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Knowledge is nothing without application. As coaches we know this, and hear it often. But I still see an “application gap” in the fitness industry when it comes to continued professional development (CPD). Not a knowledge gap, but an applicati ...
“I’m not a teacher; only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead - ahead of me as well as you.” George Bernard Shaw   There is a fine line between being a real coach and someone who is just strong and writes mot ...
"If I give away everything I know for free, no one will want to come to me and pay me to learn them."   I've heard this so many times as an editor. Coaches get concerned about creating regular articles that are too c ...
Paulie Zink is an influential and controversial figure in both yoga and martial arts. He is the force behind Yin Yoga, for which he receives little to no credit, and is the master of Monkey Kung Fu, though accused of being a fake. Good for him. Simultaneo ...
Read part one of my journey with Paulie Zink here.   I remember a woman who used to come to Paulie’s studio just for the stretching. She had no interest in Kung Fu and would leave when we stopped stretching. This opened the door for people to t ...
I’ve been in the strength game in one form or another for more than thirty years, both as an athlete and a coach. As I take inventory of my successes in each, I quickly realize how nothing is done well without help. We all would like to take credit ...
So you want to be a strength coach, eh? Turns out it’s not as easy as sitting through a weekend certification and getting a few letters after your name. In fact, even if you got a four-year degree from an accredited university, you still might not g ...
There are many elements that make a great teacher, coach, or trainer. A mastery of the fundamentals, an emphasis on continuing education, and the practical application of putting the pieces together are all musts. A great coach has a thorough understandin ...
Here at the Takano Athletics gym, we host individuals who might be in town for a day or two and need intensive coaching that isn’t readily available to them. For these people, we set up one-on-one sessions.    However, some people inquire ...
In this fitness business, the word “coach” gets tossed around more than a tithing bucket on a Sunday. It’s important to recognize this overuse, because the word denotes a job, as well as a certain set of requirements. If the job descript ...
No, I'm not talking about the ability to touch your toes. I'm referencing the ability to modify your programming based on the person you are coaching and their day-to-day circumstances. (I'm going to refer to your client as a si ...
Breaking Muscle recently presented a one-hour webinar focused on how to stay out of the weeds on your drive to succeed online. In this webinar, our top executive shares his vast industry knowledge and experience leading one of the fitness world’s mo ...
Imagine that suddenly your clients wanted to only pay you 30 percent of what you currently charge. That would be a tough way to earn a living, right? But given you’re likely only giving them 30 percent of the possible benefits of training during the ...
As a trainer, you tend to attract certain clients. Naturally, if you have an interest in a particular area, your clients likely will too. But one of your qualities attracts more clients than perhaps anything else – your age.   Stop and look aro ...
Clients come in many shapes, sizes, ability levels, and mental states. Fluctuations in lifestyle factors can either inhibit or amplify training outcomes. These ten coaching practices will allow you to unveil potentially detrimental issues and create a dee ...
Here are my observations about the general population when it comes to fitness.   People don’t really like to exercise. They know they need to exercise, but they want to be distracted. The fitness industry comes up with new ways to di ...
Before I explain our 2nd Law of Gymmin', Fundamentals, a distinction must be made between the group class and the group exercise business models. I am not denying the effectiveness of group classes, which are an important component of the MadLab busin ...