April 26, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community

About the Author: Patrick Rapp was a 2015 Personal Trainers to Watch finalist. He is a personal trainer and the owner of Sport Performance Center in Vasteras, Sweden.

When you work as a personal trainer and meet lot of different people, exercisers with different goals, different circumstances and different incentives. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start with each one.

When I began as a personal trainer, I thought I could develop a training method that allowed me to guide my clients through a systematic workout plan—a plan that would show me where to start with my client, when to take the next step and what that next step would be. As you can probably figure out, this simplistic method does not exist.

Everyone is unique and everyone reacts differently to the exercise options, feedback and energy we provide. If you really think about it, a one-size-fits-all fitness plan goes against everything personal training stands for. Trainers want to deliver quality, individualized training and guidance toward the personal goals of each client.

So, how does this personalization happen? The closest thing to a consistent method I have found is, start with success.

Listen to your client and assess where they are in relation to their goals and abilities. Start with an intensity and a program that is just slightly challenging to your exerciser, but one that they are capable of. You exerciser should feel immediate success and be motivated by the fact that they are making progress after just a couple of minutes. Slowly work up the intensity but try to make sure that your client achieves success frequently.

Positive feedback is better than negative feedback, and we know that a positive mind can have great effect on performance. So why not work with the philosophy that you client should feel successful, feel that they are breaking barriers and leave each session feeling like they’re walking on the clouds? Not only will they reach their goals, they will feel great during the journey and recommend you to others.


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April 11, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community

About the author: Jason Glass is a TPI certified trainer and one of the world’s top strength and conditioning coaches focusing on rotational power. He trains and consults for athletes and teams from the PGA Tour, NFL and NHL. Jason is an international lecturer and presenter on the topic of human performance and athletic development. Learn more at JasonGlassPerformanceLab.com or listen to his podcast on iTunes.

The Masters just wrapped up, which means spring golf is right around the corner. The most important thing you can do to start the 2016 golf season is to change the way you think. Most golfers feel that the best way to lower their handicap and get the most out of their golf game is to practice their short game, spend hours on the range and hit drivers until their hands are raw. This approach will get your game ready for your club’s first member/guest tournament but if you want to really make a difference, change your body.

Is golf just about scoring low? Isn’t it also about the golf experience? The walk, the fresh air, and that feeling you get when you find the center of the club face and watch the ball effortlessly land in the middle of the fairway. Ensuring that you enjoy the round, and avoid needing an ice pack when you get home, requires a game plan.

You will enjoy golf a lot more, and I guarantee your game will improve, if you are moving better and feeling better. Here is a dynamic warm up to ensure you do just that.

The pre-round warm up needs be simple, require no equipment other than a golf club and be performed on the driving range in golf clothing. All movements should be conducted in a space no larger than a range stall. Avoid movements that distract fellow golfers or interrupt their pre-round preparation.

A pre-shot routine breeds confidence and relaxes the golfer before executing their shot. The dynamic warm up has the same effect if performed the same way, in the same order at the same intensity every time. 

Below is an example of the simple and effective on-range golf warm up that you can incorporate into your pre-round routine. My PGA Tour and LPGA players perform this warm up before each round and every practice session. I have a good feeling it might just work for you as well. Enjoy your round!


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April 01, 2016 / Category: Fun Side of Fitness

TakeYourWorkoutOutdoors.jpgSpring is right around the corner, and that means moving some of your workouts outdoors. Sunlight, fresh air, green trees – an outdoor workout sounds just like a vacation! And we promise that your treadmill won’t get offended if you ditch the incline and hit a natural hill every once in awhile.

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