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Friday, December 18, 2009

10 things I wish I knew 5 years ago

Here are 10 things I have experienced in the last 5 years. These are in no specific order.

1. If a client cannot do a proper scapular wall slide you should probably hold off on overhead movements. Clear up the restriction then progress

2. Teach your clients the difference between a pelvic tilt and scapular retraction and protraction. If they can do each one without moving the other they will have better body awareness.

3. Spend more time prepping the hips and shoulders.

4. Ankle mobility is the key to all lower body movements- clearing up any ankle restrictions will pretty much increase the quality of any lower body lift.

5. Do not teach something you cannot do PERFECTLY

6. Take the time to mentor a younger client. I can assure you that you will learn just as much from them as they learned from you.

7. Strength is a skill, you MUST practice every time you train. Do not just work out. PRACTICE

8. Take the time to learn and network with other strength coaches, you do not know it all.

9. Quality before quantity- anybody can do a drill wrong, not everybody can do it correctly.

10. Spend more time with your friends. This doesn't always have to be something significant. Sometimes you need to just "show up"

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