Coaching and Training

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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How to Help a Client Who Struggles With Consistency
It was 2009. My husband and I were running our fitness boot camps and had just had our first child. I knew I didn’t want to travel anymore to speak with a new baby at home, and decided to focus...
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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Coaches Make When Training Female Clients
Effectively coaching and training women is about more than understanding the anatomical and physiological differences between men and women. It’s also about understanding the psychological and emotional differences, including what women are conditioned to believe and say about their bodies...
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Creating a Safe Training Environment for Clients Who Are Survivors
Are you working with clients who are survivors — of trauma, of negative experiences, of stress? If your clients are human, then you likely are. Laura Khoudari, a Manhattan based trauma-informed personal trainer puts it best, “If you are working...
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Important Considerations When Lifting With a Larger Body
I am an amateur super heavyweight strongwoman. I am fat. I am 5’8 and I weigh 320 pounds. Why did I tell you my weight? Because I exist. Because others aren’t comfortable sharing. Because what women do weigh is a...
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How to Train Clients With Low Back Pain
Low back pain is the leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. Globally, the prevalence of low back pain has increased 54 percent between 1990 and 2015 [1]. In light of this, it is naive to believe we are doing...
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Everyday Racism in the Fitness World and Beyond
Earlier this year, LA Fitness called the police on two African American men because they didn’t believe the men had memberships, even though both of the men had checked in and one of the men had been a member of...
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8 Unintentional Ways Trainers Promote Disordered Eating (and What to Do Instead)
Dear fitness professionals, are you inadvertently misdirecting your clients? Are you unconsciously promoting disordered eating? What we hear, think, and say has a profound influence on how we feel about our health and our bodies. As personal trainers and fitness...
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How to Build a Referral Network to Support Your Pre- and Postnatal Clients
Health professionals who care deeply about their clients or patients look for professionals in other areas of practice who they can trust and to whom they can guide their clients or patients needing services beyond their scope of practice. To...
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