As we encounter a new year we have many new challenges and opportunities.  As everyone has goals for the new year, I have several as well.  Some professional and some personal.  I am going to list off a few of my goals working into the 2015 year.  I will post on them and share progress on each one of them.  I will share my goals to let everyone know that WE at Iron Body Studios are authentic and never stagnate.  Both Artemis and myself strive to keep our services current and progressing toward being the best to our community.  We find many new things through personal experience and through education.  Talk the talk, walk the walk!

Goals for 2015:

1) Post on this blog at least once a month(it’s only 12 posts)!

2) Fix my torn up stomach and GI!  I am currently on a path to balance my stomach and digestive tract.  I will share my experiences of getting off stomach medications (the purple pill).  I have been on stomach medications since the age of 15.  I have found a supportive and educated functional medicine group to help me with this process.

3) Attend the Functional Range Conditioning(FRC) workshop in March and work on implementing this system with the Iron Body Studios community. http://www.functionalanatomyseminars.com/functional-range-conditioning/about-frc-seminars-certification#about

4) Become a Certified Precision Nutrition coach.  This Certification is the gold standard in nutrition coaching for clients and athletes.  PNC takes an evidence based approach to bring success with client nutrition.  I would like to bring the nutritional side of this coaching to post-rehabilitation clients, help progress them toward a sustainable and pain free life in movement and strength. http://www.precisionnutrition.com

5) Learn and begin to implement an autism and special needs training program at Iron Body Studios.  This includes first learning more about the population, second hosting a autism fitness workshop, and third implementing a training program for the population.  I have had the privilege to connect with the leading professional in this area and looking forward to developing this professional relationship.

6) Share all my experiences as a person continuing to recover from back pain.  It has been a little over 3 years and I am always working toward keeping myself moving and healthy.  This is to provide inspiration to those looking for help.  The number of individuals that suffer from back pain is significantly high and can be something that can destroy individuals physically and mentally.  It is a condition that requires consistency and a systematic approach to overcome and regain movement and strength.  Over the course of 2014 many people have asked me to share my testimonial on recovering from dysfunctional movement and back pain.  I will do my best to share any and all knowledge gained from this journey!

Looking forward to a great 2015 and I hope you will follow the posts in Forging Fitness blog.

When we enter into the public eye as a professional in the fitness, post-rehabilitation or the strength and conditioning area we have to be conscience to the audience we are reaching out to.  We must be conscience as to how we project ourselves and we must respect the community who reads our information and the questions they have about the information we post.

This being said, recently I had an interaction on twitter with a fairly well known fitness and strength coach.  I was introduced to the professional several years ago and gained respect for the information he was publishing and promoting on the internet.  His information was always clearly outlined as to why he was supporting a certain system, method or individual.  Although on Friday night I received an email from this person promoting a free resource with hundreds of kettlebell variations from an expert in the area.

My first thought was not just to click on the link to the YouTube videos, but, I wondered who is this individual?   Why have I never heard of this person and I would love to learn something new.  Now, I consider myself NEVER to be educated enough and always have an open mind as to new thoughts and movement patterns, ideas.  I proceeded to google to search this individual out.   I found nothing for this person to be a an expert as described in the email…….

All that was listed in the email was…….

“Sometimes, it will be unique content from an expert I’ve learned from in our industry (like today’s e-mail – see below).

The first, is a YouTube page that my good buddy ______ created. This guy has a motor like none other, and here, he’s demonstrating…….”

He described the “expert” as his “buddy”.  This does not cut it for me.  I need more than this, I need you to tell me what qualifies this person as an expert.  As the standard english defintion of an expert is
“a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.”

I do not want to get into the details of the communications.  But, the point of the communication was missed completely by the individual sending the mass email and any professional objectively reading would see that in our twitter exchange.  I was looking for a professional endorsement as to why this fitness and strength coach was looking to refer so many people to this YouTube video.  I was NOT criticizing movements and training style….which is where he took it.

To finish, we are in the public eye daily and we even have our own blogs and websites.  I am open to all ideas and new concepts.  I am constantly changing and evolving in my own practice as strength is a skill.  But please list why you are supporting an induvidual you are classifying as an “expert” in an area.  Just calling him your “buddy” is not enough to draw me into learn from you.  Have professionalism, have a higher standard.  As stated by colleague of mine in Columbus Ohio, “I am not a hater. I just have higher standards.”  Please do not get angry  when you are challenged and asked questions, but instead give me an educated answer so I can make a educated decision about if I am going to continue to listen to the ideas you teach.  Because I do know, I am in the business to ask questions to better help the people I serve.

Eric Gahan

Co-Owner of Iron Body Studios

@forgingfitness

Welcome to Forging Fitness Blog by Eric Gahan.  In this blog you will read  my thoughts, experiences and readings as an athletic trainer who is passionate about helping people to eat great, move great, and move strong.  I am creating this blog for fitness professionals, rehabilitation professionals, and most importantly my clients to come learn and demand for better.  I always strive to give my clients and peers the best of what is available to them through me.  In this blog you will get to hear about what does work and what does not work in fitness and rehabilitation;  it will be all backed up with formal education and formal practical knowledge.

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