Having a career in physical fitness and personal training requires continuous development, both physically and professionally. Continuing to take fitness and personal trainer courses after you’re qualified is key to staying on top. Fitness conventions, conferences, seminars and workshops are the ideal way to sharpen your skills and broaden your network.
However, for personal trainers time really is money; finding space in your schedule to attend events like these regularly can be a struggle. Plus, unless you live in a big city, there might not be resources like these available to you.
So what’s the solution?
Books are obviously an invaluable resource for fitness information, but you don’t have to be limited to the printed word. Blogs can be even better as they’re constantly updated with the latest ideas, the best protein and inspiration in bite-sized chunks.
Here’s a rundown of the best personal training blogs, as voted for by readers and the experts at Breaking Muscle.
A firm believer in minimalist training, Timothy Bell set up his blog to introduce individuals to the idea that even ordinary places such as the park, the backyard, or even empty neighborhood lots, can serve as a venue for fitness training. This means that you can use virtually anything in your environment as a tool for strength and resistance training – perfect if your clients want to avoid the sweaty locker room and hemmed-in hamster-wheel vibes of the gym.
Designed to share his passion for leading a ‘FUNctionally’ fit life, Dai Manuel focuses on achieving mastery of the 5 pillars of ‘functional fitness’: fitness, family, finances, faith, and fun.
He stresses that personal trainers should strive to ensure that their clients have good family relationships, excellent motivation, financial freedom, and the chance to enjoy the fun things in life, as well as excellent physical fitness. Bearing these 5 pillars in mind should help you understand the value of creating an all-round lifestyle program for your clients.
Developed by former boxing coach and long-time trainer Ross Enamait, Ross Training is a blog dedicated to strength training, high-performance conditioning, and athletic development.
Ross Training talks about the value of understanding the individual differences of each athlete – personal trainers should design programs that are specific to their client’s strengths and weaknesses. He also focuses on the importance of role modeling, interaction, and active participation.
While it is not necessarily a blog about high-performance fitness programs, personal trainers can benefit from chiropractic physician Sock Doc’s useful articles on the prevention and management of fitness injuries using natural methods.
His advice can help you choose a natural, holistic treatment when there’s one available, and avoid relying on unnecessary costly medications and procedures.
Steve Kamb is a self-confessed nerd, and he’s dead set on overturning the stereotype that nerds aren’t fit. He shows that getting into fitness should be fun, whether you spend your free time playing sports or at ComicCon.
He can show you how to make training fun for your clients by incorporating ideas that are meaningful to them into their fitness programmes.
Although it’s designed for those interested in strength training, Barbell Shrugged Daily has articles across a wealth of topics ranging from sensible nutrition to coaching and everyday mentoring. The blog has its own iTunes podcast and has been ruling the fitness and nutrition airwaves for quite some time.
With almost 400 articles, 300 fitness and exercise demos, 40 weightlifting programs, 1,200 videos on a variety of fitness topics, and more than 3,200 weightlifting workouts, Catalyst Athletics is a super serious strength training blog. The blog pays tribute to the art of Olympic weightlifting and will teach you how to design a stellar weightlifting program for your clients.
A physical therapist by profession, Dr. John Rusin provides a scientific approach to working out. The blog centers on bridging the gap between high-intensity strength and conditioning workouts, and innovations in rehabilitation methodology.
You can learn the actual science behind different fitness routines so you know how to properly design programs depending on your clients’ physical strengths. Rusin incorporates sound physical therapy principles to the science of exercise physiology so you can understand the theoretical bases behind what you’re teaching – or ditch your programme if the science doesn’t add up.
The Strength Trainer
Richey focuses on strength, plyometrics, speed and agility training, and mental toughness. Having studied fitness at varied colleges and trained professional athletes from many disciplines, this is one guy who knows exactly what he’s talking about.
With a podcast, a community to keep you accountable, and hundreds of articles on fitness, End of Three is a one stop shop for amazing motivation and advice. The team focus on training that can be done in your garage as well as in a gym, and generally use only a barbell in their routines.
Whether a blog is for fitness newbies or seasoned pros, there’s always something you can learn – after all, many of your clients will be just starting out on their fitness journey, and blogs aimed at newcomers can help you remember what training was like before you were a professional.
By keeping up with the latest news and tips from trainers around the world, you’re not just making sure that your clients are learning to the best they can be. You’re making sure that you are the best you can be – and that’s what your clients really need.