Saturday, May 29, 2010

Had to post this one more time

The unseen price of fitness piracy Sent Monday, May 24, 2010 View as plaintext
You heard the phrase,"a blessing or a curse", may times and there is probably no more visible display of it than the Internet.
Many good things travel around the globe online, and of course many bad also.
None of that is news to you, I am sure; however, today I want to talk about "one of the oldest tricks in the book" that is being taken to a whole new level: stealing.
Today this is called piracy and I'm referring to stealing ideas, concepts, or strategies from others and repackaging them to make them look like you thought of them.
It is rampant in the fitness industry, especially with new trainers or fitness businesses; not that others aren't also guilty.
Here's a quick example of fitness piracy:
You're online and you see a training video or read a training article that opens your eyes up to some things you could use as a trainer with your clients.
(No problem yet)
So you review the information a couple of more times, and soon you are offering it to you clients who are amazed at "how brilliant you are". Of course, you never told them you took someone else's ideas and pretended they were yours.
This is the mark of either an inexperienced or unscrupulous "trainer", or both.
(Here's the problem in the beginning stages)
Now your clients are using all these ideas that you don't even know the correct and safe programming for. Their progress will hampered, more than likely, because you refused to really learn the complete strategy for using these ideas.
(The problem is growing)
In the event that one of your unassuming clients (who trusts you) gets hurt due to your piracy, you might get sued.
(Now, that is a huge problem)
So what's the solution?
There are several things that can be done:
1) If you use someone else's information ALWAYS acknowledge the source of the information
2) Contact the originator of the ideas you like, and talk with them; perhaps go to one of their seminars or certifications
3) Protect yourself from being sued by the person whose ideas you are using by going through the proper channels with them first
4) Once again, always acknowledge the source of the information you want to use

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