Wide Highway. Easy courses designed to be passed easily even by those without formal education or practical experience in the topic. Courses that have apps designed to feed you the questions and answers, which could potentially lead to passing an exam via rote memorization. Courses with low entry or exit requirements.
Narrow Highway. Difficult courses designed to be academically and/or physically challenging the student. There might be apps that can help in certain areas, but they cannot be considered stand-alone study aids. Courses with high entry or exit requirements.
My recent thoughts and opinions on trainer education led me to a 1984 moment of Doublethink. The internet, and some of the credentialing bodies have exercise databases that demonstrate the technique of a given exercise. While I like the idea of having such a database, I also have my reservations.
They can be used by people on either the wide or narrow highways.
They are handy as basic references or refreshers. I’ll admit to using one myself at times, but they are never the only source I check.
They quickly provide the broad strokes of a given exercise. Some databases go into greater depth than others, and if properly used one could gain a decent degree of academic information on a exercise.
FACT: Exercise descriptions are the first thing I look at when reviewing Certified Personal Training texts or online databases. Typically, I am looking at how much information was left out.
The handiness could create a false sense of knowledge. The trainer might not try the technique on themselves, or consider when individuals are contraindicated towards it.
Exercise technique, or more specifically what we have named a particular movement pattern is the simplest part. There is also the matters of individual form and style. A trainer might consider the online representation as all that there is to a particular exercise, and not take the person doing the lifting into consideration.
This is what one trainer credentialing agency considers to be proper deadlift form. I see about 5-10 minutes of work to correct the young ladies form…assuming she should be pulling from the floor in the first place.
BroScience: Deadlifting with octagonal plates sucks.
The example can be flawed. I do not consider myself an expert on Kettlebells, but I know form flaws when I see them…and based purely on watching trainers on gym floors I can state theres a lot more going wrong than going right. For all I know the trainer was mimicking a bad example…or they were guessing their way through things with incomplete information. Neither is a good thing.