The 3 keys to becoming great at teaching the basics of exercise and movement:
1. DO WHAT YOU SAY: If you can’t execute the the movements you’re prescribing then you need to practice them. Practicing the exercises and movements that you prescribe will help you to learn the nuances and troubleshooting strategies necessary to teach them.
2. TRAIN LOTS OF PEOPLE: Teaching is a skill and you need repetitions to get good at it. I’m talking years of repetitions. Train as many people as you can of different ages and levels. This will expose you to seeing many different movement patterns and sticking points.
3. SIMPLIFY AND PRIORITIZE: Learning a new movement or exercise is daunting. A good teacher helps their student by giving simple and effective cues. Long lists of detailed exercise instructions often paralyzes a client with wondering where to start and fear of making an error. Identify the most important exercise/movement cues and simplify the way you deliver them.
Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS spent 6 seasons as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and is the founder of TD Athletes Edge. He is nationally renowned for his evidence-based and scientific approach to fitness, training, nutrition, and recovery for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
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