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Breaking Muscle Manifesto
The Art and Science of Communicating
Being an effective coach requires a skillful blend of art and science.
Eric C. Stevens
Maximize Your Workshop Experience
Learn how to get the most out of a workshop or seminar.
The Big Lie About Coaching Technique
Weightlifting simply doesn't present a great coaching challenge, despite what your weightlifting coach may say.
Diagnostics Never Ends
True coaching is an ongoing process of diagnosis.
Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Presentation
All of your knowledge is useless if your athletes aren't absorbing it.
Eric C. Stevens
Find a Coaching Mentor
Finding people to shape and guide you is the difference between enormous success and years of mistakes.
The Controversial Paulie Zink, Part 2
Paulie is not mystical, magical, or reincarnated - he just worked insanely hard to be good.
The Controversial Paulie Zink
There are many misconceptions about Paulie Zink and I believe it is worthwhile to give people legitimate background.
Give Your Knowledge Away
Your writing shows people you are worth making the effort to go and learn from in person.
The 4 Virtues of a Master Coach
We're going to wrap up The Talent Code adventure by analyzing the catalytic addition of a master coach.
One Word to Eliminate From Your Coaching Vocabulary
Better coaching means better client learning. Choose your words wisely.
Do You Have Flexibility In Your Programming?
Whether you run classes or coach one-on-one, programming flexibility is a necessity.
Put Your Athlete First: How to Build Rapport
Understanding human interaction is where the money is made.
Coaches Only Webinar: How to Succeed Online
In this webinar, we delve into how to avoid common pitfalls when creating an online presence.
Harness Your Grit: Develop Your Coaching Aptitude
The struggle to attain strength and knowledge as a coach is a gift, not a curse.
Stay In Your Lane: How to Embrace Humility as a Coach
Even if you're a high-level trainer or coach to a world-class lifter, you need to know your place.
Want to Be a Coach? 8 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
Being a coach is not sitting through a weekend certification and getting a few letters after your name.
Knowledge Is Nothing Without Application
Stop looking for your next game-changing course, and ask yourself how you can use the knowledge you already have.
Coaching Is Not a Hobby
With the exploding popularity of group training, we have lost touch with what it actually means to call yourself a coach.
The Charged Connection: Exercise and Leadership
Have you ever wondered what successful leaders in the work world have in common?
Age Isn't Just a Number: Programming for Older Clients
Older clients are capable of amazing things. Plan smart to help them stay strong and mobile now and in the future.
Are You Only Giving Your Clients 30 Percent?
Don't short-change your athletes. Training across a full standing spectrum will increase strength without sacrificing movement and health.
A Coach Is a Leader: 10 Ways to Connect Better With Clients
A client's battle isn't always physical. Understanding mental and emotional factors can help overcome roadblocks.
Coaching or Individual Practice: Know When to Cut the Cord
Coaches are always an important part of an athlete's development. But know when to step back and let the athlete be self-sufficient
Why Strength Standards Suck (and What You Should Test for Instead)
The problem is, we need to set minimums. We need baselines that we decide are acceptable before we move onto higher and harder training.
7 Coaching Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Athletes
Coaching is a tough profession and achieving long-term success is difficult. Use these proven techniques to get the most out of your athletes.
Coaches: What to Do When Good Umps Go Bad
Don't let a bad ump ruin your game. Instead, use respect and communication to your advantage.
Junior Athlete Strength and Conditioning: Your Role As a Coach
As a coach working with youth, there are a few things that you need to get straight.
3 Factors Affecting Bar Placement in the Snatch
I’ve identified a problem many beginners have with learning the snatch, and I hope it will help other coaches, too.
Volunteering for Youth Sports: It's Good for Your Brain
Nervous about jumping into youth coaching? There’s no need. Here are some tips if you're just getting started.
Teaching Youth to Enjoy the Art of Weightlifting
Don't let the weightlifting enthusiasm in your youth slip through your fingers, instead learn how to keep them engaged.
Coaches: Learn How to Keep Young Shoulders Healthy
Avoid potential injury in young weightlifters by employing these four shoulder exercises before it's too late.
Challenge Youth With Strength Training - Why Not?
Coaches, don't let the sun set on the potential of youth weightlifting before its potential is discovered.
My Favorite Exercise to Get Kids Started in Lifting
I'm a big believer in starting children while they're young. Here's why RDLs are my favorite exercise.
Creating Balance in Fitness: Redefining Obesity for 2015
Coaches, stop the downward spiral of detrimental coaching and nutritional counseling with your obese clients.
Cuing Kids in the Olympic Lifts: Time to Break the Rules
Teaching kids how to do the Olympic lifts is different from teaching adults. Change your cues accordingly.
4 Exercises to Prevent Knee and Back Pain in Youth Athletes
Young athletes don't always realize the impact their training will have on their future. Here's how to protect them.
5 Essential Tips for Coaching the 40-and-Over Crowd
Coaching clients over forty isn't just about teaching technique, but also learning how to communicate with them.
5 Unconventional Tips for Coaching Kids
I'm not going to give you the usual boring advice. Instead, I'm here to offer some not-so-expected tips on how to handle kids.
Understanding the Off-season for Youth Athletes
The off-season does not mean an athlete should not train. So if it doesn’t mean taking time off, what does it mean?
Coaching Young Athletes Through Sensitive Periods
The term “sensitive period” refers to a certain age or period in a child’s life in which they are more receptive to some types of learning than others.
Foundational Training for Youth Athletes: Are You Doing It?
Just like in any good Montessori program, coaches of youth athletes need to build the foundations before the high-level skill work.
Follow the Client: Applying Montessori Principles in the Gym
"Following the child" is a common phrase in Montessori. Here's how to apply it to coaching clients of all ages.
Using Youth Psychology to Your Advantage
Teach children weightlifting while they are in their early fearless stage and you will watch them become quickly accustomed to the lifts.
How I Trained My 70-Year-Old Mom to a National Deadlift Title
My seventy-year-old client is quite special. She is also my mother and longest serving client, having been trained by me for more than twenty years now.
The Best No-Equipment Upper Body Exercises For Children
Here are some ideas for combining exercises to create safe, effective upper body workouts for kids.
Forget the Elite and Train Your Actual Clients
I see so many trainers worry about two specific issues constantly, and then wonder why they’re not successful.
Plan for the Unplanned: How to Write a Program for Youth Athletes
It's all too easy to write the perfect session, only to wind up coaching kids who don't want to engage with your program today.
How to Coach the Newbie Who Just Won't Slow Down
We live in a society in which unrealistic expectations are the norm, and extreme measures are regarded as the solution.
How to Deal With Out-of-Control Sports Parents
Here's how to identify and prevent the toxic parenting trends observed at so many kids' sports events.
How to Coach New Clients: Don't Go Too Far
Don’t try to get new clients back in shape in a day. That’s a massive error on the first play.
How Subtle Changes Create Big Results When Coaching Kids
Here are a few tips to make fitness more enjoyable for kids, as taken from a Montessori education perspective.
How to Train the Boomers Safely and Effectively
The fitness industry is in for a big change soon. If you’re a coach or trainer you need be aware of how it will affect your business.
An Average Session With Clients With Down Syndrome
People with Down Syndrome have excessively lax joints and poor muscle tone and coordination. The emphasis needs to be stability and strength.
5-Phase Adolescent Strength Program for Creating Good Movers
This program is for developing movement in adolescents, first and foremost. Learning proper weight lifting will increase coordination and strength, and therefore create a better athlete in any sport.
Coaching the 10%er: How to Deal With Problem Athletes on Your Team
Using your time and energy effectively as a youth sports coach is vital. Making sure you can communicate and deal with all of your players will make your efforts all that more effective.
Youth Athletes More Likely to Be Dehydrated
A new study suggests young athletes are more likely to be dehydrated, and won't necessarily stay hydrated even if water is available.
How to Progress Weightlifting in Children and Adolescents
It is increasingly common to see children beginning a serious sport career. However, the age a child can start weightlifting is not a function of chronological years, but one of biological years.
3 Keys to Communicating With Teenage Athletes
Coaches of teenagers deal with a giant set of issues unique to that of any other coaches, but the greatest challenge of them all is communication with their athletes.
The 3 Biggest Things I Learned From Working With Disabled Clients
As a coach I have been fortunate to work with many disabled people. It’s because of those experiences I am able to face my own aging body and physical limitations with gratitude and with humility.
Eric C. Stevens
How to Prepare Kids for Weightlifting Without Weightlifting
If you can make training more enjoyable, children are more likely to accept it. The priority is keeping the child engaged, moving well, and wanting to come back and do more.
A Primer on Stretching for Adolescent Athletes
By adding static and dynamic stretches to a sports program, coaches and trainers can greatly reduce the risk of injuries, while guiding their developing athletes to continue to perform optimally.
Growing Bones and CrossFit Kids: The Biology Every Kids Coach Should Know
CrossFit is great for kids but it's essential that trainers understand the changes in muscles, bones, and hormones that kids undergo in order to keep them safe and healthy.
Don't Crash: How to Give Useful Coaching to Your Clients
The biggest problem I find with coaching is that my explanation of the movement is too advanced for the client.
The Other 80%: What Coaches Can Learn From Deconditioned Clients
Most trainers will never work with elite athletes. Many of your clients will probably be out of shape and overweight. And that’s okay. In fact, those clients might end up teaching you something.
4 Coaching Lessons I've Learned While Training During My Pregnancy
As my pregnant belly becomes more obtrusive, I've noticed coaches treat me differently than before. Here are 4 good coaching qualities I've observed that should be the norm for everyone.
The Whole Elephant: How to Start New Clients
The parable of the Maharaja and the elephant is just like how we should approach training our clients. Getting the entire picture first, before we decide a plan of action. See the whole elephant.
Elderly Clients Require Consistency in Strength Training
How long do the effects of strength training last in the elderly after exercise stops? Not very, says a new study. This new research could helps coaches write workouts for their aging clientele.
There's No One Thing: Coaching Your Whole Client
I once had a client who couldn't squat. Did I coach him on the squat? No way. Stop looking for the magic bullet, whether you're an athlete or a coach - focus on the big picture for ultimate success.
Building Up Beginner Clients (From the POV of an Elitist Pig)
My name is Andrew Read and I am an elitist pig. So I'm going to be REAL honest with clients about the shape they are in the what they need to do. But, really, it's all simpler than you think.
When The Wheels Fall Off: Coaching Clients With Autism
When coaching clients with autism, understanding cognitive and adaptive learning patterns is essential. And, it turns out it helps just about any rebellious client...and we've all had those!
6 Reasons Why Coaching Kids Makes You a Better Coach
Having been a kids coach I can safely say the experience had a profound effect on my coaching of clients of any age. Coaching kids makes you a better coach overall and here's why.
Becca Borawski Jenkins
3 Tools for Training the Client With Autism (That Can Be Used With ANY Client)
Eric Chessen writes about the challenges of working with clients with autism - and, surprisingly, how the same tools he uses can apply to to any training client, child or adult, autistic or not.
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