Posts in "psychology"

Progress In the Gym Isn’t Linear

In case the title of this post wasn’t clear enough… …let me repeat (but in capital letters for added emphasis). PROGRESS IN THE GYM ISN’T LINEAR. Sorry, It’s a Fact I wish it wasn’t, but that’s how things work. Well, save for the stark beginner/newbie you can LOOK at a barbell and seemingly grow or… Read more

6 Ways to Instill Success In Your Clients’ Training Programs

The answer is easy: Tell them to add more weight to the barbell. LOLOLOLOL. I’m kidding (sort of). Facetiousness aside, I wanted to spend some time discussing a few strategies you can (hopefully) implement today that will make the training programs you write for your athletes and clients more successful. 6 Ways to Instill Success… Read more

How to Motivate Your Clients

My wife walked out of her office the other day and stopped in her tracks. It looked like the opening shot of an episode of Forensic Files. There I was lying sprawled out on the living room floor motionless. “Are you okay? Are you sick or something?” “No, I’m not sick” I said. “My workout was… Read more

Why the Soft Skills of Coaching Matter

Which is the more valuable skill to have as a coach or personal trainer: The Nuts & Bolts (I.e., turning people into deadlifting Terminators)? The Soft Skills (I.e., fostering “connection” with clients/athletes, as well as planting deeper seeds for improved motivation)? Biceps (I.e., biceps)? Okay, taking biceps out of the conversation (because that’s the right… Read more

The Fitness Zeitgeist

In lieu of recent world events it’s been a challenge not to be a bit more introspective and to not get lost in a deeper train of thought. Regardless of what side of the fence you reside on – relax I’m not here to judge – it’s hard not to be cognizant of and be… Read more

Why You Self Sabotage, and How to Stop It

Today’s guest post come courtesy of personal trainer, strength & conditioning coach, wellness coach, and owner of more certifications than anyone on Earth, Paul Levitin. I’ve crossed paths with Paul several times throughout the years. He’s attended a workshop or two of mine and most recently we connected again at the Raise the Bar Conference… Read more

Reframing the Way You Make Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

I can sense the eye rolls already. “Really, Tony? A post on New Year’s resolutions? How profound and unimaginably unique!” Touche. I can appreciate that there’s no shortage of similar posts you’ve undoubtedly come across in recent days. You’re likely thiiiiiiis close to introducing your forehead to the keyboard in front of you.  What could… 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