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Job differences: physical therapy vs personal training

September 9, 2019

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I’m a personal trainer, but do a lot of work with clients reminiscent of physical therapy e.g. some corrective exercise, posture work, exercise for smaller muscle groups. I’m often asked about differences, what I recommend, etc.  I’m going to address the most important differences, stating which discipline has the advantage. I’m stating what I think […]

How I overcame primary exertion headaches

August 26, 2019

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Preface: I know next to nothing about headaches. This is just a “hey, maybe this will be useful to somebody out there” internet article. There aren’t many physical activities my body isn’t familiar with. A couple years ago though I did start training for a new one- long hiking. –How I trained for the steepest day […]

The dubious value of laboratory fitness

July 8, 2019

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This is the most impressive performance I know of: The combination of physical and mental? Basically by one individual, not a team of people? Man, if you know something better, something stretching the limits of what a human can do in a more comprehensive manner, let me know. Not to mention that Youtube video has, […]

Don’t get your identity wrapped up in your fitness

June 24, 2019

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I’d say there are two consistent, glaring flaws in the fitness industry: Everyone thinking they’re more advanced than they are Getting way too emotionally attached to any fitness approach I’ve addressed 1. in The Real Talk With Client Series. Succinctly: you don’t need high intensity interval training when you’re bitching about taking the stairs instead of the […]

The future of obesity treatment

June 3, 2019

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Obesity has proven to be one of the toughest diseases we’ve come across. In terms of widely known ailments, others I can think of on par with it are dementia, depression, chronic pain. These are ailments we’ve made essentially zero progress in treating. -> People who work in these domains may be sensitive to that comment, but I’m […]

Injury risk adds up quicker than you think

May 13, 2019

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For any deadlift session, what’s the chance you blow your back out? – Something hard to know is the injury risk of any given exercise. Even harder is knowing the injury risk of a given exercise for a given person. The most well known injured area is the lower back. One of the most well […]

Personal training clients are way older than you think

April 22, 2019

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“You act like everyone is beat up.” is a consistent criticism I’ve received. I’ve written a lot about exercising clients who have an injury history or current musculoskeletal problems. For some, this gets attached to me as overly conservative. -> This always cracks me considering I got into exercise science due to playing football, one […]

60 seconds or less: Rest breaks

April 15, 2019

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This is part of the Real Talk With Client Series. Click here for the rules. Go here to see other topics. How long should you rest between sets? Goals dictate rest breaks. If getting stronger is your only, or most important, goal, make the rest break help you lift the most weight. You feel like […]