Sports Injuries Happen – Here’s How To Deal With Them

“Success is not final.  Failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Strength Training Avon

It Happens

Let’s say you compete in a sport.  This sport can range from team sports like football, soccer, or basketball to individual sports like wrestling, powerlifting, weightlifting, or fitness.  You really enjoy the camaraderie of your teammates and competitors.  You really like training your ass off to be the very best you can be at your chosen sport.  You also really like the aesthetic, strength, and conditioning improvements that are an added bonus to training for your sport.   You’re passionate about it and have very lofty goals.  It’s part of your identity.

Meet June’s Client of the Month – Machelle!

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What made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

My friend from church, Amanda Aspling, is basically the marketing and PR head for Nunn’s (HA!)!  I saw all her FB posts and I had already decided I needed to make a lifestyle change.  I made a nutrition change but had not started any workouts/training so I decided to give Nunn’s a shot due to her major enthusiasm and happiness with her results and the trainers.

What have your accomplishments been so far?

I have shed weight and inches and can feel my strength and stamina skyrocketing!!!

How has your success in the gym impacted your daily life?

I feel SO much better in general.  My confidence and esteem are at a high they have not been at in years.  Playing with my son is less straining.  I just feel like I can do so much more and have so much more energy.

Meet April’s Client of the Month – Misty!

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What made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

 

Fun and success is why I chose Nunn’s.  I heard about the Fitness Challenge a few years ago and decided to participate.  The tire flipping and other events were so much FUN.  After that, I did the 3 free training sessions. Jason corrected my form on deadlift and squat which helped my knees.  I realized that Jason was more than the average trainer, he had actual credentials.  He has a master’s degree in physical education. His knowledge is evident when he coaches me on injury prevention and how to get stronger. FUN initially got me in the door. The success, continued fun, and community atmosphere keep me here.

 

What have your accomplishments been so far?

 

All of my lifts have shown improvement. I’ve competed in local strongman events and powerlifting events.

 

Meet February’s Client of the Month – Amanda!

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What made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

I decided to train at Nunn’s Performance after seeing a family member’s results from the gym.  I had been training for while myself, and trying multiple things, but I wasn’t seeing the results that I felt I should.

What have your accomplishments been so far?

Where to start?  Being 5 foot on a good day, it shocks me that I am now training for a power lifting competition, deadlifting 200 pounds, training with heavy weights. Let’s just say that I thought NONE of this was possible.

How has your success in the gym impacted your daily life?

I am now comfortable in my own skin; I’ve always struggled with confidence and I am now working hard, seeing results, and am actually proud of myself.

Meet December’s Client of the Month – Jill!

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What made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

I found Nunn’s by using Groupon. I was excited to find a business that provided training near Avon. It also didn’t hurt that it was a great deal! As a member of a larger gym, I always felt intimidated and overwhelmed. Being a runner and having run a few half-marathons, I would use the treadmill and that was about it. I wasn’t having much luck losing weight and I wanted to work on gaining strength and muscle tone. I knew I couldn’t accomplish that on my own. After my Groupon was finished, I went back to my other gym and fell right back to my same treadmill routine. I couldn’t wait to get back to Nunn’s and continue lifting weights. I really missed Nunn’s a ton (especially Jason….because we all know how awesome he is!).

15 Mistakes In 10 Years

Avon fitness“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” 
― Albert Einstein

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since I got my first personal training job.  Looking back on my career so far, I think I’ve accomplished quite a bit.  I’ve had clients/athletes get drafted to the NFL, sign free agent contracts to the NFL, become an olympic hopeful, make it to the big leagues, and lose thousands of pounds and get fitter and stronger that they ever thought possible.  I’ve been published to some pretty mainstream sites (like here and here).

Sure this looks pretty good, but I’ve also made plenty of mistakes and had many failures along the way.  The purpose of this post is to bring them to light so that others don’t make the same colossal failures I have.  Here’s 15 mistakes I’ve made in ten years:

Meet July’s Client of the Month – Dee Lewis!

 

deeWhat made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

I saw the sign when taking my son to soccer at Lil Kickers.

What have your accomplishments been so far?

My main accomplishments have been weight loss (about 20lbs) and my overall fitness and strength have gone up considerably.

How has your success in the gym impacted your daily life?

I’m much more active these days and overall I feel better and sleep better (and I like my sleep!!!)

What are your future fitness goals?

I’d like to increase my cardiovascular endurance and get my bench press and squat to 300+ pounds.

Great job on all your hard work Dee! We’re happy to have you here at Nunn’s Performance Training!

Guest Post: Kristin’s Perform Better Notes And Write – Up

Chicago Perform Better Summit

I recently got the opportunity to attend Perform Better’s Three Day Summit. I was a little nervous to get started but once we were there and underway, I was too busy to be nervous! To say I learned a lot is an understatement and it was a great, informative weekend. Here’s what happened!

 

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Oh The Brain Workout

 

Alwyn Cosgrove – Training the Executive Athlete

Alwyn started off my conference experience and, after reading many of his articles online, it was awesome to hear him finally speak.  The ‘executive athlete’ that he refers to is anyone who used to be an athlete or who use to be fit and wants be that again.  Those people can come to your gym already in shape and wanting to take it to the next level or it could be a fat loss client that needs a new challenge or goal.

How To Pick The Right Coach

A few weeks ago, John Meadows and Dave Tate released what they referred to as the “4 Golden Rules Of Picking A Coach”.  I wrote a post a while back called 10 Questions To Ask Your Personal Trainer and thought this scoring system would be a good addition to that.

Here are Dave and John’s 4 golden rules:

1. What is their education?
Do they have a degree? In a related field? BS, Masters, PHD? Certifications? Continuing Education? Internships? Work History? Mentors? Self Thought…? It’s very important that they understand how to translate education, studies, etc into actual client scenarios too. This is critical.

On a scale of 1-5 where do they rank? 5 would be advanced degree, internship and 2-3 very good mentors. Work back from there. If they are only self thought they get a 1 or 2.

10 Strength And Speed Training Tips For Youth Athletes

Here’s 10 tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your strength and speed training for youth athletes.

 1.  Strength Training Is Speed Training

Well known strength coach Mike Boyle is famous for saying “you can’t have speed without strength.”  Basically, he’s saying you can’t have a good speed training program without a good strength training program to accompany it.  The bottom line with speed is that you have to be able to apply force to the ground.  The more relative strength (think strength to bodyweight ratio), the faster an athlete will be.  Too many “speed” coaches and sport coaches get hung up on the speed training part and neglect the strength part.

2.  Do Planks

Basically every movement in the gym will require some sort of static stability in the torso.  I’ve talked before about how we train the core.  But, getting at least good at the plank will automatically improve both sprint technique and strength training technique.