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Breaking a Habit

Habits are formed to save the brain having to process every action you take. If you think about making a cup of coffee at home a lot of this process is habitual. You know where you keep your coffee, you know how to put water in a kettle and boil it. You know where you keep the milk and how...

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Are You Coaching or Coercing

A few years ago, I did a presentation at a conference that posed the question “are you coaching or coercing”? I think this is a very relevant point as in my experience a lot of trainers (not all) believe they are coaching when in fact they are coercing. For a client to make a lifestyle change their level of self-efficacy...

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Failing to Assess is Asking to Fail

All personal trainers (PT’s) and coaches would do an initial assessment of a client (I hope). This would generally include a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire/Assessment (PARQ) to get some history and medical background. They then would possibly move on to fitness testing. If it was an elite athlete these may be very comprehensive and include things like blood screening, possibly...

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New Behaviour Change Course Launched

MI & Behaviour Change

I am really pleased to announce that the new behaviour change course is now launched and ready for booking. I am launching this course in collaboration with FutureFit Training Ltd. We have spent the last ten months upgrading systems and recording the latest content in the field of behaviour change. There are two components to the course. E-Learning covering all...

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Roadblocks to Listening

Roadblocks to Listening

Empathic/active listening is a skill all of us could benefit from. In our roles as trainers/coaches we often present roadblocks to this process without realising this is what we are doing. We may have good intentions when we use these but ultimately, they block the conversation and the speaker is then forced to navigate their way around them. Thomas Gordan,...

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BREAKING NEWS

Over the past 10 months I have been putting a lot of work and thought into the delivery of a new version of the behaviour change course. This will be launched next week and will add a new dimension to the role of the personal trainer/coach. Watch this space for the launch next week, exciting times ahead.

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What Do I Need to Improve to Help My Clients Succeed?

In answering this fundamental question, it is tempting to think about education and practical knowledge. A lot of trainers perhaps thought it would be the latest dietary craze or nutrition understanding. Another logical thought would be new exercise regimes and modalities of exercise and any of these may be useful in the long-term. The answer to this question is not...

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