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Best Content of the Week

I'll admit, when I was first introduced to the idea of not praising clients (or friends/family) for weight loss, even if they had weight loss goals, I probably rolled my eyes. I didn't have as thorough an understanding of just how complex is the relationship between many people's self-worth, the size of their bodies, and the double-edged sword that a seemingly innocuous compliment can be.

I think having a deeper understanding of how much our words matter and how a client may internalize them is one area many of us can work on to elevate our role as trainers and our profession, overall.

— Esther Avant


Best Article

Need To Lose Weight? “Start” Here -- Jason Leenaarts, jasonleenaarts.com

Many of our clients want to lose weight but are confused on how to go about it. Jason Leenaarts goes back to the basics and explores the art and science of weight loss and what to expect physically and mentally throughout the process. The next time a client ask you how to lose weight, send them this article.

— Shane McLean

Best Video

How to do the Turkish Get-up! (Master all the steps!) -- Staci Ardison, Nerd Fitness

There are very few movements as complex as the Turkish Get-up. This 4 minute, step-by-step tutorial breaks it down into simpler movements that will be easier to relay to clients.

— Esther Avant

Best Social Media Post

Posted by Molly Galbraith on November 17, 2021

I know it might seem counter-intiutive to not praise weight loss clients on their weight loss and if you think so, swipe through this post and read the caption on this post for great alternatives.

— Esther Avant

Best Podcast

Be The Coach You Wish You'd Had -- Sandy Todd Webster with guest Brian Nguyen, IDEAFit Pro Show

Brian Nguyen has enjoyed a pretty cool career as a strength coach and athletic therapist, working with star athletes and professional organizations such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and the LA Avengers. He's even worked on movie sets - and found his way into Mark Whalberg's entourage!

In this interview, Brian talks about the importance of being part of something bigger than himself. Despite Nguyen's experience with athletes and celebrities, he is most inspired by the stories of mothers and helping them honor the bodies they feel are somehow "broken". Overall, this interview will help inspire you to help others.

— Mike Howard

More Great Fitness Content

Networking Know-how: 7 Effective Ways to Build Your Base -- Erin Nitschke, ACE Fitness

Coordination: The Neglected Part of Fitness -- Shane McLean, Balance Guy Training

How To Get "In Shape" For Sport -- Charley Gould

How To Shift Your Perspective Going Into The Holidays -- Esther Avant, Live Diet-Free

Does WHEN You Eat Matter For Fat Loss? -- Martin McDonald, Not Another Nutrition Podcast