Trainer’s Toolbox Podcast 043 – The Power of Small Groups

What!? A new episode 2 weeks in a row? Hear what is going on with the Trainer’s Toolbox Podcast and what the future of caseystutzman.com will look like then sit in for a discussion as to why I think small group training is one of the most beneficial environments in all of fitness.  Not just for clients but Trainers as well.

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Welcome to the trainers toolbox podcast for fitness professionals where we harness the power of synergy through understanding and achieve excellence through education.  Podcasting out of Alpena Michigan I am your host Casey Stutzman, Master Instructor for TRX, an Ignite Performance Master Trainer, part of the Surge Development team and Master Trainer for BOSU.
That wraps up another episode of the Trainer’s Toolbox podcast, thank you again for joining us.  If you want more be sure to head over to CaseyStutzman.com and click Join the brigade to subscribe to our free content list.  While your there we would love to hear your comments on this episode and suggestions you have for future episode topics.  Love the show? Head over to iTunes to rate and review to share the love.  Join us in 2 weeks for our next episode.

My Favorite Rip Trainer Exercises – 1/4 & 1/2 Circles

Photo Sep 27, 8 15 59 AMI love the TRX Rip Trainer, it is a tool that allows me to train a large variety of clients and goal and offers exercises from very simple to very complex and athletic.  The Rip is an amazing tool to train, speed, acceleration and rotation all with an asymmetrical load.  This is one of my  favorite exercises using the TRX Rip Trainer.

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Trainer’s Toolbox Podcast 042 – Monday is no Longer Chest Day

Splitting workouts into Chest, Back, Shoulder, ect won’t do it any more.  This over simplistic method of programming will not serve the needs or our clients and can breed dysfunction.  Here is the approach I take to basic programming to breed happy movement.

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Welcome to the trainers toolbox podcast for fitness professionals where we harness the power of synergy through understanding and achieve excellence through education.  Podcasting out of Alpena Michigan I am your host Casey Stutzman, Master Instructor for TRX, an Ignite Performance Master Trainer, part of the Surge Development team and Master Trainer for BOSU.
That wraps up another episode of the Trainer’s Toolbox podcast, thank you again for joining us.  If you want more be sure to head over to CaseyStutzman.com and click Join the brigade to subscribe to our free content list.  While your there we would love to hear your comments on this episode and suggestions you have for future episode topics.  Love the show? Head over to iTunes to rate and review to share the love.  Join us in 2 weeks for our next episode.

Look Outward to Look Inward

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How good of a trainer am I?
That seems a challenging and subjective question to answer. There is a way however that it can be very clear cut.
I’ve found that there’s one specific way to monitor my level of skill and effectiveness as a coach. Simply put, everything I need to know resides within my client success. If I’m looking at a group working out and half are showcasing a shit show of movement, that’s on me.  They are failing because I am allowing them to fail or setting them up for failure.
If someone’s current movement skills are not allowing them to squat properly I can’t throw squats at them and think the problem will go away.  We do this all the time hoping they will eventually get it right.  The actions of a skilled coach would be to manipulate the environment until they can do it correctly.  let’s use a mountain climber as an example.  I tell someone to perform this exercise and what I see in no way resembles a mountain climber, letting them continue to fail helps no one.  This is where you step in with your skills and experience to change or assist the exercise so the client can be successful.  For a mountain climber there are many different ways we can go about this;
  • decrease the speed
  • decrease the time
  • elevate their hands on a step to make the plank position easier
  • put a band around their waist anchored high to help support their plank
  • start with both feet on the ground and drive only one leg at a time
  • or any combination of these techniques

Is much easier for me to see poor movement and blame it on that person’s physical abilities. It’s much more challenging to realize that their failure is my failure. If their form looks terrible, if they’re not able to keep up, if they’re bored, these are all signs that I have done a poor job putting them in the correct environment for success.  Success will breed success and failure will breed more failure.  A good coach uses their knowledge and talents to put people in an environment they can succeed in and as their level of skill improves we must them find the correct level of challenge for them to keep growing.

Just as I can’t blame misspelled words on my pencil I can’t blame my clients for poor exercise execution.

My Favorite Surge Exercises – Upper Cut with Release

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The Surge is a brand new product from Hedstrom Fitness that uses water to create a living resistance to build a reactive body.  Developed by a firefighter to help bridge the gap between the training space and the real world the Surge will help you body learn to adapt and deal with the unpredictable environments in life and sport.  Here is one of my favorite exercises on the Surge.

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Movement Debriefed Video Series; Rip Punches Like a Boss

In the Movement Debriefing series of videos we use the Coaches Eye app to help take complex and complicated movement patterns and break them down into manageable and understandable segments with the use of great visual aids. Today we look at how to perform Rip Punches like a boss and why it is such an amazing exercise.

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Lessons From the Big Blue Ball

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I had an epiphany yesterday morning.
Working with a group of clients who were practicing some basic Corbing balance positions on the BOSU Ballast Ball, I saw a physical demonstration of a lesson I have hear time and time again.When the body is thrown into an unstable environment it instinctively reacts by locking down and clenching up. Not comfortable with the movement of the ball the body tries to overpower it and lock it down. This ends up being a counter productive process because rigidity is the enemy of good movement.

The key to success in this environment is learning to relax. Learning to let go. When you allow your body to move with the ball opposed to trying to control it is when you achieve balance.

This whole situation feels counter intuitive.  In an effort to gain control we make the situation worse, in order to truly gain control we have to let go.

In the end it is all an allusion.  Controlling the ball is impossible.  The only way to success is learning to let go and to work with the ball.  To someone looking on it appears as though the person is in control of the ball but the person on the ball has learned to surrender.

Those things in life that we desperate wish to control will end up controlling us, only when we let go do we become truly empowered.

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My Favorite BOSU Exercises; 3 Way Bounding

Photo Sep 27, 8 15 58 AM (1)I love the BOSU Trainer, it is a tool that allows me to challenge balance for a large variety of clients and goals at what ever level they are at.  The BOSU is an amazing tool to challenge neuromuscular communication, core stability and proprioceptive awareness.  Check out one of my favorite exercises using the BOSU Balance Trainer.

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Trainer’s Toolbox Podcast 041 – Don’t be a Certification Groupie

Another great listener question this week regarding certifications.  Does letter behind your name make you a good trainer? It is important to be certified? All this plus an excited ramble about a new movie in the works I’m stoked about.

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Welcome to the trainers toolbox podcast for fitness professionals where we harness the power of synergy through understanding and achieve excellence through education.  Podcasting out of Alpena Michigan I am your host Casey Stutzman, Master Instructor for TRX, an Ignite Performance Master Trainer, part of the Surge Development team and Master Trainer for BOSU.
That wraps up another episode of the Trainer’s Toolbox podcast, thank you again for joining us.  If you want more be sure to head over to CaseyStutzman.com and click Join the brigade to subscribe to our free content list.  While your there we would love to hear your comments on this episode and suggestions you have for future episode topics.  Love the show? Head over to iTunes to rate and review to share the love.  Join us in 2 weeks for our next episode.

Why Does Everything Have to Be a Damn Inferno!?

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I saw a Yoga Inferno DVD a while ago that just pissed me right off.  Just a bit a go a saw a post on Tabata yoga that sent me over the edge and incited the following rant.

Not everything has to be an inferno people.  We live in a world of constant noise and stimulation, what is so wrong with slowing things down from time to time? Is that not the point of Yoga?  To quiet the mind enough to reflect inward and cleanse the soul?  Yoga when done right is a beautiful environment of mindful movement using the physical nature of the human form to tap into our emotions through stimulating activity.  Turning the experience into an “inferno” (especially for those who are not ready for it) doesn’t do anything except bastardize the entire experience.

I know why we do it, I get it.

Inferno sells.

People are looking for quick and intense to get the most done in the shortest time possible.  Tabata is a hot word right now and will sell lots of programs but does Tabata Yoga make any sense?  Remember people, Tabata is the name of the Doctor who developed the 20/10 intervals for maximal high intensity endurance threshold testing.  Does that fit in the yoga environment?

At what point do we as an industry have the courage to stop catering to what people want and give them what they need?  When do we develop the integrity to stop slapping works on a DVD cover or “remixing” methods because we know the new repacked product will sell?  When will we have the fortitude to stand up and say you don’t want a Yoga inferno and here is why…..?

When we simply cater to what the pubic wants we all loose.  We end up creating mutant workouts and loose what made them special in the first place.

Here’s an idea; Yoga has been around for thousands of years and seems to be working pretty well for those who have bought into what it really is.

Why don’t you leave it the F*** alone.

*rant over*

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