When an injury happens or you're not sure how to get healthy, what advice are you taking? Who do you take it from? This mindset coaching article will pride insight on what a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and physical therapist is.
If you didn't know I started a Podcast many years ago and have been adding to it. The episode below is all about today's mindset coaching article.
What Advice Are You Taking – I talked about this exact topic on my Podcast
Let's start at the bottom of the pendulum. Finding a personal trainer that with credentials worth spending money on is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Therefore be very cautious when starting with a new trainer. In today's world of the internet, anyone can be considered a personal trainer. Influencer marketing has tarnished the profession. How so? Anyone with an Instagram following of more than 10,000 people gets paid to post.
So when it comes to what they post it's not really credible. It's all about the sales, plain and simple. What they do to call themselves a Certified Personal Trainer is purchase a weekend course and take it online. I call them cereal box certifications or Cracker Jack certifications. They know just enough to do damage. In the USA, there aren't any regulations, which can cost you more money in the end because of the injuries you'll acquire from this type of low-end service.
Go to their spin classes and have fun and if that's working for you I'm happier then hell. However, be very cautious with what falls out of their cake hole. They'll say anything to keep you as their client. Because of what it costs to hire a personal trainer you'd be wiser to read on and see what it takes to hire a Certified Exercise Physiologist (Like myself).
Let's now go to the top of the pendulum. To get a very accurate definition for what a physical therapist is I went to the Webster dictionary. Of course, it's the online version, but none the less it's a reliable source.
What does it mean to be a physical therapist?
Therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training.
Physical Therapists are at the top. It's no secret that they know their shit. The problem, however, is that they are limited by the insurance companies. Especially in the US. When was the last time you completed all the sessions with a PT and felt that you were 98% better?
The reason for 98% and not 100% is because after an injury you really won't ever be 100% unless you're ready to go through many hours of mental work.
Now, don't get me wrong, there are many brilliant PT's out there. Therefore they help many people, but they only get to what they can because of the limitations that the insurance companies put on them. Using movement therapy, heat/cool packs, electrotherapy, and massage have been my experiences. Also, let's not forget that paper they give you of the exercises that they go through with you ONCE at the appointment and never reference again.
Because you're then on your own at home to get them done daily. 99% of people don't do them at home. They say they do, but we all know you don't. That's the problem. The PT's don't have time to properly go through that part with you. Meanwhile, you go home and try to remember every single detail of the lengthy program. And don't get me started on the crappy copied pictures and sloppy handwriting.
Society has ruined this service because of the insurance. Ten sessions are generous, but still isn't enough time to make the proper changes for recovery of a major injury and/or surgery. On top of that, once people get done with their rehab program, they stop doing all of the work, given that they were doing the work in the first place. Exercise is the catalyst to an independent lifestyle.
Lastly the middle ground. Bridging the gap between a personal trainer and physical therapist isn't well known. Only those who study Exercise Science understand the difference. So do their clients after they hire them. I'm talking about a Certified Exercise Physiologist. The profession is way more than a personal trainer and not quite a PT. Basically, a CEP provides the movement, coaching, and modifications for all levels of health.
Certified Exercise Physiologists use to work right beside PTs back in the early '90s because they worked under the PTs billable services. That's not the case today and PTs are marketed as “Movement Experts”. They are, but they can't work to their full potentials like CEPs can because of insurance reasons. CEPs aren't covered by insurance, but they will save you money in the long run because of the life long changes you will be making.
I am a Certified Exercise Physiologist. American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist certification. That specific certification requires a Bachelor's Degree. Take my skill set a step further by adding in EMT. With both of those skill sets, I can help you on many levels. PTs can too, but they are hired by clinics and hospitals that will only offer services that are billable.
What advice are you taking? Some muscle-bound moron behind the desk of a 24-hour gym? A physical therapist that only has you for 6-10 sessions? Or will you have the courage to reach out to me and give me a chance? In person or video chat sessions are a very effective way to avoid injury, stay accountable and consistent. All you need to do is shoot me an email at YGT@JedKobernusz.com and we can go from there.
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What Advice Are You Taking | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #302
1-6 Rounds | Tabata – 20 Seconds On And 10 Seconds Off
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio
- Single / Double Leg Mule Kick
- Plank Jacks
- Body Circles
- Full Body Extension
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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