Exercise is learning. The most basic kind.

A couple years ago when visiting World Athletics (now Altis) in Arizona, I asked Dan Pfaff how long it would take someone to develop physically at a basic level (in the context of the sport he coaches at an Olympic level, track and field). In other words, generally speaking, if you took someone with no consistent physical training, and trained them to be physically … [Read more...]

Three things you should do for yourself in every training session, no matter what kind.

Here are three things I do with every client, every session, that are simple and have a firm scientific basis for implementation. That means you can do them right away, and improve training immediately. These aren't contestable facts, so no research links are included, but if you would like to learn more for yourself, you can follow your curiosity. I encourage you … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto #3 – “Muscle doesn’t care about transfer (to sport), movement does.”

Last recap of the University of Toronto Strength and Conditioning Summit, and this quote was from Chris McCleod from The English Institute of Sport. Before I share some notes, I have to give an acknowledgement to Jennifer Sygo, and her presentation "Evaluating Nutrition Trends:  Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Diets and their Role in Sport Performance" which was stuffed … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto SnC Summit #2: “The ultimate reward for trust, is loyalty.”

Title: Business and Personal Development: Keys to Longevity as a Coach By: Sheldon Persad, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario Interim Director, (of) Sport Science & Sport Medicine Sheldon's presentation was on business development, so highly practical for any personal trainer, but also for those looking to build their abilities to get into SnC coaching, which is … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto SnC Summit #1 Notes: “The best training is the one that works.”

This past weekend, I attended one day of the University of Toronto's Strength and Conditioning Summit. I would have liked to go both days, but kids really only last one day on their own watching TV, and fending for their own meals from the fridge, before the trend in attitude and boredom really goes downhill, so one it was. I attended this conference last year as well, and … [Read more...]

“Moderate and balance” your attitude and expectations, not your actions

“Moderation includes extremes” - Unknown (I can’t remember if I made that up, or I read it somewhere, but either way I can’t find a source. If no one finds one, I’ll take credit eventually. If someone knows, please aware me.) There are two sides of the discussion about what “balance” in diet, training and getting fitter/healthier means. On one side its: “It takes … [Read more...]

On body awareness, body image, and the use for shame

Reading Oliver Sack’s “A Leg To Stand On” was a bit surreal for me. In it, he describes the strange and unexpected event in his life of losing his leg. Not losing it physically, but mentally. Through injury, and nerve damage his leg "went dead" to him. He experienced thinking of his leg as not his own, but as a foreign object tethered to him through an uncontrollable … [Read more...]

New Years; upload a mental virus, rather than crafting a resolution (aka a promise to yourself you don’t keep)

I like New Years celebrations, and I don't mind the ritual of New Year resolutions either, per se. But I agree that simply deciding on a new goal or action because it is "a new year" doesn't pan out well for most people. We all know the drill; the large majority of us will fail at keeping our New Years resolutions. I have a bit of a different twist on the idea of using the … [Read more...]

Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter – with Libby Wescombe

  Libby Wescombe is a Crossfitter and coach in Sydney, Australia. I teamed up with her to write this blogpost "Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter" over at her site eatercise.com.au. It contains a lot more coaching principles in relation to hypermobility and learning to lift , specifically geared to those who want to do high intensity exercise, learn to lift … [Read more...]

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...]