It's important to realize that we are constantly taking in information through a "filter." We are making our best attempts to piece together billions of small bits of information and creating a distorted "best attempt." We need to be AWARE of that fact.
Progress comes with adaptation. Adaptation is quite often painful and uncomfortable, mentally and physically! Correcting movement, lifestyle habits, and increasing training volume all aid in the progress clients are looking for, but dialing in mindset will lead to harder work ethic and improved behaviors OUTSIDE the gym. The correct mindset will help change the perception of pain and the uncomfortable feelings that come with change and lead your clients down the path of progress.
It’s pretty commonplace to hear that the knees traveling over the toes in the squat is dangerous for the knees and can lead to frequent nagging pain. After looking into what actually happens at the knee joint we were able to debunk this misconception. Healthy athletes can perform the squat to full depth without worrying about hurting their knees given proper training methods.
ATHLETE PERFORMANCE VS. GYM PERFORMANCE
Oftentimes we see evidence that coaches believe the number on the bar or weight lifted is the biggest dictator of an athletes success and performance. We are here to argue that point.
Instead we are focused on posture, position, and learning how to create speed throughout the lifts. Compensatory acceleration training refers to minimizing the turnover time from eccentric to concentric while continually gaining speed as leverage favors the athlete.
When you are not harping technique it is time to shut up and listen. Let your clients tell you how they feel. Empower them to communicate by asking strong open-ended questions and then actually listen to their response and jot it down after the session. You will be able to draw on this information later and it will probably help you more than you think. Bringing up a topic that was important to the client a session or two down the road will show them that you are listening and care about what they are saying.
What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions sport specific training? Most people think about using a swinging a resisted golf club, using a weighted baseball or some form of replicating sport with added resistance.
Many coaches today still use these methods, and in theory, it seems reasonable. The truth is research has found using resistance to replicate a specific sport movement isn’t very effective. Throwing a donut on a baseball bat does shown not to improve bat speed. Game play in sports happen at full speed and replicating the motions of sport at anything less than game speed is putting the athletes at a disadvantage and creating unnecessary potential for injury.
Are bodybuilding workouts appropriate for athletes? The short answer is no. While there are aspects of bodybuilding that athletes can “build” into their training……..
I’ve heard it before… especially being in the fitness industry. Gym membership numbers go up and people decide they are now “motivated” to change. It usually sounds something like:
I am going to lose 10lbs!
I am going to start eating healthy!
Have you heard of this new fad diet? I am going to start it!
I’m going to join a gym and then I’ll have to go….
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.