I have just come back from the finest professional educational event of my 20+ year career.  I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Vern Gambetta’s GAIN Apprentorship/Mentorship program earlier this year and last week ventured to Florida a 6-days extravaganza; to say it was a learning experience would be a massive understatement.

There is no way the events of GAIN can be summed up in a single post.

At GAIN there were less than 20 new attendees, about a dozen returnees and 10 fantastic faculty members. The days were long but exhilarating. I was honored to be among Athletic Development Coaches, Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers that work on the international, professional, collegiate and Olympic stages. I learned from, and with, some of the best men and women in the business, and will pass on this knowledge to you in the coming weeks and months. My clients have already started to reap the benefits of my GAIN experience.

As best I can, I will help you to learn how important it is to follow the functional path on your way to living a healthier life.  The info, videos and pictures on HealthAndFitnessAdvice.com, even on old posts, will reflect my desire to offer the best functional training guidance possible.

For years I, and many of my colleagues, have been disappointed with the term personal trainer.  Over 20 years ago when I got started in the business the term meant something more than it does today. Actually, the term really doesn’t mean anything. Inspired by the events of GAIN, I have decided from now on to use the term Fitness Development Coach rather than Personal Trainer.  It’s time for a change and frankly, someone who is doing their job correctly is developing their clients’ fitness through coaching.

I haven’t called myself a personal trainer for more years than I can remember, except on the web where the term “personal trainer” gets eyeballs to the site.  And just as Strength and Conditioning is being replaced by Athletic Development, Fitness Development Coach is replacing Personal Trainer. Even though I’ve been following the functional path for the better part of 2 decades, going to GAIN was an invigorating experience and I’m excited to bring to you more of the things that will make your workouts better.


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