Posts in "personal training"

Success in the Fitness Industry: Reality vs. Expectations

Success in the Fitness Industry: Reality vs. Expectations People who know me well know how much I’m obsessed with movies. I enjoy reading about them (what’s coming out or on the horizon of coming out), debating them (what’s the better 1997 release: Boogie Nights or Good Will Hunting?), and whenever possible… …watching them. I’ll watch… Read more

A Tale of Two Squat Patterns: An Assessment Case Study

I know, I know. What a dry, bland, title for a blog post. But if I would have titled it what I wanted to title it: “That Time I “Fixed” Someone’s Squat In Five Minutes, BOO-YAH, God Damn I’m Good. And While I’m Here Bragging About Myself: Did I Ever Tell You About That Time… Read more

How the Friendship Formula Can Enhance Your Fitness Business

Tony’s Brief Intro Venn diagrams can be a very useful tool to help illustrate the relationships amongst a finite group of things. Circles that overlap have a commonality while circles that don’t overlap do not share those traits. Let’s use the fitness industry as an example. “Success” as a fitness professional can be broken down… Read more

How to Address a Hip Shift During Your Squat

Do you exhibit a hip/weight shift (swaying to the left or right) when you perform a squat? It’s one of the more annoying things that can happen in the weight-room. It ranks somewhere in between people who don’t re-rack their weights and kipping pull-ups. Admittedly, it’s rather common and almost always a benign occurrence; most… Read more

5 Next Level Super Sets For Better Results

As this post goes live, I am on a plane on my way back to Boston. It’s sad leaving Florida…especially given how scorching hot the rest of the country is at the moment (100-115 degrees on BOTH coasts). It’s quite ironic that, of all places, Florida has arguably the best weather in the country right… Read more

The Best Approach to Writing Effective Programs When You’re a New Trainer: Trial and Error

Trial and Error = An Underutilized Way to Learn About a two weeks ago I received an email from a newly minted trainer in the industry who had read THIS article on program design I wrote not too long ago. Sheepishly, he admitted that program design was one of his weak points and that he… Read more

2 Side Plank Drills to Perform That Don’t Have the Words Side Plank In Them

I’m not here to hate on the side plank. Truth be told: It’s a rare occurrence that I start working with someone and (s)he can perform it well. It’s a staple exercise with myriad benefits in both rehab and traditional strength training to target the core musculature – particularly the obliques. Too, it’s also no… Read more

8 Career Traps For Personal Trainers to Avoid

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Virginia based personal trainer, Detric Smith. In case the title doesn’t give it away, there’a a bevy of sage advice below geared toward fitness professionals on common things that can (not always) derail career advancement. HINT: Not listed: Male pattern baldness and big biceps…;o)  This is a great read… Read more