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Best Content of the Week
At a time when it’s increasingly difficult to tell the genuine experts from those who merely fake it, it’s easy to wonder where we fall on the spectrum. It would be weird if you never doubted yourself.
This week’s best article begins with the assumption that if you experience imposter syndrome, the solution isn’t to tell yourself you’re good enough. It’s to admit what you don’t know, to challenge your assumptions, to accept and learn from criticism, and, most important of all, to show up, do the work, and build confidence through competence.
Competence is a recurring theme this week. Mike Israetel’s video and Marianne Kane’s podcast will help you train train your clients more intelligently and stay injury free, while Rachel Bell’s Instagram post challenges you to improve your own behaviors before asking your clients to improve theirs.
— Esther Avant
Five Ways to Beat Imposter Syndrome — Camille DePutter, Precision Nutrition
No matter how long you’ve been in the fitness industry, you’re never far removed from imposter syndrome—those nagging doubts that creep in and prevent you from saying or doing something you’re objectively qualified to say or do. Camille DePutter offers five actionable strategies to help you become not just a better coach, but a more confident coach.
— Shane McLean
GO DEEPER: How to Fake Success in Online Fitness
How to Deload — Mike Israetel, Renaissance Periodization
If you have clients who want to go hard every workout, Mike Israetel’s 22-minute video will help you convey the importance of deload weeks, how to program them, and why using them will actually improve their results.
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
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GOLDEN RULE: become the type of client you want to attract ⚖️ ⠀ Pop quiz + self audit time. ⠀ Are you the type of client who… ⠀ ❌ ghosts on accountability? ❌ procrastinates on taking action? ❌ doesn't communicate clearly about your needs? ❌ blames, complains, or plays the victim? ❌ is late for scheduled meetings? ❌ and after all this, blames external things/people for lack of results? ⠀ OR are you the type of client who… ⠀ ✔️ is honest with where you're truly at? ✔️ takes messy action and fully trusts your unique learning path? ✔️ communicates proactively about your needs? ✔️ takes radical ownership, responsibility, and initiates change? ✔️ is punctual and responsive? ✔️ and after all this, understands that you are the sole creator of your reality — and your internal world controls *everything* you experience externally? ⠀ So often, we cast blame onto others for not 'behaving' the way we’d like them to. And then, without missing a beat, we fall into the same patterns ourselves. ⠀ As the saying goes, “how you do one thing, is how you do everything.” ⠀ For example: let's say you run a red light after misjudging the distance… you say "agh oh well" to yourself and move on. ⠀ But when you watch *someone else* do the same thing 2 days later… you explode into a furious whirlwind of judgement. ⠀ "eh mah gawd what a dipshiiiittt” 👿😤🤬 you proclaim, shaking your head… lol. ⠀ Seriously though. ⠀ Integrity is about embodying and exemplifying what you want to see from the external world. You always go first. ⠀ Think about the caliber of clients, relationships, friendships, etc. you want in your life. ⠀ And then ask yourself: ⠀ Are YOU exhibiting the behaviors and energy you wish you attract? ⠀ Do you want clients who show up, commit to the process💯, and take their evolution seriously? Then you need to BECOME that commitment. ⠀ Do you want clients to look to you as a leader and an authority? Then BECOME worth following. ⠀ Until you can abide by the same standard you set for others… ⠀ …don't be surprised when you continuously fail to manifest what you say you want.
Posted by Rachel Bell on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
As a coach, especially a seasoned one, you may find yourself little jaded, complaining about your clients not working hard enough or respecting your time. As the saying goes, when you point a finger, you have four more pointing back at you. In this provocative post, Rachel Bell challenges you to do a self-audit to see if you’re exhibiting the behaviors and energy you wish you attract.
— Christina Abbey
Why Most Injuries Happen — Marianne Kane with guest Travis Pollen, Equipped With Strength
This interview delivers a highly introspective look at the world of injuries, including a discussion on what constitutes an “injury” to begin with. With a focus on strength workouts, Marianne Kane and Travis Pollen address which exercises are coachable online as opposed to best left for in-person training, and whether or not correcting form can actually increase risk of injury.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Article] The Time Under Tension Myth: Why Slow Reps Don’t Mean Big Gains — Christian Finn, Muscle Evo
[Article] Men: Quit the Tough-Guy Gym Persona — Lee Boyce, Lee Boyce Training
[Social Media] How Hard Should You Train to Build Muscle? — Tom MacCormick
[Podcast] Female Athletes: Hormones, Energy Availability, and the Menstrual Cycle — Danny Lennon with guest Nicky Keay