Coaching and Training

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....
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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...
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What Coaches Need to Know About Postpartum Depression
Your clients who have or who will have a baby are amazing. These women endure a 40-week metamorphosis to grow a human, involving constantly changing size and shape, as well as increasing their blood volume by approximately 50 percent, their...
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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...
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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...
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How to Help Your Active Client Set Training Goals During Pregnancy
Imagine this: your client is training consistently five to six times a week; they meet with you as their coach, diligently note their workouts in their training log, and send your their weekly updates. They never (OK, almost never) skip...
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Hiring a Coach? Here's What You Need to Know
So you’ve decided to hire a coach. Congratulations! This is a significant step in your fitness journey, and one that you may take several times over as you progress in your goals and in your abilities. While exciting, this can...
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Beyond the Intake Form: Why Coaches Must Do the Work to Know Their Clients
If you’ve been following and writing for Girls Gone Strong these past few years, you’ve noticed an exciting shift in the GGS community’s conversations. Now more than ever before, trainers and enthusiasts are recognizing that women are more than just...
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How to Have Difficult Conversations With Your Clients
Firing a client. Ending a romantic relationship. Addressing staff behavior problems. Challenging the racist relative at family dinner. Talking about finances and debt. The above are but a few examples of difficult conversations we face in life. For the purpose...
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