The Olympics Games are the holy mecca of athleticism. As the world's largest and most watched sporting event, only the best of the best individuals and teams get to represent their country and compete. So how does one become an Olympian? Great genes and luck, of course. Just kidding. But seriously- the answer is actually pretty straightforward, just ask Sean O'Brien, one of DIAKADI's very own trainers. Sean comes from a background of competitive running and even competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials, making it to the semi-finals. According to Sean, the road to Olympic glory can be broken down into 5 components: 1) Train 2) Recover 3) Focus 4) Keep it fun 5) Find your gift. Read on and let Sean's wisdom inspire you -- whether it's to become an Olympic athlete or just be the best version of yourself.
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Personal trainers play an extremely important role in both preserving and improving the health and safety of clients’ bodies and lives. Most individuals see their doctor only once or twice a year, but see their personal trainer once or twice a week. So, the quality of the information and the recommendations that we provide in our practice must be well researched, tailored and proven effective.
A solid combination of advanced education and valuable experience are key components in building a successful and safe training practice. At DIAKADI we require that our trainers have a minimum 3 years of experience in their career and that they maintain a higher than normal standard of fitness continuing education. With the overwhelming number of options out there, how can you be sure you are selecting the most reliable and strongest fit for your initial certification and education? We hope that the information we share will assist beginning trainers as they select their best education path. We also hope this deep-dive will help our clients understand the different paths our trainers have taken to become the coaches they are today.
Fitness and wellbeing are about more than regular exercise and good nutrition. While those play an important role, we’ve always believed in focusing on the whole person. That means bringing the latest in equipment, research and techniques to our clients – lately, our clients and trainers have been raving about P-DTR, a new form of therapy that eliminates lingering and chronic pains.
What is P-DTR?
Proprioceptive – Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is a new form of therapy that addresses musculoskeletal problems (injuries, lingering pain, etc.) by focusing on our body’s receptor system. Sensory receptors throughout our bodies provide our brains with the information they need to move our muscles.
Whether we are ready to change careers, decide to travel the world, or start working out to get healthy or in the best shape of our lives, we know that it helps to have a support group to change our habits or achieve a goal.
My friends and family encouraged me to start a career in personal training after I left the biotech industry. Their support and little kicks in the butt were exactly what I needed in those moments of self doubt about my new direction.
However, this support didn’t happen overnight. Some of the same people who gave me the confidence to follow my new career path were the ones who years earlier, when I started body building and paying attention to what I ate, tried to sway me back into old habits with a glass of wine or a delicious cookie. Comments like, “ Come on, you can afford that cookie” or “Live a little, have a shot with us” were common during social events.
The hard truth is that people might not understand how to deal once it hits home that you are actually changing. It was frustrating to not receive support and it made me feel like an outcast at times. I know that was never anyone’s intention, but it sure could feel lonely. Judging by the stories my clients share every day, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced it, too.