of promoting physical activity. You guys represent and promote a healthier psychological approach to training/physical activity etc…I still work in the industry, at consultancy level, and from time to time end up in conversations with people that are directly or indirectly involved in the promotion of physical activity at policy level. It’s nice to have a little army of opinions standing with me when I find myself in these positions. Especially as I think the views of people in the world of Kettlebell, martial arts etc… are under represented, if represented at all, around the tables where policies are being developed.
You can read the whole of Linda’s comment and join in on our discussion regarding fitness for schools and young people by following this link to Facebook. I don’t know if you’ll be able to see it without adding me as a friend, but please take the time to look through, read the article and leave a comment.