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Friendships and Coaching

The right prescription, assignment, plan, outline, etc. does us no good without the inner confidence that we are capable of improvement, completion, and success. Friendships develop over time. Often taking months before a level of trust and willingness to care is manifested. This trial period of sharing experiences, exposing weaknesses and displaying strengths is a […]

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Checking In: Connecting Trainer with Client

“If you are prepared, have confidence and persevere, you will always have the edge.” Howard Ferguson As a personal trainer, I find the most difficulty and dissatisfaction in those days in between my training sessions with my clients. On the way to meet the trainee I’m pondering how their week went. Did they workout? Eat […]

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Pursuing Peak Performance

Points of failure in all instances define the limits of systemic function. Right Practice must seek to extend those limits through the pursuit of failure… Outside the formal practice, physical training involves the pursuit of success. Within the formal practice, physical training involves the pursuit of failure. Michael Livingston, “Mental Discipline“ When we train, we […]

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Discomfort

The awkward, uncomfortable feeling of physical struggle we feel when the workout gets hard is essential to growth. Most people seek to avoid this at all costs, but to do so is to avoid growth and progress. Be clear on your “why” before, during, and after. “Working out” is your pure practice of engaging in lifestyle […]

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Mindset: Growth Choices

A wise friend of mine once told me that you can’t prioritize everything in life all at once. This statement came after I asked him why he had been away from the gym the past three months. To me, it was shocking how a person could minimize their fitness after making remarkable gains over the past […]

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Variety in Health and Exercise is Unnecessary

Assessment In the active, athletic, fitness, and wellness world it seems every week we are presented with new exercises and ways to workout. From slight variations to a pushup to complex training programs for niche activities [think stand up paddle boarding], it seems there is no end in sight for “new” ways to train. Programs […]

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Flowing Fitness Continuum

The flowing fitness continuum. There is a multitude of ways to workout and gain fitness: calisthenics, kettle bells, free weights, machines, cardio, yoga, and Pilates just to name a few. Where should you start? I can’t say there is a perfect place to start. If you begin at a young age, your introduction to fitness […]

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Coach or Trainer? What’s the difference?

  As I transition out of being  a personal trainer, exclusively, I’m presented with the question of, “who needs a trainer, who needs a coach, and what is the difference?” To answer this question I look back and reflect on the hundreds of clients I’ve worked with at my last fitness studio. Most, came to […]

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Accountability and Initiating Positive Change

Operating a private personal training studio is a really unique experience.  Clients are seeking my services out, knowing a good amount about what I am providing already.  This makes the transition from potential client, to active client, a rapid process.  Goals are expressed immediately as are opportunities and limitations.  The process has begun. Example: I […]

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An exciting mention for Mount Werner 50k in the Steamboat paper!

From Steamboat Today, August 5, 2012 Steamboat race on Mount Werner increases distance, looks to stay Jake Lawrence of Albuquerque, N.M., crosses the finish line during the Mount Werner Classic on Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area. Lawrence finished second in 4 hours, 55 minutes. Photo by Matt Stensland Steamboat Springs — Jake Lawrence planned out his running […]