A Montessori education emphasizes independence and a limited freedom to choose. Coaching this self-guided approach may also apply well in fitness. As professionals, is it our duty to coach people towards self-reliance and ultimately exercise independence?

Montessori Fitness

Meeting Date: 2 / 18 / 15

Attending Members: Harrison BernsteinAmanda BuckleyPatrick RahmJohannah Zaba

Time:

06:20 – A definition of Montessori 

11:20 – Managing the client / athlete who just wants to be told what to do

14:12 – Is there a professional responsibility to educate?

17:00 – Coaching self monitoring and modifying a plan “on the fly”

23:05 – The client / athlete familiarity with “media science” and how to counter it

31:15 – Should we expect people to become more scientifically literate?

39:55 – The value of learning the WHY and HOW behind the WHAT

43:10 – Who should care more…the client / athlete or the coach? 

48:20 – Does a client / athlete have to care to get results?

50:15 – What is the role of inspiration in coaching? 

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Setting expectations, and managing them with care, is essential to sustaining our personal and professional relationships. Members share their perspectives on how to do this successfully. Considering the complexity of humans and unpredictability of life, this is no easy task.

Coaching Expectations

Meeting Date: 2 / 4 / 15

Attending MembersHarrison BernsteinPatrick RahmKelley VargoJohannah Zabal

Time:

06:00 – A definition of expectations from the research

15:20 – Do you spend more of your time raising or lowering expectations? 

21:50 – Is there ever a benefit to setting unrealistic expectations?

27:53 – Examples of compromising the ideal to maintain the coach – client relationship

41:20 – The unpredictability of life’s influence on expectations 

54:00 – The interplay between goal setting, expectations, celebration and failure

1:00:40 – Predictability and variability’s influence on exercise adherence

1:14:25 – How often do you allow the execution of an exercise fall below your expectations? 

1:19:55 – Relying on our reason and / or our intuition while coaching

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A brief review on complex training. What variables can and should be manipulated when programming complex training to maximize effectiveness? Is the true value of complex training in it’s reflection / representation of the dynamic nature of sport itself?

Complex Training

Meeting Date: 1 / 21 / 15

Attending Members: Jon GreenwichPatrick RahmGrady Renfrow

Time:

00:45 – Defining complex training and other relative variables

02:50 – If you utilize complex training, how do you use it in your practice?

5:20 – What are the intended short and long term effects when doing complex training? 

7:00 – What qualifies an exercise as one that should be executed first in a complex training protocol? 

8:20 – How does complex training compare and contrast with compound training?

12:25 – Is complex training a means to more comprehensively address the dynamic nature of sports itself?

16:20 – Have you tried “experimenting” with the various protocols to improve performance on your athletes? 

19:50 – Is complex training a beneficial method to implement? If so, when is it best implemented?

25:00 – Is the deeper question which / when is better: block or conjugate / waved / undulated training? 

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NFJ members try to distinguish the difference between coaching methods and coaching styles. The all-important “defining of terms” begins the discussion. What follows is a thorough analysis of the importance, personal prioritization and interaction of each. Can one teach other coaches to adopt a style of coaching?

Method & Style

Meeting Date: 1 / 7 / 15

Attending Members: Harrison BernsteinJon GreenwichPatrick RahmGrady RenfrowJohannah Zabal

Time:

04:00 – An assessment of the many packaged, advertised and commercially available methods

11:50 – An attempt to define the difference between methodology and style

23:05 – Is your practice more driven by your methods or your style?

27:47 – Real world examples of the blending of method and style

40:30 – How do we teach this “way of no way” to our clients & athletes?

45:55 – The importance of your athletes and clients being “known”

1:17:55 – How does one teach and guide without specific instruction and without specific goals?

1:32:40 – The importance of being able to consider and answer the question of “why” or “why not”?

1:44:44 – The utility of humility in coaching

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There are data suggesting that many ACSM certified exercise professionals lack knowledge on the ACSM guidelines. How important is it to have and know guidelines? What other sources should professionals consult to ensure best practice?

Evidence Based Practice

Meeting Date: 12 / 18 / 14

Attending Members: Harrison BernsteinMatt FalkenhamPatrick RahmGrady Renfrow Johannah Zabal

Time:

1:05– How important is it to be familiar with the guidelines of any organization?
6:05 – Guidelines often set minimums thresholds. Are there guidelines for maximums thresholds?
16:25 – Review of ACSM Guidelines
20:01 – Other professional’s knowledge of their respective field’s guidelines
28:40 – What are the primary sources of evidence that you utilize in your practice?
38:45 – In your practice, is there anything with such a dramatic effect that you don’t need research to confirm?
45:55 – In your own practice, what qualifies as “enough evidence” to start acting upon it?
48:43 – What are some instances where we need to be careful on what we promote or allow people to adopt?
54:10 – What is a recent instance where you’ve been convinced by evidence to act upon it?

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The first meeting of The National Fitness Junto (NFJ) begins with an introduction and description of the NFJ followed by a discussion on nutrition.

Introduction & Nutrition

Meeting Date: 12 / 3 / 14

Attending MembersHarrison BernsteinJon GreenwichPatrick RahmGrady RenfrowKelley VargoJohannah Zabal

Time:

00:00 – Origin of the NFJ
10:00 – NFJ Oath & Mission Statement
19:50 – Attending Members Introductions
28:10 – Introduction of Topic – “Nutrition”
28:25 – “How big of a role does nutrition play?”
47:10 – “What are some barriers to implementing good nutrition? How do you overcome them?”
1:03:25 – “How can one integrate the measuring of biometrics into practice?”
1:10:45 – “What are the ethical, legal, or psychological reasons for NOT monitoring?”

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