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Sometimes we forget that the workout is not the end goal, it is merely part of the process to a larger vision.
If you conduct a variety of large-scale interval-type exercise sessions (group exercise and boot camp-style) you need to be organized and have a pre-set plan.
DVRT education delivers value by focusing on a clear and sensible system, not just exercises.
This simple exercise can help you deliver your expertise with confidence.
Without standards and quality control, your knowledge, passion, and coaching skills are for naught.
Effort-based praise can improve an athlete’s performance by creating a growth mindset.
Knowing a bit about a lot is the key to being an effective trainer.
This book is for anyone seeking to pursue less to achieve more.
A strong, braced core actually impedes athletic power.
Loaded carries can be your secret weapon in client progress and retention.
Modelling better movement is essential to bridging the gap between a coach’s and the client’s experiences.
The best teachers deliver the right cues for the right bodies.
Success in the fitness business sometimes means getting naked.
It's the little things, done with absolute consistency, that bring the most profound rewards.
If optimizing each student's’ unique experience sounds like a lot of work, it is.
Coaches must negotiate a difficult balancing act between objectivity and subjectivity.
No programming can equal the power of an honest dialogue.
Sport specific training done right can help athletes achieve their highest potential.
Identifying your ideal client type can also be a process of self-discovery.
Here's a way to test whether your commitments really come from the heart.
Misunderstanding sport specific training can lead to decreased performance or even injury.
The key to success with sedentary clients is getting started right.
Softer modalities of training deliver surprising preventative and performance benefits.
Coaching is not about the sets, it’s not about the reps, and it’s not about the business bullshit—it’s about a relationship with the human being in front of you.
Applying strongman training in new ways is delivering great physiques and amazing performance.
Being an effective coach requires a skillful blend of art and science.
Learn how to get the most out of a workshop or seminar.
Weightlifting simply doesn't present a great coaching challenge, despite what your weightlifting coach may say.
True coaching is an ongoing process of diagnosis.
All of your knowledge is useless if your athletes aren't absorbing it.
Finding people to shape and guide you is the difference between enormous success and years of mistakes.
Paulie is not mystical, magical, or reincarnated - he just worked insanely hard to be good.
There are many misconceptions about Paulie Zink and I believe it is worthwhile to give people legitimate background.
Your writing shows people you are worth making the effort to go and learn from in person.
We're going to wrap up The Talent Code adventure by analyzing the catalytic addition of a master coach.
Better coaching means better client learning. Choose your words wisely.
Whether you run classes or coach one-on-one, programming flexibility is a necessity.
Understanding human interaction is where the money is made.
In this webinar, we delve into how to avoid common pitfalls when creating an online presence.
The struggle to attain strength and knowledge as a coach is a gift, not a curse.
Even if you're a high-level trainer or coach to a world-class lifter, you need to know your place.
Being a coach is not sitting through a weekend certification and getting a few letters after your name.
Stop looking for your next game-changing course, and ask yourself how you can use the knowledge you already have.
With the exploding popularity of group training, we have lost touch with what it actually means to call yourself a coach.
Have you ever wondered what successful leaders in the work world have in common?
Older clients are capable of amazing things. Plan smart to help them stay strong and mobile now and in the future.
Don't short-change your athletes. Training across a full standing spectrum will increase strength without sacrificing movement and health.
A client's battle isn't always physical. Understanding mental and emotional factors can help overcome roadblocks.
Coaches are always an important part of an athlete's development. But know when to step back and let the athlete be self-sufficient
The problem is, we need to set minimums. We need baselines that we decide are acceptable before we move onto higher and harder training.
Coaching is a tough profession and achieving long-term success is difficult. Use these proven techniques to get the most out of your athletes.
Don't let a bad ump ruin your game. Instead, use respect and communication to your advantage.
As a coach working with youth, there are a few things that you need to get straight.
I’ve identified a problem many beginners have with learning the snatch, and I hope it will help other coaches, too.
Nervous about jumping into youth coaching? There’s no need. Here are some tips if you're just getting started.
Don't let the weightlifting enthusiasm in your youth slip through your fingers, instead learn how to keep them engaged.
Avoid potential injury in young weightlifters by employing these four shoulder exercises before it's too late.
Coaches, don't let the sun set on the potential of youth weightlifting before its potential is discovered.
I'm a big believer in starting children while they're young. Here's why RDLs are my favorite exercise.
Coaches, stop the downward spiral of detrimental coaching and nutritional counseling with your obese clients.
Teaching kids how to do the Olympic lifts is different from teaching adults. Change your cues accordingly.
Young athletes don't always realize the impact their training will have on their future. Here's how to protect them.
Coaching clients over forty isn't just about teaching technique, but also learning how to communicate with them.
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.
The off-season does not mean an athlete should not train. So if it doesn’t mean taking time off, what does it mean?
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.
Just like in any good Montessori program, coaches of youth athletes need to build the foundations before the high-level skill work.
"Following the child" is a common phrase in Montessori. Here's how to apply it to coaching clients of all ages.
Teach children weightlifting while they are in their early fearless stage and you will watch them become quickly accustomed to the lifts.
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.
Here are some ideas for combining exercises to create safe, effective upper body workouts for kids.
I see so many trainers worry about two specific issues constantly, and then wonder why they’re not successful.
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.
We live in a society in which unrealistic expectations are the norm, and extreme measures are regarded as the solution.
Here's how to identify and prevent the toxic parenting trends observed at so many kids' sports events.
Don’t try to get new clients back in shape in a day. That’s a massive error on the first play.
Here are a few tips to make fitness more enjoyable for kids, as taken from a Montessori education perspective.
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.
People with Down Syndrome have excessively lax joints and poor muscle tone and coordination. The emphasis needs to be stability and strength.
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.
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.
A new study suggests young athletes are more likely to be dehydrated, and won't necessarily stay hydrated even if water is available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The biggest problem I find with coaching is that my explanation of the movement is too advanced for the client.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.