We should strive to get the absolute most out of our training sessions. And, while I’ve talked about having a great program, making sure you’re working within your movement capabilities, and other factors, I have yet to touch on one variable: the pre-training routine. For me this includes three things: fuel, a goal, and getting in the zone. Let’s dive in.
Gosh, I cannot wait to get back in the gym with a barbell on my back. I’ve had the thought many times; day-dreamed about that first workout back with barbells and plates and all the heavy kettlebells I can hope to lift. However, I’ve also had to check my thinking and stop it in its … Continue reading Navigating Our Return to the Gym: Turn a Dial, Don’t Flip a Switch
We’ve set our “SMART” goals, making sure they’re realistic and neither too big nor too small. We’ve examined our sources of motivation, looking at both extrinsic and intrinsic types to ensure we have a couple of each. And yet, we’re still lacking motivation. It’s time to reconnect with your “why”. Our “why” is the underlying … Continue reading Motivation: Your “Why” and The Bottom Line
Time for some Tuesday, trainer tough love. Every once in a while, I have a few topics that come up – either common misconceptions, ideas and exercises people get wrong, whatever they may be. We’re going to tackle these on Tuesdays with bonus articles. They might be what you want to hear. They might be … Continue reading It’s not always black or white; embrace the grey.
Now, by this time, you all know that I’m a big advocate for research and research-based information. However, I also don’t think that we can completely negate those things that may not be based in research, or at least not based in research yet. The average total time in review for a research paper is … Continue reading Examine the Evidence: Research vs. Anecdotes
On Monday, I talked about we’ve strayed too far from the basics of exercise. Clients are looking for the quick fix. The fitness industry is fully saturated and coaches are trying to stand out among the thousands of people. But it's not only exercise, we see this in nutrition as well. Coaches are advising clients … Continue reading Back to Basics: Nutition
Sticking with the nutrition theme this week, let's take a look at the new nutrition label and talk about how to read it, some of the changes you'll see, and why this is so beneficial for the consumer. Before we look at the contents of the nutrition label, let's see what the old and new … Continue reading The Nutrition Label: Old and New
Limited are the days of searching for information in books at the library. Though some college professors still require it, the majority of research and information seeking is now online. It's more common to see people searching online databases as opposed to combing through bookshelves. Having nearly unlimited information at our fingertips is amazing. No … Continue reading The Basics of Peer-Reviewed Research: Finding Reliable and Accurate Information
A member of a Facebook group posted this and, although the group is related to hiking 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation at the summit), I got to thinking about how this graphic relates to fitness and making it your lifestyle. Some of you may have already gone through some of the steps of … Continue reading The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Starting a new in-person personal training job, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my philosophy on personal training and working with clients. I figured, since you’re all still getting to know me a little bit that I would discuss in this week’s article. When a person hires a personal trainer it is most … Continue reading Confident and Competent: My Goal for Clients