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02.12.22

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 What Am I Reading

 

 

 

Diets Don’t Work: Why Restrictive Eating Plans Fail And What Can You Do Instead – Tony Gentilcore

 

 

 

Fitness Culture And The Internet: The Absolute Worst Combination For Good Mental Health – Lee Boyce

 

 

 

 

Respect Your Season Of Life – Ace Fitness

 


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How To Be A Featured Fitness Writer

Writing about fitness and writing this well is a great way to reach new audiences, solidify your knowledge, get more personal training clients, earn more money, and be seen as a person who can be trusted. But none of this happens overnight. Much like your own training, you have to put in the reps.

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The best way to get better at writing is to write more. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the obvious. But the best way to get your writing featured on well-known health and fitness websites, that’s a little less obvious.

Writing about fitness is a great way to reach new audiences, solidify your knowledge, get more personal training clients, earn more money, and be seen as a person who can be trusted. But none of this happens overnight. Much like your own training, you have to put in the reps.

Before we go any further let me get this out of the way. This isn’t going to be about the Xs and O’S on the skill of fitness writing. I’m assuming you know how to put together a few coherent sentences and your knowledge of the human body and coaching is up to snuff.

But this article will show you how and why writing about fitness helps your training career. Plus, I will share all the tips and advice I’ve picked up through my 20 years of training clients and writing for websites.

 

Let’s dive in. 

Before we go any further let me get this out of the way. This isn’t going to be about the Xs and O’S on the skill of fitness writing. I’m assuming you know how to put together a few coherent sentences and your knowledge of the human body and coaching is up to snuff.

But this article will show you how and why writing about fitness helps your training career. Plus, I will share all the tips and advice I’ve picked up through my 20 years of training clients and writing for websites

Let’s dive in. 

 

Where I’ve Been Featured

 

Okay, this is the part where I brag a little.  But this isn’t to show off but to prove to you I’ve put in the reps. Here are a couple of major publications I have written for.

 

  • Breaking Muscle
  • Stack
  • Bodybuilding.com
  • Elite FTS
  • Tony Gentilcore
  • NCSA

Not only have I written but major fitness sites such as Men’s Health and Men’s Journal interviewed me for my expertise. Plus, I regularly publish content for trainers over on my site detricsmith.com. Okay bragging over.

How Writing Helps Your Career

It’s pretty exciting to see your name in the by-line and it never gets old. There is a personal sense of satisfaction that people will read your work and get something out of it. Here are five other ways writing will help your career. 

Builds your reputation- this doesn’t happen overnight, but when people see you produce good work, you’ll develop a name for yourself in the industry.

Solidifies your knowledge-  I’ve attended dozens of conferences, tons of continuing education credits, and read hundreds of books. The best way to condense all this knowledge I’ve accumulated over 20 years is to write about it. Once it’s down on paper I can always refer back to it if need be. 

Positions you as an expert- Growing up reading fitness magazines, I used to hang on to every word and took this training advice as gospel. When someone reads your work, they may feel the same way too.  

Can add another income stream- if you are lucky enough to get compensated for your writing, it can add another income stream. Do not expect to get paid for your first few writing jobs. Have patience, put in the work, and focus on getting your work out there. 

 

Helps you get clients- when you can point potential clients to your written work or someone comes across your writing, they’re more likely to hire you than not. You want to be top of mind when they are ready to buy. 

6 Writing Tips To Help You Get Featured

Assuming you’ve read this far, and you are in it for the long haul, here I’ll outline a few tips and tricks that have helped me along the way. Again, this isn’t an x’s and o’s on writing. There are other people for that. It is my hope you take this advice and apply it to your own writing so you can also get featured on fitness websites

Hire A Coach

4 years ago, when this writing thing became serious, I hired Nick Tumminello to take me to the next level.  Nick explained to me that my writing was negative. My tone was one of writing down to people. There were no takeaways, and I was leaving the reader unfulfilled. This changed after I hired Nick. He also explained how to network my work to reach my ideal audience.   

Find Your Voice

There are tons of great fitness writers who may seem smarter and more qualified than you. But you have one thing over them. Your voice and your experience.  None of these writers have your voice, your perspective, and your set of experiences. 

If you’re struggling to find your own voice, take notes on writers who resonate with you. I bet they are authentic and tell a story with their writing. Think about how you can weave your perspective and experiences into your writing so the reader connects with you! 

 Write For Free

If you want to get featured and nobody knows who you are, then it is up to you to start making a name for yourself. And that starts with writing for free to display your talents. A good place to start is HARO where journalists are looking for people to contribute to stories. There you will get a feel for what magazines want and you’ll learn the art of writing and pitching your article ideas.

Read More

Read everything you can get your hands on. The act of reading is like osmosis for your brain. You will pick up vocab, style, ideas to write about and increase your knowledge. If you want to be a better writer, it starts with being a better reader.

Develop Relationships

When you read something that resonates with you,  reach out to the author or leave a comment on their page. Social media is an easy way to develop online relationships with other coaches and writers. When you develop a relationship, it will be much easier to ask them questions or  they might allow you to write a guest post. This is a great way to get your name out there.

Seek Editorial Opinion

You have to be a big boy or girl and let other people read your work. When you’re too close to your work, you don’t see your opinions rubbing people the wrong way. It’s also a great idea to have someone review your work for grammatical errors. Either way, it helps to have a second pair of eyes on your work. If you have developed relationships with your fellow coaches(point above), this will only make your work better.

Wrapping Up

 

Adding another string to your coaching bow with the written word will help you get clients, earn the respect and admiration of your fellow professionals, and add money to your wallet. Plus You’ll always enjoy the feeling of seeing your name up in lights. 


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DETRIC SMITH | WEEKLY WRAPUP

08.21.21

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An honor to make the Personal Trainer Development Center list of Top content for the week!

Check out my latest article that was originally featured on  Breaking Muscle – “Coaching the Unmotivated Client”

What I'm Reading

 

5 Exercises For Fall Prevention – Shane McLean

 

Success in the Fitness Industry:

Reality v. Expectations   – Tony Gentilcore

 

All Problems Are Leadership Problems : Part 1

  – Kelly Berry


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Writing Effective Training Programs- Your first plan never works

You’ve meticulously planned your client’s program for the next six weeks and included exercises and training methods that will help them reach their desired goal.

You’re chomping at the bit to get started and then you spot your client struggling as they enter the door. Uh-oh, this doesn’t look good.

“ Coach, I threw my back out again while helping my wife with laundry. You know I’ve done this a million times before so I didn’t want to cancel. Anyway, we can work around it today?”

Then your head starts spinning because you’ve got no idea what to do next.

Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

This is a trainer’s punch in the mouth.

What separates the good from the great trainers is the ability to think on your feet to solve a client’s problem. You don’t just teach exercise you need to be a professional problem solver too.  

 

When You Need A Plan B

 

There are a couple of situations where you need to go off-script to keep the training session flowing and to keep your paying client happy. They are:

 

1.     All the Equipment is Taken- If you planned bench presses on a Monday, you might be out of luck. There is not much time to wait for equipment when your client’s session is between 30-60 minutes.

 

2.     Client has an injury, or an exercise variation hurts- working around an injury or pain requires you know regressions and training methods to reduce the discomfort so the client gets a training effect.

 

Let’s look at these two scenarios so the next time your client or the busy gym throws you a curveball, you’ll be ready.

 

Lack of Equipment

Let’s look at the two most popular pieces of equipment and what to do when they are not available.

Problem All the benches are taken on national chest day, otherwise known as Monday.  

Walk into any gym on a Monday and you’re probably wishing for an empty bench. We use benches for bench presses and other upper body exercises like rows, pullovers, and seated shoulder presses too

Don’t let the lack of a bench hold you back. Instead of you and your client waiting for a bench to become available do these bench-free exercises.

 

Barbell Floor Press

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpiqWNY52M0&ab_channel=BarbellLogic

 

Unilateral Dumbbell Floor Press

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sunPxHFQhYQ&ab_channel=anthonyectomy

 

Dumbbell Z Press

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wce-elEhBHw&ab_channel=prsallday

 

Dumbbell Pullover on Floor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qALakTR1nRI&ab_channel=OnnitAcademy

 

Wall One Arm Row

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shyjP6BwAnI&ab_channel=NickNilsson-theMadScientistofMuscle

 

The advantages of these exercises are

  • More core engagement
  • Don’t require a bench
  • Safer for sore shoulders
  • The floor provides the client and trainer with feedback on technique

 

Problem

All the barbells are taken or there is no space to train with one.

Having exercise variations that train the muscles and movements of the squat, hinge, and bench without the barbell is handy to have in your back pocket when you and your client haven’t the time to wait for a barbell. For example

 

Dumbbell Squat Variations

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlmTzN9zeiY

 

Band Elevated Split Squat

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G26YFqFAxJA

 

Mechanical Advantage Dumbbell Bench Press Drop Set

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfYNhAGAm0w&feature=emb_title

 

Decline Dumbbell Floor Press With Glute Bridge

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxQDac6_Bso

 

Staggered-Stance Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K-C-nB4Hy4&ab_channel=KiaKhadem

 

The advantages of these exercises are

  • Trains the same muscles and movements of the squat, press, and hinge Unilateral variations help strengthen strength imbalances between sides
  • Improved core strength
  • Dumbbells are easier on the joints than barbells

 

The client has an injury or an exercise that hurts

Training through pain is a no-no. We are not doctors or Physical Therapists and only they can diagnose something. Although we can make guesses on the causes of their pain, we can’t make a diagnosis.  What we can do is make exercise modifications so the client can train pain-free.

Let’s look at some exercises and training methods to train around the discomfort of the knees, hips/lower back, and shoulder region.

 

Training Methods When Pain Is An Issue

When an exercise hurts, or the client has a non-serious injury there are three methods to use as your plan B. 

 

1.     Exercise Regressions

 

When form or technique isn’t part of the problem, dialing down a movement by reducing intensity, increasing stability, or bringing the weight closer to the working muscle can help.

For example, if a Goblet squat hurts their back/hips/knees then bringing the weight closer to their legs (Sumo squat) may solve the problem while still training the squat.

Other examples of regressing an exercise while still maintaining a training effect are

Note- this isn’t an exhaustive list, and you need to use your best judgment. The exercises below start from difficult to less difficult.

 

Progressions/Regressions

 

Barbell back squat-Barbell Front Squat-Dumbbell Front Squat-Goblet squat- Sumo Squat

 

Bulgarian Split Squats- Walking Forward lunges- Forward lunges- Reverse lunge- Splits Squats-Assisted split squats

 

Barbell Deadlift- Trap bar Deadlift- Rack Pulls- RDL’s- Single-Leg Deadlift- Pull Throughs- Banded Hip Thrust

 

Bench Press- Unilateral Dumbbell bench press- Dumbbell Bench Press-Floor press- Weighted Push Ups- Bodyweight Push Ups- Incline Push Ups

 

2.     Reducing Range of Motion

 

The process of pain is complicated, but in simple terms when the brain senses a threat (real or perceived) pain happens. And by reducing the range of motion to a pain-free one, you cut the threat and you still get to strengthen the muscles around the joint.

Hopefully, by reducing the threat, you can strengthen the muscles around the joint while reducing the client’s pain while maintaining a training effect. This proves to your client what they can do and not what they can’t.

Here are some examples

 

Box squats (adjust the height of the box to a pain-free range of motion)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRmghGLu2ZQ&t=6s

 

Rack pulls (above or below the knee)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxVrqTqD_J4&t=3s

 

 Dumbbell Floor Press

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNdi7VEf2Ew&ab_channel=PernoPerformance

 

3.     Isometrics

 

Isometric exercises are muscle contractions without movement. There is more to isometric exercises than just planks. These exercises help to strengthen the muscles around the painful joint without the joint having to move. Plus, isometric exercises have been shown to give short-term pain relief also. (1)

Start at 30 seconds and then work into the 1-2 minutes range depending on the client’s ability.  

Iso squat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdq7SxCiS0o

 

Iso Split squats

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1JQ-G-nU7c

 

Iso Push Ups

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y57HWHvIjMk&ab_channel=PerformanceCourse

 

Iso Chin Up Hold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6seUmz4as&ab_channel=LegendaryStrength

 

Iso Single Leg Hip Extension

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjlqiwrNeaY&ab_channel=FitnessBreakRoom

 

Wrapping Up

Safety of the client and keeping the personal training session flowing is your utmost priority. There are times when you need to go off-script due to injury, lack of equipment, or your client’s stress levels. Having plan B in your pocket reinforces your expert status and keeps your clients happy.

 

References

1. Physiother Res Int. 2018 Oct;23. Effects of isometric, eccentric, or heavy slow resistance exercises on pain and function in individuals with patellar tendinopathy: A systematic review.  Lim HY1,2, Wong SH.