Seeing as this blog is for fitness professionals (or very eager everyday exercisers), I don’t need to begin by selling the importance of human movement as a pre-requisite to all other forms of physical training. But before the meat and potatoes, I’ll start by offering some simple movement assessments that everyday people can self-administer.
The age of remote coaching is upon us. Here’s how it’s done.
When teaching at various certifications over the past 18 months and presenting at summits, one of the subjects that dominates the attention of fitness professionals most is the mechanics of remote coaching. This blog is written for them, but it also offers a useful insight for anyone considering remote coaching. I appreciate that there are many other ways to skin the cat — here’s what works for me.
Two years ago, I was a full-time trainer and therapist in central London, engaging with people face to face (or hands to skin) for more than 30 hours per week. However, I was faced with the same problem that most self-employed, full-time trainers and therapists encounter. As much as I loved en...
The key to mobility training is bite-sized, frequent daily movement—ideally, on the floor where you learned to move as a baby. The two most effective methods are joint lubing and contract-relax stretching.
Joint lubing (short for lubrication) involves repeatedly bringing every joint to its active end range of motion. This not only maintains mobility but restores that which has been lost through a lack of movement.
The most effective way to improve joint mobility and, ultimately, improve your ability to move well is to address working posture. Mobility training is a long, frustrating and sometimes completely fruitless process if you spend more than 12 hours a day sitting in a ch...
I once trained a client named Mark, a former Cambridge University rower, who hired me to help him prepare for a Tough Mudder event. Mark, a deeply competitive soul, had a superhuman cardiovascular capacity and monstrous tolerance for high volume. He didn’t like it when I’d beat him around a one-mile circuit or be able to lift more than him, especially as I was more than ten years his senior. I think his main motivation for continuing to train with me was to beat me at everything.
Mark was as flexible as a lead pipe. He was six-feet-three-inches tall and lean, but could barely reach past his knees when trying to touch his toes. His attitude toward all training sessions was "go hard or go home." His desire to dest...