After posting this thread, I’ve received a small handful questions, so I figured it’s time to answer them. Keep shooting questions my way. 🙂
How do you become a personal trainer? Where to start? Fitness instructor classes? Certifications? Books? Something completely different? Where did you start?
I started training people whan I was 16-17ish. Back then I played basketball and coached a youth team. When I had my first PT client, I’d trained with weights for ~15 years and had trained CFers for a couple of years. I had no certifications or anything of that nature at the time.
I think it all starts with being a student of the weights. You start off by reading as much as possible and you try to play around with it in your own training. Gradually you learn more and more and at some point people start asking you for advice.
There are many PT-courses and to be honest I don’t know any of them personally. I believe in old-fashioned strength training, and none of the courses teach that. If anything, I’d look for a weightlifting club and try to get to some seminars that way. Most weekend seminars are meant as inspiration and upgrades for an experienced trainer.
In my eyes, nothing beats experience with what you’re trying to teach. No matter what it is.
What’s your position on TUT for a newb?
Short and sweet question.
To be honest I’m not really that concerned with TUT for a beginner. Weights should be controlled and that’s the main goal. For some very specific exercises in very specific cases, I’ll play around with tempo a bit, but for the most part, there are more important things to worry about (for the beginner).
What is your stance on steroids?
– Use of AAS in professional bodybuilding to retain a competitive edge. I think there are some fun philosophical considerations one could make here.
– Use of AAS by natural bodybuilders. Henning Kristensen.
– Use of AAS by fake natural bodybuilders on YouTube.
– Use of AAS by non-competing and competing hobby bodybuilders.
– The anti-doping policies in Denmark. Do you think it’s fair that non-competing hobby bodybuilders are prosecuted.
My stance on steroids is pretty simple – as long as you’re not competing in a drug free sport, I don’t care what you’re doing. If you however lift under the IPF for example, I think you should be clean. Not “able to test clean” but clean.
I don’t really care about pro bodybuilding. They’re massively juiced and that’s just how it is. As for Youtube-bodybuilders and Henning I have no opinion on that. I don’t know who’s natural, “natural”, NATURAL or not. In general I think it’s a farce though.
Hobbybuilders? They can do whatever they want, I don’t care. This also answers the last part of the question.
I don’t really have much to say about AAS. I find it immoral to compete against clean lifters if you’re not, but since I only compete against myself it doesn’t interest me that much.
I know this wasn’t the answer you were looking for, but the reality is that it’s not really something I think about.
What differentiates programming of intermediate lifters from beginners?
The addition of volume at more moderate intensities. Typical beginner programming will have them do sets of five at a heavy weight. For an intermediate you’re not going to be able to increase the loads from workout to workout, so you’ll have to introduce some lighter days. The texas method is one way of doing this. Personally I’m using a hybrid between 5/3/1 and TM right now, where the intensity day follows 5/3/1 and the volume day is typically 5 sets of 5 at 75% of training max. Though I don’t concentrate all my heavy lifting on one or two days, the setup is pretty similar to TM.
Sheiko’s programs would also be great for an intermediate lifter.
That concludes the first round of questions and answers. Some very different and interesting questions indeed.
Thank you for sending in great questions and for your support.