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Guide to Continuing Education for Fitness Professionals

I’ve worked alongside trainers who, when the moment they completed their exercise related degree was the moment they stopped investing any effort in continuing education. They decided they knew enough and didn’t think that there was a need for continuing education for fitness professionals—and it showed in their eventual career struggles, lack of skills evolution, and disengagement in the field to the point they instead poured time into multilevel marketing schemes in the false hope of retiring by age 35.

For the majority of us who’ve invested in making others better, resting on our laurels isn’t an option.

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10 Painless and Practical Tactics To Improve and Overhaul Your Everyday Nutrition

“I don’t have enough time to cook” is the most cited reason for unhealthy eating. Not only is this narrative deeply flawed, the choice and effort to cook healthier, more nutritious meals on a consistent basis pays for itself in better physical and mental energy.

Here are nine ways you can make meal preparation and your daily nutrition easier, more efficient, and fit into your lifestyle:

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6 Ways to Turn Your Fitness Obstacles to Your Advantage

Life is full of obstacles on the path to being physically active. As author Ryan Holiday highlights in his book, The Obstacle is the Way, often the problem presents a novel and valuable opportunity to succeed. This partly requires an attitude shift and partly the willingness to look at the problem from a different perspective.

Often most people’s first hurdle is our willingness to seek and accept even the most trivial justifications to avoid “doing the hard thing.” Have you ever felt a sense of relief when a delay or interruption conveniently arose to conflict with your planned workout or meal preparation? Like the nervous salesperson at the first sign of objection, the pressure to show up and do what’s hard is relieved, only to gradually surge until the next customer or next time we’re supposed to hit the gym. But for that fleeting moment, we’re absolved of responsibility for getting uncomfortable and you now have permission to hit the couch and eat fast food.

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The 4 Kettlebell Exercises Every Lifter Needs

You probably fall into one of these kettlebell camps:

Camp One: You know kettlebells as those awkward, dusty things over in the corner of the gym.
Camp Two: You carry them and occasionally goblet squat with them.
Camp Three: You’re a kettlebell master whose body moves in unison with the ‘bell.

Why are most lifters still in the first two camps? Probably because many conflate strength training with power training. Strength is the ability to produce force against load. Power is the rate at which we produce that force.

Most lifters are great at prioritizing strength and building bigger muscles. But direct power training is often neglected, and kettlebells are some of the best tools to train it. So let’s skill-up on four basic exercises

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Don’t Lose Strength or Muscle While Recovering from a Broken Limb by Following This Program

Train and coach long enough and you’ll work with people with broken or otherwise immobilized limbs. I’ve coached clients with broken wrists, surgically repaired shoulders, ruptured bicep tendons, sprained ankles, broken tibias, and more. The answer isn’t sitting at home getting weak and depressed.

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How Do You Separate Social Media’s Positive “Influencers” From The Rest?

Fitness professionals often complain about fitness “influencers” with large social media followings who peddle “T&A—and abs” all over their social media. This almost always leads to the inevitable discussion of how to differentiate a skilled and reputable coach from someone who only wants to separate you from your money? It’s nowhere near as simple as glaring red flags. Ctd. in the article.

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5 Surprising Reasons Why You’re Struggling With Workout Consistency

Workout consistency often feels unattainable in our busy lives. For many people faced with handling multiple family and professional responsibilities, it oftentimes feels easier to believe we can’t find the time instead of working to make the time to get in a good sweat. Some of us would rather lean on a whole bunch of justifications and rationalizations, which in reality are just polite code words for excuses. At the same time, they place their fitness goals—and the time needed to achieve these goals—at the bottom of the priority scale and instead accept the increased risk of long-term health issues.

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4 Exercises for Knee-Friendly Leg Workouts

The idea that you should never skip leg day only sounds like a good one if you’ve never had to deal with knee pain.

Summoning the fortitude to crush a lower body workout is tough enough without dreading how your joints will feel during it. Whether you’ve experienced an injury in the past, your form and technique isn’t up to snuff, or you come into training unprepared, you’ll be setting yourself up for a bad time if you expect to just bang out standard leg day exercises without much care.

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How to Effectively Workout During Lunch Break

At this stage, there really are no more excuses for not working out, yet many people still struggle to squeeze in a workout, but have you thought about a lunch break workout? Some reasons for not working out are valid: Successfully juggling a demanding career and taking care of family commitments normally requires long hours out of your day. But if you’re spending your precious spare moments managing a handful of fantasy football teams or staying current with every new Netflix drama—it’s on you.

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An Updated Guide on Training Truths and Muscle Myths

The golden age of bodybuilding (think Arnold Schwarzenegger before Terminator and Predator) produced much of the training wisdom that trickled down to everyday lifters in commercial gyms. They were ahead of the curve and the science, figuring out a lot of what you use in today’s workouts. Many of the classic ideas also missed the mark but live on in the gym next to you.

Here are four classic updated training principles and training myths that will keep your muscles up and progressing toward your fitness goals.

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How to Deadlift: The 9 Best Coaching Tips

Last year I wrote a head to toe complete squat guide for T-Nation. I wanted to follow up with a head to toe guide for deadlifts and recruited my friend Tony Gentilcore, the deadlift Jedi to make this article the absolute best deadlift article anywhere.

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The Bikini Champion’s Leg Workout

2012 Bikini Olympia champion Nathalia Melo-Wilson collaborates on this article to dispel the silly nonsense on social media by insta-starlets peddling body weight booty building exercises. The champion bikini competitor demonstrates the heavy compound lifts she uses to build her legs.

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The Full-Body Dumbbell Workout Plan

My full-body dumbbell workout articles(part 1 and 2) were so popular during the pandemic and gym closures, T-Nation revamped and shared them again with a little updating.

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The Full-Body Dumbbell Workout Plan 2

My full-body dumbbell workout articles(part 1 and 2) were so popular during the pandemic and gym closures, T-Nation revamped and shared them again with a little updating.

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4 Updated Training Principles To Keep You Muscular

The golden age of bodybuilding (think Arnold Schwarzenegger before Terminator and Predator) produced much of the training wisdom that trickled down to everyday lifters in commercial gyms. They were ahead of the curve and the science, figuring out a lot of what you use in today’s workouts. Many of the classic ideas also missed the mark but live on in the gym next to you.

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This High-Level Athletic Program Is Built For Athletes Of All Levels

What’s your reason for training? Are you active with multiple sports looking to improve performance? Or are you the weekend beer league warrior who doesn’t want to lose a step to the younger guys but also doesn’t want to be dragging himself out of bed in DOMS-induced agony for the following week? Or maybe you just don’t want to be winded climbing a flight of stairs.

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Build More Muscle With Seated Overhead Press

Here is a guide of how to build shoulder muscles with seated overhead presses.

Want to optimize your barbell overhead press for building muscle? Here are four form fixes to get the most training effect while minimizing fatigue and injury risk of the shoulders.

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The 6 Types of Squats Every Lifter Should Master

Here’s my latest article on T-Nation, this time a collaboration with Charley Gould:

Squatting is a fundamental movement pattern, but we usually picture a barbell across the back when we think squats. There are far more options, often better suited to different lifters at different experience levels or with different goals.

Here are six squat versions every lifter should master.

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The Best Leg Workouts With Dumbbells For Strength, Fat Loss, Muscle, And More

There are a handful of reasons why a lifter may choose dumbbells over other free weights. Limited resources, insufficient space, and the need for versatility make dumbbells a popular implement for home gyms. And because they’re generally lighter than barbells and allow your limbs to move more freely, dumbbells are considered to be joint-friendly.

Most lifters associate dumbbell training with chest pressing, curls, and rows while thinking of barbells for heavy squats and deadlifts. But dumbbells, when used effectively, can strengthen and add mass to your legs as effectively as any other tools in the gym. Here are five dumbbell-based workout programs to carry you through your lower-body training.

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How to Squat: A Complete Head to Toe Guide

Squats are your training program’s foundation, but are you doing them right? Tour any commercial gym. You’ll see shallow, knee-caving pseudo-squats. Hint: That’s not how to squat.

To optimize muscle growth and allow a lifetime of injury-free training, you may need a few tweaks to your squat form… or you might need a complete overhaul. Here’s a bottom-up breakdown of how to set up and execute your squat.

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6 Rules for Guaranteed Bigger Calves

Much of the myth of hard-to-grow calves is that few people do the training right. Even fewer are willing to smash calves with the kind of training frequency, volume, and long-term consistency needed to make meaningful progress.

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Content 101 : Create More And Consume Less

Are you afraid of being exposed as unqualified in that podcast or YouTube channel you’ve always dreamed of starting?

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5 Muscle Growth Eating Strategies For Hardgainers

For those willing to commit to the lifestyle, we can pave an easier path with practical eating strategies to pack on lean muscle.

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8 Ways Personal Trainers Can Get Kids to Love Fitness

Imagine children growing up seeing gyms as normal instead of as intimidating places they struggle with as adults.

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How In-Person Trainers Successfully Adapt to Online Coaching

Experienced in-person coaches are often victims of our own success.

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How to Lift Forever: 6 Bulletproofing Exercises

Fix Your Scapular Movement and Hip Flexion

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5 Essential Questions About Your Training

When was the last time you thought “why am I doing this exercise?” “Why is my program structured this way?”

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The Not So Sexy Truth About Training To Failure

Coaches and athletes love arguing about everything training and nutrition

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Tip: The Single Kettlebell Workout

Train your whole body with one piece of iron. Here’s how.

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The Full-Body Dumbbell Workout Program 2

Train Without a Gym

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5 Lies You Tell Yourself Why You Aren’t Creating And Sharing Content

You’re holding back your thoughts and ideas.

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The New Essential Leg Exercise

Three Strength Coaches Weigh In

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Referral Mastery: Playing The Long Game

Referral Mastery: Playing The Long Game

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How to Build Big Shoulders, Minus The Pain

5 Presses for Irritated Shoulders

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6 Reasons To Stay In The Fitness Industry

Have you ever stressed over the security and stability of your personal training income?

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How 6 Successful Coaches Built Their Social Media Following

Large social media followings are often dismissed as the domain of sleazy fitness influencers.

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7 Things I Wish I Did Earlier In My Career

No successful path is unobstructed.

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Tip: The Giant Set For Giant Shoulders

Oh man, this is gonna hurt.

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The Full-Body Dumbbell Workout Program

Build Muscle With Limited Equipment

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What You Don’t Know About Calf Training

4 Exercises for Bigger Calves & Bulletproof Ankles

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The World Has Changed and So Have The Rules For New Online Coaches

“You can’t train online unless you’ve coached in person for four years.”

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How to Keep Building Your Busted Shoulders

3 Strategies to Train Through Shoulder Pain

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Tip: The Best Leg Exercise You’ve Never Tried

This knee-friendly quad killer allows you to load heavier and really focus

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Tip: Two EZ Ways to Build More Muscle

Build your back and legs with this easy and convenient equipment swap.

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Tip: The Smart Way to Plan Your Back Workouts

Make back day even better. Here’s how.

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Death to Small Quads

The Twice-Per-Week Specialization Plan

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Tip: Easy Ways to Do the Hardest Ham Exercise

This hamstring move is notoriously brutal and it usually requires a partner.

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Tip: Two Sumo Deadlift Myths, Destroyed

If you want to pull more weight with better form, don’t fall for these lies.

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Arm Day Annihilation

5 Supersets for Big Biceps and Triceps

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How to Build Big Legs With Bad Knees

The 5 Exercises You Need

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The Ultimate Shoulder Day

Fix Your Overhead Press and Build Your Delts

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