A Quick and Fun Way to Keep Your Clients Motivated

The fitness coaching life can be complicated. How do you keep your physical freaks engaged? How do you convince your less athletic clients to push themselves?

This month, IFAST coach Brandon Brown takes you through a project we just started this year: the IFAST Conditioning Challenge. He details

  • How we set up our conditioning challenges to be fun, safe, and effective
  • How group suffering brings people together
  • How to trick your lazier clients into working harder
  • How competition drives physical fitness
  • An example program from one of our monthly conditioning challenges

This has proven to be a great way to keep both the clients and the staff engaged in their physical fitness.

What to Prioritize When Your Client Shows Up Late

What do you do when your client shows up 5 minutes late to their half hour session?

You probably want to sit them down and “have a talk”, but aside from that, lots of people like to cut out the warm up and just get into the meat and potatoes of the program.

In this video, we discuss

  • Why you shouldn’t just cut out the warm up
  • The 4 most important components of a warm up to keep in (it doesn’t have to take long)
  • An example walkthrough with a client who’s kind of broken
  • An example walkthrough with a fat loss client
  • An example walkthrough with an athlete

If you want to blow your client’s mind, you need to do

  1. The right things
  2. At the right time

And you need to do it all on short notice. Hope this video helps. Good luck!

For related videos, check out our intro programming course.
Intro to Writing Training Programs

Cues for Fundamental Movements

Learning how to separate hip motion from spine motion is a crucial movement for any client to learn.

The issue is that some people just don’t get it.

In this video, Grant and Lance show you how to coach the hip hinge and it’s basic barbell form, the Romanian deadlift, with IFAST’s very own Romanian ambassador. Get ready for some coaching cues designed to make your life easier and get faster results for your clients.

For a related video, be sure to check out Brandon’s video on bracing principles for big lifts.

Lastly, there are many reasons that someone might struggle with this. To dive into some potential mechanisms there, be sure to check out Brandon Brown’s video on proprioception.

The Key Principle to Make Your Athletes Strong and Fast

How do you develop speed? How do you develop strength? How do you develop power?

Fully answering these questions takes years of coaching experience and reading.

The first step is understanding training intensity to decide how heavy and how fast should your athlete be lifting.

For related videos, check out our intro programming course.
Intro to Writing Training Programs

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Training Volume

How do you develop speed? How do you develop strength? How do you develop power?

Fully answering these questions takes years of coaching experience and reading.

To avoid plateauing after initial “newbie” training gains, you have to understand training volume. How many sets should you do? How many reps? How often should you train?

In this video, Ty answers these questions and gives you tons of programming examples to make the topic easier to digest.

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The Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system is one of the most modifiable organ systems in your body. If you want to help your clients, you better know the ins and outs of how the heart and blood vessels work.

In this video, Brandon goes through

  • The foundational anatomy of the cardiovascular system
  • The foundational physiology of the cardiovascular system
  • Why the cardiovascular system is vital in health and performance
  • The 5 basic parts of the cardiovascular system

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Training the Abs: Progressions and regressions for 2 abdominal exercises

Training the Abs

Abdominal exercises have been a pretty hot button issue over the last several years.

And come to think of it, we actually coach these exercises completely different than we did 5 years ago.

In this video, we’ll walk through a bunch of progressions and regressions for the Supine Pullover and the Ab Wheel Rollout. These coaching cues are an excellent example of how you can use your science background to make informed coaching decision (i.e. change the moment arm!).

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Volume and Intensity: 4 examples to help you make freak athletes and fat loss clients

Volume and Intensity

How do you program an athlete to get stronger? How do you build work capacity? You carefully construct their training volume and intensity.

Volume is the amount of sets and reps you do in a workout. For example, increasing volume means doing more sets or more reps.

Intensity is the amount of force required for a lift. For example, increasing intensity means using more weight or moving it faster.

In this video, Mike takes you through this foundational topic of programming.

  • How do you measure volume and intensity?
  • What do velocity have to do with it?
  • How might you manipulate volume and intensity for a new, untrained client?
  • What happens to volume as intensity ramps up over a month?
  • How might you manipulate volume and intensity within a single week of training?
  • How might you manipulate volume and intensity between multiple weeks of training?

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Anatomy Study Tips: An example study set up for learning anatomy

Anatomy Study Tips

This video is for the people who have started to learn anatomy, but are looking for a way to fine-tune their study set up.

This is just an example of how I’ve evolved since beginning to learn anatomy.

For a list of all the tools I use, I’ve made a list in PDF format.

I believe it’s important to add that no amount of colored pens will make you smarter. It takes a lot of hard work and social isolation. Think through your anatomy during your workouts. Practice palpating on a friend. You’ve got to put it into action.

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