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Changing the Lives of Others after Changing my Own

Steve here,

Christal Laswell is not only an incredible coach, but she has been a friend of mine since high school. Watching Christal mature from a HS girl to such a top notch coach has been truly awesome to see.

That is why we asked Christal to write blog about a few things she has experienced and learned along the way.

I personally got into this career because I was a client who became the trainer, so her story is really interesting and downright touching to me.

Check out Christal’s story and what she thinks of using the SGT system as a new trainer.


Changing the Lives of Others
after Changing my Own


It was my own personal fitness journey that inspired me to become a personal trainer… quite frankly, something I never thought would ever be. I was on the fast track to City Management, was far too busy for my own good and therefore, had only dabbled in living a healthy and most of all, fit lifestyle. However, it was not until about two and half years ago, after having twin boys that I decided to change my life.

Filling the Cracks in the Fitness Training Foundation

Over the years we have worked with thousands of clients and fitness professionals. One thing that we have noticed with the majority of the programs that people are doing is that people are skipping very small steps in their training programs.

Let’s face it, people want to get after it, work hard, and do the most challenging exercises possible. This way they can get the best results possible as fast as possible. The problem is, this theory has a major flaw. Don’t get me wrong, we both think it’s good to get after it and work as hard as possible, but when a small step is skipped, the entire process becomes dysfunctional.

Does this even apply to you? Do you have clients that:

Have a lot of 1’s on the FMS
Have movement quality issues
Keep getting nagging injuries
Always have bad form
Are elderly
Are athletes that need top-notch movement prep

I’m positive that you do, because we ALL have at least some clients like this. So what do you do to make sure you are not skipping any steps in your training programs?

We build solid foundations with our clients by taking them through developmental sequencing, or developmental movement re-patterning.  This process takes you through corrective exercise progressions for each developmental position, allowing you to re-build your clients just like we developed as babies in the first place. This sequence has been proven time and time again to be extremely effective in fixing any issues your clients may have, making them as injury free, and efficient as possible.

The key is to make sure that your client has proper posture and breathing in each position.

Just start your program with the movements that your clients can do in good posture with good breathing. You may be surprised at the compensations that you see when put your clients in perfect form and ask them to take a breath in certain positions during that movement. If they can’t control a movement in this program while exhaling, they are not ready to move on.

*For more info check out an earlier blog post with an in-service on proper posture and breathing by position

Here are the basic positions that we need to see proficiency in before progressing to the next position.

  • Supine position
  • Prone position
  • Rolling
  • Quadruped Position
  • Prone 2
  • Crawling
  • Kneeling Position
  • Transitional Movements like Turkish Get Ups
  • Bilateral Stance, Split Stance, and Stride Stance