Want to Be a Coach? 8 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Being a coach is not sitting through a weekend certification and getting a few letters after your name.

So you want to be a strength coach, eh? Turns out it’s not as easy as sitting through a weekend certification and getting a few letters after your name. In fact, even if you got a four-year degree from an accredited university, you still might not get the job of your dreams after school.


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Don’t Let the Fitness Industry Tell You What to Do

In a field awash in conflicting information, it’s up to you to decide what you listen to.

One of my favorite things about the Internet fitness world is how much I learn every day. Last week I learned from an evidence-based infographic that I don’t have a six-pack because I’m not willing to sacrifice and #riseandgrind, which means I’m probably an impotent husk of a man incapable of satisfying my non-existent girlfriend (who is probably non-existent because of said lack of six pack). 

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A 12-Week GPP Programme for Kettlebell Sport Athletes

GPP training keeps you healthy, injury-free, and away from boredom. Tailor a programme to suit your needs with this simple template.

I often get asked what the best form of general physical preparedness (GPP) for kettlebell sport is. Most people would like a quick “silver bullet” solution and get frustrated by my answer: it depends.


The truth is, the variables of exercise selection, intensity, and duration are many. Each athlete is a unique and beautifully complex individual. There isn’t a golden programme that will sort everything out for everyone, and this holds true in kettlebell sport as much as any other discipline.

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Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps on Tone-and-Tighten
Have you ever tried a lettuce wrap? By using lettuce to wrap up your taco, you are saving yourself a lot of calories and carbs – and suddenly these tacos turn into a big protein meal that loaded with vegetables!

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Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
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Serves: 5-6

By wrapping your taco in lettuce, you are saving yourself so many calories and carbs!
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • Boston or butter lettuce leaves (or any big leaf lettuce works)
  • toppings: tomatoes, shredded cheese, avocados, onions, peppers, etc

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground turkey and onion until turkey is no longer pink. Drain, then add in beans, taco seasoning, and salsa. Let simmer for about 5 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  2. Top each lettuce leaf with a scoop of ground turkey mixture and add desired toppings.

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Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps from Tone-and-Tighten


Learn the Rules, Then Break Them

The fitness industry is all about creating rules, but you can break all of them and still succeed.

Charles is here on a weekly basis to help you cut through the B.S. and get some real perspective regarding health and training. Please post feedback or questions to Charles directly in the comments below this article.
When you set out to improve yourself in the physical realm, it’s easy to get pigeonholed or fixated on the hundreds of rules, programs, and philosophies that exist in the fitness world.

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