The Benefits of Running

Runners have known for years the benefits of the sport. But as my years of running have come and gone, I see a lot of my friends still sitting on the sidelines, wondering whether or not to lace up their shoes and start running.  Running is incredibly effective at making you healthier in a number of ways.   Here are some reasons that running is actually good for you.

10 Tips for Absolute Confidence as an Instructor

1. Start with a Lot of Students

What you want to do is set yourself up for success. It is hard enough to feel confident as an instructor but then to have very few students can really drag yourself down. Especially when you are a new teacher or start a new class, pick a location or time you know will get a lot of students. Start with subbing until you become more known or teach within a community where you are already known. You’ll feel a lot more energized as an instructor when there are more people adding to the energy in the room.

How to be an Elite Coach: 13 Simple, Outstanding Ways

These days it seems like everything is “elite this” and “elite that.” Even with personal training, we can’t escape the need for things to be super-high-level all the time. Yet, with that in mind, we still seek to be “Elite Coaches” at Empowered Strength because we believe it gives our members the best experience with the best results.

What makes someone an “Elite Coach?”

Believe it or not, it does not necessarily mean training elite athletes.

In fact, many Elite Coaches prefer to train “regular” individuals, because that is where their true skills come to light. Many times, elite athletes are such that they would excel no matter who they were coached by. The Average Joe/Jane, on the other hand, has many different motivations and needs.

The Importance of Reflection and Planning as a Fitness Professional

REFLECTION

Reflection is vital to our growth but yet so many neglects to take time daily, weekly, or even monthly to reflect. Reflection, by definition, is giving something serious thought or consideration.

Best ways to build reflection into your routine regularly:

Take time at the end of each activity whether it is a phone call, training session, workshop or consultation and review your results. Did you achieve the desired outcome you wanted? What went right? How could you improve before next time?

Programming Your Success

“What gets measured gets done.” There is a reason why this old cliché is very much valid in the financial and business world. It is crucial to creating a plan and have quantitative data in order to measure progress and improvements, and to ultimately increase performance, right?

Well, client programming is making a plan for improvements. As fitness professionals, we should consider ourselves in the business and financial world and client programming is the gateway to a beneficial fitness career.

Be sure not to fall victim to the disease of walking into the gym without a plan and just putting your client through a workout. Because after all “Comfort is a slow death.” Instead, client programming is a simple discipline that will set fitness professionals apart from your every day “fitness hobbyist.”

Sandbag Training

Sandbags have been around for centuries.  They were used by wrestlers, strongmen and in martial arts.  In recent years it has caught the mainstream as functional fitness for both the elite exerciser and the everyday athlete. Sandbags are shown as a serious strength and conditioning too.  In this article, I will give you some basic reasons, guidelines, and strategies for incorporating the sandbag in your workout.

It is great for conditioning and increasing cardio heart rates as well as constant integrating unstable movement in some HITT activities.  Dumbbells are stable and sandbags with the same weight are not.  Sandbags challenge both the mind and the body. Another benefit is that they are inexpensive and can be made cheap with homemade equipment or just a duffle bag securing closed.

Get Kids Active with Go Noodle!

My passion is both education and fitness.  As a special and elementary teacher and certified trainer and instructor, I see where so many teachers are overwhelmed to keep their children focused, happy and busy. So in order to keep with the demands of pressure to teach academic concepts, there is a website that allows teachers to motivate, refocus and get the wiggles out that is available at both home and school.  This website is GoNoodle.

Lessons with a Ladder

The agility ladder is a great tool to use for training for children as well as inexpensive and easy to use.  Ladders can range from chalk drawings outside to using a dry erase marker, duct tape inside and sports tape inside a gym.  Kids love the equipment and they can easily shuffle, crawl, jump or hop through each rung as they practice their math facts, spelling words, grammar or multiple guess questions.

Creative Content for Your Fitness Instagram

As you probably know, Instagram has lately climbed its way up to be the hottest marketing platform, especially with the recent opening of Instagram Ads accelerating the pace of marketers putting effort into Instagram. You’re probably in a frantic thinking about what kind of content you are putting out. Obviously, to build a follower base on Instagram, you need high-quality content. That does not include big brand marketing budget, fancy video equipment, or celebrity endorsements. It is really about creative video content that people really care about. Instagram is a platform where you get to genuinely engage with your followers.

15 Practical Ways on How To Get More Clients

I recently sat down with a trainer that works part-time and was frustrated that she was not as busy as she wanted to be.  When I spoke about her schedule and availability, I spoke that her hours of “9-1” Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday from 8-1 weren’t “ideal” but that is not an excuse to not be busy during those times.

So I asked her how she is spending her time from 10-1 (she has a session at 9 am) to be productive.  Her response baffled me:  “I workout for an hour and then I run errands.”

So I said, “How is this going to help you get sessions?”

To which she replies, “If it’s not going to pay me, I can’t justify spending time working on stuff for FREE anymore.”

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