Coach vs. Trainer

Coach and Trainer.  I have seen these two terms used very loosely lately and having chosen a career path that entails both these titles, I wanted to clarify the difference between the two.  Yes you can be both a trainer and a coach but they are not mutually exclusive.  Just because you are a certified trainer does not automatically mean you are a qualified coach.  Continue reading

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Movements I like

Designing a workout plan or just going to the gym without a plan at all can be very overwhelming.  Most gyms have a vast amount of unnecessary machines or the latest “six pack ab” gizmo.  On top of that there are people of all shapes and sizes doing who knows what without any professional help.  Being in this situation may cause you to just follow the pack and pick up ideas from the general public on what you should be doing in the fitness center.  To make things clear, not every fitness plan needs to involve the gym.  If going to the health club isn’t your thing I don’t blame you.  Fitness and health first and foremost is just moving your body like humans are meant to move.  However if you want to get into the swing of working out but don’t know where to start, I have a few suggestions in regards to what movements to be doing.  I do suggest that to properly execute these movements you seek out the advice from a personal trainer.  This will insure you execute the proper progression of these movements to strengthen your body while avoiding injury.

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How I Coach

For the past couple of years I have had to privilege to work with a few extraordinary people within the realm of coaching.  Each one of them has brought a unique skill set to the climbing team in which not only the kids, but my self has benefited from.  I have learned many attributes that are not “teachable” from my fellow coaches.  Their presence is a joy to be around and it is inspiring to  observe the12087697_10205185106539438_4558443363855421555_o[1]ir approach to coaching since it is vastly different from my own.  When we asked Sam to work with the climbing team he was a bit skeptical and unsure since he did not have prior climbing coaching experience.  However myself and my fellow coaches knew he would be a perfect fit for the kids based on his ability to see the positive in all situations.  If you don’t know who Sam is, well then next time you are at boulders just look for the high energy, fun loving hairy guy that has more patience for kids than the mall Santa Claus.

Below you will read the account of coach Sam Carlson who works with all three levels of the climbing team.

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