Training Must Be Specific

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By Sal | April 6, 2012

In a previous post, “What is Whole Skill Training?,” I touched on some of the concepts regarding whole-skill training and how it is superior to the part-to-whole training method. All coaches and fitness professionals (those people formerly referred to as personal trainers) need to understand the difference between specificity and generality as it relates to motor learning principles. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Compete With Large Gym Franchises

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By Sal | April 3, 2012

Personal trainers looking to build a successful business can compete with large, “big box” gym franchises and can gain the upper hand in the battle for personal training clients.

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Stay Away From Training Gimmicks

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By Sal | September 28, 2011

The fitness industry seems more prone to gimmicks and gadgets than any other. Perhaps this is because people are looking for shortcuts and want to take an easy way out, don’t want to have to make an effort. It is our job to get our clients to avoid this way of thinking and to show them that there are no secrets, short cuts or dodges. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Making Your Clients Better, or Just Making Them Tired?

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By Sal | September 6, 2011

You’re serious about designing your clients’ workouts and you want them to work hard. You push and motivate your clients as hard as you can and as hard as they can take. Your clients recognize and appreciate your hard work  and commitment (and theirs too!) and it makes you feel good, and your clients say they push hard even on days when they don’t feel 100%. Read the rest of this entry »

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Schedule Time with Clients to Maximize Profits

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By Sal | August 10, 2011

Half hour sessions offer a more profitable option to the traditional hour sessions for personal trainers who are looking to grow their business and increase their training fees. The key to this strategy is having the proper pricing structure in place.

Personal trainers frequently think in terms of hour sessions. I’m not sure why, but my guess is that when trainers first hit the scene the thought process was that clients needed at least an hour to get a good workout. I know back in 1989 when I was working in Manhattan all the clients were on hour schedules. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Coaches Can Learn From Jazz Music

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By Sal | April 28, 2011

Music and sports have a lot in common, and anybody who is involved in sports – athletes, coaches, parents, fans – can learn from events that occur in the world of music. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Bench Press Is B.S.

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By Sal | April 17, 2011

It amazes me how coaches who should know better still insist on emphasizing the bench press in their training programs. I do understand that the bench press can be a part of an overall program – whether for sport preparation or general fitness – but in the year 2011 it is incomprehensible that some coaches from a wide-range of sports still spotlight this one-dimensional exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do You Spend Too Much Time Lifting Weights With Your Clients?

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By Sal | March 16, 2011

How much session time do you spend having your clients lifting weights? Are you conscious of how much lifting you do when you design your clients’ sessions? Don’t let the lifting component dominate your client training sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

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