What I am dying to tell my clients about training…..that’s not about training

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of communicating and training several clients who went through stressful life changes and events. Often, training took a backseat and talking took a frontseat. I learned to listen better because of what they shared, and saw what they needed beyond just exercise prescriptions, better technique or sets and reps. There's much … [Read more...]

Lessons in ‘Chocolat’: Keeping food a pleasure, for better fat loss and better health

Why this matters Diets normally need structure, but that structure should never include guilt about what you eat or avoidance of the inherent pleasure of food. [Read time: 10-15 minutes]   I came across this research paper the other day and found this statement to be quite powerful. "Attitudes to Food and the Role of Food in Life in the USA, Japan, Flemish … [Read more...]

Fixing technique in real time; Susan Chiu

Note: All recommendations were specifically for Susan. Each one had a reason, and might not be applicable to others.  I ONLY addressed anything she needed to work on, NOT every possible tip for technique. All pics are Left>before Right>after. Big thanks to Susan for allowing me to post this.  Name: Susan Chiu Age: 20 Height: 5'6 Weight: 115-120 Date: … [Read more...]

Coaching tricks for hypermobile chicks (and guys too, of course)

Why this matters: Whether you are hypermobile, or you are a coach who may train a hypermobile client, these 4 tips are absolutely essential for building a solid foundation and preventing potential injury and frustration.  [Read time: 15-20 minutes]   I've written previously on lifting and hypermobility, as it is a topic close to my heart. In this blog post, I … [Read more...]

A Habit’s Tale

  Why am I showing you my nails? Cause I'm running my own lifelong experiment with the hardest and most ingrained bad habit I have: biting my nails. I started biting them when I was 3, right after a time period of family-related stressful shock. As a child, you don't control your environment, you just respond to it, adapt to it. Somehow my little brain decided … [Read more...]

Goodbye 2014: A story of what I am learning as a coach

*Disclaimer: This is just a personal read outlining where a lot of my focus went this year. Basically learning how to coach. It's not gonna have a bunch of practical stuff in it, more philosophical and principled. If I may say so myself though, it has some valuable stuff in it that I am just passing on from the higher ups ;) Big personal thanks goes to Oliver Vadnais, … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 3; Resources for the coach and parent

As promised, here is a comprehensive (as I could make it) list of resources for parents and coaches. These are programs you purchase, free downloads or websites. For any youth coaches out there, I highly recommend investing. For parents, your needs are a bit less well-defined, it's really up to you. Most of what you need to know can be found in Parts 1 and 2 of this … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 2: Principles for developing fitness in children for sport and life

In part 1 I covered the scientific support for children participating in strength exercise. I also defined terms used to describe different categories of strength exercise such as weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, strength training, and movement categories. If you didn't read part 1, hop on over. … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 1: The science says yes

After writing several thousand words, and compiling an impressive list of resources from other coaches, I decided to make this a series. Rather than plow through everything to get to a section more relevant to you, this will break it down a bit easier. I geared this a tad more towards parents looking for help, rather than coaches, because someone who is not familiar with … [Read more...]

Stop lying about time. If your time isn’t yours then neither is your life.

I reached a bit of a peak (or rather a valley) in the last couple months feeling unproductive, forgetful, sluggish, aimless, sleeping badly and even not "finding" time to train. I felt harried.  Not all the time, mind you. But this was a trend I was experiencing. It frustrated me. I felt like my mind was being glossed over and the color of the paint was called "Meh". I … [Read more...]