Tips to Get Strong.... and a Job listing to Get others Strong
Dan Geraci is a former strength coach, who is now one of the top personal trainers in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Dan worked as a Strength and Conditioning at the University of Michigan and also worked under Kevin Tolbert the Head Strength Coach at Stanford University. Visit www.highintensitychicago.com
Photos Courtesy of Kathy Leistner
Here are 10 tips for how to be a good training partner:
1). Coach every repetition – Every rep should look the same, no matter how tired or close to failure the person is. Let the person know if the last repetition was too fast, too slow or too short of range of motion so, it can be corrected on the next one.
2). Count – Have the person pause in full contraction and wait for the number. This will take momentum out of each repetition and make it easy for you to keep track of the number of successful reps performed.
3). Know the records – On every exercise, let the person know how many reps they need to get to beat their prior performance. Only record repetitions they got on their own without assistance. Be sure to keep records so they can try to beat what they achieved the following workout.
4). Preempt bad behavior with instruction – When you see the person is starting to struggle instruct them to keep breathing, keep the movement under control, and not to set the weight down.
5). Don’t touch the weight until it moves in the wrong direction – People will surprise you with how many goods reps they can eke out of each set. They have not failed until the weight starts to move back toward them when they are trying to push or away from them when they are attempting to pull.
6). Take them to failure – You can do this a number of ways, but it must be done. Whether you assist with a few reps, have them set the weight down only to pick it right back up, strip some weight off and keep going or all of the above. Getting them to momentary muscular failure is why you are standing there.
7). Give as little assistance as needed when forcing reps – You do not want to aggressively pull the weight off a person, just give them enough help so that they can complete the repetition.
8). Be clear on how many more reps you want them to do – If you do not tell them they may set the weight down. The greater the struggle the more you need to be clear on what the goal is.
9). Don’t ask for too much – Asking for too many reps during a struggle and the person is likely to give up. You are better off asking for one more rep 5 times than five reps at once.
10). Get to them next exercise to Get Strong!
Pendulum Pulldown with Interchangeable Handles
Dan Geraci Is personal trainer in Chicago. He is currently seeking applications for a qualified Strength Coach to assist him. For information go to www.highintensitychicago.com/careeropportunities