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Best Content of the Week

Sometimes, the act of identifying and verbalizing the unhelpful impulses a client encounters through their fitness journey can be enough to keep them on track. Take the case where your client knows logically she shouldn't start another crash diet, but can't just can't shake the desire to. In this week's top article, Stefanie Bonastia shows you her way of dealing with it.

— Dani Singer

Best Article

Why You Want to Diet -- Stefanie Bonastia, jessikneeland.com

People diet because they want to lose weight, right? Well, yes—but this is not the whole story. There are deeper reasons for why people feel so compelled to lose weight, and they don’t have much to do with weight. Which this week's best article dives into.

— Shane McLean


Best Video

Coming Back from Severe Injury -- Mike Israetel, Renaissance Periodization

Nothing is worse than having a serious injury that prevents you from being able to do what you enjoy. If you've suffered your own, you know how hard it is to ease back into the gym when you just want to be able to go full force, again. Clients have the same struggle but it's our job as trainers to help them do just that so that they can move without pain or risking reinjury. In this week's best video, Mike Israetel walks us through the four-phase process to return to full capacity after a serious injury.

— Esther Avant


Best Social Media Post

Posted by Dan Feldman on September 9, 2021

How many times has a client come in and said something along the lines of "Ugh! I totally failed this weekend. I need to get back on the wagon." The truth is, there is no wagon, and therefore no such thing as falling off or staying on. In this week's best post, Dan Feldman illustrates what this mindset looks like perfectly by employing the light switch. While an all-or-nothing mindset can look like an "on" or "off" switch, the ideal comparison should look more like a dimmer. Ideally, the light will be on the brighter side, which comes with practice and solid habit building.

— Christina Abbey

Best Podcast

Heather's 6 Most Important Lessons on Weight Loss and Maintenance, with Heather Robertson -- Heather Robertson, Half Size Me Podcast

In a milestone episode for the show (the big 5-0-0), Heather draws from 15 years of coaching and life experiences that have culminated in her losing 170 pounds (and keeping it off). She outlines the six most important things she's used to sustain her current state of health. Robertson cautions scale use, talks about taking responsibility for your life, and shares other nuggets and stories on her transformation. "Base your changes only on what you're willing to do for the rest of your life," she says. This means letting the process take as long as it takes, because this is a lifestyle, not a fix.

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content

The Hard Truth About Back Pain -- Shane McLean, tonygentilcore.com

The Allure of Non-Stop Progress -- Bryan Krahn, bryankrahn.com

How to Improve Hip Internal Rotation in Field and Court Sport Athletes -- Julia Eyre, White Lion Performance

Fix this Common Fat-Loss Mistake -- Carter Good, @cartergood

The Key Daily Actions as an Online Coach -- Jonny and Yusef, Grow Your Online Fitness Business