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Breaking Muscle Manifesto
The 30 Second Setup: Bite-Size Preparation
Having a plan for each training session is usually taken care of through programming and periodization.
Ultimate Conditioning: The Benefits of Hill Running
Hill running teaches the drive phase of a sprint like nothing else can.
How to Build Community Through Group Programming
Smart group programming is secondary to a good community, but it can also be an effective way to build relationships.
CrossFit Trolling Is Nothing New
CrossFit, culturally and as an organization, has always engaged in and encouraged trolling.
The Lost Art of Handwritten Programming
Teaching methods and coaches are evolving, as are the cookie-cutter software programs.
Move Well First: A New Path for Coaching Fitness
A shift in perspective is what the industry needs to prioritize movement for the long haul.
How to Create a Next-Level Prenatal Training Program
With the right approach, you can develop a training plan that will empower any mom-to-be.
Why You Should Listen to Strongman Odd Haugen
An interview with legendary strongman Odd Haugen as he talks about the ins-and-outs of the fitness industry.
The Mature Athlete: Building Athleticism in Baby Boomers
The first thing to realize about coaching masters is that age is not the most important factor.
How to Train Power Without Olympic Lifts
it’s time to challenge the dogma that power cleans must be the backbone of your off-season program. Let's look at alternatives.
5 Injury Prevention Exercises to Build Bulletproof Athletes
The most important job of a strength coach is to help reduce injury both on and off the field.
The 4 Phases of a Solid Strength Program
Coaches are inundated with cool-looking, “sport-specific” exercises. But simplicity is the key to progress.
How to Coach an Individual in a Group Setting
Individualization is the most productive way to organize a team of lifters to achieve their highest potential.
The Critical Role of the Head and Eyes in Speed Training
An athlete’s ability to accelerate, decelerate, and accelerate again is the name of the game.
The Essential Ingredients of a Solid Strength Program
Resist the temptation to think that if your athletes are doing complex things, then the workout is good.
A Simple Programming Formula for Any Client
How do you know whether it’s in your client's best interest to sling heavy weights around or do bodyweight exercises instead?
The Lowest Man Wins: 7 Keys to Hip Power and Mobility
There’s no position on a football team more important than the offensive line, and the hips unlock amazing athleticism.
Weightlifting: Sport or Training Modality?
Weightlifting is more well-known than ever before, so now is a good time to actually understand the term.
Ban Mirrors: Build Awareness Not Visual Dependency
Having mirrors in your gym can be good for reflection, but bad for form. Shatter technique issues by teaching self-awareness.
Plan to Win: Speed, Stamina, and Agility for Sport
“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 Performance State: How to Develop Athlete Self-Awareness
The mind-body connection is critical for athletic development. How does the coach influence this heightened connection?
8 Unusual Olympic LIfting Cues That Get Results
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.
Grip It: Coaching Cues for Stronger Kettlebell Lifts
Coaching grip the correct way will have a profound impact on your athletes' performance and longevity.
A Complete System for Training Clients
A complete system has elements of performance, but it must also address injury prevention and whole body integration.
3 CrossFit Training Formats That Work for Everyone
Whether you are a CrossFit advocate or not, EMOMs, AMRAPs, and rep ladders have their place.
The 3 Cornerstones of Programming for Client Success
We want our clients to follow our advice to the letter - the reality is that we have to learn to compromise.
Become the Visionary: Balance Your Athlete's Performance
Many athletes rely on their defaults of mobility, speed, and power to get the job done. Instead, cultivate balanced technique in all your athletes.
Weightlifters: Park Those Preconceptions at the Door
Misconceptions can guide athletes to make poor training choices. Don't let this happen to your clients.
It Starts With the Squat: Using Orthoses to Correct Position
Using orthoses is a great way to reinforce what the correct positions are, even when you’re not standing there making corrections.
8 Crucial Principles for New Coaches to Master
No matter what type of coach you are, save yourself some headaches and keep these tips in mind.
The 4 Pillars of Fitness Training: All Your Clients Will Ever Need
Neglecting one or more of these will make progressing to true blue all-round health and fitness next to impossible later.
7 Ways to Be a Better Coach and Create a Kickass Gym
Are you a run-of-the-mill coach? Avoid mediocrity and attain excellence by applying these seven main principles to your philosophy - right now.
Smart Ways to Manage Your Lifter's Performance
From setting goals to managing your lifters at competitions, there are some guidelines to keep in mind as a coach.
Tank Workout: The Toughest Basketball Circuit You’ve Never Tried
The off-season is the time to hit the reset button on your players’ training routines. Here's a proven way to do it.
How 3 Senses and 4 Steps Can Make You a More Effective Coach
Being the best coach you can be means tailoring your approach depending on how each of your students learn.
Stop Shaming Your Clients - Help Them Solve the Time Crunch
How do you know if your gym is a break from the stress or yet another burden to your clients? Ask yourself these questions.
Keys to Effective Coaching: What Is the Best Way to Cue?
It is easy to point out fault in an athlete's technique, but coaching that person toward better skills is all about communication.
How to Spot the Charlatans in the Personal Training Business
Everyone has different coaching styles, but these four things will help you spot a bad personal trainer from a mile away.
Beyond the Numbers: Assessing Intangibles in Weightlifting
Tangible numbers are not the only indicators of progress and you, as a coach, need to know why.
Where Do Personal Trainers Go to Die?
Your days as a trainer and coach will come to an end eventually, so what will you do next?
Eric C. Stevens
DVRT: A Universal System For Fitness Professionals
The real key to success is the development of systems. DVRT has created a universal one for you.
Steve Di Tomaso
A System for Maximizing the Movement Potential of Every Person
Movement hierarchies are an invaluable tool for group training, to ensure everyone is at the right level.
The CSCS Credential: What's It Actually Worth?
A new survey of physical therapists who hold a CSCS credential found it might only be helpful in some areas of business.
Reassess Your Coaching Cues to Get Results For Your Clients
Evaluate your coaching, evaluate each other’s coaching - then make the improvements. Your athletes will thank you.
Rock Solid Fitness: A Quality Approach to One-on-One Training
Rock Solid Fitness is a one-on-one training facility based on the sound principles of science, logic, reason, and human physiology.
When Good Cues Go Bad
Are you simply repeating the words other coaches use or are you using your cues to address an athlete’s specific physiological challenges?
A Periodized Plan for Success as a Personal Trainer
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.
The 3 Levels of Athlete Ability (and How to Coach Them)
Which category are you? Which category are your clients? Consider these facts and plan all training accordingly.
Learn to Modernize Your Yoga Teaching Methods
Are you stuck in a coaching rut? People learn in a variety of ways and we need to cater to all these ways.
Personal Training Business 101: Skills Trainers Actually Need
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.
8 Subtle Attributes of a Great Coach
Are you a great coach? How do you become a great coach? Time to find out.
Become an Exceptional Trainer: 2 Coaching Methods That Work
Are you actually coaching your clients? Time to incorporate the Compliment Sandwich or Macro-Micro-Macro Approach.
3 Keys to Assessing the Overhead Throwing Athlete
When repetitive stress is combined with poor stability, mobility, or movement patterns, then athletes are likely to breakdown.
Programming for Injury Prevention: How to Keep Your Athletes Healthy
Despite our growing understanding of physiology, the incidence of injury has increased over the last ten years. So what gives?
How to Cure a "Motor Idiot"
Even for the worst affected, there is hope for these clients if you are able to help them find the joy in training.
The 10 Types of Coaches and How to Spot Them
Coaching is a journey, full of contradictions and conundrums. Along the way, coaches tend to drop in and out of different coaching styles.
Goal-Based Instruction Affects Jump Squat Performance
We all know a good coach makes a huge difference. A new study dives into the specifics of coaching cues.
Understanding Periodization: A Brief Explanation for Coaches and Programmers
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.
6 Things You Need to Think About When Writing CrossFit Programming
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.
The 3 Pillars of Coaching: Legacy, Mastery, and Freedom
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.
6 Ways You Might Be Over-Coaching Your Clients
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.
An Olympic Weightlifting Training Glossary: Terms All Good Coaches Must Understand
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.
The First 50%: What It Means to Call Yourself a Personal Trainer
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.
Just Don't Annoy Me: How to Coach a Good Group Exercise Class
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.
Becca Borawski Jenkins
The Best Laid Plans: Classroom Management for the Would-Be Teacher or Coach
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.
How to Create a Better Outdoor Training Program Than Anybody Else
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.
The 5 Contradictions You Must Balance to Be a Great Coach
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.
What It’s Like: How to Use Analogies in Teaching and Coaching
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:
Why All Good Coaches Must Understand the Scientific Method
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.
Facing My Coaching Insecurities: This Looks Like a Job for Me
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.
Inspire Me: How to Be a Great Coach
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.
Erica Saint Clair
Your Inability to Say "No" Makes You a Bad Coach
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?
Becca Borawski Jenkins
So, You Want to Be a Personal Trainer? Learn Your Business
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.
So, You Want to Be a Personal Trainer? Better Listen Up
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.
Understanding the Medium: Coaching Lessons From a Rock 'n' Roll Roadie
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.
Get in the Zone (of Proximal Development) in Your Coaching
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.
The Coaching Manifesto: 6 Rules for Achieving Excellence
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.
Breaking Muscle HQ
One Thing You Can Use to Make Your Clients Squat 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.
7 Ways for New Coaches to Become Better Coaches
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.
20 Most Important Training Lessons I've Learned, Part 2
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.
20 Most Important Training Lessons I've Learned, Part 1
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.
Verbal Cues Help Athletes Isolate and Activate Muscles
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.
External Versus Internal Focus Improves Athletic Performance
New research looks at simple coaching cues that improve standing long jump performance, and the effect of external versus internal focus on athletic performance.
What Coaches Need to Know about Group Dynamics and the Hidden Curriculum
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.
Being a Stupid Athlete Made Me a Better 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.
Becca Borawski Jenkins
4 Reasons I Can Never Run For President (And How That Makes Me A Better Coach)
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?
10 Articles That Will Make You a Better Trainer
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.
Breaking Muscle HQ
Be a Better Coach in 3 Steps: Part 1 - Widen Your Technical Knowledge
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?
Becca Borawski Jenkins
So You Think You're a Coach? - Coaching with Intention
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.
Becca Borawski Jenkins
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