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The best workouts on earth are useless if your athletes don't recover from them to gain the benefits.
If you want to be athletic, you have to know how to launch yourself and balance through the balls of your feet.
Whether you like it or not, how much money an athlete makes can, and should, change the way you train them.
Having a plan for each training session is usually taken care of through programming and periodization. But complex training programs and genius writing can only get you so far. I’ve been in the game long enough where I am confident with how I put training programs together; I know my thinking makes sense and I know I can get anyone strong.   
Hill running teaches the drive phase of a sprint like nothing else can.
Smart group programming is secondary to a good community, but it can also be an effective way to build relationships.
CrossFit, culturally and as an organization, has always engaged in and encouraged trolling.
Teaching methods and coaches are evolving, as are the cookie-cutter software programs.
A shift in perspective is what the industry needs to prioritize movement for the long haul.
With the right approach, you can develop a training plan that will empower any mom-to-be.
An interview with legendary strongman Odd Haugen as he talks about the ins-and-outs of the fitness industry.
The first thing to realize about coaching masters is that age is not the most important factor.
it’s time to challenge the dogma that power cleans must be the backbone of your off-season program. Let's look at alternatives.
The most important job of a strength coach is to help reduce injury both on and off the field.
Coaches are inundated with cool-looking, “sport-specific” exercises. But simplicity is the key to progress.
Individualization is the most productive way to organize a team of lifters to achieve their highest potential.
An athlete’s ability to accelerate, decelerate, and accelerate again is the name of the game.
Resist the temptation to think that if your athletes are doing complex things, then the workout is good.
How do you know whether it’s in your client's best interest to sling heavy weights around or do bodyweight exercises instead?
There’s no position on a football team more important than the offensive line, and the hips unlock amazing athleticism.
Weightlifting is more well-known than ever before, so now is a good time to actually understand the term.
Having mirrors in your gym can be good for reflection, but bad for form. Shatter technique issues by teaching self-awareness.
“If it is hard, then it is good for them” is the recipe for a tough team that is weak and slow. We are smarter than that.
The mind-body connection is critical for athletic development. How does the coach influence this heightened connection?
The right coaching cues can get a room full of novices on the same page. Try these non-traditional cues to get past common lifting errors.
Coaching grip the correct way will have a profound impact on your athletes' performance and longevity.
A complete system has elements of performance, but it must also address injury prevention and whole body integration.
Whether you are a CrossFit advocate or not, EMOMs, AMRAPs, and rep ladders have their place.
We want our clients to follow our advice to the letter - the reality is that we have to learn to compromise.
Many athletes rely on their defaults of mobility, speed, and power to get the job done. Instead, cultivate balanced technique in all your athletes.
Misconceptions can guide athletes to make poor training choices. Don't let this happen to your clients.
Using orthoses is a great way to reinforce what the correct positions are, even when you’re not standing there making corrections.
No matter what type of coach you are, save yourself some headaches and keep these tips in mind.
Neglecting one or more of these will make progressing to true blue all-round health and fitness next to impossible later.
Are you a run-of-the-mill coach? Avoid mediocrity and attain excellence by applying these seven main principles to your philosophy - right now.
From setting goals to managing your lifters at competitions, there are some guidelines to keep in mind as a coach.
The off-season is the time to hit the reset button on your players’ training routines. Here's a proven way to do it.
Being the best coach you can be means tailoring your approach depending on how each of your students learn.
How do you know if your gym is a break from the stress or yet another burden to your clients? Ask yourself these questions.
It is easy to point out fault in an athlete's technique, but coaching that person toward better skills is all about communication.
Everyone has different coaching styles, but these four things will help you spot a bad personal trainer from a mile away.
Tangible numbers are not the only indicators of progress and you, as a coach, need to know why.
In my first job as corporate salesman, I laid awake at night dreading the stresses of the next day - the constant pressure, scrutiny, and “what have you done for me lately” mantra that permeated my experience in corporate America.    
The real key to success is the development of systems. DVRT has created a universal one for you.
Movement hierarchies are an invaluable tool for group training, to ensure everyone is at the right level.
A new survey of physical therapists who hold a CSCS credential found it might only be helpful in some areas of business.
Evaluate your coaching, evaluate each other’s coaching - then make the improvements. Your athletes will thank you.
Rock Solid Fitness is a one-on-one training facility based on the sound principles of science, logic, reason, and human physiology.
Are you simply repeating the words other coaches use or are you using your cues to address an athlete’s specific physiological challenges?
I have a confession to make. I have lied, pretended to be someone I am not, and more than likely wasted the valuable time of people I’ve come in contact with.
Which category are you? Which category are your clients? Consider these facts and plan all training accordingly.
Are you stuck in a coaching rut? People learn in a variety of ways and we need to cater to all these ways.
It seems everyone who has finished a PT course wants to open a space. But maybe they’re better off coming from a different angle.
Are you a great coach? How do you become a great coach? Time to find out.
Are you actually coaching your clients? Time to incorporate the Compliment Sandwich or Macro-Micro-Macro Approach.
When repetitive stress is combined with poor stability, mobility, or movement patterns, then athletes are likely to breakdown.
Despite our growing understanding of physiology, the incidence of injury has increased over the last ten years. So what gives?
Even for the worst affected, there is hope for these clients if you are able to help them find the joy in training.
Coaching is a journey, full of contradictions and conundrums. Along the way, coaches tend to drop in and out of different coaching styles.
We all know a good coach makes a huge difference. A new study dives into the specifics of coaching cues.
Periodization can be a tool to help your athletes continue to make gains and to ensure sound programming. Remember, the idea behind CrossFit is “constantly varied” - not actually random.
What do programmers think about before writing a training plan for an individual or group? I spoke with two experts and here's what they had to say about creating workouts and a long-term plan.
There is a world of difference between enjoying your job and being someone lit up from within, bursting with excitement to share your knowledge. These three pillars are essential for all coaches.
Over-coaching is the use of excessive input by the coach in any given situation. The input becomes detrimental to the athlete’s development. Here are six ways you might not realize you're doing it.
There is a reason for standardized terminology, and that is so confusion is minimized. To help newer coaches, here is a list of useful weightlifting terms and exactly what they mean.
Coaching athletes is easy. Being a personal trainer is a true challenge. We help people live out their dreams and we are the front line defense in tackling obesity.
So how do you tell the legit instructors from the group-ex charlatans? How do you become excellent at coaching a group? Here are seven things to avoid and seven things you should be doing.
Managing a classroom, be it in a school or a gym, is more than just teaching the material. There are other variables to consider, and other questions for new coaches in particular to ask themselves.
Unlike many outdoor training services that may provide great workouts, I strive to provide a great program. Here's how to implement an effective outdoor program without the comforts of a big box.
When I started on my coaching journey I ebbed from one style to the other as I sought to find my coaching voice. Here are the paradoxes I explored, the mistakes I made, and the lessons I learnt.
Since the use of analogy is ubiquitous in the human experience, it makes sense to consider how best to maximize their power in our teaching and coaching. Read on for a few suggestions:
Although most people understand the relevance of anatomy and physiology, few people understand the process of scientific reasoning that may be the most valuable tool that can be applied to coaching.
When I'm in anticipation of coaching a seminar I go to a very dark and insecure place. At least I did until a realization I had this past weekend about myself and what I have to offer.
As a coach, you likely have a multitude of plaques on your walls displaying a variety of certifications - but those do not make you a great coach. To be a great coach you must inspire me.
It happens all the time - coaches who are cheerleaders, not leaders. How does a coach not say “no” or stop a movement? How does a coach not give coaching?
In part two of my series on becoming a personal trainer we're going to focus on part most people are less comfortable with - the fact that successful trainers think of themselves as a business.
Here in Australia 10% of personal trainers leave the fitness industry every year. Only 1% make it to 15 years in this job. So as a 1%-er, here's my advice on how to become a successful PT.
In this country we have a prolonged history of ignoring the science involved in physical training. The end results of training can be glamorous, but the real skill is in the structure and planning.
In learning theory there's a concept known as "zone of proximal development." Understanding it can make a big difference in how effective your coaching is and how well your students learn.
These are the six rules I believe you must follow to be an excellent coach. Do you know them? Do you follow them? I call this The Coaching Manifesto and it will make you and your clients better.
Does arm position matter when you're doing an unweighted squat? Turns out it makes a big difference in overweight clientele. Learn one small thing that can make you a better coach.
As I transition from coaching kids to coaching adults, I realize all the things I don't know. Here are 7 tips that are helping me on my journey, that I know will serve any new coach well.
Your 40s are not the time to decide you're going to be a pro MMA fighter. This is one of the lessons I've learned in 20 years of training. Read on for lessons 11 through 20.
This year marks twenty years in the personal training game. The following are the first ten of the twenty most important lessons I've learned over these years.
Can you activate a muscle, without moving, just because someone told you to? For example, if a coach told you to "use your triceps" during a lift. New research shows what's actually possible.
New research looks at simple coaching cues that improve standing long jump performance, and the effect of external versus internal focus on athletic performance.
Hidden curriculum refers to the lessons, habits of mind, and accepted behaviors members of a group pick up by observation. Learn how to discover and guide these behaviors as a coach.
I’m a better coach because I was a stupid athlete. I developed knowledge, empathy, and awareness from my missteps. And I can spot the stupidity in my athletes a mile away.
Growing up I did a lot of drugs, sucked at sports, sucked at school, and spoke my mind. I'd make a crappy politician, but all these things make me a better coach. Curious why?
Build your "training" muscles with these 10 must-read articles, containing tools and tips from the experts for becoming a better trainer and/or coach.
I am often asked, “How do I get better at coaching?” There are 3 vital areas to focus on - technical knowledge, communication, and business acumen. But how?
As a new coach, leading a group fitness class can be an overwhelming experience. Amidst the demands of leading a class, sometimes the true core of coaching is lost.