Twitter allows you to follow the best and brightest in the fitness field(or any field or topic of interest) in an easy to use interface. Twitter is no longer just 140 character blurbs about what show you are watching or what restaurant you are eating at. While there is still some of that interaction involved there is also a ton of news, stories, and links posted to the service. By following some of the top people in the field, as well as like minded professionals, you can keep up to date on all the news and happenings in the field. This includes seminars, blog posts, interactive discussions, products, etc etc. Most of the who’s who of fitness are on Twitter and are using it to spread the knowledge they have.
Nick Winkelman is the Head of Athletic Performance and Science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. He is the former Director of Education at EXOS, where he oversees all mentorship education courses and is a full-time strength and conditioning coach. Nick has a diverse coaching background within the sports performance field working with NFL Combine Preparation, Tactical Athletes, Fire Fighters and many other sports.
He has a strong social media presence sharing a ton of tips and educational resources.
If you aren’t familiar with Girls Gone Strong yet then you need to be. Your female clients probably already know them or will very soon. They are made up of an advisory board of 9 women: Neghar Fonooni, Ann Wendel, Dr. Brooke Kalanick Larson, Dr. Cassandra Forsythe, Erin Brown, Jen Comas, Karen Smith, Jessie Mundell, and Molly Galbraith. Their focus is all about being the best resource for women’s health, wellness, nutrition, training, and lifestyle information.
The PTDC is a website that offers tips and strategies for everything involved with being a personal trainer. From money to marketing to coaching strategies if you need help with topics in the industry then this site probably has some advice to give. It was started by a trainer named Jon Goodman(author of the book Ignite the Fire) and has over 30 trainers including the likes of Nick Tumminello, Mark Young, Neghar Fonooni, Brad Schoenfeld and Dean Somerset who help contribute to the content. It is mostly in article format, and has a ton of quick reads that could pay quick dividends.
Eric Cressey is president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities located in Hudson, MA and Jupiter, FL. Eric is best known for his extensive work with baseball players, with more than 100 professional players traveling to train with him each off-season.
Cressey has authored over 500 published articles along with five books and co-created four DVD sets including Functional Stability Training and Assess and Correct which are in the must watch section of this book.
He is one of the most respected coaches in the industry and is someone all fitness professionals should be familiar with.
Charlie Weingroff is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is currently a Physical Therapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Drive495 in Manhattan, NY and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ. He also is a member of the Nike Executive Performance Council and serves as the Physical Performance Lead and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team. Prior to returning to his home of NJ, he was the Director of Physical Performance and Resiliency and Lead Physical Therapist for the United States Marines Corps Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, NC.
Charlie spent 12 seasons in professional basketball, highlighted by his time as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.
Through rehabbing patients, he subscribes to a movement-based approach popularized by the works of Gray Cook, Mike Boyle, Val Nsedkin, Dr. Pavel Kolar, and Louie Simmons. In training athletes and clients, he champions the principles of the Functional Movement Screen and sound, evidence-based training principles. Some of the methodologies Charlie is formally trained in include DNS, ART, Dry Needling, Graston, FMS/SFMA, TPI, and StrongFirst.
He is known as a professional who can walk the talk having competed in powerlifting events putting up big numbers. He can be seen at seminars all over the world including regular stops with Perform Better. He is always highly entertaining and thought provoking and is someone I highly recommend every professional become familiar with.