Technique, trends and owning your own gym

By February 19, 2016Stuff We Like
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Hello once again – it’s that time of the week where we share the best stuff we’ve read in the last seven days. Today we’re bringing you information on technique, trends in the fitness industry, the best part of owning your own gym, experts and their first workout mistakes and simple ways to lessen stress.

Until next time!

This thoughtful three part series from Lyle McDonald dives into the area of technique, whether an athlete needs to change their technique (in any discipline, though lifting is the prime example for trainers and their clients, given both how you work and that most people are coached in other sporting disciplines as they learn), and how to go about it.

Part 1 is a general introduction covering what technique is, part 2 discusses technique faults, potential causes, learning new technique and changing technique, while part 3 finishes the series with discussing whether it’s even worth changing technique and the things we need to consider while doing so.

It’s quite a long read (especially the final part) but it’s well worth your time, and it may make you look at exercise technique in a different light.

Alwyn Cosgrove wrote this post a while back, on his thoughts on where fitness trends are heading in the near future and what that could potentially mean for him as a gym owner. The information still holds true: the “Executive Athlete” is definitely becoming a larger potential customer base over time, while really excelling in a chosen niche is probably going to better serve you as a trainer in the long term than catering to every market you can.

Pete Dupuis writes a blog post which is probably most useful for wannabe gym owners. Embrace the hard work – there’s no getting away from it, so you may as well enjoy it!

This huge article from Gareth Jones has 37 fitness experts all answer the same question: What was the biggest mistake you made when you first started working out? There’s a lot to learn from here.

Here’s a simple infographic giving you 15 ways to manage your stress according to researchers. You’ll know many of these but the more strategies you have and can share with your clients, the better equipped you are to deal with life in general.