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Articles: Coaching and Training

How Much Do You Really Know About Coaching Women? Test Your Skills Here!

When it comes to coaching, the learning never stops. Even if you’re well-educated and certified, you might notice that there are some questions you don’t know how to answer, or client challenges you don’t know how to solve — especially with your female clients. For example, suppose a client asks you how to adapt her […]

“I Don’t Want to Get Big & Bulky!”

“I don’t want to get big and bulky.” That’s what the prospective client told me. She wanted to get stronger, lose body fat, and feel more confident, but she was afraid of getting “too big.” According to her, resistance training, and especially weight lifting, were out of the question. I sighed to myself. Not again. […]

Training Clients Post-Hysterectomy: What You Need to Know

Did you know that by age 60, more than one-third of women will have had a hysterectomy, and about 11.7% of women ages 40–44 will have had the procedure?1 In other words, if you primarily work with women, you’re likely to work with someone who has had a hysterectomy. As a coach, gaining a better […]

How to Train Clients With Diastasis Recti

As a pelvic health physiotherapist, I considered myself an expert in diastasis recti. After all, I’d been treating the condition for nearly 20 years in my patients. Then, after my third pregnancy, I diagnosed the condition in myself. Despite all my education and experience, my first reaction was fear. Because the conventional wisdom for so […]

How to Create a Safe and Effective Strength Training Program for Pregnant Clients

Have you ever been in one of these situations? Situation #1: A client you’ve been training gets pregnant. She asks you what this means for her strength training program. What do you say? Situation #2: A new client wants to start strength training with you… but she’s pregnant. What do you do? If you’ve ever found yourself […]

Am I Fit Enough to Be a Trainer?

If we work in the health and fitness industry, that means we’ve got it all together, right? We look good, feel good, move well, and love our bodies too? Ummm… Nope. Whether we’re coaches, trainers, or other specialists, most of us have our own struggles and challenges when it comes to body image. Here’s the […]

Coaching Cheat Sheet: How to Handle Unrealistic Expectations

If you’re a health, fitness, or nutrition professional, I bet at least one of these scenarios will sound familiar to you. (Maybe both). Scenario A: A new client walks in and tells you exactly what she wants to “transform” into. The bad news is that she’s showing you a picture on her phone of a […]

How to Talk to Your Client About Their Birth Experience (and Why It Matters)

Not all mothers identify strongly with motherhood, just as not all mothers give the birth of their child much thought after the fact. However, for a large number of women, birthing a baby is one of the most transformative moments of their life: it is when a new part of their identity is revealed, that […]

Should Pregnant Clients Do High-Impact Exercise?

I remember it like it was yesterday: I was 18 weeks into my first pregnancy. A little slower, but still bound and determined to run through all of it. As I headed out on my first mile towards the Potomac River trails — I live in the DC Metro area — I had to stop […]

How to Train a Pregnant Client Who’s New to Exercise

What do you do if your new client is not only pregnant, but has never really been an “exerciser?” This can be a challenging situation for a fitness professional, especially if you are new to training pregnant women. You will likely find conflicting information on what your client should and should not be doing, and […]