Are you a Coach or an “Expert”?

Most trainers position themselves as experts not coaches.   An expert is focused on themselves and their presentation while coaches focus on their client! Experts: do not do assessments and often seem rushed and busy to the client. tend to jump to conclusions before getting the whole picture. overwhelm the client with information. They often indirectly or directly blame the client for their problems. recommend big changes without providing the support the client needs to make those changes. Experts define the client’s problem and then tell them what to do. Coaching is all about the client. Clients of coaches: feel understood and believe their coach gets them and cares for…
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Working Out on an Empty Stomach – Good or Bad?

It’s a longstanding debate: Is it better or worse to work out on an empty stomach? To answer this lets start by looking at some cherished myths regarding eating and exercise. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that eating many small meals throughout the day does NOT speed up the metabolism, and skipping a meal will not make you fat.   In addition breakfast is NOT magic!   You do not have to eat breakfast to be healthy, have high energy levels or be successful working out!  That does not mean it is bad to eat breakfast or eat frequent meals! In fact, skipping a meal or two, also known as “intermittent…
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What Cholesterol Tests and Numbers should you be concerned with?

There is much confusion about cholesterol both in the public and medical communities.    One of the key issues causing confusion is that there are in fact many different types of cholesterol and associated co-factors that relate to your risk of cardiovascular disease.    Most physicians tell patients that there is “good” and “bad” cholesterol with LDL being “bad” and HDL being “good”. First understand that when we talk about LDL and HDL cholesterol we are really talking about different carriers of cholesterol.      LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein, and HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein.  For decades, we have been told a simple story about the relationship between LDL cholesterol and…
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Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 2

As we learned in Part 1, Functional Power Training is a key element in the training programs of elite level professional cyclists like those in the Tour de France, but any cyclist can benefit from this type of training.     The first step is doing the 20-minute test outlined in the first article and using the results to determine your personal training zones. In part 2 we are going to discuss how to use this information to create your personal Functional Power Threshold Training Plan or FPTP for short.    Also it is critical to ride both outside and inside on a regular basis using a Power Meter so you can see…
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Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 1

Functional Power Training is a great way to train to optimize cycling performance – particularly during the indoor cycling season.  To do this type of training the first step is to determine your functional power threshold or FPT for short.  FPT is the maximum power output you can maintain for one hour on a flat road.   One way to do this is to warm-up and then ride a one-hour time trial giving it everything you have.   This is challenging and if you go out to hard or easy you can end up having a difficult time finding your true best one hour pace. As a result, a 20-minute…
Read More

Are you a Coach or an “Expert”?

Most trainers position themselves as experts not coaches.   An expert is focused on themselves and their presentation while coaches focus on their client! Experts: do not do assessments and often seem rushed and busy to the client. tend to jump to conclusions before getting the whole picture. overwhelm the client with information. They often indirectly or directly blame the client for their problems. recommend big changes without providing the support the client needs to make those changes. Experts define the client’s problem and then tell them what to do. Coaching is all about the client. Clients of coaches: feel understood and believe their coach gets them and cares for…
Read More

Working Out on an Empty Stomach – Good or Bad?

It’s a longstanding debate: Is it better or worse to work out on an empty stomach? To answer this lets start by looking at some cherished myths regarding eating and exercise. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that eating many small meals throughout the day does NOT speed up the metabolism, and skipping a meal will not make you fat.   In addition breakfast is NOT magic!   You do not have to eat breakfast to be healthy, have high energy levels or be successful working out!  That does not mean it is bad to eat breakfast or eat frequent meals! In fact, skipping a meal or two, also known as “intermittent…
Read More

What Cholesterol Tests and Numbers should you be concerned with?

There is much confusion about cholesterol both in the public and medical communities.    One of the key issues causing confusion is that there are in fact many different types of cholesterol and associated co-factors that relate to your risk of cardiovascular disease.    Most physicians tell patients that there is “good” and “bad” cholesterol with LDL being “bad” and HDL being “good”. First understand that when we talk about LDL and HDL cholesterol we are really talking about different carriers of cholesterol.      LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein, and HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein.  For decades, we have been told a simple story about the relationship between LDL cholesterol and…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 2

As we learned in Part 1, Functional Power Training is a key element in the training programs of elite level professional cyclists like those in the Tour de France, but any cyclist can benefit from this type of training.     The first step is doing the 20-minute test outlined in the first article and using the results to determine your personal training zones. In part 2 we are going to discuss how to use this information to create your personal Functional Power Threshold Training Plan or FPTP for short.    Also it is critical to ride both outside and inside on a regular basis using a Power Meter so you can see…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 1

Functional Power Training is a great way to train to optimize cycling performance – particularly during the indoor cycling season.  To do this type of training the first step is to determine your functional power threshold or FPT for short.  FPT is the maximum power output you can maintain for one hour on a flat road.   One way to do this is to warm-up and then ride a one-hour time trial giving it everything you have.   This is challenging and if you go out to hard or easy you can end up having a difficult time finding your true best one hour pace. As a result, a 20-minute…
Read More

Are you a Coach or an “Expert”?

Most trainers position themselves as experts not coaches.   An expert is focused on themselves and their presentation while coaches focus on their client! Experts: do not do assessments and often seem rushed and busy to the client. tend to jump to conclusions before getting the whole picture. overwhelm the client with information. They often indirectly or directly blame the client for their problems. recommend big changes without providing the support the client needs to make those changes. Experts define the client’s problem and then tell them what to do. Coaching is all about the client. Clients of coaches: feel understood and believe their coach gets them and cares for…
Read More

Working Out on an Empty Stomach – Good or Bad?

It’s a longstanding debate: Is it better or worse to work out on an empty stomach? To answer this lets start by looking at some cherished myths regarding eating and exercise. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that eating many small meals throughout the day does NOT speed up the metabolism, and skipping a meal will not make you fat.   In addition breakfast is NOT magic!   You do not have to eat breakfast to be healthy, have high energy levels or be successful working out!  That does not mean it is bad to eat breakfast or eat frequent meals! In fact, skipping a meal or two, also known as “intermittent…
Read More

What Cholesterol Tests and Numbers should you be concerned with?

There is much confusion about cholesterol both in the public and medical communities.    One of the key issues causing confusion is that there are in fact many different types of cholesterol and associated co-factors that relate to your risk of cardiovascular disease.    Most physicians tell patients that there is “good” and “bad” cholesterol with LDL being “bad” and HDL being “good”. First understand that when we talk about LDL and HDL cholesterol we are really talking about different carriers of cholesterol.      LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein, and HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein.  For decades, we have been told a simple story about the relationship between LDL cholesterol and…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 2

As we learned in Part 1, Functional Power Training is a key element in the training programs of elite level professional cyclists like those in the Tour de France, but any cyclist can benefit from this type of training.     The first step is doing the 20-minute test outlined in the first article and using the results to determine your personal training zones. In part 2 we are going to discuss how to use this information to create your personal Functional Power Threshold Training Plan or FPTP for short.    Also it is critical to ride both outside and inside on a regular basis using a Power Meter so you can see…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 1

Functional Power Training is a great way to train to optimize cycling performance – particularly during the indoor cycling season.  To do this type of training the first step is to determine your functional power threshold or FPT for short.  FPT is the maximum power output you can maintain for one hour on a flat road.   One way to do this is to warm-up and then ride a one-hour time trial giving it everything you have.   This is challenging and if you go out to hard or easy you can end up having a difficult time finding your true best one hour pace. As a result, a 20-minute…
Read More

Are you a Coach or an “Expert”?

Most trainers position themselves as experts not coaches.   An expert is focused on themselves and their presentation while coaches focus on their client! Experts: do not do assessments and often seem rushed and busy to the client. tend to jump to conclusions before getting the whole picture. overwhelm the client with information. They often indirectly or directly blame the client for their problems. recommend big changes without providing the support the client needs to make those changes. Experts define the client’s problem and then tell them what to do. Coaching is all about the client. Clients of coaches: feel understood and believe their coach gets them and cares for…
Read More

Working Out on an Empty Stomach – Good or Bad?

It’s a longstanding debate: Is it better or worse to work out on an empty stomach? To answer this lets start by looking at some cherished myths regarding eating and exercise. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that eating many small meals throughout the day does NOT speed up the metabolism, and skipping a meal will not make you fat.   In addition breakfast is NOT magic!   You do not have to eat breakfast to be healthy, have high energy levels or be successful working out!  That does not mean it is bad to eat breakfast or eat frequent meals! In fact, skipping a meal or two, also known as “intermittent…
Read More

What Cholesterol Tests and Numbers should you be concerned with?

There is much confusion about cholesterol both in the public and medical communities.    One of the key issues causing confusion is that there are in fact many different types of cholesterol and associated co-factors that relate to your risk of cardiovascular disease.    Most physicians tell patients that there is “good” and “bad” cholesterol with LDL being “bad” and HDL being “good”. First understand that when we talk about LDL and HDL cholesterol we are really talking about different carriers of cholesterol.      LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein, and HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein.  For decades, we have been told a simple story about the relationship between LDL cholesterol and…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 2

As we learned in Part 1, Functional Power Training is a key element in the training programs of elite level professional cyclists like those in the Tour de France, but any cyclist can benefit from this type of training.     The first step is doing the 20-minute test outlined in the first article and using the results to determine your personal training zones. In part 2 we are going to discuss how to use this information to create your personal Functional Power Threshold Training Plan or FPTP for short.    Also it is critical to ride both outside and inside on a regular basis using a Power Meter so you can see…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 1

Functional Power Training is a great way to train to optimize cycling performance – particularly during the indoor cycling season.  To do this type of training the first step is to determine your functional power threshold or FPT for short.  FPT is the maximum power output you can maintain for one hour on a flat road.   One way to do this is to warm-up and then ride a one-hour time trial giving it everything you have.   This is challenging and if you go out to hard or easy you can end up having a difficult time finding your true best one hour pace. As a result, a 20-minute…
Read More

Are you a Coach or an “Expert”?

Most trainers position themselves as experts not coaches.   An expert is focused on themselves and their presentation while coaches focus on their client! Experts: do not do assessments and often seem rushed and busy to the client. tend to jump to conclusions before getting the whole picture. overwhelm the client with information. They often indirectly or directly blame the client for their problems. recommend big changes without providing the support the client needs to make those changes. Experts define the client’s problem and then tell them what to do. Coaching is all about the client. Clients of coaches: feel understood and believe their coach gets them and cares for…
Read More

Working Out on an Empty Stomach – Good or Bad?

It’s a longstanding debate: Is it better or worse to work out on an empty stomach? To answer this lets start by looking at some cherished myths regarding eating and exercise. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that eating many small meals throughout the day does NOT speed up the metabolism, and skipping a meal will not make you fat.   In addition breakfast is NOT magic!   You do not have to eat breakfast to be healthy, have high energy levels or be successful working out!  That does not mean it is bad to eat breakfast or eat frequent meals! In fact, skipping a meal or two, also known as “intermittent…
Read More

What Cholesterol Tests and Numbers should you be concerned with?

There is much confusion about cholesterol both in the public and medical communities.    One of the key issues causing confusion is that there are in fact many different types of cholesterol and associated co-factors that relate to your risk of cardiovascular disease.    Most physicians tell patients that there is “good” and “bad” cholesterol with LDL being “bad” and HDL being “good”. First understand that when we talk about LDL and HDL cholesterol we are really talking about different carriers of cholesterol.      LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein, and HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein.  For decades, we have been told a simple story about the relationship between LDL cholesterol and…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 2

As we learned in Part 1, Functional Power Training is a key element in the training programs of elite level professional cyclists like those in the Tour de France, but any cyclist can benefit from this type of training.     The first step is doing the 20-minute test outlined in the first article and using the results to determine your personal training zones. In part 2 we are going to discuss how to use this information to create your personal Functional Power Threshold Training Plan or FPTP for short.    Also it is critical to ride both outside and inside on a regular basis using a Power Meter so you can see…
Read More

Functional Power Training for Cycling Part 1

Functional Power Training is a great way to train to optimize cycling performance – particularly during the indoor cycling season.  To do this type of training the first step is to determine your functional power threshold or FPT for short.  FPT is the maximum power output you can maintain for one hour on a flat road.   One way to do this is to warm-up and then ride a one-hour time trial giving it everything you have.   This is challenging and if you go out to hard or easy you can end up having a difficult time finding your true best one hour pace. As a result, a 20-minute…
Read More