Hello, fellow Actionauts!
This is Philippe Til, all me, not a ghost blogger. Actionaut is a term I had coined years ago (that someone took and bought their own domain name in the meantime, some musician guy, I think), with a tag line of “navigating the seas of fitness”.
Many of my fitness friends know what I am all about, and for those who don’t know me from atom, you will rarely see me post pictures of myself doing a selfie or other action, unless it’s something that I think is kinda neat, cool and unusual. There are way better people than me that do that, people of amazing strength, quality, education that I am happy to count in my network as valuable resources for training (and I will list them all in another post). More likely, you will see me post pictures of clients in action on Instagram (http://instagram.com/philippetil), Twitter (https://twitter.com/philippetil) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/philippe.til).
Not because I am some hunchback with 25% body fat lifting kid size dumbbells, not because I am not as strong as some other trainer, or as successful, but simply because I know where my strength lies: in helping others move better, lift stronger, recover from injury smarter (and that doesn’t mean I know more than a physical therapist either, because I don’t). I find joy in education. Mine first, which becomes experience engrained through rote, which I then pass on to my clients. Cards and expectations are always laid on the table, and goals are always achieved lest the individual doesn’t put in what they expect to get out.
Every time I learn something new, I simplify and realize how much more there is to learn but also how I tend to use less gear (funny for a guy who invented a piece of equipment like the SmartFlex). Removing the unnecessary is a trait I learned in Ninjutsu, where we would discard techniques that do not work a high % of the time. Bruce Lee created a whole system by eliminating the useless. He’s my greatest inspiration, as are many of my current living mentors and peers I get to interact with.
I hold many certifications, and many I let go of, but I keep my skills sharp. As a father and husband and running two businesses on top of that, it took a while for me to learn the efficiency and simplicity of some training methods to get results in whatever amount of time is allocated, as I found many programs are designed in a vacuum and simply don’t work on a lot of people.
I’m curious now: is this the kind of information the rest of my site doesn’t provide that you find useful? My webmaster told me I should “humbly boast” (he didn’t say that, but that’s what I took from the conversation and this is a genuine open book attempt…)