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How to Avoid the 2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Backwards Fitness Dance

Today’s guest post comes from my co-worker and good friend, Tony Giuliano.

Tony is the hardest working dude I know, and a great coach. I’m honored to be able to give you guys this short article he wrote.

This guy wanted to give everyone a quick philosophical tip. And he even talks about a car wreck!

Alright, enough man crushing. Without further ado, I present to you Tony Giuliano.

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Finding Comfort in the Uncomfortable: What a whiny high school girl can teach you about hard work

Imagine you’re a personal trainer. You’ve just told a group of ten of your clients to do barbell front squats, and now they appear to be doing their best impressions of a dying worm. Like a broken record, they’re repeating the phrase, “I can’t do it.” Two of them complain that the exercise is uncomfortable and their wrists hurt.

Due to limitations of manpower, equipment, and time, you have two responses to choose from:

  1. “Okay. Let’s take you back down to the kettlebell front squat we always do.”
  2. “Okay. Can you keep going or do you need an alternative?”

Worth noting, you must convey sincere nonverbal and verbal compassion in your response. Obviously, there are other things you can do, such as kick them in the groin and tell them they’re being a child, but the two listed above are the top two choices in my mind. Feel free to discuss alternatives in the comments below.

So which option do you pick?

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Ty Terrell is one of the most “in the trenches” trainers that I know. He’s had experience coaching in the weight room, coaching basketball, and running speed & agility courses. He got his start in the fitness industry working under the great Lee Taft.

This guy knows a thing or two about athleticism, so when he talks, I listen.

I was able to get Ty to sit down for a question and answer session with us. I’ve repackaged this half hour conversation to make it flow better for you listeners out there.

Topics addressed include…

  1. Speed and agility periodization for a basketball player. (0:09)
  2. The basic speed and agility movements everyone needs to be able to perform well. (02:47)
  3. How to determine the appropriate height for an athletic stance. HINT: you don’t just “get low”. (05:20)
  4. Why sport-specific speed and agility training in the gym is a myth. (08:33)
  5. Why sport-specific speed and agility training in the gym is NOT a myth. (09:49)
  6. When to fix an athlete’s natural movement pattern. (13:26)
  7. Speed and agility work for baseball players. (17:14)
  8. A better term for “speed and agility”. (21:06)
  9. Using the weight room to develop speed and agility. (21:48)
  10. How to train speed and agility in professional athletes. (28:51)

Get ready to laugh and learn something.

Subscribers also have access to an audio-only version of the interview for convenient listening (like while you’re doing cardiac output).

 

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Weekend Reads: The Great Pain and Sitting Debate

This weekend, I wanted to share with you a Facebook debate.

Long story short: Eric Cressey posts an article written by Michael Mullin. Jon Fass and other critical thinkers don’t like it.

There’s a lot going on here, so dive in slowly. Plenty of good things to think about.

If you and I are friends on Facebook, you shouldn’t have any trouble seeing the post and it’s 100+ comments.

Also, on a lighter note, here’s some music for your Sunday.

Have a great week!

 

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