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Knee Pain Basics Part 3

Coaching Your Way to Healthy Knees! In this final installment of our knee pain basics series, we’re going to cover specific things you can do in your training sessions to maximize your knee health. If you’ve been living under a rock the past two weeks and missed the first two installments, be sure to check […]

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One Program Is….One Program

I was having a discussion with two IFAST interns the other day, and the topic of programming was broached. As the discussion developed, it became clear what the issue was.  These guys haven’t written a ton of programs yet, and I could tell they were about to fall victim to a huge mistake that many […]

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Is it the program? Or the coaching?

Is it the program?  Or the coaching? In my estimation, it’s a 50-50 split.  But let’s flesh this out a little bit. A little over a year ago, I ran this piece depicting the success of one of my online training clients. Needless to say, I think Eric has a tendency to overstate my skills […]

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More Thoughts on Movement Quality

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog titled “The Concept of Movement Quality.”  There, I touched on a basic premise – it’s not just about moving more; it’s about moving better. This past weekend during our Bootcamp Bootcamp Q&A, several of us were discussing the topic even further.  It reminded me of a quote I […]

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4 Ways to Become a Top-Flight Trainer or Coach

Last week, I pissed some people off. While it was my goal to be intentionally inflammatory to trainers/coaches who aren’t “cutting the mustard,” so to speak, it seems as though I also pissed off some of my core contingent as well. People who are serious about training clients and athletes.  People who are serious about […]

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Mistakes Trainers and Coaches Make 6-8-10

One of my favorite quotes of all-time comes from Z-Health creator Dr. Eric Cobb.  It goes a little something like this: “Stop! And be present.” Simple words, for sure.  But they mean a lot, if you allow them to. In this day and age, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat-race that is […]

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Finding a Personal Trainer – 2 Questions You MUST Ask

This is a question I get asked all the time, from friends and family members alike: How do I go about finding a competent fitness coach/personal trainer/performance enhancement coach? These days, it’s not as easy as you’d like to think.  With all the marketing and hype surrounding our industry, it can be difficult to separate […]

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Newer? Or BETTER?

Here’s an important distinction we need to make in this (and every) industry: Is this new widget/device/gadget/exercise simply new, or is it actually BETTER? Case and point… We’ve known for decades that squatting is one of the premiere exercises to develop strength and size.  Not only in the hips and thighs, but really throughout the […]

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High School Football Training for Dummies

Imagine this, if you will…. It’s Memorial Day Monday.  You’ve spent some great time with friends and family, the past two days, enjoying the weather and simply catching up on life. You should have one more day to relax, but instead, you’re woken by the alarm clock going off at 5:15 in the morning?

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Developmental Systems: The X and O Factors for Training Youn

(Note from MR: Brian Grasso is not only a great coach and speaker, but someone I consider a great friend as well.  His passion for helping kids is second-to-none, and he’s someone I will have guest blogging for RTS on a continuing basis. Other than possibly Eric Cressey or Bill Hartman, I can’t think of […]

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The Concept of Movement Quality

One of the topics that I’m constantly harping on at IFAST is that of movement quality.  It’s a key component of everything we do, and a topic that I don’t hear discussed all that often within the fitness industry as a whole. It’s not how far you can move – it’s moving through the appropriate […]

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Should I only use single-leg lifts?

You know, I could manipulate the hell out of this product. I’m pretty sure I could lie, steal and cheat my way to a ridiculous pay day. I could tell you that all you need is single-leg training, providing you with a handful of references (and excluding others) that might even convince you that is […]

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Progressions and Coaching for the YouTube Generation

When I interviewed Joe Kenn for my podcast a couple of weeks ago, we had a great discussion about developing information products such as DVD’s. He had been told that due to YouTube and other video sites, that DVD’s were no longer a viable option.  After all, why would you create a product when you […]

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Mistakes Trainers and Coaches Make 4-13-10

Here’s another mistake I see far too often. Trainer Johnny starts to learn a little anatomy and training jargon, and so he assumes that everyone and their mother knows this stuff as well. After all, who doesn’t know what their TFL is? Or why they shouldn’t hyperextend their lumbar spine? Look, I hate to break […]

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November 5th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.20 My Thoughts on the Lumbar Spine and Low Back, Part III In case you missed the first two installments, you can find them linked below. In Part I, we covered my basic thoughts and ideals when it comes to the low back. In Part II, we covered my thoughts on […]

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