Opening the Black Box

Why do training programs work?  How can you tell if they are working? More importantly, how can you tell if they are right for you or your trainee? The black box is a metaphor for a process we don’t understand.  Input turns into output via some mysterious mechanism.  This metaphor has been used in all kinds of industries, including…

Our book has been released!

Play the Ball As It Lies:  The Art and Science of Teaching Strength is now available for purchase.  Below you will find the Introduction which explains a little more about what we teach.  We cover general training principles, workout programming, coaching in the weight room, how to effectively use strength, power, and endurance training, and…

Mobility or Weakness?

Sara Fleming I have a bit of an eclectic training practice. I train middle aged men and women who are fairly new to everything barbell related. I train elementary school children. I train competitive crossfitters and Olympic weightlifters and I train beginner and novice powerlifters. I train people in their seventies and beyond who are…

Coaching in the Weight Room: Cause or Effect?

Sara Fleming When form fails or a client is unable to execute a movement, can you identify the cause?  Its an important thing to think about because there can be multiple reasons that a person may fail on a movement.  I’ve watched a lot of trainers and coaches and a common mistake made in the…

What do you think of…….

****This is not and indictment of any particular training concept, coach, or fitness system.  It’s simply a description of how to make smart training  decisions and to rely on your judgment rather than the prescriptions of others. I got a question from friend recently who attended a seminar I worked.  This person, wanted to know…

Play the ball as it lies

David Van Skike The decision to “get in shape” or go on a diet are the most positive decisions people will make for their overall health, short of seeing a doctor.  Many of these individuals will seek the help of a personal trainer to solve these issues.  “I want to get in shape, I want…