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Best Content of the Week
You’ll notice a theme running through much of this week’s best content: You need more than technical skill to succeed as a personal trainer, especially as we struggle to make it through the pandemic.
Therapist Lisa Lewis explains why mental agility is just as important as physical strength, especially at a moment like this. Brett Bartholomew advocates for more focus on interpersonal skills in coaching education programs. And Sumi Singh’s interview on the Cool, Calm, and Chaotic podcast reminds us that we’re more than just our jobs.
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— Esther Avant
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Building and Sustaining Resilience — Lisa Lewis, tonygentilcore.com
Most of us can handle a stressful day or two. But when those stressful days turn into weeks, and stressful weeks go on for months, even the most optimistic trainers can lose hope. But as Lisa Lewis explains, there are ways to thrive, if you’re willing to put in the work. “Working on your mental agility could help you to think more objectively, effectively, and productively,” she says.
— Shane McLean
Training Mistakes We See All the Time — BarBend
Know anybody who’s frustrated by their lack of results but blind to the role they might be playing in that? Send them this video from BarBend! Based on an article from our own Shane McLean, it uses humor to drive home the importance of taking responsibility for your own results, admitting your mistakes, and doing better.
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
Posted by Brett Bartholomew on Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Coaching education and development programs focus almost exclusively on programming and exercise technique. But it’s interpersonal skills that differentiate the best coaches from the rest, Brett Bartholomew writes. Those are the skills you can implement with your clients and athletes, and they’re the ones too few coaching programs focus on.
— Christina Abbey
Our Cows Are the Most Delicious — Mark Zarate with guest Sumi Singh
Sumi Singh talks about the many hats she wears, and how hard she worked to “luck” into a great fitness career as a trainer and author, all while maintaining her most important role as a mom. She also takes us through her training en route to setting impressive strength records.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Podcast] The Art and Science of Staying Injury-Free — Mike Matthews with guest Paul Ingraham
[Video] Body Neutrality and Inclusive Fitness Spaces — Kate Solovieva with guest Chrissy King
[Article] Why the Strategies that Helped You Lose Weight Might Not Work for Weight Maintenance — Julia Malacoff, Precision Nutrition
[Article] Eight Must-Have Personality Traits for Trainer Success — Nick Tumminello, nicktumminello.com
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