The fitness industry in today's world is muddy to say the least. There are more certifications, qualifications, and fitness guru’s than ever before. Deciding to invest in a personal trainer is something that has the ability to change your life and is something that is deserving of your time and research. Below are 5 tips to help you make the right decision when hiring a personal trainer.
It's very important that you obtain certifications through an accredited organization!
However, we believe that is simply a starting point, and that if you want to truly thrive in the personal training field, you need to look beyond the certifications to further your education and experience as a coach, There are hundreds of certifications and workshops out there and it can be overwhelming to choose where to start.
Here are 4 of our favorites to get you going in the right direction!
This article is for the weightlifter, powerlifter, and strongman that have 1-5 kilos/2-11 pounds to cut. Personally I take the quick off and quick back on approach. This means that I try to lose the majority of my weight the week of the meet, and then I try to put it back on immediately after weigh-ins.
Make sure your shoulders aren't stiff when you start a workout. Stiff shoulders lead to bad muscle recruitment and improper mechanics. You also want to increase blood flow to the area. This will increase the sensitivity of all the shoulder girdle muscles to the neural drive.
Start with a super-set of two exercises: band shoulder dislocates and weighted shoulder circles.
A lot of coaches and athletes think they’re training to become “more powerful.” But one look at their programming, and it’s easy to see why the training program they’ve built is missing the mark.
There can be many reasons for this, but it often comes down to making three simple mistakes. The good news is these are easily corrected, and that’s what we’re going to explore in this post.
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Helping others. I coach a wide array of clients and my Weightlifters are a small portion of them, but I genuinely like to help and have found myself to be effective when it comes to fitness and strength. I also believe being healthy and strong helps with living a happy life in general and think everyone can benefit from it. I am a movement nerd. I graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and Human Kinesiology. I LOVE how the body works together and accessing movement patterns. To keep it brief, the smallest variance or imbalance can throw off the entire movement process and find myself in a small group of coaches that look at their clients and movements the same as I do. I would love in the future to be a coach that people come to from all over to fix their movement patterns.
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WHEN TO USE A BELT!
When first starting the olympic lifts, it’s hard to know when you should or should not use a weightlifting belt.
All coaches have different opinions on the matter so I thought I would share mine.
As a beginner, there needs to be a clear understanding that if one wants to become proficient in the olympc lifts, they MUST develop strength in their midline. This is a process that takes time and lots of accessory work, but keeping a belt out of the picture in the beginning stages of an athlete’s career is an easy, quick way to teach their midline how to fire on it’s own. It also allows the athlete to build confidence in their body, rather than feeling dependent on a piece of equipment.
With that being said, we’re (fairly) reasonable people and we KNOW that there is a time and a place for the belt! The belt is a great tool and a great tactile reminder for athletes to brace HARD during a lift. The minute we go to tighten our belt, it’s as if it’s telling us “Hey! Feel this area I’m squeezing? Brace there!”.
So, our rule of thumb is: athletes are allowed to use their belt at 85% or above.
The “85% rule” seems to offer enough volume at lighter weights to really make our midline work, but it also allows us to use the belt with the weights where we tend to need a little more support and confidence.
In short, don’t feel dependent on your belt. You should know that you won’t actually die in a training session if you forget your belt at home. BUT, don’t feel guilty if the belt brings you a little comfort with heavier loads.
Side note: When dealing with back injuries, belts can typically be used a little before 85% to protect the athlete from further irritating the area.