Ask Trainer Jake: Ask questions…
Whether it’s in a class, where you’re not sure what the teacher means, or you’re at the bank opening up a new account and you’re not really sure what the fine print is, you could benefit from asking a question. How often do we not ask questions because we don’t want to look dumb or we think that we can just guess and things will turn out fine. How about when you go to the gym? Maybe you have a routine you like, and you stick to it because it is familiar. Why risk trying something new if whatever you are doing is working? Is it working? Are you still noticing progress? If not, would you ask the fitness attendant what else you could do? Do you seek out information that could potentially help your fitness goals?
Every day I see people do the same thing over and over and I notice whether or not they progress or not. In many cases I see people regress instead. In other cases they become tight and stiff because they continue to believe that what they are doing is good for them. In today’s fitness world, there are so many general workouts and opinions on what EVERYONE should be doing. How do you know that it is the right workout or routine for you? Let me ask a few simple questions. Does everyone have the same body type? Does everyone have the same flexibility? Can everyone lift the same amount of weight? I don’t mean to sound foolish by asking these, but many people don’t consider them when they look for a training routine.
I’m writing this because I approached a few people over the past couple weeks and asked them about their routine. Funny enough, I got the same answer form each person. Yeah, I got this workout from a friend, or on the internet, or I’m just doing what I know. I proceeded to ask what their goals were and if they were achieving them. In a few cases, the answer was, “I don’t really know what I’m doing.” In my mind, I yelled, “Why haven’t you come and asked then?!” Then I started to think about it. During school, I hated thinking about talking to one of my teachers and asking them questions. I felt dumb and I would rather fail my test and keep my dignity than admit defeat and ask for help.
I want to say to anyone reading this with a serious yet welcoming tone, “No question is a dumb question.” Teachers, professionals, trainers, employees, and other experts are there to help you learn. The reason why they are there is just that. Why would someone go to school to teach a specific subject if they weren’t interested in it? Why would we expect them to look at us as if we were stupid because we wanted to ask questions about something they WANTED to go to school for and teach? The same applies to a fitness professional. Yes, we spend hours in the gym getting fit, but remember that this is our life. We love it, and we would be more than happy to talk about the thing we love. Have you ever asked someone about something they love? They will give you more detail and information that you could ask for. They WANT to talk about it!
Whether it is school, exercise, finances, cars, whatever. If you are in the presence of someone who can make you smarter and more knowledgeable about what you’re trying to get good at, ask them as many questions as you want. They will answer them, they will feel proud because they are getting to talk about what they enjoy, and you will come out smarter than you previously were.
It all starts with a question. So, what’s your question?