I know I know I'm sorry I had a huge brain fart last week and forgot to get this guy up. It's back this week and there's been a lot going on in the fitness world this week. I've tried to NOT bring more attention to a certain coach that can't keep his ego in check. I know you all will enjoy the things I've found this week that don't have anything to do with that.
How Intense Workouts (and Overtraining) can Ruin Your Results-Precision Nutrition's big guy Dr. John Berardi drives a point home I can not stress enough. More is not always better when it comes to training and exercise. No one is saying take 10 days off between workouts, but keep Berardi's advice in mind when you think to go for that 3rd workout of the day.
Lightning and Thunder- I am a huge Jen Sinkler fan and of the stuff she puts out. Her new product, put together in tandem with Angie Brambley-Moyer and her husband, Tim Moyer will give you that athlete feel. All I know is speed kills in sports (and life) so if you want to get faster, this is a damn good place to start.
Tinkering vs Overhauling and the Problems with Average- In the past I wasn't always confident with my coaching so if I felt like something wasn't worthing for a client, it was automatic overhaul. Eric Cressey addresses the whole issue of if it isn't broke don't fix it in regards to Jake Arrieta. The message is something that can be applied accross all walks of life including, of course, coaching.
We all know the type of coach or trainer we don't want, someone that knows it all and doesn't need any help with their programing and/or coaching. If this is you STOP IT please, for everyone's sake? Now that I got that out of my system let's take a look at the millions of ways you or any fitness professional can be better.
Blogs- Oh the internet is a wonderful thing isn't it? It's an unlimited resource for knowledge for those looking to learn. Blogs are a great thing that's come about in the last 10 (maybe more?) years and allow people, especially fresh out of the gates, to learn. There's dozens and dozens of blogs out there, I promise there is something for you. If you like easy reads with fart jokes mixed in, there's a few of those, if you like something more technical and really getting into the sciences of training, yup got those too and everywhere in between. Just do yourself the small favor and make sure they are actually training and coaching people, there's way too many internet bros out there that think they are coaches because they gave someone a piece of advice once 10 years ago that happened to work.
Summits and Seminars- Going to listen to an expert that's smarter than you talk (even if they're not your favorite expert) is a great way to pick up some more tools to put in the kit. Summits like the ones Perform Better put on every summer are fantastic for doing this, they always have a solid roster of coaches presenting for 2 and a half days straight. Totally worth bailing out of work on Friday (even if you're sacrificing a bit of pay) to go to these things, and things like these. I've happily let a few Sundays go by the wayside to hear guys like Alex Viada and Brian St. Pierre talk about their experience.
Certifications and Products-Hands down the most expensive thing that you can do to continue your education. Depending on which product or cert you are looking at, it can be absolutely worth it. It also depends on what your strengths are and where you need to fill the gaps. I knew I needed to learn more about nutrition and helping people with their intake outside of their training sessions, so I took a nutrition coaching course from Precision Nutrition. If you're unsure if it's a good idea to buy a product or spend money on a certification, ask your colleagues that either have experience with them, or will point you in the direction of someone that has. All else fails, do some research on some of the more well known coaches out there that have experience with the products or certifications and ask the what they thought. Most will take the 10 seconds to reply to your e-mail when they have the time.
Talk With Others- The cheapest and easiest thing you can do to learn is talk amongst coworkers and colleagues. I'm happy to say I have a solid group of people I bounce ideas off of and I know I'm one of a high number they discuss with as well. As time goes on in this business, you will meet more people that are at least somewhat like minded to you, but have strengths that you don't. Chat with at least one of them every day and you'll be learning a ton of shit you didn't know in no seconds flat.
That's all I got today folks, go out there and get after it!
Well here we are again, it's Friday and I'm back to tell you where to go this week.
GGS Spotlight: Dr. Lisa Lewis- Yes the wonderful Dr. Lisa Lewis makes here 2nd appearance on the list. The interview with GGS and her gives good insight on how you can put you mind to it.
Global Performance Summit-It's been a week of free learning at the Global Performance Summit. With talks from great names like Dan John, Dean Somerset and Dr. John Rusin, it's been a wealth of information. Chris Ritter and Zach Long did an excellent job of putting this thing together and I'm very glad my friend Mike alerted me to it.
From Average to Athlete- Jim Wendler (ever heard of 5/3/1?) has always been someone I take notes from when it comes to coaching and programing. His article in March for T-Nation gives you marks you should be striving for if you want to look and feel more athletic. I will say not I'm not THE biggest fan of a mile run test of box jump test, but it's still makes some good points.
That's what I got for you all today folks. Hope you enjoy, go out and get after it today.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS