Charles Staley Seminar | Forum

Charles Staley Seminar | Forum

Hello Trainers, Coaches and fellow health professionals.

Most folks affiliated w/ ISSA should know Charles Staley.

Others may know

him from Muscle Media.

T-Nation, and a whole host of other

media publications and websites.

In “Charles Staley” fashion he’ll be

heading cross country w/ several coaches on his “Your Workout Sucks” tour.

If you’d like to host an event in your hometown call Julianne w./ Staley

Training Systems (Integrated Sports Solutions) Toll-Free: (800) 519-2492 and

get it booked.

It’s going to be a blast.

If you are near St.

Louis come to

my event.

Please Send this to All Your Friends and colleagues.

We haven’t even finished the Press Releases but I wanted you to be the first

to know.

I will be hosting an event in St.

Louis w/ Charles Staley.

He will

be headin’ cross country in a big ol’ RV on his “Your Workout Sucks World


Below is a brief bio on Charles.

Way too much to list here.

S224&q=Charles+Staley Just Google Him and you will find tons of stuff.

I have known Charles for about 6 years now and I still learn something new

from him just about every time I talk to him.

You may know him more for his

proprietary workout system called

EDT (Escalating Density Training) You may also recognize him for his newest

“mainstream” book entitled Muscle Logic.

Come meet him for yourself and learn how to make your workouts NOT Suck.

June 1st in Ellisville, MO (appx 30 miles west of downtown STL)

Brief Bio on Charles

“One of the signs of a great teacher is the ability to make the subject

matter seem simple.

Charles Staley is one of these rare teachers.


listening and talking to him, you suddenly achieve a new awareness of


You go to the gym and, suddenly, everything makes sense, and you

wonder why you haven’t been doing it his way since day one.” – Muscle Media

2000 magazine August, 1999

His colleagues call him an iconoclast, a visionary, a rule-breaker.


clients call him “The Secret Weapon” for his ability to see what other

coaches miss.

Charles calls himself a “geek” who struggled in Phys Ed

throughout school.

Whatever you call him, Charles’ methods are ahead of

their time and quickly produce serious results.

His counter-intuitive

approach and self-effacing demeanor have lead to appearances on NBC’s The

TODAY Show and The CBS Early Show.

Currently, Charles competes in Olympic-style weightlifting on the master’s

circuit, with a 3-year goal of qualifying for the 2009 Master’s World



Does anyone have water fitness certification?

I am suppose to take the test on Saturday through United States Water Fitness Association.

I can’t tell you how completely totally frustrated I am.

Their manual is the most poorly written material I have ever read in my life.

Here are some examples,

“Throughout this Manual there are questions that are asked for you to do some serious thinking about specific items.”

“Dr Stein recommends one should establish great aquatic training first and second to learn how to make adaptations for the adapted.”

“Arm and legs floats are less buoyant factors than a deep-water exercise belt.

Moving through the water using a noodle or two.”

“Enforce the rule of no diving in shallower than 9 feet deep.”

“Whenever possible, move the victim from deep water to shallow water to board the person in shallow water before removing the victim on the board.”

These are just the obvious, there are issue with paragraphs, misplaced information, the layout is horrible, material is redundant and 90% of the manual is meaningless lists and outlines.

The entire section titled “General Teaching Methods” includes 6 pages of lists (There isn’t any useful information on how to teach) and an information page on voice strain.

OK, I have a Master’s Degree in education and can’t believe they have 6 pages on “Teaching Methods”

Is it just me? I keep asking myself, if this organization doesn’t have one member with basic writing skills, how credible are they?

I feel like I would be embarrassed to promote myself in association with this organization.

Any ideas? I’ve already called and asked them or a refund.


Obviously, they appear to be some “fly by night” outfit, trying to make a

quick buck through “certifying” people…

Poor grammatical structure and misspellings, as well as being poorly

organized generally points to “off shore” origination…

not that that in itself is bad, but I’d seriously question their motives…

If it looks “cut-rate”, I’d stay clear…

my $0.02


Ok, This morning I spoke with the President/CEO of United States Water Fitness Association.

He seemed nice in the beginning and I thought I was going to feel badly voicing my concerns.

I started by saying that I had hoped maybe I was accidentally sent a first draft manual that hadn’t yet been edited, then he started yelling.

He told me the amoaunt of time spent working on the manual and the extensive aquatic background of the editors and that I was NOT sent anything but their best effort in final draft.

Don’t you think that if someone contacted you, as the President/CEO you would immediately have a concern about any errors? He didn’t care.

He didn’t ask me for a single example, and I have many.

He just kept repeating his aquatid credientials and the time involved creating the manual.

He indicated that a lot of people commented how much they love the manual (They’ve only been using it since September).

I tried to explain that I wasn’t just saying I thought the quaility was poor, but that I could support it with examples.

At any rate, as he repeatedly explained his years of aquatic experience and the number of people who had edited the manual it only decreased the credibility of this organization, in my mind, as I have the manual in hand and can clearly see that these people couldn’t have possibly passed a high school English class.

What I found the most concerning is that he refused to give me the names of any of the members of their Board of Directors (this is a non-profit).

He said he was the President/CEO, he makes all the decisions and I could send any further complaints to him.

CAUTION: Don’t spend any money on United States Water Fitness Association certification – you’ll be sorry you did.

I know I’m sorry I did.


he didn’t give you any names because he is the only employee…

that’s why he is President/CEO, – AND – answers the phone…

stay away…



Good points, Joe.

I also think that becoming defensive like that is a big clue.

A secure, professional would be used to handling all kinds of complaints and wouldn’t react like that.


Thank you for being so candid and thorough about your story with this forum.

You will never know how many people you’ve helped by putting this out there–not only the trainers on this list, but all of our clients as well.


Sounds like the most unprofessional association I have heard of!!!

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