You’re Not Broken If You’re Asymmetrical. You’re Normal.

One of the more flagrant “mic drops” I toss down whenever I speak to a group of fitness professionals (remember when we used to be able to do that in person?) is that forcing people to adopt a symmetrical stance while performing basic lifts such as deadlifts or squats is more likely hurting people rather… Read more

The Hybrid Training Model For Personal Trainers

My man Gavin McHale is back with another excellent guest post this month. If you missed his last article on lead generation you can check that out HERE. This month, as the title implies, is all about how personal trainers can (and should) lean into more of a “hybrid” training model that doesn’t rely on… Read more

Psych Skills for Fitness Pros II: Inside the Coach’s Mind Explained

In November my wife, Dr. Lisa Lewis, will be putting on a 2-day LIVE workshop in Boston that focuses on psychological skills geared toward fitness professionals. I, admittedly, am a bit biased and think Lisa’s content is superb. I’ve stated on numerous occasions that what’s helped me develop most as a coach over the course… Read more

How to Prevent Burning Out as a Fitness Professional

I wanted to use a blog title that fit my personality more. Like: “Life as a Fitness Professional: See Brick Wall. Throw Face Into It. Repeat.” But, you know, SEO and all. Being a Personal Trainer/Coach Isn’t All Kitten Kisses and Rainbows Forgive the nebulous tone out of the gate. Let me be clear: I… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 9/27/21

STUFF TO CHECK OUT FIRST 1. Inside the Coach’s Mind Workshop – Boston (w/ Dr. Lisa Lewis) I’ve long stated that the largest “gap” in knowledge for most fit pros isn’t the area of program design or the “x’s” and “o’s” of how to improve scapular upward rotation. It’s the soft skills of coaching. I.e., what’s… Read more

A Personal Trainer’s Credo

Principles? Treatise? Standards? Maybe I should have used some other fancy schmancy word instead? Whatever the case may be, if you’re a personal trainer what follows are some potent “rules” you should be following. A Personal Trainer’s Credo 1. Write Programs For the Client’s Goals (Not Yours) You may think it’s badass to be able… Read more

5 Ways I Include Single Leg Training In My Programs

Single leg training isn’t sexy to talk, much less write about. In terms of excitement factor I’d rank it somewhere between a watching a NASCAR race and picking lint out of your belly button. I can understand the cacophony of subsequent eye rolls and yawns that are being directed my way. “An article on single… Read more

The Bar Every Gym Should Have: Safety Squat Bar

When Dean Somerset & I created the Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint and the (Even More) Complete Shoulder and Hip Blueprint (both currently on sale for the next 72 hours at 40% off their regular price…wink wink, nudge nudge) our goal was to provide a resource for people to better connect the dots between assessment… Read more