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Best Content of the Week
[Article] Six Lessons From My First Year of Training Youth Athletes — Kyle Davey, kyledavey.com
For his first nine years in the fitness industry, Kyle Davey worked with gen-pop clients. The transition to training youth athletes in the past year wasn’t just a coaching challenge. He had to learn how to communicate with his new clients as well as their parents.
To my surprise, all six of Davey’s lessons are very much applicable to my own business, and I work exclusively with gen-pop clients.
The big lesson: Some coaching principles are universal. No matter who your clients are, you’ll find insights in Davey’s article that apply to your personal training career.
— Dani Singer
Three Strategies to Train Through Shoulder Pain — Andrew Coates, T Nation
Your client injures his right shoulder. Now what? Should you stop all shoulder training except for rehab on the right side? Should you train both shoulders evenly, but with a lighter load? Or should you train only the healthy shoulder, and train it hard?
Before reading this article, I would’ve told you option number three is asinine. The client is already going to have a muscular imbalance, due to atrophy on the injured side. Why the heck would we make that worse by training heavy on the healthy side?
Believe it or not, Andrew Coates’ article makes a compelling case for that approach.
— Dani Singer
Shoulder mobility—or lack thereof—can be the cause of everything from nagging aches and pains to lack of improvements in your client’s lifts. This four-minute video from MoveU offers a series of shoulder stretches to build resiliency, increase range of motion, and reduce risk of injury.
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
Posted by Ben House on Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Even if your clients aren’t predominately pre- and postnatal, you’ll probably work with postpartum women some point of your career. This post by Ben House will help you understand how to help those clients. Even more important, he tells you what not to say to them, especially if you’ve never been in their situation.
— Christina Abbey
Why Success Takes Time, Deep Market Research, and Coaching Women — Molly Galbraith and Stuart Aitken, Lift the Bar
Molly Galbraith, founder of Girls Gone Strong, describes how she took “17 years to become an overnight success”—from lending her father money when she was just seven, to her first job at 13, to opening and closing her brick-and-mortar gym, to the evolution of GGS. This one is a must-listen for any fitness professional who aspires to become well-known among their industry peers.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Podcast] How to Grow Your Business and Get Clients Even Without a Website — Amber Reynolds and Kevin Davis, Health Coaches Podcast
[Video] Does Drinking Alcohol Stop Weight Loss? — Ben Carpenter
[Podcast] Training, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Wisdom From 25 Years of Coaching — Bryan Krahn and Luka Hocevar, Vigor Life Podcast
[Article] Unpopular Opinion: Your Training Goals Don’t Matter Anymore — Lee Boyce, leeboycetraining.com