What can Swedish chefs do for fitness professionals?
My culinary skills will prove that it’s not often I have Masterchef to thank for inspiration, but there is a first for everything and after stumbling across the programme recently I became engrossed in a particular episode which inspired this post. I will be talking about how technology has had an impact, not only in the fitness industry, but everyday life.
You may have seen the episode. The finalists were sent to Stockholm in Sweden to run a service in two very highly regarded restaurants.
So far, so good. Nothing untoward to write home about.
However, as with most of my articles…there was a catch – a big one. I never switch off, so I was instantly comparing everything to the fitness industry and quickly had my Ulrika moment (pun intended). The programme made me wonder whether the fitness industry is becoming guilty of relying on particular items too much and whether we are losing the ability to think for ourselves at all – let me explain why.
The two restaurants looked perfectly normal but both had an incredible twist which tested their chef’s skills, creativity and ingenuity beyond anything a modern day chef could expect.
Restaurant One has no menu. They have local produce delivered each morning depending what has been caught/picked/harvested and then they make up the menu on the spot.
Restaurant Two has no modern fuel. No gas, no electricity – just fire!! Every part of every dish is made using only fire, and smoke of course.
Both of these restaurants have access to all the technology and gadgets that money can buy but they deliberately choose to ignore it all. It’s so refreshing to see people make these sacrifices to set themselves apart from their competitors. Their reward for being so bold and going against the grain – both have been awarded Michelin Stars and receive visitors from all over the world.
It’s not unusual these days to find people whose handwriting skills are appalling – most likely because everything we write has been taken over by computers. We all know people that even struggle to communicate properly – most likely because we send more texts/emails than we have actual conversations.
As brilliant as technology is I can’t help thinking that if we aren’t careful we could lose the ability to think for ourselves. Thanks to the Internet the world is now a very small place. Within seconds I could download thousands of training sessions or workout plans designed by some of the biggest names in the industry.
As cool as that may be, what does it do to our ability to be able to think on our feet? What if something changes? What if you don’t have access to the equipment required? What if your client has an injury or mobility restrictions?
It’s great to get assistance from more experienced/successful trainers but try not to get into the habit of relying on them 100% because it is highly likely that a ‘cookie cutter’ session may not be appropriate for your clients specific needs.
How would you cope without a menu? Would you be able to create excellent results on the spot with whatever ingredients were put in front of you?
How would you cope cooking a meal with only fire? Would you manage without all the mod cons we have access to?
Would you have the skill, creativity and ingenuity to win a Michelin Star with these restrictions?