Posts in "personal training"

Is Age Just a Number? Is There a Way To Be Taken Seriously Before 30 In the Fitness Industry?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Sydney, Australia based strength coach Meer Awny. There’s a common theme in the fitness industry, especially amongst young and upcoming coaches/trainers, that in order to gain recognition or notoriety there’s some “deep state” secret algorithm that exists: Social media follows + number of letters you can squeeze next to… Read more

The Problems With Over Coaching (And Some Solutions)

A few weeks ago I Tweeted something to the effect of “Don’t be afraid to let your clients figure things out for themselves. Not every rep has to be a pristine vision that makes the Virgin Mary weep tears of joy.” I gave the example of the knees caving in during a squat. Many coaches… Read more

The Importance of Client Retention

In today’s day and age being a personal trainer runs somewhere in the spectrum of one of the most rewarding careers out there and a dumpster fire. The latter comes into play often, especially when you work in a large commercial gym where you’re one of dozens of trainers vying for everyone’s attention (and wallets)…. Read more

What You Need To Know About Sets

Straight sets, pyramid sets, drop sets, cluster sets… …it can all be rather confusing to the newbie lifter, or even seasoned veteran.  How many sets should you do? What exercises are the best fit? What about rest? Is it normal to not feel the right side of your face? All are pertinent questions and with… Read more

A Thoughtful and Reflective Discussion On Postpartum Training

My son, Julian, was born January 31, 2017. Four days later my wife, Lisa, walked into a gym. The workout was nothing crazy. There were no burpees, no deadlifts, no squats; hell I don’t even think there was a barbell involved. If anything the experience served as more of an rendezvous back to normalcy for… Read more

My Top Shoulder Training Tips Part I

The shoulders (delts) are an area that many trainees wish were bigger. They’re also an area that’s often injured. In today’s guest post by Dr. Nicholas Licameli he discusses and breaks down some of his top training tips for shoulder health and hypertrophy. Enjoy.   In order to build a quality and symmetrical physique, all… Read more

Training Athletes vs. General Population Clients

A few weeks ago I presented at the NSCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and by happenstance (and because I like to talk about myself) I mentioned to the crowd that I don’t work with a lot of athletes anymore.   Instead, I explained, currently 90-95% of my clientele are made up of general population clients. You… Read more

Top 3 Lessons I’ve Learned From My Clients

Man, I’ve got a treat for everyone today. Charles Staley, mentor, strength and conditioning connoisseur, and titan in this industry, reached out recently and asked if he could write a little sumthin, sumthin for the site. Is water wet? Is grass green? Is Aragorn, also known as Strider, and son of Arathorn II, the High… Read more