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Best Content of the Week
This week’s best content covers a wide range of topics:
- An article about why the people closest to our clients are most likely to undermine them.
- A video about how to incorporate weightlifting in a powerlifting program.
- A social media post explaining what sciatica is and how to improve the condition.
- A podcast on how to stay productive while working from home—a challenge that won’t go away anytime soon.
— Esther Avant
How Your Clients Are Undermined by Their Friends and Family — Alex McBrairty, tonygentilcore.com
Your clients, with your support, are primed to crush their health goals. They’re training hard, paying attention to how they eat, and feeling great. Then they go out to dinner with friends or family, and the questions and comments begin. Why are they drinking water instead of a cocktail? Why a salad instead of fries? Why salmon instead of a steak? They might not mean to be unsupportive, but the microaggressions do add up.
Alex McBrairty explains why this behavior is hard-wired, and what your clients can do to resist this common form of sabotage.
— Shane McLean
SuperTotal Training – Adding Weightlifting for Powerlifters — Max Aita, Juggernaut Training Systems
Powerlifting and Olympic lifting both involve moving a heavy barbell, and if you or your clients are interested in one, it makes sense that you might also be interested in the other. Max Aita explains how to combine the two disciplines in the same program without losing strength, and offers a sample program to get you started.
— Esther Avant
Best Social Media Post
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⚡️SCIATICA⚡️ Leave a ⚡️🙋♀️ if you’ve ever experienced this crippling nerve pain. Sometimes it stays in the bum, sometimes it shoots into the hamstring, and sometimes it even stems as far as the calf or foot. Here’s the thing with anything NERVE related: 1️⃣ They MUST be treated and progressed with care. Nerves are not muscle tissue. Don’t treat them the same. 2️⃣ These irritations are much better assessed by a physical therapist in person who understands the neurodynamics of what your current state, pain, and condition need! Your body is WORTH getting assessed. Also, with ANYTHING nerve related, I urge you to look at the environment around you as well. Nerves can get inflamed, stop moving as well, develop restrictions, and ultimately, lead to this thing called “radiating pain” or “sciatica.” THINGS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT: 💤 Are you getting adequate rest? 7-8 hours preferred 💧 Are you drinking enough water throughout the day? Half your body weight (lbs) in ounces 🥘 Are you eating foods that leave you feeling inflamed, bloated, tired, fatigued, upset stomach, GI distress, or more? Helps to work with an RD or functional med doc to see what could be happening to reduce the inflammation you could be adding to your body 🏃♀️ Are you moving enough daily? Walking, biking, swimming. Maybe working out hard has to be modified due to pain. Are there other creative ways you can keep moving? 🌬 Are you being mindful of your breath? Stress increases our inflammatory response in our bodies. Address how you’re breathing (we talked about this in depth on episode 11 of The Optimal Body Podcast) to manage your stress, tension, and tightness. Okay, if you’ve addressed all these, made an appointment with a nearby PT and just want to start moving and doing SOMETHING to feel better… TRY THESE 👆 🔸Standing Nerve Glides 🔸Supine (Lying) Nerve Glides 🔸Core Awareness/Stability 🔸Glute/Core Awareness/Stability 🔸Core/Spine Awareness/Stability/Mobility! (pssst – this is the most advanced one!) Self-assess, don’t guess. Keep moving. You got this 👊 #docjenfit #move2improve #theoptimalbody
Posted by Jen Esquer on Thursday, September 10, 2020
Physical therapist Jen Esquer’s Instagram account is filled with advice for combating the common aches and pains you or your clients may experience. This one addresses sciatica—what it is, why you should be cautious with any client who has it, and what you can do that might help without making it worse. But don’t stop with one post. You’ll want to follow the page and refer back to it often.
— Christina Abbey
The Art of Remote Work: How to Stay Productive While Working From Home — Ted Ryce with guest Nishadi Ranasinghe, Legendary Life
Even though we’re more separated from each other than ever before, most of us have one thing in common: figuring out how to work from home. It’s especially stressful when we have kids taking remote classes while we’re trying to do our own jobs. Podcast guest Nishadi Ranasinghe offers advice on how to stay focused and why you should think about managing energy instead of time. She also has some meditation tips for beginners.
— Mike Howard
More Great Fitness Content
[Article] Get Better Results on Instagram: 10 Common-Sense Tricks that Are Often Overlooked — Meghan Callaway, meghancallawayfitness.com
[Video] How to Write a Full-Body Strength Workout — Anders Varner, Barbell Shrugged
[Podcast] Writing Like a Pro to Influence and Build Your Business — Luka Hocevar with guest Nate Green, Vigor Life
[Social Media] The “Eating for Two” Myth — Girls Gone Strong
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