Achievement-Oriented Health Related Fitness Training and Immersion into Different Physical Activity Contexts
Physical activity includes a vast variety of movement forms. Team sports, individual sports, aquatics, dance, martial arts, etc., make up the landscape with each carrying its own unique flavor and inducing its own unique experience. Formal exercise is also a form of movement, in fact the most common that adults engage in, and for most their ONLY form of engagement for two reasons– many possess shallow Iron Footprints and lack the skills necessary to engage in other forms of activity, and the physical activity leadership that exists to support engagement is predominantly focused on exercise.

While it doesn’t have to be a negative to engage in only one form of activity, it can perpetuate a shallow Iron Footprint that lessens the likelihood that resilient motivation is developed to sustain a regular habit. While some are able to stick to their exercise routine and realize its benefit many more struggle to even negotiate engagement because a limited activity scope just feeds its on-going cycle. Just as success begets success, limited activity can beget limited activity.

But understanding how important regular activity is to quality of life, and sincerely wanting to get past the understanding to the doing, many seek help from activity professionals, most commonly personal trainers because these are the most numerous and readily available. They can ensure safe engagement, offer motivation, and be that one constant that helps sustain activity. If for no other reason than having paid for a block of training sessions, trainers can make THE difference between getting to the gym or not.

Personal training preparation and employment eligibility though is exclusive to formal exercise which means that trainers can foster health-related fitness but don’t (by nature of their preparation) possess the competency to deepen Iron Footprints except for how it pertains to exercise. It’s also less often that we seek the service of physical activity professionals from other forms of movement than exercise (e.g., tennis or golf specialists to improve our performance respective to these activities).

Fitness gains notwithstanding, those with shallow footprints (limited scope of activity engagement) entering a personal training relationship leave with the same shallow footprints when the sessions are vacated. Any fitness gain is cause for celebration but toward resilient motivation to sustain regular activity, the deeper an Iron Footprint the more likely resilient motivation is developed. So getting out of the gym to more fully develop your physical activity self is as important as what you do in the gym to foster health-related fitness.
The dilemma: you realize you would benefit from working with a ‘personal trainer’ to prescribe your achievement-oriented exercise routine AND strengthen your relationship to physical activity by deepening your Iron Footprint but can’t find one due to the limited (in scope) preparation that the vast majority of trainers bring to their position.

The solution: Iron Footprint Fitness is transforming personal training by describing the competencies of physical activity professionals who can deliver programming as Iron Footprint Fitness and offering a registry of Iron Footprint Fitness Physical Activity Professionals. These are professionals who indicate they can deliver programming that fosters your achievement-oriented health-related fitness and immerses you into a variety of context-based (i.e., community sports leagues) activities.