I know I have been away for awhile, but I m back with some great news!
I just got accepted to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant!!!!!!
I will be doing a 2 year program at Norwalk Community College. I looking forward to this, even though I the next two years will stressful and hectic trying to juggle school, work, and rugby.
Now just because I am going to school does not mean I am leaving the personal training game. I think going to school will help me become a better trainer as it will teach my how to help my clients feel their best.
I did not make this decision last minute. Over the past year or two I have started to notice a trend with my clients. Although they wanted to lose weight, often times they were not in any condition to perform basic exercises and were limited in their sessions.
Many times I would go into a session, having to scrap that days workout due to an old injury flaring up. This led me to a shift in my thinking about our training session. I started to believe that it was more important to have my clients feeling better, than it was to have them lose weight.
My clients needed to rehab in order for them to perform foundational exercise movements. At this time I started working at a PT clinic as an aide to learn a bit more. I found that I love working with the patients in helping them feel better. I loved getting to know them and seeing them progress. I also loved the challenge of watching my PT address each unique case and solve the mystery of how to get them better. That is when I knew I needed to pursue this as a career.
I chose to do this program because:
-I want an in depth understanding of human anatomy
-I want to learn how to rehabilitate injured patients/clients so they can feel better
-Become more of an expert in movement to help my non-injured clients train more effectively, efficientl and to prevent injuries.
-And selfishly, to get paid better and have more job security than dealing stress and anxiety of clients will cancelling sessions for whatever reason. Because lets face it if you don’t train, I don’t get paid and unfortunately I have bills that need paying.
My goal at the end of this program is to help bridge the gap between therapy and training. And I think this effects two types of people.
First are the people are training and need some minor fixes to help them feel better, and not get injured. This is more of the established exerciser, or athlete whose training utilizes advanced moves, but are performed with faulty mechanics (such as poor core engagement). This could lead to an injury due to incorrect movement, or cause them to miss out on the full benefit of their workout due to improper movement.
Second are the people who just ended therapy. Working as an aide I have seen people have to leave therapy in the middle of their rehab protocol due to insurance. Once they finish their last visit I feel sorry for the ones who work hard and want to get better because they are about to be on their own and not fully rehabbed. Over the course of their sessions their therapy appointments provided accountability to show up and gave them access to the knowledge and guidance of their therapist.
Now many clients seem to don’t understand that even though they are out of visits, their rehab is not done. Unfortunately many will stop doing their exercises, and never fully recover. These people are caught in between needing therapy, but not quite ready to start a full throttle fitness program.
I want to help these people by taking their therapy protocol (and understanding the protocol), and help them continue and progress their program until they are able to perform exercises that are seen in more of a normal training routine that can help them achieve their fitness goals.
I feel like starting school will allow me to do accomplish all this for my clients, just so happy to finally get started and for the journey ahead. I will be sure to keep all of you updated on my experience and progress along the way.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.