Category: Fitness Training
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Creating a successful fitness journey – Episode 48 with Ceri Hannan

Summary

Fitness is a truly exciting and rewarding career, but it seems that many new trainers may struggle to find those secrets to a successful fitness journey. Approximately 50% of personal trainers (*2018) have been in the industry for less than 5 years, whereas only 6.9% of trainers have more than 15 years of experience. So to speak with a fitness professional that has consistently succeeded within the industry at all levels for more than 3 decades is truly something special! In this episode, we tease out some gems and enjoy a few fascinating stories with leading international fitness expert, Ceri Hannan.

Guest biography

33 years in the Health & Fitness industry has taken Ceri Hannan across the World in various capacities. As the former British Aerobics Champion, he represented the United Kingdom at European & World level. His presenting career alongside his work with many health club operators has seen his programmes and systems delivered to millions of fitness consumers globally! Ceri is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is the National Product Development Manager working alongside the exercise experience team at Virgin Active. He is also the co-director of Chrysalis Promotions, the organizers of the annual The International Fitness Showcase event in the UK, which is one of the top 10 fitness conventions in the world.

Ceri Hannan, National Product Development Manager, Virgin Active

Episode content: Successful fitness journey

If you like engaging true stories with real value and meaning behind them, then this episode will be worth every minute of your time. We draw out some fascinating life experience and important success principles as a fitness professional during this episode.

  • 1:40 Secrets to career longevity within the fitness industry
  • 4:44 A memorable trip back to Ceri’s first fitness experience and how this inspired his drive for fitness career success
  • 13:30 An emphasis on simplicity and passion
  • 18:42 An example of a difficult fitness career experience and how Ceri managed this to springboard into something more positive
  • 30:44 The importance of connection and networking for opening new opportunities
  • 35:48 Ceri’s perspective on the role of small, consistent habits as a progressive model for success
  • 41:59 Predictions for future trends and areas where the fitness industry will flourish looking forward

Connect with Ceri on social media

@cerilydia.hannan

@ceri.hannan

@ceriwowfitness

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Glute training: The scientific bottom line – Episode 46 with Bret Contreras PhD

Summary:

Glutes! Backside! Bottom! Derrière! Tush! Buttocks! Booty! Whatever you choose to call it, training the 3 major muscles that make up the gluteals has been a huge fitness trend in recent years. Glute training or developing shapely, athletic and functional hip musculature is certainly an important aspect of strength and conditioning and physical performance as you will find out in this episode with the ‘Glute Guy’, Bret Contreras! However, for some, it is simply a matter of striving towards the goal of a fit, curvy, Kardashian or Beyonce type figure.

Guest biography:

Bret Contreras is considered by many to be the world’s foremost expert on training the gluteals (buttocks) and goes by the name of the ‘Glute Guy’. However, he is also very well versed in a wide range of high-level sports science as a result of years of study and a PhD in this field. Bret is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the author of the highly recommended book, Glute Lab, named after the fitness facility he operates in San Diego, California. He is also acknowledged as the creator of the barbell hip thruster exercise.

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Bret Contreras PhD

Fit to Succeed episode: Glute training

Well, to be honest, we found Bret to be a really down-to-earth guy and easy to speak with, but with a mountain of knowledge under his relaxed demeanour. This episode covered some fun and enjoyable content, but then we really dived deep into some of the science underpinning strength training for the glutes and other important fitness and success factors. The following are the key elements of our conversation: 

  • 1:43 How do Bret’s training methods help deliver optimal results
  • 4:37 A little about the Glute Lab best-selling book on Amazon
  • 5:55 The origin of the nickname the ‘Glute Guy’
  • 10:00 The popularity of shaping and strengthening glutes
  • 12:50 Are males as interested in training glutes as females?
  • 17:16 Is female muscle fibre type dominance responsible for the ability to train higher volume?
  • 18:30 The rule of thirds for glute training
  • 22:30 The top 3 exercises for optimal glute activation
  • 23:44 Are the top glute activation exercises also the most popular?
  • 26:59 A summary of Bret’s PhD research
  • 30:58 Recent changes in practice due to ongoing scientific research
  • 37:19 The importance of patience and hard work in seeking success

During the show, Bret refers to 2 research papers. The links can be found below:

Glutes to the Max
Are all hip extension exercises created equal?

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Run without injury – Episode 44 with Dr Kelly Starrett

Summary:

Do you really know how to run without injury? If you are a trained, recreational, or novice runner, then the chances of suffering an injury through participation in this most basic of human activities may be higher than you think! A 2015 scientific review identified that for every 1000 hours of running the rates of injury increased from 2.5 injuries in highly-trained distance athletes to 7.7 injuries in recreational runners, and then up to 17.8 injuries in novice runners. Yet despite this strong correlation between injury rate and the ability, skill and capacity to run effectively, it is common to find that little technique guidance and coaching is provided by fitness professionals to teach others how to run.

Guest biography:

Kelly Starrett, DPT is a coach, physical therapist, author, and speaker. Along with his wife Juliet, Kelly is co-founder of The Ready State. The Ready State began as Mobility|WOD in 2008 and has gone on to revolutionize the field of performance therapy and self-care. Kelly received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. Kelly is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers, Becoming A Supple Leopard and Ready to Run. He is also co-author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Deskbound.

Fit to Succeed episode: Run without injury

This episode delves into some key content around human movement and function and offers some helpful thoughts and ideas for those looking to improve their own running or to help coach others more effectively.

1.25: What it means to be in ‘The Ready State’
11.12: Why running is rarely coached effectively within the typical fitness environment
15.39: The best cadence or stride rate for running efficiency
17.28: The problems with noisy ground contact during running
23.43: How much of a problem is excess pronation?
26.48: Tools and drills to help prepare the feet for better running
32.37: Preventative steps to improve movement each day
37.25: Shifting towards a standing desk rather than static seated desks

Connect with Dr Kelly on social media:

 @thereadystate

 @thereadystate

 @thereadystate

Dr Kelly shares a 10-minute mobility routine

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Foam rolling for optimal movement – Episode 39 with Rodney Corn

Summary

The use of foam rolling, or other self-massage tools, has shifted in recent years from a very niche, rarely seen piece of equipment, to becoming a regular item seen in most gyms that are now used by gym members and fitness trainers alike. The big question is whether foam rollers are being used correctly and can we exploit the potential benefits more effectively?

Guest biography

Rodney Corn has nearly 30 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, international educator and presenter, author and researcher. He is the former Director of Education for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and was a Co-Founder and former COO of Personal Training Academy (PTA) Global. He co-founded SOMA (Self Osteo-Myofascial Applications) with long-time friend and colleague, Ian O’Dwyer (See episode 24 with Ian). Rodney is also the Director of Eleiko Education, promoting performance, learning, and kindness through world-class education and products.

Rodney Corn Eleiko SOMA

Websites: feelsoma.com        Eleiko Education

Fit to Succeed episode: Foam rolling 

Rodney helps us explore the effects and benefits of foam rolling and how this simple self-massage tool can be utilised to help improve human movement and joint function. There is a vast amount of information and helpful content in this episode, so enjoy!

  • 1.07: Rodney’s recent appointment as director of education at Eleiko
  • 3.22: Rodney shares how he blends the world’s of corrective exercise together with strength and conditioning work
  • 5.08: Brief explanation of SOMA
  • 6.27: 5 quick techniques for managing ongoing stress
  • 9.10: General explanation of the foam roller and how it helps optimise human movement
  • 15.48: Clarification between self-myofascial release and self-osteofascial engagement
  • 21.21: The use of foam rolling as a testing tool to determine muscle and soft tissue function
  • 24.08: Comparing muscle range of motion testing results to foam roller testing results
  • 28.00: The disconnect between passive joint range of motion and active functional joint motion
  • 30.40: Daily stress and other emotional factors impacting on soft tissue health and functional movement
  • 32.55: Rodney shares an example of how to apply soft tissue corrective techniques using the foam roller
  • 35.10: How to apply the foam roller to rigid joint structures, such as the knee

Connect with Rodney via social media:

 @rodney.corn

 @rodney_corn

 @RodneyCorn

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World-class strength training secrets – Episode 35 with Karsten Jensen

Summary:

Really? Wordl-class strength training secrets? Well, yes! These methods have been tested on elite athletes who have perfromed on a global stage. Long-term training in sport and fitness has been built on the linear periodisation training model. But is this model too rigid? Is it focused on too much on the progression of training numbers? Should we be considering a more flexible approach that takes into account all the unique variables of each individual client? Learn about the flexible periodisation method and how to build strength with new ideas that will expand your training philosophy.

Guest biography:

Karsten Jensen MSc has trained world-class and Olympic athletes from 27 different sports for 25 years with their successes coming at European, World, and Olympic level. Karsten is the first strength coach to create a complete system of periodization, known as the Flexible Periodization Method – the first complete method of periodization dedicated to holistic, individualized and periodized (H.I.P) training programmes.

Website: www.yestostrength.com

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Episode content: Strength training secrets

In this episode, we some strength training secrets and dig deeper into the concepts and principles behind the standard linear, and the flexible periodisation approach.

  • 1.26 – Karsten shares an early training experience where he applied an alternative, uncommon method that succeeded in creating the gains needed by the athlete.
  • 4.50 – description of how the Flexible Periodisation Method (FPM) differs from mainstream linear periodisation
  • 9.50 – unfold how the FPM helps to support individual progression from early stabilisation phases through to more advanced methods
  • 15.51 – how to individualise and even periodise the warmup to adapt to meet the changing needs of the main training session to follow
  • 22.49 – the accuracy of rate of perceived exertion, and how many individuals unknowingly respond with rate of perceived fatigue instead
  • 25.20 – how to use the FPM as a tool for applying High-intensity Training and reduce the risk of overload and injury
  • 30.30 – the unique application of the FPM to flexibility training by discussing an example of tight hamstrings muscles altering posture and performance

Book links from the show:

Supertraining Mel Siff
Science and practice of strength training

Connect with Karsten via social media:

 Facebook @YesToStrength

 Instagram @yestostrength

 LinkedIn @yestostrength

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Physical fitness for children and youth with strength coach, David Parker – Episode 29

Summary

Leading youth strength coach, David Parker, shares some important and engaging reasons for utilising the gym environment to improve fitness for children, their movement capacity, and their physical abilities.

Guest Biography

David Parker FAFS, has worked tirelessly in the fitness industry since 1995 and has benefited from the teachings and through direct mentoring by some of the most respected names in the fitness industry, such as Paul ChekGary Gray, and Fraser Quelch. Over the years David has worked for leading health and fitness education organisations including Premier Training, Fitpro, TRX, Active IQ, Lifetime, and PT Academy. As a qualified personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and functional trainer, David set up his own highly successful youth fitness and physical development programme in 2011 called IMove Training.

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David Parker, childrens strength coach

Episode content: Fitness for children

In episode 29 of the show with David Parker, we discuss a range of important and insightful topics including:

  • Is the gym a suitable environment for the physical development of children?
  • Does weight training stunt children’s growth?
  • Where does the concepts of ‘play’ and ‘fun’ lay in relation to gym training for children?
  • Key differences in the conditioning of children compared to strength training adults
  • What differences in training methodology are necessary between younger children and older youth/teens
  • How to increase the adherence of a fitness/conditioning programme for children?

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Connect with David on social media

Facebook @imovetraining

Instagram @imovetraining

Twitter @imovetraining1

Video bonus:

This additional short video gives a quick insight into some of the ideas and insights that David shared on fitness training and physical conditioning for children.

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Functional training and total body transformation – Episode 28 with strength coach, JC Santana

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Summary

An exploration of the strengths and weaknesses of the modern functional training paradigm and the principles behind total body transformation with world-class, veteran strength and conditioning coach, JC Santana from the Institute of Human Performance (IHP).

Guest Biography

Fitness maverick, founder of the Institute of Human Performance (IHP), dynamic speaker, sought-after consultant, prolific author…for over 30 years Juan Carlos “JC” Santana has been raising the bar in the fitness industry. Santana has been referred to as “the USA’s leading practitioner of functional fitness”. He has personally trained and developed specific programs for all professional sports, youth fitness, fitness for the mature populations, and accelerated rehabilitation. His advanced understanding of biomechanics and conditioning have made him the go-to guy for those interested in reaching their optimal performance levels. JC has authored several books, including Functional Training (2015) and his latest offering, JC’s Total Body Transformation (2018).

Santana is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA and a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the ACSM. He is also a certified Senior Coach and Club Coach Course Instructor with the USA Weightlifting Team, and a Level I coach with the USA Track and Field Association. Santana currently serves on the NSCA Board of Directors and is Sports Specific Conditioning Editor for the NSCA Journal. JC has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science and is working towards his Ph.D. in exercise physiology.

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JC Santana, Founder, Institute of Human Performance

Website: www.ihpfitness.com

Episode content: Functional training & total body transformation

In this episode, we discuss some really fascinating content that will help stretch your thoughts and opinions across a number of fitness concepts, many of which we often take for granted. We cover the following topics and more:

  • the spiri-e-motion paradigm model used by Santana at IHP
  • JC’s definition of functional training
  • concerns with the commonly applied CrossFit training model
  • minimal training for maximum results
  • training individual ability
  • the 4 exercise tweak categories

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Connect with JC Santana on social media

Facebook @IHPfit          Instagram @ihpfit          Twitter @IHPfit

JC Santana’s books

Total Body Transformation, JC Santana book
Functional Training, JC Santana book

Bonus video:

JC also recorded a short quick-fire video interview that helps to share a few quick ideas and thoughts about functional training, the human will, a favourite exercise tweak, and what has helped Santana succeed for more than 3 decades in the health and fitness industry.

Muscle fascia and functional movement – Episode 24 with Ian O’Dwyer

Summary

The turn of the millennium brought the world of functional movement training to the fitness industry, then in 2007-08 many elite PT’s shifted focus to the role that fascia plays in movement control and function. Ian O’Dwyer was one of the leaders at the forefront of both of these changes within the fitness industry as he worked in conjunction with PT on the Net and PTA Global.

Biography

Ian O’Dwyer is an outstanding personal trainer specialising in the fitness-related field of functional movement. He is known for his unique observations and appreciation of the human body in motion. Many years of extensive conditioning and rehabilitation through sport, combined with spending time with global leaders in the fitness industry, has inspired Ian to evolve a highly effective movement philosophy.

Ian has developed applications that empower clients and fitness coaches with solutions to everyday issues, enabling them to regain responsibility for their own wellbeing. A sought-after presenter, Ian has also delivered over 500 fitness workshops around the world during his career. His ability to facilitate cutting-edge science and research into practical solutions has empowered wellness professionals to lead their client’s to more efficient and effective results.

Ian has operated his personal training studio in Queensland for over 2 decades, providing an important real-world centre where he has developed and refined his training approach over the years.

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Functional movement coach, Ian O’Dwyer

Websites: www.odonmovement.comwww.feelsoma.com

Episode content: Muscle, fascia and functional movement

  • This episode includes the following:
  • What motivated Ian to get involved in the functional fitness movement?
  • An effective definition of functional training
  • The foundational principles that underpin functional training?
  • What is fascia? Why is this tissue so important to human movement?
  • What is vector variation?
  • Why are rhythm and timing such important training parameters?

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Connect with Ian on social media:

Facebook @odomnpc

Instagram @odonmovement

Links discussed in video:

During this episode, Ian spoke a few times regarding an expert in fascial anatomy called Tom Myers. You can find out more about his work by visiting Anatomy Trains.

Bonus video:

We recorded a short taster video that condenses some of the points discussed into a quick 5-minute interview. Enjoy this extra bonus.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=PGzMJFusp5
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Training older adults for real life – Episode 20 with Robert Linkul

Summary

With the general population living longer and becoming ever more health aware, the fitness market for clients 50 years and older is booming! But…you need to break the mould and learn how to train this population group effectively. Expert PT in the field of training older adults, Robert Linkul, joins us to share his insights on how he has carved out a successful fitness business in this important niche.

Guest biography

Robert Linkul is the head personal trainer and the owner of Be STRONGER Fitness. Robert has a Master’s degree in Personal Training from the United State Sports Academy (University of Alabama). This is underwritten with a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University of Sacramento. Linkul is the Southwest Regional Coordinator with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was named the NSCA’s 2012 Personal Trainer of the year. Robert serves as the chairman for the NSCA’s personal trainer special interest group and is the career development columnist for their quarterly personal training publication.

Robert is a Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT *D) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS *D) with distinction. He has also earned a Master Sandbag Instructors Certification from Alpha Strong. He is also a CPT and CSCS exam preparation symposium instructor for the NSCA. Robert has been in the personal training industry since 1999 and has developed a semi-private group training style that few in the industry have mastered. Robert has great skill and empathy for, and a passion for training older adults.

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Robert Linkul

Fit to succeed episode: Training older adults

In this episode we discuss:

  • the difference between training older adults and the elderly
  • what has motivated Robert to specialise in training adults in the 50+ category
  • managing expectations among older adult clientele
  • why strength training is a key aspect of training older populations
  • key principles for training older adults

Website: www.bestrongerfitness.com

Connect with Robert via social media:

Facebook @BeSTRONGERFitnessSacramento

Instagram @bestrongerfitness

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Achieving pain free movement – Episode 14 with Andrew Dettelbach

Summary

In this interview with MoveU co-founder, Andrew Dettelbach, (aka. MoveU shirtless dude) we explore a whole range of fascinating concepts to help us understand how to achieve effective and pain-free human movement.

Guest biography

Andrew is the co-founder of MoveU and was a student in Dr Mike Wasilisin’s first-class! He later became an intern in his practice, but shortly after severely injured his low back – a 1 level disc herniation. Three surgeons told him surgery was his only option. Andrew refused surgery because his uncle has had 5 failed back surgeries and now lives disabled, hooked up to a morphine pump.

Dr Mike tried to help him with adjustments, massage, stretching, and every other therapy, but nothing worked. However, through education combined with trial and error, it took Andrew about 1.5 years to figure out how to properly position and move his body to heal his pain and prevent re-injury. The next 3 years were spent refining this process, and now through our business, MoveU, we have taught thousands of others how to heal themselves. Andrew’s mission is to help everyone develop the confidence in their body that he has in his own.

Andrew has a degree in Kinesiology from California State University.

Episode content: achieving pain-free movement

In this episode we discuss the following key topics to help you achieve pain-free movement of the body:

  • the cause of Andrew’s back injury and how he could have prevented it
  • how his perspective on movement and training has changed
  • an unexpected definition for the core muscles
  • how hip and shoulder function impact low back pain
  • a simple self-test that may serve to warn you of future back pain
  • the importance of psychology and mindset in injury recovery

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Connect

Website: https://moveu.com/

Connect with Andrew and the MoveU team on social media:

Facebook @moveuofficial

Instagram @moveu_official

Twitter @moveu_official

Bonus video

Here is an extra quick-fire interview with Andrew for lots of quick, helpful tips!

To learn more about Nordic Fitness Education or the personal training course that we offer please visit the main fitness courses page.

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