Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
By Chris Cooper
What exactly is a mentor? It’s a person, usually more experienced than yourself, who trains, educates, and/or guides you through the same field. An advisor.
Having a mentor has been an invaluable asset to my career as not only a personal trainer, but as a blooming presenter/educator in the fitness industry. So right off the bat, I am going to recommend finding a mentor that can guide you through whatever career it is you want. They will be able to elevate your capabilities as a professional to a level that you didn’t even think of.
So why is a mentor so valuable? First and foremost, they have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can guide you through your career. In a way they are another teacher/professor for you to learn from. Think of it as a course that has no end and is always evolving. Topics that could be touched on could include:
- Avoiding certain mistakes/pitfalls
- Teaching what works/doesn’t work
- Guide you to new endeavors
- Push your limits
In much of the same way a trainer pushes their clients past certain limits, a mentor will do the very same thing.
Monday, April 21, 2014
I began an informal investigation into the power of mistakes as a teenage competitive tennis player. Instead of throwing my racket or cursing a mistake, like many of my opponents, I would search for clues in an errant shot to help me improve. So, if I hit a forehand into the net, I would conclude that my shot was too flat and I needed to use more topspin the next time. While I couldn't always execute the perfect forehand, I had pre-programmed my brain to establish more high-percentage shots based on previous mistakes.
It wasn't until I studied error-detection in graduate school that I learned the theory behind my on-court analysis. Now, as a trainer, I have figured out how to apply those same concepts to my clients, so that they can become good error-detectors and solve movement challenges without my feedback, creating more independent, resourceful people.
In my presentation, I will dig into the science of learning, the power of mistakes, and offer specific applications of intrinsic and extrinsic feedback systems to help you create clients who are better able to assess and correct their performances.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
For those of you who don’t know me. I’m the proverbial man behind the curtain. David Bluman. I am the founder and CEO of Fitness Education Institute. When I started FEI I was focused solely on connecting the parts of the fitness industry that I felt needed some attention. I have been fortunate that many of my friends and peers in this industry are brilliant educators. I myself still do personal training full time and will occasionally sub for a Group Exercise class. I too am a CEC/CEU provider for ACE and more recently AFAA.
There is a disconnection between science and practice, between education and economy and it is and will continue to be my goal to be able to bring the best of the best to the marketplace. This means being able to bring presenters to facilities that may not otherwise have access or the means to go to see these great instructors at an event. Let’s face it. The cost of education, travel, eating out, shopping at trade shows has gotten out of control.
I KNOW that you the fitness professionals are selective at spending your hard earned $ on education. Thus I created FEI.
So what is it exactly that I/WE do?
I find host sites for presenters and find presenters host sites for their courses.
I can “manage” the “newbie” and help them navigate the waters becoming a presenter and CEC/CEU provider. I can provide mentorship, consulting services, including all business planning, branding, marketing and design services. On some occasions I've managed and provided programming and programs for facilities and individual professionals. If something is out of my specialty I will connect the proper parties.
I have the means to ‘HELP’ connect and promote these “smaller venues/facilities” with the presenter via social media, email and FEI’s website. This helps to build course, presenter and brand awareness for all involved. It’s building a Relationship and Synergism.
In some cases a facility wants a certain type of training or a specific presenter so I act as middle man.
In other cases I have the opportunity to teach the FEI branded workshops. Courses I've written or co-written with others.
This year is our 3rd FEI Eclipse Conference!
Our focus – top notch education, affordability, consideration of your schedule, your income and our economy.
Kicking off this event are Dr. Cody Sipe and Dr. Dan Ritchie with the Advanced Functional Aging Specialist Certification. For $199
Then our workshops and lectures with a HANDS ON PRACTICAL FOCUS on Saturday and Sunday for only $199.
One Day (Sat or Sunday) for $119
OR you can choose from a menu of classes at just $35 per class starting in August.
Too often we are limited by our own classes and training to do a full event or a one day event so I wanted you to have the flexibility to work around your schedule and still participate in the event and earn your education credits!
I’ve brought in programming and presenters that are truly the top of the tops, along with some who you may not know, but trust me after taking their courses you won’t forget them. Many of them have been a part of my education and training!
SO join me at the Eclipse - Registration deadline is June 30. Go to www.FEIEclipse.com and REGISTER NOW!
In keeping with the industry needs you can put down a deposit of $50 and reserve your early bird pricing and guarantee your attendance. Details are on our website.
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I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!
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