Laurel answers two questions that she gets regularly from folks online. They are: How can I get started with strength training? And, how can I “learn more about” strength training? Spoiler: the best way to get started with strength training (the doing and the teaching) is by…wait for it…strength training!
In this episode you will learn:
- The three most important elements of strength training—exercise technique, programming, and coaching.
- Why yoga and Pilates teachers are already generally well-versed in exercise technique, but without the added component of external load and the goal of strength.
- Yoga and Pilates teachers are typically not well-versed in programming, which is how we apply the principle of progressive overload to work toward building strength.
- Coaching is key for deep understanding of both exercise technique and programming.
- Laurel’s evolution from teaching yoga to becoming a strength coach.
- The plusses, minuses and trade-offs of DIY program templates, group classes, one-on-ones, and more.
- How yoga and Pilates teachers are accustomed to learning in a live, follow along format, and given then, how it can be a rude awakening to discover that programs in strength are often delivered in PDF format and personal trainer certifications mostly ask you to read a textbook and pass a test.
- Why personal trainer certifications do not provide very much practical know-how for how to be a personal trainer.
- How the Bone Density Course: Lift for Longevity delivers on the three most important elements of getting started with strength and learning about strength training—exercise technique, programming, and coaching.
- How the CSCS is widely considered the gold standard of personal trainer certifications but that it almost exclusively caters to competitive athletes (who make up a fraction of people who resistance train.)
- How being a dedicated student of the thing you eventually want to teach is the most valuable way to prepare yourself to actually teach something.
- How strength is defined, the systems in the body involved, and what the main adaptations (or changes) to your body are when you build strength.
- That we can be strong in many ways,so it’s helpful to have a specific performance goal.
- Why specific, performance goals are the best way to reach health and aesthetic goals.
The NSCA textbook is used to study for the CSCS – Essentials of Strength and Conditioning