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 →

The Weight-Room Experience

Even though I was playing on an undefeated championship high school football team, I loathed going to the weight room. Working out was too much like work. I did it because I had to, and I did the minimum to get by. We were winning anyway, so what did it matter? Lifting is still a... Continue Reading →

Too Many Machines?

Weight machines, developed for bodybuilders 50 years ago and useful for targeted physical therapy after an injury or surgery, have gained an outsized place in many training rooms. Considering that most people imagine a bodybuilder’s body when they think of a strong athlete, this isn’t surprising – but it’s wrong. The bulging muscles of a... Continue Reading →

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