Are you moody and not sleeping? Recall that our bodies need to properly heal and recover in order to grow. Are you giving your body adequate recovery and healing time? When we are not getting proper sleep, we may not be optimizing on all of our hard work from our strength -training regimen. If you struggle with getting adequate sleep like millions of Americans, there is one factor you may consider: Are you fueling the body with adequate carbohydrates? Remember that carbohydrates provide necessary fuel for your muscles—and your brain. So removing or limiting them will surely put undue stress on the body, and leave the mind ill-prepared for your next workout.
As a trainer, how can you use your assists to help your students maximize their workouts? And why assist? Every assist, whether verbal, visual, tactile or proprioceptive—is a form of communication that can speak a world of information to the one-on-one client or to students in a group class setting. But if done poorly and the proper signals are not getting across, this can be damaging to the trainer/ client relationship. For trainers new and experienced, offering a client an assist during their workout can be an invaluable experience. It can be a great opportunity to learn more about the body and its strengths and limitations, while also encouraging proper alignment. Remember that before making a decision to actually touch a client, you must first get comfortable with the act of touching others. If you are not, they will feel this, which could become an awkward experience.
Did you know that most people are not naturally good listeners? However, with practice and diligence, you could become the popular trainer skilled on the art of listening. Did you know that out of the total time we spend in communicating, only about 50 percent of this is spent on listening? Although most people are not naturally good listeners, listening is a skill that can be easily practiced in our daily interactions. In fact, skilled listening is crucial in creating your client’s road map to success.