Happy Thirsty Thursday everyone! As some of you likely know without a doubt one of the biggest sources of frustration for a trainer or coach is client compliance. If you don’t have this AT ALL please share with the rest of us, we’re dying to know what that skeleton key looks like. Anywho, we’ve all been there, and as most of us know, you can right the most perfect program in the world, but if they client isn’t doing it, it’s not so perfect. 👎
Let me ask you this, which of these loading variations is the best to get a training effect? Answer: The one the client likes. Yeah, you’re welcome.
One thing I have found that’s had a big impact on my client compliance is giving them choice. Take this for example, one of the favorite weeks at Strength Camp on Friday mornings is the choose your own adventure type of week (this Friday kids). I give everyone in attendance their movement pattern pairings, give them a selection of exercises from those movement patterns, their sets & reps and off they go.
I find doing this with my clients programs is also a big thing for them, both when they’re in the studio with me, and on their own. Both the pictures above ⬆️ are valid ways to load things (example: squats and lunges) BUT if a client prefers one over the other, I won’t argue if gets them to do them. Even giving clients the choice of Bulgarian or regular split squats can be helpful. The reason is because people feel like they have an input and a say in their training. When a client feels apart of the process, they’re more likely to buy in to the program. The only reason that I won’t let a client pick their loading variation (bilateral, goblet or unilateral) is if I feel like they have an issue they’re dealing with (injury, condition, etc…) that will be better served by a particular loading variation. Also, if theirs something that we’re trying to emphasize in a program (grip strength, 💪 upper back activation) that might have a say on the loading style, but most of the type I’ll give them some freedom.
Next time you ponder how you wanna load a movement, it’s easy, whichever one the trainee like best. That's what's up for today, but before you go, I wanted to point you towards a great piece from Krista Scott-Dixon, great advice within this one. Hav a good day all!
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Happy Monday everyone, with everyone beginning their search for help to improve themselves, I've had a few thoughts. Some folks out there will be trying to figure out if they can work with someone they respect remotely or online, this is my 2 cents on the matter.
I love coaching people in person, it’s usually some of the only social interaction I get in a day, and even an introvert needs a bit of that in the day. I also, like being able to help people that can’t get to Brookline, whether they’re just a few extra minutes away, or accross the country🛫, it’s a good way to help others that aren’t so close. Here’s the thing, as much as I want to tell everyone that sets eyes on this page that they can train with me from a distance…that’d be very wrong.
When someone wants to do distance coaching, there’s a few things that need to be considered.
1). How experienced is that person with strength training? If they know their way around a weight room and are familiar with the basics, it’ll be much easier. If the person isn’t so experienced, it’s not impossible, they are just going to have to be very patient, not easy for many.
2). What is their injury history? If there’s something that needs eyes on to say whether or not their movement is compromised, like a recent achilles tear, then that’s a hard no go for me. Find someone local that can physically be there. Also, if there’s a laundry list of an injury history, it might be best to seek out someone local.
3). Are there other issues currently causing them aches and pains 🩹that are likely not easily solvable? Refer them to someone you know, or someone you trust knows.
4). How good are they about getting yourself to the gym? If you’re dealing with one of those folks that needs that accountability of an appointment to get to the gym, distance coaching may not be the best thing for them to start with. Every once in awhile you can do a bit of a hybrid, by getting someone to stop in, in person once every 4-6 weeks, go through a program together and then have them do it on their own. Eventually you can go to an outright online model.
That's what I for got you all today, BUT while I have your attention, I encourage you to read 2 great pieces from friends of mine from last week.
3 Psych Skills for Strength Training- The one and only, the amazing Dr. Lisa Lewis had her first article publish on T-Nation last week and it is 100000% worth the read.
4 Ways to Become a Better Fitness Writer- I've respected Tony Gentilcore for a long time, one reason is, he writes in a very easy on the eyes (and brain) style. Even a post about writing he can make for an easy read, but good read as this was.
That's all for today everyone, have a good week!
Ok I’m not necessarily a big fan of the idea of waiting for the new year to start going down that path of being fit. Mostly because that new year buzz wears off after a few weeks and that’s when the committed fade and those that’s aren’t, well...you know.
Let’s just say you have a goal that you’ve recently come up with, in this case to shed some body fat, or to get strong, or to just be more fit. In any case, it’s a goal, if this was any other goal and you really wanted it, would you delay you start on it for more than a month? Of course no, so there’s no reason to really delay it until 2020 hits you. I know I’m sorry I’ve got you all thinking about it, but it’ll be here, soon just prepare for it. Back to my point, matter of fact there are some good reasons to get a jump on it.
1). Holidays are fun, but also can be very stressful. Working out is a good way to relieve stress, very useful in times of that added stress.
2). Should you choose to go the route of hiring a coach or trainer (HIGHLY recommended), but you have limited hours, get into their schedule at your preferred time before everyone else. Boom like is perfect…well at least you have the perfect training time.
3). You can get use to the gym space before all the other resolutioners cram in there with you. Giving yourself this extra time gives you the ability to adapt a bit better when things are crowded.
4). You’re less likely to give up after those first few weeks, because hey are you really going to give up your New Year’s resolution before the New Year hits?
5). All those foods that they recommend you eat, you know veggies, lean meats, fruits. Do you ever notice how in the first few weeks of January they seem to be, well a bit sparse in grocery stores? Get started ahead of everyone else and you won’t have an issues finding them & you can stock up on the popular items when these things happen.
6). You can make your own decision on how to get fit BEFORE all those ads on TV hit claiming to be the latest, greatest, trendiest, fastest, and….ok you get the point, to get fit. Make the decision for you, that works with you, because if it’s not a good fit for YOU then YOU won’t do the work required.
Finally, keep this in mind; it will be hard, it will not happen over night (no not even in 6 weeks), you may have some serious mental battles, but you don’t lose unless you quit. Don’t quit, don’t give up on yourself, you likely wouldn’t give up on a loved one, so why would you give up on yourself?
That is all, thanks for reading, have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS