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…

Strength: The Simple Truth

Sara Fleming and David Van Skike Why strength train? . . . no really. Why? You have probably heard this mantra before in regard to weight training:  Train movements, not muscles.  Initially, this idea was just an overreaction to the bodybuilding centric physical culture movement that began to be popularized for the masses in the…

The Great Do-Over

Intro: I had a chance this summer to meet a gentleman who was, at the tender young age of 46,  enjoying his first Highland Heavy Athletics meet.  We struck up a conversation and his  story amazed me.  I asked him to share it and I’m pleased he agreed.  I know a fair bit about setbacks…

The Get Stronger Program

Sara Fleming We talk about keeping things simple all the time. We also talk about strength all the time. In this article, I drop a lot of names, hopefully drop some logic, and in the end, present a very simple template you can use to keep getting stronger for a long time. Its simple, you…

Are you a Trainer or an Exercise Supervisor?

Sara Fleming I will confess that before I got certified as a trainer, most of what went on in the gym was a mystery to me.  I lifted dumbbells and barbells to get bigger and stronger and I ran to exercise my heart and lungs.  That was it.  And I didn’t think that all my years working on…

Chapter 1

Hello All! We are working hard on doing a final edit of our seminar curriculum for our upcoming seminar August 3rd and 4th in Lancaster, PA.  We also hope to publish the full curriculum as a Kindle book.  In the mean time, please enjoy a copy of Chapter 1 on us. Download Chapter 1