I was at a family birthday dinner recently and I was excited that my new logo for my business had just been designed. A very talented friend of mine had created my logo and I was looking forward to showing it to my family. My Auntie asked me what was the business and when I replied “Lauren Hannon Strength and Conditioning” she rolled her eyes and flexed her bicep at me. My immediate reaction was not a good one, I was p*ssed off! But I kept my mouth shut and continued speaking to my mum about it. So on my drive home I started to think, there’s no point in me being angry about anything. Some people just don’t actually understand what strength and conditioning is, or at least, what it means to me.
If you Google “what is strength and conditioning” this is what you’ll find:
Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance.
But for me it is a lot more than that. I don’t necessarily train “elite athletes” and nor do I have to in order to be a successful S&C coach.
Strength and Conditioning is about more than lifting weights – it encompasses the entire development of an individual and what is needed to improve physical performance. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability with strength training being just one part.
Strength is important because without it, our bodies will eventually fall apart. As we get older it is important to maintain our bodies and particularly the strength in our bones. Resistance training is a fantastic way to build bone density. It is equally as important to have strong and supple muscles to support our bones. Having muscles doesn’t mean you need to look like a body builder.
Conditioning is the bodies ability to work easily, applying the correct principles to help you progress, improve and allow you to perform with greater ease. When you learn to do something new it can often be challenging, difficult and uncomfortable, but the more you persist at it the easier it becomes, until it is something that can be carried out with ease. Exercise can be hard and sometimes mentally more than physically. I love the expression “it doesn’t get any easier, you just get better”.
Exercise helps to enhance and maintain physical fitness and overall health and wellness. The more conditioned you are, the easier the exercises become. People exercise for many different reasons, from building athletic skills, to maintaining or losing weight, the social side of it or even because they purely enjoy it. Exercise boosts the immune system, helps prevent disease and has even been proven to help prevent or reduce depression due to the production of endorphins. People who exercise often generally tend to have more self-esteem and a more positive perception of their own body image.
So before you scoff and tell someone they’re obsessed with the gym or CrossFit or their muscles, maybe it would be better to ask more questions. “What does that mean to you?”. This is something that can be asked on any topic. No two people are the same and neither is their outlook on anything in this world. Even if you agree with someone, you will still have a different perception than they do.
Why did I become a S&C Coach? To inspire people to live healthier and happier lives. I have nothing but good intentions and the satisfaction I get teaching new skills and seeing progress with my clients cannot be replaced.
Trust me, I never once felt like I made a difference in the world of finance so here I am, a person (not a number!) following their dream and making a difference, one day at a time!
PS: I’d love you to follow my Facebook page by clicking here and you can also catch me in the #BeachFit Facebook Group (sign up to Kim’s email updates to join) tonight at 7PM AEST where I will be doing a live Q and A and answering all things Strength & Conditioning!