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Best Content of the Week
[Video] Should You Ditch the Scales? — Ben Carpenter and Sohee Lee
Just because you’ve heard 10,000 fitness professionals agree on an idea, that doesn’t make it right. In fact, the idea could be a terrible approach when applied to your specific clientele.
But how do you know when to follow the crowd, and when to push back? You shouldn’t accept everything you read at face value. But it’s equally unsound to use your own observations and anecdotes as the scientific foundation of your clients’ fitness programs.
As the saying goes: “Know the rules well, so you can break them properly.”
In this week’s best fitness content, Ben Carpenter and Sohee Lee offer a perfect illustration of how to combine experience and research to question the idea that we should all disregard the scale. They explain how it became so widely accepted, and why they decided to challenge it—all in less than four minutes.
— Dani Singer
What Will You Be Proud of When We Return to Sports? — John Sullivan, Changing the Game Project
COVID-19 has thrown everyone for a loop, including and in some ways especially athletes. But in the disruption, John Sullivan sees opportunities that coaches, athletes, and parents should all take advantage of. If we do, sports can come back better than ever.
— Shane McLean
Why You’re So Stressed, and What You Can Do About It — Brendan Burchard
If not for “pandemic,” “stress” would probably be the most trending word of 2020. You’re stressed. Your clients are stressed. We’re just one big walking mess of tension and anxiety, trying to practice deep breathing while wearing a mask. This video by author and high-performance coach Brendan Burchard will help you and your clients understand and manage your stress with proactive and practical strategies.
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
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We take pride in what we do, and it's usually easy to recognize when it’s taken for granted. Believe me when I say it: the personal training industry – complete with its weekend certifications and Facebook fame – leaves a very large stage for ridicule, if the right person wanted to take a shot at it. _ It’s a sure smack in the face when I hear this question from an outsider when they find out I work with fitness clients for a living. _ Thanks to social dogma, the worldwide misconception of fitness trainers being mere paid motivators who solely rely on some drill sergeant persona and physically training alongside their clients is something that will never die, until we target the general public and focus on better educating them towards a sufficient baseline of fitness knowledge. Until then, I will belong to a perceived sandbox industry that’s only a lily pad towards a “real job” – You know. Ones with ties and briefcases and stuff. _ Maybe it’s for this reason I see so much compensation amongst fitness professionals, comparable to Napoleon syndrome for the vertically challenged and unhappy. It’s pretty funny – A conjured and superfluous job title, a lengthy biography along with purist extremism to boot. In my time in the business, the amount of Body Transformation Specialists, Fitness Engineers, and Physique and Performance Optimization Experts have job titles that are only fooling the stupid. Most of the masses will still call them plain old personal trainers or coaches – the same way the world has much more comfortable alternate names for Transparent Wall Technicians and Sanitation Engineers. _ But I digress. My point of this post is to stress that public knowledge or not, I believe fitness is just as evergreen an industry as anything else. As long as you make the right moves while in it. People don't "age out" of needing help with their fitness, that's for sure. It's on us to let ignorant folks know that, and ultimately give the industry a bit more Kudos. _ That's one reason why my typical response to the question In my image is one word long: "Retire". _ Puh.
Posted by Lee Boyce on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
If you’ve worked in the fitness industry for more than a day, chances are you’ve heard some version of this question. (My personal favorite: “But what do you do full-time?”) Lee Boyce reminds us that as long as people need help with their fitness, they’ll need fitness professionals. We never need to apologize for who we are and what we do.
— Christina Abbey
Behavior Change and Eating Habits — Krista Scott-Dixon, Greg Nuckols, and Eric Trexler, Stronger by Science Podcast
Eating behaviors are notoriously difficult to change, with layers of biological, psychological, and environmental influences to work through. Krista Scott-Dixon of Precision Nutrition explains what we’re up against when we try to coach our clients through habit change, and offers realistic strategies to do it more effectively.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Article] How Bad Is Aging for Your Gains? — Menno Henselmans, mennohenselmans.com
[Video] Rep Ranges for Different Muscles — Layne Norton
[Social Media] Blanket Advice About Movement Does Harm — Travis Pollen
[Video] The Best Exercises for Older Adults — Michael Mash
[Social Media] “Feelings Aren’t Facts” — Kevin Mullins