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Almost any training program will give you some level of results. The question is what is "optimal". I am a fitness, health, and wellness enthusiast with a desire to improve the quality of life of others through my passions. The goal of Optimum Health is to educate, inform, and motivate others to have a healthier lifestyle. I want as many people as possible to understand how good being healthy feel

Almost any training program will give you some level of results. The question is what is "optimal". I am a fitness, health, and wellness enthusiast with a desire to improve the quality of life of others through my passions. The goal of Optimum Health is to educate, inform, and motivate others to have a healthier lifestyle. I want as many people as possible to understand how good being healthy feel

09/10/2014
Bret Contreras PhD

It's a hard thing to convey to clients looking for fast results, but it couldn't be any closer to the truth.

Teach your clients to fish rather than feeding them for a day...

Teach them how to move safely rather than load them up with machine exercises.

Training the beginner is pretty boring for the personal trainer. We have to reinforce good form and stick to bodyweight or very light loads for squat/lunge, hip hinge/dl, and bridge/hip thrust patterns. However, this phase is critical as it lays the foundation for future success. In time, the training gets much more intriguing when the lifter graduates to barbell full squats and barbell front squats and is able to load a 45-lb plate on each side of the barbell for deadlifts and hip thrusts. Eventually, more advanced single leg variations can be employed, and unique techniques can be implemented. But it all starts with mastering bodyweight during full range basic movement patterns. Progressions must be gradual - rushing them usually backfires on the lifter, so be patient and consistent.

Do you strength train (heavy weights/low reps)? Think it's not something that can benefit you in your sport or in life? ...
09/05/2014
T Nation | The Current State of S&C Coaching

Do you strength train (heavy weights/low reps)? Think it's not something that can benefit you in your sport or in life? This article will change your mind.

"The ability to display power is largely controlled by genetics. Explosive athletes are born that way. Athleticism is not very trainable, but strength is. An increase in strength increases the ability to fully display athleticism."

The author rode is to shed light on the current state of Strength & Conditioning in North America....and according to him it's not good! But I'm posting it to shed some light on the benefits of strength training for the average person.

One of my favourite S&C coaches Bret Contreras (Fitness Page) posted something on Facebook that went a little while ago that I loved!!

"You think lifting heavy weights is dangerous?...try being weak. Being weak is dangerous"

Strength & conditioning coaches are a dime a dozen, and most aren't worth that. Why has the field devolved? Let's find out.

Butt Wink in the bottom of the squat? ...it's likely not your hamstrings! http://deansomerset.com/butt-wink-aout-hamstri...
07/09/2014
Butt Wink Is Not About the Hamstrings - DeanSomerset.com

Butt Wink in the bottom of the squat? ...it's likely not your hamstrings!

http://deansomerset.com/butt-wink-aout-hamstrings/

Squats are awesome. Whether they’re loaded using a barbell in a back or front squat, with a dumbbell or kettlebell in a goblet squat, or any other variation, they’re a fantastic exercise that can be progressed or regressed nearly infinite different ways to produce different results from maximum stre…

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My credentials: Fitness & Health Promotion Diploma Program at St. Lawrence College Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT) Precision Nutrition - Level 1 Nutrition Coach National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) - Part A & B Competitive Coaching Certification and Fundamental Movement Functional Movement Systems - FMS Level 1 Life Saving Society - Standard First Aid with CPR “C”

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