Pop Quiz: Are You Over-Specialized?

Tom Kelso
Strength and Conditioning
A lot of fitness information exists in print and on the Internet, but sorting it out is the challenge. What is proven via peer-reviewed research on strength development, and what is complete hogwash regarding increasing power output? Is there an exercise mode that is superior for improving cardiovascular endurance as compared to another? What is the truth behind sensible fat loss? How is muscle tissue optimally stimulated to elicit growth and shape? Do plyometric and other assorted jumping drills lend themselves to an improvement in muscle power output? No carbs, low carbs, or more carbs? What is the optimal breakdown of macronutrients, given one’s training goals? Those are just a few issues, but you get the idea.
There are also questions we must ask ourselves. Are we truly qualified to offer sound advice and safe hands-on training to those seeking improvements in their physical status? Do we really know the proven science behind safe and effective exercise methods and sensible training plans? Are we qualified to offer specific advice on nutritional intake? What about diagnosing injuries? Likewise, how about prepping someone for a specific sport? Are we qualified to establish a weekly training plan to get them ready? 
You may have passed a certification protocol from one of the many certifying organizations in the strength, fitness, sports performance or nutrition field. You purchased their study materials, took a written test, and passed a hands-on test. Accordingly, you're now able to train clients and offer advice on improving their physical status. But does that actually mean you’re ready to do it?


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