From my point of view, the first thing is that there needs to be more real teaching…and real instruction. And that includes beginning at the beginning.
Any program or course I create will start at a fundamental level and progress from there, simply because that is how it needs to be done. (Of course, more advanced programs will start at a more advanced level). Any other approach will absolutely lead to short-term gains…but long-term frustration.
The second thing is, perhaps because of the internet – Youtube, Facebook and Instagram among others, we’ve become a group who seems to like to watch other people train. In this case, it’s trainers or models who are really good at what they (can already) do.
Let me ask you a question…how does simply watching others demonstrate what THEY are capable of, help us to improve?
Of course, I do understand more than most that a movement needs to be demonstrated correctly. My point is, if that “demo” is done very quickly without any real teaching, most people who “watch” won’t “get it,” and the results the viewer will receive will show that. I’ve seen that happen over and over again.
Think of it this way: If I want to learn how to move better, get stronger, or get OUT of an injury cycle, and I get online to purchase a course or program to help me do that – and the instructional videos feature a sculpted fitness model demonstrating the “perfect” way to perform an exercise – am I really learning what I need to, to get to where I want to be?
My response to that question is, no, you’re not.
To improve in a way that is sustainable and results in real, lasting change, requires we not only learn the what, but also to some degree, the why. And then the how – from the beginning. After all, you wouldn’t expect a math student to be able to do calculus before first mastering basic math and algebra, would you?