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Best Content of the Week
Exercise and Nutrition for Every Stage of a Mother’s Journey, from Conception to Menopause and Beyond — Erica Ziel, Jenny Burrell, Sarah Ellis Duvall, Rachel Cosgrove, Yusra Es-Haq, and Lulu Flores, the PTDC
When I was pregnant and newly postpartum, I was fortunate enough to know where to seek out trustworthy information. It opened my eyes to how little I really knew.
Training mothers, no matter how long ago they gave birth, can be nuanced and complex. Even well-intentioned trainers sometimes offer advice or use exercises that do more harm than good.
This comprehensive article, featuring six fitness and nutrition experts, is a must-read to help you understand how to best support your female clients, no matter where they are in the motherhood journey.
— Esther Avant
The Pandemic Nobody Wants to Acknowledge — Tyler Curtis, EliteFTS
When you’re in a middle of the biggest health crisis of our lifetime, it’s easy to overlook other causes of poor health. The obesity crisis is one of the biggest challenges we face. As Tyler Curtis explains, it hasn’t gone anywhere, and if anything it’s getting worse.
— Shane McLean
Risk vs. Reward: Core Exercises — Wendy Batts, Marty Miller, and Prentiss Rhodes, NASM
You hear it all the time, in many different ways. Some tell us they want to “tone” their midsections. Some say they want to get rid of their “pooch” or “mummy tummy.” Others talk about getting a six pack. However they describe it, they all expect you to give them core exercises, and they all expect those core exercises to produce visible results. That’s a tall order. You know you shouldn’t just crunch them into oblivion. But how do you know which exercises will maximize benefits while minimizing injury risk? This NASM video will help you figure it out.
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
Posted by Thomas Plummer on Saturday, July 11, 2020
The gym business has changed, and it’s not changing back anytime soon. You have two options, Thomas Plummer says: “You adapt and win, or you fight back, clinging to the old days, and you will lose.” Show your clients you care about their safety, and you may be able to save your business. Rant online about “freedom” while spreading conspiracy theories, and you’ll alienate every customer who disagrees with you. Choose wisely.
— Christina Abbey
Injury Prevention, Posture, “Perfect” Technique, and Building Relationships — Stuart Aitken with guests Travis Pollen and Akil Piggott
This week’s best podcast offers a wealth of information to help bridge the gap between rehab and personal training. Travis Pollen and Akil Piggott talk about exploring pain, what to look for in an assessment, and how to develop a professional relationship with a physical therapist.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Podcast] Writing, Communication, and Media in the Fitness Industry — Mike Robertson with guest Lou Schuler
[Video] Plant-Based Diet vs. the Ketogenic Diet: What the Research Says — Layne Norton
[Article] Complementary Circuits: Effective Programming Made Simple — Kevin Mullins, kevinmullinsfitness.com
[Article] Does Trauma Explain Why Your Client Can’t Make Progress? — Krista Scott-Dixon, Precision Nutrition
Tired of training clients at 5 a.m.?
We all have to pay our dues. For many fitness pros, that means training clients or teaching classes or opening your gym long before the sun comes up.
But if you’ve been paying those dues for years on end, maybe it’s time for a change. Time to try something different. Time to consider another way to make a living while still doing what you love.
That’s why we created the Online Trainer Academy.
Since 2016, we’ve helped thousands of personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and gym owners—serious, passionate fitness professionals like you—launch online training businesses.
Some now do all their coaching online. Others do a combination of in-person and online training. Still others work part-time with online clients to supplement their income from another business.
They all have one thing in common: What they were doing before wasn’t working for them.
They needed a change, and their Online Trainer Academy Level 1 Certification gave them the knowledge and skills to make it happen.
If you love coaching but hate doing it on someone else’s schedule, maybe it’s time to try online training.
Consider this your wake-up call.