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What do you tell your clients on those days when they seem to be ready to quit, when everything you ask of them elicits complaints about discomfort, or difficulty, or exhaustion? Do you give them an alternative exercise? Or do you find a way to get them to choose to continue?
The answer lies in knowing your client — in open communication that helps you make decisions about every aspect of your client’s training, whether it’s exercise selection, intensity, volume, reps, or even nutrition protocols. What one client can handle is not the same as what another can handle, and each client’s needs may shift from week to week. This isn’t indicative of one client being a harder worker than another — it’s a matter of context. The context of one client’s life is not the same as another’s, just as it isn’t the same as yours, and knowing the difference, in addition to knowing at which points to push each client harder, is part of your job as a trainer. This week, Lance Goyke reminds us that helping our clients work hard isn’t a black and white science; rather, it requires us to be comfortable with gray areas, with “maybes,” and with adjusting our approaches when we must.
Improve Hip Mobility With Dynamic Warm Up Stretching — Dr. John Rusin
4 Rules of Posture — Chris Leib, EricCressey.com
Are Compound Movements Actually Making You Stronger? — Tony Gentilcore
Teaching the Hip Hinge: Things Most Trainers Don’t Think About — Todd Bumgardner
A Simple, Overlooked Way to Increase Your Bench Press — Andrew Heming
Best Exercise in Ever: Pendulum Press — Dean Somerset
Mindful Eating 101 – A Beginner’s Guide — Adda Bjarnadottir, Authority Nutrition
Legume Lunch — Spencer Nadolsky
Right Link/Wrong Link: Tweaking Single Leg Exercises for Hypertrophy — Tony Bonvechio
There’s More to Time Than Tempo: Back-Off Sets & Isotension — Joseph Brigley, Roman Fitness Systems
The Single Best Muscle-Building Method — Christian Thibaudeau, T-Nation
How to Build an Effective Hypertrophy Training Program — Mike Sheridan, thePTDC.com
How To Max Out Your Results by Minimizing the Change — Jason Helmes
Blended Training for Fat Loss — Eric Bach
How to Know When You Should Track Your Macros — Brian Compton
Reflections on Women, Fat Loss and Ooey Gooey Self-Love — Erika Hurst
How to Set Up a Realistic and Sustainable Fat-Loss Diet (Part 2): Goals and Time — Jonny Watson, Propane Fitness