Author: Dan (Daniel Henderson)

Home | Dan

Dan’s Blog: Building An Attraction Model

Wouldn’t life be much easier if you consistently attracted quality new customers into your business? I see so many great coaches labour professionally because they don’t know how to attract their perfect prospect. Whilst enlisting new customers is crucial to their business, they often don’t know the best way to garner interest and then recruit. They.. read more

Dan’s Blog: You Can’t Succeed Without Passion

I clearly recall my thoughts preceding the opening of my PT studio where I naively believed that my days would be tailored to the perfect lifestyle; training clients all morning, taking long midday break reading at the beach and then resuming training clients in the evening. I believed I had nailed the perfect lifestyle job.. read more

Coaching Principle: Systems Over Randomness

A system is a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. Our world view and how we see the world is shaped by the paradigms we adopt. If we see everything in systems, there is a structure and flow to things. Specifically, we move through life less frustrated.. read more

Muscle Activity During the Squat – Part 3

Muscle Activity During the Squat – Part 3

In our last article on the squat, we will look at how different depths, foot position, and bar position affects muscle activity of the lower limb. To determine what muscles are active during the squat or for any exercise for that matter, researchers use a device known as “Electromyography” or EMG. EMG evaluates and records.. read more

Biomechanics of the Back Squat – Part 2

In our last article we looked at the difference between partial range and full range of motion squats, in this article we will look at the impact squatting has on joint forces in the lower limbs. In a review of the biomechanics of squat, Escamilla 2001 describes the forces and muscle activity involved in the.. read more

Biomechanics of the Back Squat – Part 1

The squat is a well-known exercise for the knee and hip muscles and is commonly used in rehab programmes. Biomechanically, the squat is a close-chain movement, requiring simultaneous extension patterns of the ankle, knee and hip joints. The squat can be performed in many different ways, including variations in foot width (sumo squats), foot position.. read more

Adding a Speed Component to Your Functional Training Program

Last week we discussed the link between eccentric strength, the stretch shortening cycle and functional training. This week we will look at training methods that develop speed. Speed is often developed with traditional based training modalities such as outdoor sprint training, however, speed can also be developed through the use of resistance based exercises. Effective.. read more

What is Functional Training? What are the key elements of Functional Training?

According to Boyle (2016) a functional training program should prepare an athlete to play for his/her sport, with a strong focus on training movements, not muscles. It’s important though, to maintain a balanced perspective on functional training, and not assume just because an exercise is not performed in a three-dimensional space, it is not functional... read more

Why are Kettlebells ‘Functional’?

I know all of you reading this, if asked the question, “Are Kettle Bells functional?” would say: “yes, of course they are”. Perhaps follow that up with a nasty look at me. Am I stupid? How could I not know that? How could I even doubt that they are? Well here’s the thing. Why? What.. read more

Kettlebells – One Of The Best Training Tools On The Planet

Kettlebells – One Of The Best Training Tools On The Planet

If you are not using Kettlebells in your training then you are missing out…… People all over the world are drawn to this incredible tool because it’s fun to use and produces amazing training results. The kettlebell is so effective because it enables you to develop strength, flexibility and cardio simultaneously. It is incredible for.. read more

Why Functional Training is here to Stay

Why Functional Training is here to Stay

Functional Training is training that has a purpose. It is context specific and will differ for professional athletes and special need populations. However, to the masses ‘Functional Training’ consists of exercises that help people function optimally. These include mobilisations, releases and activations to ‘undo’ our modern postures and exercises based on primal patterns including squatting,.. read more

Group Training – More Money, More Clients & More Time for You

With our new Accredited Group Fx Course set to launch in May next month I think it would be appropriate to talk about some of the problems I have seen and heard among the Fitness Industry about Group Training and why we here at AIK felt the need to come up with a solution. We.. read more