Clear, Consistent instruction is the Key

As part of the positive environment for the athlete, I provide a set of clear, specific instructions and goals. The athletes should never be unsure or confused about what I expect. It’s common for a coach to say something like “Don’t put too much weight on the bar” or “You need to try harder next... Continue Reading →

Exercise Caution Online

The personal trainer on the YouTube video promises that her curtsy lunge with dumbbells is the secret to “a beautiful butt,” then conducts a very enthusiastic series of deep curtsies with the legs thrown back – right, left, right, left – arms by the sides, back straight, head up. In reality she probably stands a... Continue Reading →

Guided Discovery

My youth athletic training-room culture promotes free choices and personal responsibility for the athletes by giving them opportunities for guided discovery. While it is important to know and follow the specific instructions I give in circumstances where they are learning new and proper exercise form, and I would never leave them in a situation that... Continue Reading →

Thanks for a great Off-Season

This off-season I got to introduce a group of @stvrainfc young girls to fitness training.  We trained for an hour at a time, once a week.  It was less about building strength or weight lifting and more about body control, techniques and proper weight-room etiquette.  Although occasionally I did catch them flexing in the mirror! ... Continue Reading →

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