Do fitness trainers tend to rush to “sell” quick results to people who want to train and get physically active?
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Fitness professionals tend to be teaching increasingly challenging moves or techniques, which aren’t always appropriate for people who want to train or perform a session in the gym.
Atlantico: In the gyms, do fitness coaches tend to rush to “sell” quick results? How do we explain it?
Jean Cyril Lecock: In light of the echoes of the American press, there are gaps in the training of athletic trainers. Many of them do fitness or bodybuilding. They consider that with practice, it will be enough to give advice and then “teach” their practice. By this observation, it is clear that we run the risk of going too fast and not listening to the rhythm of the practitioner who also has this delusion. We are in a body worship society. By going fast, we consider we’ll have more abs for the summer and for the beach. The more they do, the more they get. The relationship with time is somewhat biased. People don’t necessarily want to wait. Just look at the ads for electrostimulation systems. These electrical stimulation devices are suitable and useful for people who already have a bodybuilding base or when they are injured, it allows them to lose less muscle than if they were not engaged in any activity. But this device alone will not allow you to build muscle. The irony is that because a muscle is contracting, it sends a pain signal, and because it’s tempting to think that by hurting yourself you’re doing just fine, there’s actually a risk of injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of Americans do not meet the minimum recommended exercise. Is there a problem with the learning methods? Is this the case in France?
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In France, this can be done by prescription. Ideally, if we were stricter, it would be important to do a real stress test. The current fashion is the practice of proportionality. When we really study the people most likely to benefit from this practice are, in fact, the individuals who have already been doing weight training. They have few problems with weight lifting or back problems.
The advantage of cross-proportion is that you get out of the routine. You exert yourself, you go for a run, you do ropes … All this aerobic sequence allows you to lose weight and build muscle. But if your heart rate isn’t monitored and checked with a stress test, you can run into some nasty surprises. So there may be laxity in this stress test issue. The idea that by hurting yourself you do well and that you will unfortunately build muscle remains in the minds of practitioners.
I teach at the university at STAPS. We understand that sports prescribed to people with more serious diseases such as cancer and diabetes, with medical monitoring and supervision, and the advice that will be given will be more useful and adapted to the person’s pace. The effects of sports in this particular place and with these tips are useful.
The ideal would be to consider that the average person should demonstrate advanced tests of conditioning and check if they are well able to keep up with the pace that will be imposed on them. Unfortunately this is rarely the case.
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In order to progress effectively and healthily, what is the importance of learning simple and effective movements? Is it dangerous to want to “go too fast” without going through the basics? What are the risks? Are exercises for beginners treated as a specialty? Do we resort to simplicity and fun exercises?
If we rely on neuroscience, it is possible to cite the example of mirror neurons. These neurons, by observing a person, allow us to learn the artistic gesture. Very quickly, we will tend to copy the gesture we are observing. On the other hand, gesture perception requires learning. By not doing it well, there is a risk of causing injury.
I have trained many teachers in gyms. Many people argue. In general, the mistake that occurs during this activity is to focus everything on the arms. The rower, when you really do that, it’s actually from the legs. Good posture of your back and legs will prevent you from injuring yourself. On the other hand, if you pull all the time at the level of the arms and shoulders, you risk injuring yourself, especially at the level of the lower back. Basically, kayaking is a rather fun sport because it is complete. It allows you to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. But by not doing it right, you can hurt yourself.
This is the kind of problem we have with TV. When we watch professional sports on a screen where we witness ease in an artistic gesture, as a spectator, we have the impression that this is easy to achieve. What we forget is that these athletes have been training for years. TV makes the gesture easy while learning the correct gesture. May refer to biomechanics. There is an illusion of ease when watching professional sports and thinking of certain gestures when they require a complete learning process and long-term training. In gyms, this criterion is often forgotten. Practitioners consider that they have mastered their environment or certain tools in this known environment of the gym and that they do not need to learn. Often when pain or injury occurs, people realize they haven’t been doing the exercises as well as they should. Training also plays an important role. Accompanying someone involves paying attention to various items such as seeing if the weights you put in are suitable for the person in question.
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In general, how do you differentiate between individuals who advance quickly and those who do not? What are your tips for making rapid progress in any discipline?
To make rapid progress, the key is to have a good evaluation. For a good development, careful evaluation is necessary. If a person wants to progress in terms of abdominal muscles or wants to build muscle in the lower back, it is really necessary to see his needs, set goals according to sessions, accurate calendar, and then monitor progress and progress tangibly. Development can be done quickly if you have a good assessment at the beginning and if there is progress that allows the person to realize the work they are doing. Evolution is not always properly taken into account because the criteria set are not sufficiently objective or unobservable.
From the moment you do a good assessment, you can only make progress. With connected hours and an assessment of your VO2 max, which is your maximum oxygen consumption, you will be able to adapt to the effort required against your VO2 max thanks to the connected watch. It is possible to monitor yourself and see progress against that. So whatever is embedded and connected can be an interesting utility. But this requires the people who rate you to be able to master these things as well. So training will be important.
In the world of fitness, there have been a lot of differences between gyms in the past. From the moment Australians and Americans set up programs like Miles, the method has been popularized and framed in a big way. This made it possible to coordinate practices in gyms. So the difference between gyms has narrowed. There are now good exercises in the gyms.
But it all starts from a good evaluation, which is a basic criterion. The person will then be able to progress quickly. It is also important to know if the sport a person wants to do is really suitable for him and his needs. With all the tools we have, especially for heart rate monitoring, it is very easy to assess these needs.