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Best Content of the Week

I always encourage my clients to track the habits that might not be supporting their goals. I remind them that it's not the documentation that gets results but what they choose to do with the information. Zach Moore, Brian St. Pierre, and Krista Scott-Dixon at Precision Nutrition express a similar sentiment in this week's best article all about health and fitness trackers: "A measurement is only useful if it helps you make a decision." This thorough overview covers everything from tracker accuracy, to the personality types that thrive with more information at their fingertips, to their advantages and limitations.

—Esther Avant

Best Article

Health and Fitness Trackers: Do They Help ... or Hurt? -- Zach Moore, Brian St. Pierre, Krista Scott-Dixon, Precision Nutrition

Fitness trackers are all the rage, but do they help or hurt your clients? Like the answer to most things, it depends. This all-star Precision Nutrition crew goes into a deep dive on fitness trackers to help you and your clients get the most out of these devices.

— Shane McLean


Best Video

Loading and Unloading Strategies: Managing All Variables Within a Comprehensive Program -- Joel Raether, NSCA

About once a month, the NSCA YouTube channel posts a full session from one of their annual trainings, and they're always worth watching. This week's video is from one of their Tactical Annual Training events and is a comprehensive look at all the variables to consider when you're training a client, not just in an exercise program but also in the client's lifestyle. Set aside some time to watch this one (and take notes).

— Esther Avant


Best Social Media Post

Posted by Robin Beier on Wednesday, April 29, 2021

If you're starting out on your journey as a coach, you've probably agonized over the question of how much to charge. While there's no one "right" price, this calculation from Robin Beier will give you a starting point.

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

Flexible Dieting: A Reexamination?! -- Eric Helms and Omar Isuf, Iron Culture

Eric Helms and Omar Isuf take a deep look into the phenomenon of flexible dieting—from its emergence in the past dozen years to the controversies, literature, and coaching experiences. They look at the studies of rigid vs. flexible restraint, the complicated middle, and some of the advantages, pitfalls, and applications for both the competitive bodybuilder and average fat-loss client. They also touch on whether or not flexible dieting is the same as IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros).

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content 

The Evidence vs. Experience Debate Is Mostly Moot -- Bryan Krahn, bryankrahn.com

7 Common Traps (and How to Avoid Them) When Launching Your Online Personal Training Business -- Jerilyn Covert, the PTDC

Level Up by Avoiding Distractions -- Erica Suter

Diet Culture vs. Reality -- Shana Minei Spence, @thenutritiontea

Promoting Health and Fitness Without Restriction -- Shannon Beer with guest Siobhan O'Hagan, Consilience