Thursday, April 22, 2010

I hired a trainer today

Just got back from working with the best trainer in Toronto, Matt Nichol. He spends 95% of his time working with pro athletes, but I kept pestering him until he made an exception to see me. (Fortunately we're friends, so I wasn't really bothering him that much.)

We spent about an hour going over some mobility work and squat form. Everyone needs a trainer, even trainers. Well worth the investment.

And we are lucky that here in Toronto there are many world-class trainers, physiotherapists, and chiropractors. Very lucky.

But the bottom line is that if you are concerned about your form in a certain exercise, the best thing you can do is spend a session with the best trainer in your town.

A small investment now can save you from big rehab bills in the future.

As Vince Lombardi says...

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."

But...only you can motivate yourself to take action.

Emotion leads to motion…You have to look into your heart for the motivation to change…You must find your reason. As Larry Winget says, "You will not
change until you first become uncomfortable with where or who you are." Motivation to change comes from inside you only...not from someone else.

Stay strong and get stronger,

Craig Ballantyne


Frank Dobner said...

I think the best way to manage form, is to look in the mirror. Trainers are expensive and you end up paying for what you will eventually need to do on your own.

Use the mirror instead.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS said...

Couldn't disagree with you more Frank.