Posts in "personal training"

Program Design Considerations for the New Personal Trainer

With more and more personal trainers entering the industry faster than Marvel and DC Comics can resurrect D-list characters to put into their movies, it’s becoming more readily apparent how ill-prepared some (not all) are when it comes to writing effective training programs. Today’s guest post, courtesy of Tennessee-based coach, Andy van Grinsven, helps to… Read more

Porcelain Post: Jedi Mind Trick Your Way to More Clients and Better Retention

NOTE: the term “Porcelain Post” was invented by Brian Patrick Murphy and Pete Dupuis. Without getting into the specifics, it describes a post that can be read in the same time it takes you to go #2. Huh, I guess that was more specific than I thought. Enjoy. Copyright: tuomaslehtinen / 123RF Stock Photo While… Read more

Addressing the Stone Cold Facts of Training Athletes

Remember that show diary on MTV? You know, the one that aired back in the early to mid-2000s? The documentary style show centered mostly on musicians and celebrities and followed them through their daily lives. Each episode started with said celebrity looking into the camera and saying….. “You think you know, but you have no idea.”… Read more

Bridging the Gap Between Physical Therapy and Strength and Conditioning. How Much of a Gap Is There?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Andrew Millett – a good friend of mine and brilliant physical therapist outside of Boston. The term “bridging the gap” is always brought up when the discussion of physical therapy and strength and conditioning comes up. There’s no doubt a melding of the two when discussing the most successful… Read more

Why Not Every Client Needs Perfect Form

Today’s post comes courtesy of Jonathan Hamilton-Potter, and it covers a topic I feel is an important one for many new and up-coming fitness professionals to consider. Heck, industry veterans too. And that is…being too strict with exercise technique. Enjoy. Why Not Every Client Needs Perfect Form My eyes narrowed in disgust as I scanned… Read more

3 Questions to Assess Your Clients’ Willingness to Change

You may have heard I’m traveling in Europe. Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Canadian health and fitness professional, Dave Smith. He shares some excellent advice on how we can better assess our clients’ willingness to change. Have you ever had a client who was extremely eager to jump into the health and fitness lifestyle?… Read more

“How Much Weight Should I Be Using?”

As a fitness professional part of the job description is the ability to answer questions. Specifically those questions posed by your athletes and clients. This makes sense given, outside of their primary care practitioner, you’re the person your clients are trusting with their health and well-being. Granted, you’re not curing cancer or writing prescriptions for irritable… Read more

The Most Important Metric of a Training Program Is…

[Cue EPIC drum roll here] First…lets first delve into what’s not important: Access to special, fancy schmancy equipment. Being anal about nutrient timing/intake. Posting a picture or video of every workout and every exercise you performed on Instagram. Following the programs elite lifters do. The whole BS notion that muscle confusion is a “thing.” And those… Read more