Move Well Beyond Your Workout

Lately when teaching classes or coaching clients I have been trying to remind them that how we feel in class is a direct relationship to how we stand, move, lean, sit, and carry things in our daily lives.  Body imbalances when working out, whether strength or flexibility, are things that aren’t always caused from movement, but a lack of movement or poor movement and posture quality.  

I find that people often begin a work out, identify problem areas (whether it is a lack of range of motion, muscle soreness, or a strength imbalance), and then complete it anyways.  However, what I have been challenging my clients to do lately is to think of the warmup, workout, and cool down/recovery components of the workout as links.  Everything relates. How we feel when warming up will dictate our performance; during the cool down, the problems areas are usually identified when stretching.

I used to always throw around terms such as “my glutes are ALWAYS tight” or “my posture isn’t the best…but it is because I played field hockey”.  It is a great thing to identify the issue.  That is definitely step one.  But we can’t possibly imagine anything to change if we don’t start attacking those things head on.  Below are my tips that I have been trying (and not always succeeding at) to help aid my recovery, improve movement and posture, and reduce imbalances in my body.

  1. The warmup dictates your workout.  We can never be masters at every single thing in a workout each day.  If we are, then the workout can and should be modified to challenge the body further.  If I have a particular workout programmed and a body part isn’t feeling 100%, I allow myself to ease off on the intensity and work on form instead.  Alternately, when things are feeling good, I recognize that those are the days I want to challenge and push myself further.  Listen to how your body feels while preparing it for the workout and train accordingly.  It doesn’t mean the entire workout changes – but be open-minded to the fact that it can.
  2. Rest and recovery is okay.  Our bodies need time to change and adapt.  If we don’t provide ourselves with proper rest and recovery protocols, injuries can occur and we ultimately can’t perform as well in our next workout.  I see people often post on their rest days of them doing some core work or other movements deemed “not as intense”.  The reality is, if we are always pushing our limits (even if it’s not always the same ones every day), our muscles can’t recover fast enough to keep up with the demands and it can lead to burnout.  Mentally and physically rest is a must!  One off day a week is what I try to implement each week.
  3. Take action on the problem areas.  It is one thing to identify the issue but an even bigger step to make a change.  Whether it is committing time to work out, strengthening a particular body part, or increasing your flexibility of a certain area, implement the action to do so.  If we only stop at identifying, changes won’t occur.  When training for my half marathon, I was doing a bunch of glute activation to reduce knee pain - if I didn’t, the knee pain would have continued while I kept telling myself my glutes weren’t firing as efficiently as they needed to.
  4. Change up your daily routine.  My brother has been talking about a standing desk for years and now it is a huge thing.  Repositioning the height of your computer, chair, computer mouse, etc. can positively affect your posture.  Think about how you walk your dog, pick up your kids, or carry your groceries home.  Practicing good habits in our daily lives will allow our bodies to feel better when we do get to move.  

How we move in our daily lives affects our movement moments in a day.  But, let’s start thinking the opposite.  Think about the perfect posture you master while performing a squat, deadlift, or overhead press.  Then mimic that in your regular routine.  We work on a neutral spine, and moving efficiently in workouts, but sometimes this can be forgotten once we leave the gym.  This week, start to think about how your posture and movement patterns can be improved in the hours spent outside of the gym – hopefully you find yourself heading into the long weekend standing taller, with less neck and back pain, and ready to move well in your next workout!

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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To Dad, with love

Happy Father’s Day and Birthday to my amazing Dad! I specifically saved this post for today as I wanted it to be extra special for him.  I’m not going to lie to you; it is difficult to put all the feelings I have for my dad into one small blog post.  We share a special bond (at least I think so haha) and a few paragraphs strung together simply don’t do it justice.  But here goes nothing…

Dad, you are the most generous, hard-working, hilarious person I know.  You give to all who cross your path and enrich the lives of everyone that knows you.  Whether it is giving us a good laugh, offering business advice and guidance, or lending a hand, you never let anyone down.  You worked your butt off to provide us with some amazing opportunities that I know some will never know of.  For that alone, I don’t think we could ever repay you.  

I have inherited your love of sports and humour.  You are the person I want to call when the Jays or Leafs are in a tight game, just to check in to see if you’re still breathing.  I am thankful that we have had many father-daughter bonding moments over some pretty amazing sporting games.  As for the humour, I can always count on one person laughing because I know you were about to say the same thing.

Most of all, I value the respect you have for women, especially our mom.  As I grow up, I learn more each day that respect is not something that all men give to women, something I am not used to as you have been such a great example of that.  I love the relationship that you and Mom have, sharing many moments together, but leaving space to have your own independence.  I notice that you and mom are equals…and in lots of cases, Mom rules!  The respect that you have demonstrated has taught me to seek respect, not just from a partner, but in both my personal and professional lives.  

Dad, one day is certainly not enough to celebrate how much you mean to me, so I am glad I have two days in a row.  Although I may not always show it in the best ways, I value your opinion, respect you, admire your hard work, and love you always.

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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Retraining realistically

Whether you have been injured, have given birth, or been on a fitness hiatus because of life’s twists and turns, getting back into exercise can seem to be a daunting task.  Our first thoughts immediately go back to what we used to be able to do and how we once looked before.  We compare ourselves to our past too much – usually convincing ourselves that we might as well not bother starting again because we are so far away from a place we used to know.  What we tend to forget is that it once took us a lot of discipline, hard work, and training to get to the place we once were in.  So, what makes us think we will just magically reappear there?

As many of you know I injured myself 10 LONG months ago.  I have been teaching throughout because I can’t afford not to, but my own workouts have come and gone as my symptoms change.  Although I demonstrate things in classes (very briefly, reminding everyone not to blink for fear of missing it), I have been advised to avoid single legged exercises and even lunges.  I struggle to go a day without movement, so restricting my workouts has really been a physical, mental, and emotional challenge for me over the last several months.

I have begun to use a belt meant for SI joint injuries, which has been providing me great relief. I can now begin to reintegrate my own workouts into my weekly and daily routines.  However, I feel like a new exerciser again, afraid to take the leap for fear of not meeting my own expectations of what I used to be capable of.  I am holding minimal weight, sitting for my upper body exercises, and retraining my core.  Today, I decided to take the jump, work out a little more intensely and see what happens.  I can happily say I had no pain during and minimal ache afterwards.  Success!

For those who are having similar feelings, regardless of your reason for having to put exercise on the back burner, I created a small list of things to do to help you succeed.

  1. Determine what your goals are.  A lot of us get hung up on the past rather than seeing where we are now.  For new moms, we usually think weight loss, when in reality our bodies are now being used to take care of a new human.  For someone coming off an injury, the goal may be to exercise and move pain free.  If you need to get back into a routine, maybe your goal is just that.  Too often we get hung up on weight loss, or getting back to how we used to be.  Life changes and our bodies do too.  Adapt and readjust your goals to set yourself up for success.
  2. Retrain.  Think back to the training it took you to run 5km in your fastest time, squat your body weight, or hold a plank for 1 minute.  It didn’t happen overnight.  Small steps to retraining ourselves must take place in order to accomplish our goals.  For me, I have regressed to holding planks and side planks for 10-15s at a time and repeating, to rebuild proper core and pelvic floor activation and slowly test my core further.  Check out my latest Instagram post for the video!
  3. Be realistic.  Set yourself up for success.  Plan ahead and allow yourself time to recover in between workouts, enjoy your free time with others, and not let this consume you.  For me, I take a look at my schedule for the upcoming week and plan accordingly.  It not only helps me stay accountable but it also sets me up to give my body its best chance at success.  We usually are super keen to jump in with two feet but slow and steady wins the race when getting back to movement.  Our bodies will take time to readjust.  The best way to avoid injury and further setbacks is to be honest with yourself throughout the process.

Whatever fears or reservations you have about getting back into exercise and movement, you’ve got this!  All it takes is a shift in mindset, a plan, and some patience to get back on track to feeling your best inside and out.

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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Fitness: Luxury or Basic Necessity?

Physical health and fitness should be considered a basic necessity.  I categorize it right up there with food, shelter, water, and clothes.  Although that may seem a little extreme, I see it like this: when we are healthy and active, we can have a better quality of life and enjoy our time creating experiences.  Unfortunately I realize that the cost of a gym membership, personal trainer, fitness clothes, running shoes, and boutique fitness classes don’t necessarily fall under this category.  

Free or reasonably priced apps have been created for people to stay on track on their own without fancy equipment and gym memberships.  Various places offer free fitness classes to the public, creating a sense of community and passion for fitness and health.  On the other side, we have personal trainers (myself included) who charge to personally design a program and come to you. Boutique fitness studios also exist (again, I too work at these myself), but they can make fitness seem like an expensive luxury.  As mentioned last week, these help to strengthen the development of fitness into a trendy, somewhat exclusive experience where it seems high-end and inaccessible for the everyday person.

And now, I fall somewhere in the middle.  On one end, I truly believe that personal trainers and fitness instructors are worth the price tag.  Anyone in the industry knows the hours that go into the one hour of face-to-face time clients might get with us.  Think travel, planning, and educational courses to stay relevant, and that rate per one hour gets divided amongst many more hours before and after.  On the other side, I love the camaraderie and free community events I have attended in the city.  It brings people together from all experiences and fitness levels and provides them an opportunity for growth and improvement.  However, I find these types of events make it difficult for entrepreneurs, like myself, whom are trying to get their name out and spread the word on health and wellness because, of course, people would gladly sign up for free.

Today I launched my first outdoor bootcamp series! The goal and intention is to develop a sense of community, educate my clients, and challenge them physically and mentally, all while at a price that is accessible for most.  Although I understand that budgeting has to take place to sometimes make health a priority, I hope my bootcamps make it that much easier.  Whether you decide to attend my bootcamp or not, I hope that health and wellness makes it back into the basic necessities pile for you.  Make your health a priority and everything else becomes that much easier.  Click here for more info on my outdoor bootcamps.  Please feel free to share other financially accessible health, wellness, and fitness classes/workshops in the city to help spread the word, support local fitness coaches and stay on track!

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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It's all about you

The fitness industry is a tough place for coaches and clients alike.  As a coach, you are competing with others to get your name out in the world, but at what cost?  I personally find it difficult to compete as an experienced and educated trainer when others take a weekend course and pose online showing extra skin and how to increase the size of your glutes.  As humans, I have realized we are immediately attracted to someone in a sports bra over someone looking happy and healthy in shorts and a tank.  Now, as a client looking to find the best knowledge about how to be healthy and happy, you must be SO confused!  Everyone is calling themselves an expert, wearing a million brands, posting about how they lost weight (insert whatever you are trying to sell/advocate for here), and trying to be vulnerable and/or honest…yet really, what they are probably doing is just saying what they know you want to hear so they get more likes and follows.  Sorry for sounding so harsh!

Talking to a colleague of mine the other day, we came to the conclusion that there is a lot of hype around fitness right now.  I almost see it as a trend, and I cringe while I write that.  We should all want to be healthy and active.  It not only prolongs our life, but provides us with a better quality of life while we are here! Everyone wants to be an Instagram star, posting videos of workouts online, posing in the cutest clothes, and getting the instant gratification while doing it.  Don’t get me wrong, social media is an amazing platform for any person in any industry to get their knowledge and content out.  You can reach so many people.  But, when it comes to fitness and health, I think we can sometimes get carried away with it.

There can be big hoopla around it, but at the end of the day, my job is to help motivate you on your best health and wellness journey.  Sometimes that means through inspiring you with a post online, but mostly, it is me showing up at your house or you coming to my class.  I love working in person with clients because we get to experience the ups and downs together, push through them, and come out stronger and successful on the other side.  Personally, I see it as an experience between me and my clients, and not one that constantly needs to be shared online with live videos and the like.  You set the goals, and I help you achieve them; simple as that.

To any other trainers reading this, stand your ground.  Be yourself.  Show compassion to your clients and share the passion you have for your craft.  While we may get caught up in the social media world – I admittedly do myself –  remember that it is not about you and how great you can display yourself online.  It is about your clients, the way you make them feel andthe inspiration you give them to work out and make healthy choices when you aren’t around.

To my clients and anyone else reading this who is seeking advice or coaching, question everything.  While some people with social media followings are well educated, there are lots of people in this industry who are not.  I read everything to stay informed and keep myself educated, and you should too.  Coaches are meant to make this journey yours and about you; make sure you remember that.

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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Negative things happen to us all

Up until last week, I thought only boys could break your heart.  Little did I know that friendships, hobbies, and careers can also factor in to the awful, pit-in-your-stomach, empty feeling that heartbreak does to a person.  I guess I was naive to all of this as I am luckily not often on the receiving end.  Last week while scrolling through Twitter, I came across a tweet that has helped me to accept my feelings and try to move forward.  It read, “Negative things happen to all of us.  We can’t get away from them, but don’t let them affect everything about you”.

When in a relationship with someone you care deeply for, you invest your all.  When you have an amazing friend, you put the effort in to make time for one another.  When training for your next big race, you plan out the perfect training program to bring you to the finish line as fast as possible.  When you are passionate about your career, you never stop learning and continuing to grow in your field.  Blood, sweat, and tears go into it, and when we see our successes, it only propels us to continue on the path to reach higher and higher.  I am extremely lucky to have not had too many major hardships to overcome thus far, but don’t be fooled, a lot of hard work and dedication has allowed me to be in the position that I am in today.

I have had breakups, diminished friendships, and a loss in the CIS Field Hockey Championship Gold Medal game (that I am still not over almost 3 years later!), but my career has always been something that I truly feel that I have and continue to excel in. It has been a constant, regardless of everything else going on in my life. My passion for fitness, health, and wellness is truly genuine and I wake up excited for each new day ahead.  I have earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto and continue to expand into a variety of fitness modalities with each new course I take.  I have invested a lot, not only to see myself succeed, but to create a community of amazing clients that I have the privilege of guiding to achieve their own successes.

Last week, I was told that an opportunity in which I felt well deserving of was no longer available to me.  I felt like someone took my breath away upon hearing the news.  It has been so extremely difficult to accept that I haven’t even told many of my close friends.  As I write this, I feel like a failure.  Although I know I have only done my best, it is difficult to accept that in someone else’s eyes, they feel that it isn’t enough.  Regardless of politics and circumstances, being rejected in whatever the context is, is a terrible feeling.  I think I am awesome (as we all should feel about ourselves, because if not, who will?), but it was definitely a blow to my ego.

After feeling sorry for myself and coming across the tweet mentioned above I had to put things into perspective.  This one minor setback or disappointment is only adding fuel to my fire to do more.  I am healthy and happy and have a heck of a lot to be proud of.  I have hesitated sharing this as I am certainly not looking for sympathy, but I hope I can offer a connection to others who have experienced heartbreak in its various forms.  The one thing that has the capability to break our heart offers us a learning experience and it only means it is something we are passionate about.  It should never define us but only add to our story.  

It’s a good reminder that life has its ups and downs so ride the wave when things are going great.  Regardless of how our lives actually are, or are perceived to be, everyone experiences negativity at points in their life.  It is how we roll with the punches that shows who we really are and what we are made of.  And…stay tuned because I have some exciting things coming up…like an outdoor bootcamp downtown Toronto starting in July!

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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Welcome to "Creepy Man Season"!

The weather is warmer. The sun rises earlier and sets later.  We shed our coats and sport our summer best… and as someone on their Instagram story put it best, we have now entered “Creepy Man Season”.  I have always felt that street harassment was an important topic to discuss.  What propelled me to finally write about my experiences was after hearing Erin Brown and Neghar Fonooni of Nasty Women Radio (NWR) create a conversation about street harassment.  Click here to have a listen for yourself.  These women are amazing and put some of my thoughts into even better words than I could myself. 

My mom, for months now, has been telling me how important self-defence is and that I should take a course.  I don’t disagree and my response is usually, “Mom, I’m always wearing running shoes, I can outrun anyone who threatens me!”  However, after listening to NWR this past week I am thinking twice about my reactions to the uncomfortable and highly inappropriate situations I have had living in downtown Toronto.  I usually attribute what seems to be my high number of personal experiences with street harassment to growing up in a small town.  I loved every minute of it, but I have a tendency to brush off these situations now and assume I am more sensitive since I never grew up in the city.  

My career allows me to wear fitness clothes ALL the time, which I love! However, that means my outfit of choice is usually a pair of flashy leggings and a tank, showing some skin and my physique.  When it is hot, you might see me wearing shorts, or sporting my fav tennis skirts for Zumba.  I feel comfortable in my own skin and I absolutely love everything bright and colourful, so I understand that sometimes people will look because of the pattern on my tights.  But, that is where this conversation stops and the conversation of street harassment begins.

Before I go further, I am not diminishing other people’s experiences, but I am speaking from my perspective, as a 23 year old heterosexual female.  I find it strange the way men act at this time of year, reacting to the sight of skin as if they have never seen it before.  I find it extremely disgusting when I feel stared at for a long period of time, hollered at, whistled at, and in one case grabbed.  Apparently some of you think it is okay to do any or all of the above because…why?!  It doesn’t make me feel comfortable at ALL, my heart races slightly, I try to walk on the other side of the street, wear headphones and pretend I didn’t hear, and look around to see if anyone else notices or cares.  The reality is, I hear it all.  See it all.  And remember it all.

I used to try to find a silver lining and think that I should keep quiet and accept that although the delivery was poor, someone was trying to give me a compliment.  Not anymore.  We shouldn’t accept it is “Creepy Man Season”.  I shouldn’t have to walk with headphones in and my head down for fear of being hollered at.  To the men reading this, this is not the way to give a compliment.  As Neghar and Erin put it, it is a compliment if you could say the same thing in front of the recipient’s partner, or if you would say the same thing to a teacher.  

In one blog post I don’t expect to have an earth shattering moment, but rather start a conversation and remind fellow women and anyone else who has experienced this that we should not become desensitized and accept this as part of our daily routine.  Unfortunately as it is a reality for many people, we must continue to be aware of our surroundings and look out for one another.  Talk to your friends, whether male or female about the inappropriateness of this.  Support others who you see being victimized.  

No one has control over you – not what you wear, where you walk or what you do.  It doesn’t matter what you were wearing that caused someone else to not control themselves and act in a certain way.  You should feel safe regardless of what your outfit of the day is.  Let’s create conversations with males and females alike to put an end to “Creepy Man Season” and lead to days where we can feel safe walking outside.

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Mother’s Day can be a joy for some and a hard time for others.  Not everyone is as fortunate as me – or others – to have a great relationship with not only our mothers but other influential females too. I am forever thankful for all of the positive females I have in my life.  My mom, aunts, cousins, Grandma, Omi, and female friends have all shaped me into the woman I am today.  I’ve had the pleasure of spending not only today, but the past week with my mom in England, witnessing her not only do motherly duties, but grandmotherly duties on top of that!  Today, my blog post is in honour of my mom - for all that she does not only for me, but for my dad and brothers, her family, friends, and even strangers.

Mom, I can’t thank you enough for all of the sacrifices you have made over the years and continue to make for us. You chose to give up your career to take on the role of mother, the one job that has no expiry date, no retirement, and no hours off.  You’ve driven (and raced) me to countless dance and sports practices, prepared meals, volunteered at school, and often times ran like a chicken with your head cut off to ensure we were happy.  You buy 3 different kinds of snacks to make sure everyone gets something they like.  You stock up on candy when kids come to our house to make sure they are happy… (and now I know why you are everyone’s favourite!)  You drive me wherever I need to go.  I’ve watched you help your family in times of need, and I’ve even seen you help those who are strangers, struggling and needing hope.

Mom, you do this all better than anyone else I have ever witnessed.   You do it all without ever complaining, usually before anyone asks, putting everyone else’s needs above your own. You learned from an amazing role model, Omi; and it was truly special to see you play the role as Omi this week with your very special grandson, Samuel.  

I wish you peace, love and happiness, like you continually wish for when asked every holiday.  But, what I wish more is that you learn to take a step back, be proud of the children you raised, and remember that you have taught us well.  It is your turn to take time for yourself, try new things, relax, and not wait on everyone else.  You deserve it more than anyone I know.  We love you and appreciate the support more than we will ever be able to display.  But now, it is your time to enjoy all that you deserve.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the powerful females out there, regardless of your situation or circumstance.  You are all valued more than you will ever know. 

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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Just a small town girl

I can’t tell you how many times I have been told I am “too nice”.  When I tell people I am not originally from Toronto they proceed to tell me that it makes sense because I am too polite, energetic, and friendly to possibly have been born and raised here (no offence to those who are :P).  I even notice my clothing reflects that.  When walking down the sidewalks filled with people looking serious with dark clothing you will always find me smiling and standing out with bright and fun-coloured clothing.  That’s just me!

In the city, the hustle and bustle gets to everyone, even me!  I find I am weaving in and out of people and having little patience for anything getting in my way and slowing me down.  The “Toronto mentality” does exist.  I unfortunately find people caring less about others and only do when it will affect them directly.  Today’s society and social media norms make it easy for us to become self-absorbed and forget that the world is much bigger than any one of us.  We are more worried about our images being posted online than the world around us, those who are suffering, and the hardships others experience.  

I recently shared in another post the story of a young man taking his own life from the small town that I grew up.  Unfortunately just this past week, we lost another member of our community, a woman only 51, who suffered from cancer.  Boy, does that put me in check with all my silly little worries.  Sometimes it takes a loss to realize this.  

Our small town is like its own family.  Death and hardships are felt as a community.  Although my family is not there currently, there is a connection that we all share and a deeper understanding for the meaning of family, compassion, and respect.  The morals and principles that my family instilled in me and I practiced over the years in my community are a reflection of who I am today.  I will always smile, say hi, and ask you how you are doing.  It shocks me when people don’t.  We are all the same human race and should be treated equally.

Death is a strange thing.  There are so many stages of grief that you go through when experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Whether someone close to you or just within your greater community, it still makes you stop and take a step back from your own life.  

The last little while has reminded me that life is short.  Live in the moment and don’t let a day pass you by.  Be thankful for those around you and the little things that bring joy to your day.  Embrace every situation, good and bad.  The good times bring you happiness, and the tough times provide you with an opportunity.  You never know when life can turn you upside down. It just takes the blink of an eye for everything to change.  

For me, I need to slow down and focus on being in the moment more.  I lead a busy schedule and sometimes I can get caught up in it all.  I want to become better at living in the moment and embracing the ‘then and now’. 

I am thankful for my small town of Maryhill and can’t imagine my childhood any other way. I will continue being “too nice”  and take it as a compliment and wakeup call to those around me to care more about others.  Although I absolutely love the big city and all the perks, I will always be a small town girl at heart.  You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.  

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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Learning never stops!

Happy Monday Everyone!  This week’s post is coming at you a day late as I was taking a course all weekend and simply too tired afterwards to think or do anything! Over the last week, I have finished a book, started another, and took a powerlifting course.  I guess I am trying to soak in as much knowledge as possible!  

Exactly one year ago I finished university.  When I finished I said I would most likely never return and I still have the same feeling one year later.  I loved school and every experience that came along with it but I find in my career, I can learn more from reading books, analyzing studies, talking to others in my field, trying things out for myself and taking practical, hands on courses to give me new experiences and knowledge.  Since finishing school I have read multiple books on fitness, business, and life experiences, completed the Barreworks certification program, completed an online nutrition course, and just yesterday a powerlifting course.  I enjoy understanding and teaching various training modalities so that means I get to take courses and learn about so many different things!

As someone who has grown up being physically active, training for field hockey and later transitioning to coaching and training others, I feel like I can sometimes be stuck in my ways.  It was so long ago that I was taught how to perform a squat, deadlift, lunge, and bench press that I have my way of coaching others to do the same.  As I have trained more clients, I have quickly realized that not all verbal and visual cues work the same.  What makes sense to me doesn’t always register in someone else’s brain.  This weekend specifically and through learning from others, I have developed slightly new ways of viewing each movement with more motivation to get my clients and myself moving better than ever.

I think back to my elementary and high school days when some teachers adapted to how the students in the room reacted while others simply taught it the way they always did.  I distinctly remember the teachers who adapted and helped us learn it from a perspective that made sense to us, rather than having us meet them from their view.  As I learn more and become confident in various modalities, I am learning how to best meet my clients from where they are rather than have them conform to how I see and typically do things.  

Learning never stops.  Each day presents you with new experiences and opportunities to apply that knowledge into other situations.  What makes you the best at what you do, regardless of your field, is learning to adapt, see other view points, question things, read, take courses, and gain practical experience to help you move forward.  This weekend not only taught me tangible skills I can use in my classes and training sessions, but it also reminded me that learning never stops and we can always do more to master our craft.

Next up for me is a pre and post natal fitness course online and a kettle bell course. Stay tuned and stay motivated to never be complacent with where you are and what you think you know.

Be fierce.  Be strong.  Be vibrant.

Rachel

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