book proposal & the certification issue revisited
I am been hemming and hawing for quite some time about redoing my ebook, “The body that God intended us to USE.” The reason I want to rewrite the book is because I realize how ineffective it is. I love the beginning where I go over the research behind Functional Fitness, and there are some other chapters I still feel are important, however, the book focuses on creating exercises and workouts. It even goes so far as to try and help folks share their workouts with others. I realize now my mistake.
This last year has taught me a lesson – only a very small select few want to take the time and create their own workouts. Making the main theme of a book about guiding people to create their own program is…well I hate to say it…asking too much of people. As my wife had always said, “who wants to do all that work? Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it.” Of course she only is referring to the workouts (I don’t tell her what to do in any other aspect of our life).
There is another facet of the book that I feel is out of touch with what I want to say. The book has a sort of ”we are elite crazy people doing weird and exciting exercises.” Basically it has this cult-like feel similar to Crossfit. And those that know me, know that I am not Crossfit. I even redesigned this website months ago to reflect the new direction.
Also I have written K-Crosstrain, the 8 week crosstraining program for runners and ultra runners to get into Functional Fitness, as well as “The Low Cost Gym,” another free ebook on the site written to help save money by creating a really cool at home gym with things like the Clubbell and the Macebell.
I want this book to be a accumulation of all of those things. Here is a gist of the topics I want to cover:
-I want to keep a chapter on defining Functional Fitness.
-I plan on keeping the research and science behind the idea of working movements versus muscle isolation.
-I will continue to talk about equipment, but focusing on homemade equipment.
-I was hoping to talk about natural form running, being barefoot or wearing minimalist shoes for running and for the workouts.
-I need to make the chapters flow better. I had a review that gave me good ratings, but talked about my poor writing. Ouch! I need to fix that.
-I was thinking of cutting out the whole idea of creating your own workout program. I will still give tips on how to work around injuries, weak joints, etc., but I will steer readers to this website instead. Basically I realized that there are too many exercises and workouts to put into a book. Instead I will send readers here for all the resources they need. That way the website can grow with its tool box and the book does not become outdated.
-I was also hoping to write this as a manuscript to submit to a literary agent for publishing (an actual real book) in lieu of the ebook format.
Now that brings us onto the next big issue: certification. I recently wrote a post about the certification debate, which is huge right now in the natural form (or barefoot) running community. Since I am contemplating querying a literary agent, I am wondering if it would give legitimacy to have a Functional Fitness Specialist certification. If I don’t would that impede any agents from wanting to help publish a fitness book?
Let me know your thoughts on the these matters. Just comment on this post.
Oh and here are some ideas for a title. “The Functional Fitness Guide: Get a natural shape through natural form crosstraining.” The problem with that one is there is a website called the Functional Fitness Guide. I could go with the Functional Fitness Book, but then I just feel like I’m mimicking Jason Robillard’s “The Barefoot Running Book.” I already steal enough of his ideas as it is! :) There is always,”The Functional Fitness Book: You don’t need a gym or even shoes.”
Again, let me know what you think. Should I spring for a certification? How about the subject of the book? Any ideas on a title?