24/09/13 08:31 Filed in: Trainer Vanacker | TRX / Cross Training | Strength & Conditioning | Kettle Bell | Define Defense
I like to believe I’m a pretty open minded person / trainer. I believe variety and putting different strategies together makes a better athlete. I also think hypes are rarely a good thing. Hypes come and go and people get sucked into the excitement of certain experiences, communities or promises. After all, why is the fitness and supplement industry a multi million dollar business?
If something was easy, everyone would do it and we would all look like fitness models. It simply doesn’t work that way.
You have to wonder though, what is the biggest group of people who train and set goals? It’s the general population. It’s the people who go to school, have jobs, families and a full schedule. Then why do so many training programs, trainers and fitness cults make these people perform training programs and exercises which are really reserved for pro athletes or SPECIFIC recreational athletes?
Let me go back a few steps… I do believe you have to challenge yourself. If you want results, you need to make your body adapt to stimuli it is not used to. In my classes and sessions, I try to challenge clients all the time. However, I do so by giving them exercises/drills and programs that are suited for them. The key to teaching and training, something that is set in stone in my head, is to challenge people enough but making sure they can accomplish what you ask them to do. They may not believe they can do it themselves but a good trainer knows how much to push. If you make someone fail, it lowers confidence. If you make something too easy, you give them false confidence.
That being said, I am a certified and experienced coach in many different fields. I can coach people to do olympic weight lifting and if that is a goal of theirs, I am more than happy to teach them. However, having people perform complex olympic lifts in a large group setting WITH too many reps WITH the pressure of time is simply an awful idea. Pushing people that hard with complex and high impact movements can lead to disaster. If you look at Crossfit®, there is an extremely large amount of severe injuries, as well as Rhabdo. Rhabdo is a potentially fatal condition which can kill you or can make you lose limbs or other awful consequences.
There are also stories of people peeing themselves, vomiting on a very regular basis and coaches blaming clients for getting injured (what?).
In my opinion, doing the complex movements are an absolute necessity for higher level athletes or individuals who focus on that aspects of their fitness. It is NOT a good idea to have the average person who wants to get in shape perform 400lbs. deadlifts, snatches, clean & jerks, heavy squats all the time with a large amount of reps and time pressure. Depending on the person, they might want or need to do this however we can not generalize this for everyone.
After all, there are PLENTY of other options. We do high intensity cross training classes which challenge everyone but it is a lot lower impact, a lot safer and we reach all the goals we want! We have no severe injuries pop up, no Rhabdo and we don’t ask people to do heavy bench presses and snatches within a certain time period. You can challenge people in many ways with a lot of different equipment, therefore I don’t see the need to ask all clients to perform these technical movements. Do these movements have great benefits? They sure do but it still doesn’t mean they are suited for everyone. Again, most people want to make a change and get in better shape but there are different and safer ways to accomplish that. A big argument for these olympic and complex lifts are that they’re functional. Again, try a good TRX® trainer and you’ll get all the functional training you need!
If people do want to perform some of the complex movements, they can learn these with a lot of individual attention from my part and in a controlled safe setting. Every exercise and movement has it’s place in fitness and training but that doesn’t mean everyone is suited for all of it!
By Sander Vanacker
Owner / Head Trainer Define Defense
- Personal Training
- TRX / Cross Training Classes
- Kettle Bell
- Bootcamp Program
- Warrior Training
- Self Defense Classes & Workshops
- Mixed Martial Arts & No Gi Jiu Jitsu
1805 11th Street Suite B
Boulder, CO 80302
02/12/11 09:15 Filed in: Other | My experiences | Martial Arts | Brazilian Jiu Jitsu | Personal Training
Most of us consider the holiday season to be the end or new beginning of a time in which we want to accomplish our goals. That is why so many people make their New Year’s resolutions and vow to fulfill these before another year passes by.
Many of our clients have come to us to fulfill some of their New Year resolutions, such as:
A surprising amount of people want to learn self defense but for some reason, never actually do it. This is the time of the year that you should get some self defense classes in! The weather is cold, the sund goes down sooner and Define Defense offers a unique program in Boulder, CO. Self defense is not the same as martial arts so it requires a different approach; something you can experience with us. After all, it’s better to be prepared just in case! We offer both classes (with a punch card) or private self defense workshops for groups!
Get In Shape
The holiday season is a period of joy but not necessarily for your body. All that great food might stick around. If you would like to get stronger, feel better about yourself and have a healthier body. Then you can join our new strength & conditioning program (6 cross training classes/week with punch card or unlimited memberships) or practice martial arts with us. Ask any client of ours: you will get a great workout and see the results quickly!
There’s a part in many of us that LOVES martial arts and wants to be great at it. It’s fantastic for so many things: self defense, competing (with yourself or others), getting in great shape, looking and feeling better, being more confident, empowering yourself etc.
Now is a great time to finally act on that wish and learn martial arts. Since we have different program for different goals, you will have a great time doing it. A big plus is that you won’t be learning outdated techniques and instead you will be learning all the best elements from different martial arts that actually work! We teach all ages, genders and levels.
Did you know Define Defense also does personal training? If you didn’t, it’s probably because our personal training sessions are fully private so there is nobody else in the facility! We make sure you get our undivided attention, access to all cutting edge equipment and there is nobody staring at you! No matter what your goal is, we can help you achieve it. Our training is backed by science and we keep logs, which we share with you every 2 months so you can see your own progress!
When 2012 starts, get some of these of your bucket list and come to see us. We will help you achieve that goal and make sure you have a great time doing it.
If you have someone else in mind, you can always gift them a gift card which they can use towards any of our programs.
Have a great holiday season and a happy 2012! We will see you soon.
By Sander Vanacker, Define Defense’s certified personal trainer and head martial arts instructor, based in Boulder, Colorado. Take a look at www.DefineDefense.com, www.TrainerVanacker.com or check out our videos on YouTube.com/DefineDefense !