Lou Schuler Fitness Lecture – Understanding The Fitness Journey – Personal Trainer Education
Everyone who has achieved success in fitness has a tale of how they achieved that success, one that includes most or all of the basic storytelling elements found in classic mythology. In this presentation on understanding the fitness journey, Lou Schuler gives examples of how a narrative structure applies to those just starting out on a fitness journey. Health clubs may be the most familiar places in the world to you, but they can be scary to the people you’re trying to help. Lou’s lecture will help you understand complex fitness transformations and inevitable pitfalls so you can help your clients successfully navigate the path.
“It’s not enough for the hero in a classical myth to be strong or powerful or beautiful. The hero isn’t complete until he or she is tested, struggles and ultimately succeeds in transforming his or herself into something bigger and more complete.
“When we start talking about how this applies to fitness—how this applies to weight loss—what we have to remember is that all storytelling, especially in mythology but also in the stories we tell ourselves, are not about where we end up. It’s about the journey to that destination. I don’t think you will ever meet an athlete, a fitness model, a bodybuilder or a successful gym rat who doesn’t have some kind of personal narrative about how they built their physiques or developed the athletic abilities we admire.” ~Lou Schuler
• Mythology and Joseph Campbell
• Part One: Separation
• The belly of the whale
• Part Two: Initiation and the Road of Trials
• Part Three: Temptation
• Part Four: Atonement with the Father
• The ultimate Boon
• Part Five: The return
• Free to Live
Lou Schuler is an award-winning journalist and author of many popular books about fitness and nutrition. His next book is The New Rules of Lifting for Life, which he wrote with Alwyn Cosgrove. You’ll also enjoy his blog at here on louschuler.com.
“Lou Schuler is easily one of my favorite guests on our show “The FitCast,” and for good reason: He is more than just an expert at exercise and health, he is a true storyteller. Lou’s experiences and teachings become an event in themselves, always entertaining and always informative. In “The Hero’s Journey into Fitness,” Lou describes the psychology of fitness, helping us understand our own experiences in health and exercise, as well as the thoughts and feelings of our clients as we guide them through their own journeys in fitness. This is exactly the kind of unique and thought-provoking perspective only Lou could provide–listening to his thoughts is like attending a Master’s class in the human experience. I can’t recommend this lecture highly enough!”