Mike's Take Aways
Concepts, Strategies, and Practices
To give you a little background, the two and a half days that we all spent at the Perform Better Summit was spent bouncing between two types of presentations. We had lectures and “hands-on” demonstrations in which people (we) got to participate in, and to experience what was being talked about. Each hour there were two of each going on, we all tried to split up to gather as much information as possible. Of the 12 possible presentations I could have attended I think I was the only CPC staff member at about 5 of those. Why am I telling you this? Even though some of us came away with a lot of the same or similar information I know that we all were affected differently and came away with a little different experience. This is also why each of us took part in this week’s blog post, so you could get a different angle from each of us.
With that being said, I have already been asked a few times by people what I learned and what new diabolical exercises, movement, or ideas I came back with in order to torture everyone. Well, my answer hasn’t really been that at all, I don’t have a whole new playbook of “killer shit” to throw at people in order to make their lives a living hell in class or during a one-on-one. Not to say that I didn’t come away with some new stuff to utilize and to utilize with specific people in specific instances, there is always some of that, which I have to go back and sift through.
What I ultimately came away with was less of a broadening of an ever growing “play list” and more of a new understanding of, appreciation for, or deeper knowledge of a lot of the concepts, strategies, and practices that we utilize day-in and day-out when we step through the door. The things like how to program a workout, cue/explain an exercise, manage/run a business in this industry, or ways to work with specific populations are what steer the ship. The end product of all of this coming together is the workout/experience each subscriber that comes here has come to know and love. Those details are the aspects of those “hidden” “less tangible” details that go into what we do and how we do things; which were solidified and validated by the top industry professionals this weekend.
That’s what hit me, and was my biggest take away!
Is there always something new to learn? Yes, of course, always. I got new information and new tools. Is what we are doing at CPC correct, on the right track, and some badass stuff? Yes!! Not to say that we are perfect, that we have it all figured out, or have nothing to learn. No no, I don’t think that will ever be the case, but what we have been and are doing up to this point, has been of the high quality that we always try to live up to. We’re not perfect, but what is perfection? It’s knowing and realizing you have weaknesses, working on them until they are strengths, finding new weaknesses and starting over. Always striving for “perfect” which will never truly be attainable, but the fight, the work, the journey, the reward in getting close in the attempt to get there is what keeps you at the top of your game.
I know for me it will take a few days at least to go back through notes and reflect a little further on what was attained during the summit and let it sink in a little bit further, I’m sure it will be the same for the rest of the staff. Rest assured that some of what you experience, what is delivered, or what is offered in the coming days, week, or possibly months takes that next step in the always changing evolution of who we are and what we do. It’s never going to be perfect, but you better believe it’s going to be some pretty kick ass shit!