Coaching

The Mind in Muscular Development

In my opinion, no dialogue on training would be complete without discussing the mind’s role in the equation! It would be a true disservice to the readers of Industry Insider not to include what may be the most important element in your pursuit of reaching the outer limits of your genetic potential.

Let’s talk about "mindset," which I consider to be an essential contributor to athletic success and a mental area. This topic is also where professional and Olympic athletes offer wonderful examples in which they use different mindsets to perform at their highest level consistently. As a kid, I would watch my older brothers play basketball all the time to the point it stuck my interest. Before I picked up a basketball, I thought I wouldn’t be able to play like them but I changed my mindset and gave it a try anyway. Practicing and working with my brothers helped me gain a competitive edge and confidence.

Right now there is a plethora of “sport specific” training tools out on the market. All of which have had some middling success. These devices and contraptions prey on the same people the fitness industry preys upon, the quick/easy fix population. Make no mistake though; there is no quick and easy way to get better at sports. Every aspect of getting better at sport is very specific and time consuming. So let’s cover a couple topics today, strength in sport and energy demand in sport.

How do you stay on track for success in your new gym routine?

I touched a little on this a few months back. Now that you have decided to join a gym, you've setup your membership, you're ready to go, but how do you stay on track, be successful, have fun, and not fall into the Resolution wheel? First, what is your goal?

Hello Fitness Professionals, are you ready to embrace change? The Autumn Equinox has come and gone, bringing with it many aspects of change. This includes changes in climate, as well as equal day and night hours, nearly twelve hours each. Because change is ever constant, and therefore inevitable, in this month’s issue, we encourage you to welcome change. This is important because when we allow ourselves to embrace change, rather than resist it, we encourage the process of flow. How do we achieve this phenomenon of flow? Flow can only be achieved when we are cultivating power from within.

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.