Personal Training, Self Improvement

The Coach Code

coach-on-phone

If you’re a strength coach, physical preparation coach or trainer in the “fitness” industry then you will want to make sure that you are coming across as being a professional in everything you do. This post was spurred by a comment from a new client of mine who mentioned how his previous coach at a big name chain gym “would routinely text and browse social media during a session”. After being around so many good coaches and with ten years under my belt I have seen a lot in the weight room ranging from a commercial gym setting to collegiate and team training facilities as well as a more private training experience. I do not claim to know all the do’s and don’ts but I do follow a few simple and effective rules that help keep the professional barometer in the right area. Continue reading

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Coaching, Personal Training, Technique, Video Library

Rows: Best Progressions & Why They’re Important

shoulder dowel drill

The skill of shoulder packing is often introduced to gym newcomers during their first few visits. It is something that everyone needs to be aware of in order to maintain optimal shoulder health, especially in a general population setting. The person doing the TRX rows while their shoulders slowly get pulled from their sockets are just a quick drill away from cleaning up that shoulder position. Rows are a great compliment to any horizontal push movement like a bench press or pushups. Like Cal says in “Talladega Nights”, they “go together like cocaine and waffles”.

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Diet, Personal Training, Prehab, Self Improvement, Strength, Technique

Articles of the Week

 

Over the course of the week there is a lot of reading  to catch up on. The inter web provides some great new ideas and also opens the way for discussion on many different hot topics. One that caught my eye was the discussion over knees out in the squat. Both Tony Gentilcore and Bret Contreras weighed in this week on the topic. Theres also a host of other great articles listed below.

 

My Take on The “Knees Out” Debate – Tony Gentilcore 

A Better Way to Cue “Knees Out” – Bret Contreras

How to Build Mass as a Tall Lifter – Lee Boyce 

The ReActive Warm Up – Eric Johnson and Ryan Johnson

The 10 Best Unilateral Exercises – Bret Contreras 

The Benefits of the Trap bar Deadlift – Mike Boyle (Video)

Wheat Threatens All Humans – David Perlmutter

Dementia Should be Fought With Diet – Nick Collins

 

Coaching, Personal Training

5 Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Trainer and Coach

An excellent insight into some of the most common mistakes committed by trainers early on in their careers. Recently published by Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore1 ) on his own website, the article (5 Mistakes I made as a Trainer and Coach that You Should Avoid) outlines some pitfalls we have all fallen into and if you say you haven’t then you’re a liar.