When a training program is as stuffed as a guest at grandma’s house on Thanksgiving

Many of us in the United States celebrated Thanksgiving last Thursday. A time for family to gather, give thanks, and eat. A lot.

The American Council on Fitness estimates that the average American takes in 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving… and 229 grams of fat!

Is it possible that there’s a training program or two that we’ve developed that can be equally bloated and gluttonous? Sitting on the couch after Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday, I started wondering this very thought (because I’m apparently always thinking of training). Continue reading

Engaging Everyone with Energizing Activities

I had a discussion about the book Quiet Power by Susan Cain with my daughters’ ballet teacher early this week. This book is a follow up to Cain’s powerful book Quiet, which takes a look at being an introvert in a world that favors extroverts. Quiet Power is a look at the secret strengths of introverted kids. Cain sees extroverts as people who are energized by the external world and introverts as people who are energized more by their internal world. Continue reading

Mixing It Up: 15 Activities to Prevent Stale Training

About a week and a half ago I began going to a fitness bootcamp at a neighborhood gym. I figured it was time to start mixing up my routine from solely distance running. I was getting bored with my exercise routine, which was incredibly de-motivating.

As I was in the middle of a set of burpees, it dawned on me just how important it really is to mix things up in a professional development and training setting, too.

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I’ve found that even though I pride myself on designing engaging, interactive, creative training programs, I will often go to the same activities time and time again. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here is a list of 15 activities that can help stave off routine, boring, stale training programs:

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Mix some of the following into your session: Continue reading