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15 Dec Strength Training For Older Adults (A Trainer’s Guide For Success)

A brief background on exercise and agingWe know that there is substantial evidence from numerous studies that demonstrate the positive association between increased levels of exercise and physical activity with improved health. If there was ever a 'magic bullet' to improve health in the aging human body, exercise would be it. What is consistent in the research is that there are clear indicators that physical inactivity is a major contributor to mortality. It has been reported that approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to physical inactivity. There have been large scale published studies that have also associated the loss of muscular strength to increased mortality. This should be very alarming to those who do not train for strength. Fitness programs for older adults continue to be one of the top trends year after year according to a major annual worldwide survey. Exercise with the older client can truly be life-changing and transformational. Coaches and trainers have the ability to make a massive impact in a market segment that needs our help. Strength training for the older adult matters. With these understandings, it is an honor to share this article.
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29 Aug Big Problems With The Latest In Kettlebell Science

I love research. We can learn a lot from it. Each and every study I read, I respect the work that went into it. I know how much time, effort, and commitment goes into doing a research study at any level. No study is perfect. Yet, each one is a potentially important piece of the puzzle, right? So, I was really excited to see the title of the latest research study about kettlebell training. Shortly after immersing myself in the study, I found myself feeling let down and disappointed once again that another kettlebell study missed the mark. This one in a major way, which I'll explain. This article is an attempt to "bridge the gaps" between the scientific research and the "real-world" practical applications.
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15 Jun Why I Walked Away From My Career As A Physical Therapist

You should probably know that this article is potentially the most painful article I've ever written.

Painful because I'm openly sharing why I chose to walk away from a great profession.

As a matter of fact, this one is going to take some courage to hit the "publish" button.

It's been several years now since I walked away from my role as a clinician.

I was an orthopedic physical therapist (hopefully, a damn good one too).

I still get a lot of questions about why I left the clinic?

Until now, I've never shared the full story, but because I'm asked about this so often, it's time. 

(*Special "thank you" to Tami and Luis for your recent questions. It was your questions that formed the basis for this article).

Keep in mind that there are lessons in this article for every reader.

Do I regret leaving PT?

I'll explain soon.

Things happen for a reason and it’s the choices we make that shape our lives.

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22 May The “Gap” In Physical Therapy (Why Most Physical Therapists Don’t Understand Strength And What We Can Do About It)

I was recently talking to a top strength coach.

He was telling me about his experience at a strength seminar where he was doing a presentation for a group of physical therapists.

What he told me was that he was shocked to discover that the group of physical therapist’s had very little knowledge of barbell training - and strength training in general, for that matter.

As a former physical therapist, I was quick to point out that there was indeed an “educational gap” in the training for physical therapists (PT’s) and that I wasn’t surprised at all by his comments.

I do think the tide is changing in today’s world.

For me personally, I was a “lifter” long before I was a PT (I’ll talk more about that in a minute).

The Gap

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