Uncertainty is certain: reducing stress through acceptance of fact

There are lots of facts in this world. They are recorded diligently by scientists in very field imaginable. Science is the collecting of facts through arduous and specific processes improved on over time; what can be known is kept on record and updated. What is not "known" continues to be sought. This is an arduous process, as we all know. The common complaint that "science … [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...]

“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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]