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Best Content of the Week

This week's best content challenges you to think differently—about your own circumstances, about succeeding despite a lack of experience, about helping your clients see their own blind spots, or about serving a population with special needs.

— Esther Avant


Best Article

Amor Fati: How Loving Your Fate Helps You Grow -- Michael McCastle, Breaking Muscle

Gym owners and trainers across the U.S. have been hit hard by COVID-19. Some have lost everything, while others have thrived. Michael McCastle explains this difference through the concept of amor fati:

"The size and scope of the challenges you face may change from day to day, but the mindset that you utilize when you face these challenges should remain the same," he says.

That equilibrium allows you to avoid panic and find solutions to problems, even when you encounter an existential threat like a pandemic. 

— Shane McLean

Best Video

Tracking Calories but Not Losing Weight? -- Ben Carpenter

Having clients keep food journals can provide us, and them, with useful data. But it can also lead to frustration when a client insists they're eating and not losing weight.

Our challenge is to provide support and encouragement without pretending we don't see the elephant in the room: They're eating more than they're documenting.

Ben Carpenter's short video concisely summarizes the research, giving you a tool to help your clients see the problem without you having to state the obvious.

— Esther Avant

Best Social Media Post

Posted by Nick Tumminello on Monday, July 20, 2020

Having knowledge or skills at the start of a personal training career isn't as important as we think. Those things can be taught. But no one can teach a new trainer how to have an engaging personality. That's something a trainer has to develop on their own, if it doesn't come naturally. 

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

How to Train Clients with Autism -- Jason Leenaarts with guest Eric Chessen

Eric Chessen doesn't just specialize in training clients on the autism spectrum. He developed two certifications to help trainers work with this emerging client population. 

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content 

The Psychology of Weight Loss in a Post-Lockdown World -- Simon Mitchell with guests Gabrielle Fundaro and Shannon Beer

How Do You Know if You're Eating too Little? -- Jordan Syatt

Is Mindfulness a Legitimate Tool for Fat Loss? -- Jeb Stuart Johnston, Food on the Mind

Returning to the Squat After Recovering From Tendinopathy -- Dani LaMartina, Elite FTS