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63 / The Best Way To Reach Your Goals Is To Use A Coach w/ Ericka Darst

With so much focus these days on training harder no matter what, it can be a challenge convincing my clients to slow down and focus on what’s right for them rather than just going all out. However, if you have a goal to achieve, training smartly with a coach is the best way to do it!

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With nearly all the StrongFirst SFG certifications to her name, Ericka Darst knows training. She’s a strength coach with her own studio in Minneapolis, as well as an online practice where she helps people personalize their training in a way that’s right for them.

Ericka and I are in agreement that it’s so much better to mindfully train, not just exhaust ourselves into a puddle of aching muscles and sweat. We talk about the benefits of using a coach to help us define the best ways to train for the long-term while building strengths, supporting recovery, and avoiding injury.

Ericka also shares how she finds a balance between strength training and her other workouts. As a marathon runner, this hasn’t been a straightforward task. Ericka describes how she and her own coach decide what she needs to focus on at any particular time in order to meet her various goals.

Have you used a coach to help you meet a specific goal? Tell me about it in the comments below!

In this episode

  • Why it’s important to be mindful and intentional in all aspects of strength training
  • When and how it’s best to progress from kettlebells to barbells
  • How using a private coach will help you reach your goals within a specific program
  • Finding a balance between strength training and your other workout regimes
  • Advice for pregnant and post-partum women as they strength train


“For me, training smarter just means training with intention. Knowing what you’re doing and why being mindful of your movement.” [3:44]

“Working with a coach has to be reciprocal. The coach can’t put in more energy than the student.” [13:09]

“That’s how training should be. You want to be thinking about how you’re moving and what kind of demands you’re putting on your body, not just about chasing the clock and getting it over with.” [17:21]

“It really boils down to what you’re used to and knowing your body well enough to understand how it will perform and also what you’re working towards.” [26:43]


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