WHAT IS A NUTRITION COACH AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

WHAT IS A NUTRITION COACH AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

By ANDREA CIRIGNANO Maria wants to lose weight. The 46-year-old mother of two never lost the “baby weight” she gained after having her second child 5 years ago, and the extra 40 pounds is compounding other challenges in her life. She’s overworked, tired and stressed,...
HOW TO COACH ADOLESCENTS ON NUTRITION DECISIONS

HOW TO COACH ADOLESCENTS ON NUTRITION DECISIONS

By SARAH SNYDER Youth exercise professionals are in a powerful position to positively influence eating behaviors. This is when independence begins to be established with regard to food and beverage choices and meal preparation. Coaches and trainers – even Youth...
THE PALEO DIET FOR STRENGTH/POWER ATHLETES

THE PALEO DIET FOR STRENGTH/POWER ATHLETES

By NASM The Paleolithic or “Paleo” diet derives from the superior cardiometabolic health and physical fitness of indigenous hunter-gatherer populations (Hills Jr & Erpenbeck, 2018). The Paleo diet is promoted across the world as a way of improving health of human...
EXERCISE PROGRAMMING FOR OLDER ADULTS

EXERCISE PROGRAMMING FOR OLDER ADULTS

By RICH FAHMY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, MASTER INSTRUCTOR Training modifications and exercise programming for older adults are popular topics across health and fitness publications and conferences. There’s good reason for this: By 2050, the number of people 60 or older...
SPORTS PERFORMANCE: 8 REASONS TO TRAIN ATHLETES

SPORTS PERFORMANCE: 8 REASONS TO TRAIN ATHLETES

By Alyssa Parten Learning how to coach an athlete is far more complicated than training general population clientele and, arguably, more fulfilling. There are many more factors, modalities, thinking, and planning strategies involved with coaching an athlete of any...
USING THE NASM OPT™ MODEL FOR WEIGHT LOSS

USING THE NASM OPT™ MODEL FOR WEIGHT LOSS

By Rick Richey As seen in our weight loss specialization course, you can effectively utilize the OPT™ model for weight loss clients. Within this article from the Spring 2020 Issue of American Fitness Magazine, you will learn how! Consider a client named Jordan. She is...
SQUAT STANCE: NEUTRAL, SQUEEZE, AND OUTWARD SQUAT (ARTICLE REVIEW):

SQUAT STANCE: NEUTRAL, SQUEEZE, AND OUTWARD SQUAT (ARTICLE REVIEW):

By Nicole Golden Squat mechanics are very highly debated amongst fitness professionals and corrective exercise experts. Performing an internet search of “squat form” will turn up a plethora of results including focusing most on squat depth and lifting the most weight...
HOW TO GET PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENTS: 7 MARKETING TIPS:

HOW TO GET PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENTS: 7 MARKETING TIPS:

By Pete Mccall Why did you start your career in the fitness industry? Was it because you want to use your passion for fitness to improve others’ lives? Did you experience a significant weight loss and want to help others do the same? Are you a former athlete who...
5 NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR HEALTHY COOKING AT HOME:

5 NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR HEALTHY COOKING AT HOME:

By NASM Even though your at-home life might seem a little bland right now, you can still count on some healthy, flavourful meals to provide a little spice. For a snack – Get a great protein shake recommendation. For breakfast – Learn how to make delicious...
NUTRITION AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE: STRATEGIES FOR HELPING CLIENTS:

NUTRITION AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE: STRATEGIES FOR HELPING CLIENTS:

By CHRISTOPHER & KARA MOHR It has often been said that nutrition is 90% of the game and training just 10%.  The truth is, nutritionand training are equally important for various reasons, and it’s not just a 50/50 game because there are many other equally...
OFF TO A GREAT START: PHASE 1 AND THE NEW (NOVICE) CLIENT:

OFF TO A GREAT START: PHASE 1 AND THE NEW (NOVICE) CLIENT:

By RICK RICHEY, MS · I was sweating profusely before I trained my first client, and it wasn’t from a workout. I was a nervous wreck, continually second-guessing what I was supposed to do. Would I be worth the money? Would I be able to train the client the “right” way?...
HOW TO FIX FORWARD HEAD POSTURE [GUIDE]:

HOW TO FIX FORWARD HEAD POSTURE [GUIDE]:

By DAVID A. TITCOMB · JUNE 4, 20200 Similar to other structures in the body, the cervical spine (CS) has a significant influence on body regions located above and below its location. Not only does CS musculature produce movement of the head and neck, but it also plays...
HOW TO DO AN ONLINE OVERHEAD SQUAT ASSESSMENT (OSA) IN 6 STEPS:

HOW TO DO AN ONLINE OVERHEAD SQUAT ASSESSMENT (OSA) IN 6 STEPS:

By PETE MCCALL My career as a personal trainer began back when the years started with a one, 1998, to be exact. At that time, I never imagined that our cell phones would allow us to carry mini-computers in our pockets – let alone ones with high definition...
RUNNING FOR KIDS: A HELPFUL GUIDE:

RUNNING FOR KIDS: A HELPFUL GUIDE:

By KATRINA PILKINGTON · MAY 15, 20200 Running is something that our bodies were built to do. An integral component of movement within the majority of most sports, running [efficiency], can dictate success for most athletes early on in their skill development....
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PAR-Q:

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PAR-Q:

By Pete Mccall Starting a new habit can be challenging, especially when it comes to exercise. From joining a fitness facility to showing up for the first appointment, there are so many steps for beginning a fitness program that it can be overwhelming to take the first...
DO CARBOHYDRATES CONTROL BODY FAT?:

DO CARBOHYDRATES CONTROL BODY FAT?:

By Brad Dieter There has been a rise in the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets over the last decade, and they became one of the most popular diets of the previous five years. The increase in popularity was due to the idea that carbohydrates control your body fat,...
HEART OF THE MATTER: FIT OR NOT:

HEART OF THE MATTER: FIT OR NOT:

By Nino Magaddino Fit or not, pay attention to the warning signs your heart is giving you. Your life depends on it. Even as “fit” fitness professionals, we are not immune to heart disease. Here’s how this NASM Master Trainer found out.Recently I made...
CORRECTING UPPER CROSSED SYNDROME

CORRECTING UPPER CROSSED SYNDROME

By Ken Miller MS, NASM MASTER INSTRUCTOR, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS If you’re like the millions of people who use electronic tools such as a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desk computer, you’ve probably spent hours upon hours looking at the screen with your head jutted...
RESTORE YOUR CORE: PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES FOR POST PREGNANCY:

RESTORE YOUR CORE: PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES FOR POST PREGNANCY:

By Nicole Nichols As a Pilates instructor, I’ve worked with many women who wanted to regain strength and muscle tone after pregnancy. Some of them complained about abdominal pressure, pain or weakness even years after giving birth. Others returned to class with their...
RED WINE: IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART:

RED WINE: IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART:

By Brian Sutton Is red wine healthy for our bodies? Many speculate red wine can help prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases; is this true? Let’s take a closer look at the science. RED WINE BASICS Many health experts believe red wine in moderation can promote...
SMART MOVES FOR STRONG SHOULDERS:

SMART MOVES FOR STRONG SHOULDERS:

By Lara Quaglio With so much of life happening at the front of the body (driving a car, typing on a computer and even doing many exercises, such as pushup and bench press), a lot of people have developed upper crossed syndrome, which is characterized by a forward head...
HOW PART-TIME TRAINING CAN GIVE YOU A FRESH START:

HOW PART-TIME TRAINING CAN GIVE YOU A FRESH START:

By Angie Miller Personal trainers are individuals who inspire, motivate, and guide others to achieve their fitness goals. It is a rewarding, highly-ranked career with immense job satisfaction (CNN Money, 2012). If you are ready to become more involved in the fitness...
HOW TO HELP DESK-BOUND CLIENTS THRIVE:

HOW TO HELP DESK-BOUND CLIENTS THRIVE:

By Shirley Archer It’s likely that many of your clients spend the majority of their time sitting at a desk, staring at a screen. They then sit in their cars for a long commute. When they arrive at their final destination, they sit down to eat and then watch...
HOW TO MAKE HEALTH AND FITNESS A LIFESTYLE:

HOW TO MAKE HEALTH AND FITNESS A LIFESTYLE:

By Mogan Shapiro With the start of the New Year, many of us have made resolutions to improve our health and fitness. While having specific health and fitness goals in mind is excellent, people often go to extremes to accomplish these goals. They try the newest fad...
WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS & STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME THEM:

WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS & STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME THEM:

By Kat Barfield I recently visited my optometrist for an annual exam. He has a pleasant bedside manner and happens to be among the 40% of the U.S. adult population who are obese. As I stepped into his office, I noticed he looked different but couldn’t quite pinpoint...
EXERCISE AND OLDER ADULTS: PROTECTING THE BRAIN FROM COMMON PROBLEMS:

EXERCISE AND OLDER ADULTS: PROTECTING THE BRAIN FROM COMMON PROBLEMS:

By Laura Quaglio As NASM Senior Fitness Specialists well know, older adults are a growing segment of the population—and a rewarding group to work with. Check out these amazing perks that your senior clients can enjoy, thanks to your work. A CLEARER MIND ALL DAY LONG A...
NASM’S OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE TRAINING:

NASM’S OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE TRAINING:

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS New clients, or even those that you’ve been working with for some time, can all benefit from focusing some of their training on stabilization work. Without a strong structural base to move from, how can we continue to...
MOVING MEDITATIONS: A WELLNESS UPGRADE:

MOVING MEDITATIONS: A WELLNESS UPGRADE:

By Lisa Quigley Many are aware of the touted benefits of meditation: increased awareness, decreased anxiety, enhanced peace of mind and an improved connection with the present moment. In The Artist’s Way(Penguin Random House 2016), Julia Cameron describes it like...
CREATIVE INTERIM PROGRAMMING SOLUTIONS:

CREATIVE INTERIM PROGRAMMING SOLUTIONS:

By Dana Bender Are you planning to renovate the flooring in your group fitness classroom? Or perhaps you need to complete a construction project at your yoga studio in the near future? If so, you may be worried about the impact the work will have on your clients’...
A MATTER OF TASTE, WHY SOME PEOPLE EAT MORE:

A MATTER OF TASTE, WHY SOME PEOPLE EAT MORE:

By Alexandra Williams Differences in taste perception may explain, in part, why people diagnosed with obesity tend to eat more than their counterparts with a lower body mass index, according to researchers at the University of Iowa. Recently, a team at UI conducted a...
THE COMPLETE PERSONAL TRAINER:

THE COMPLETE PERSONAL TRAINER:

By April Durrett After “James” earned his exercise physiology degree, he was eager to get certified as a personal trainer and begin his career. A college athlete, he had dreams of putting clients through rigorous programs that yielded results, and he envisioned owning...
WHAT DO FOAM ROLLERS DO?:

WHAT DO FOAM ROLLERS DO?:

By Kyle Stull In the last decade, the use of foam rolling has become increasingly popular for athletes and average Joes alike. Foam rolling as a corrective exercise method makes sense – they feel “good,” seem to work well, have an excellent cost to benefit ratio, and...
SHEDDING A NEW LIGHT ON YOUR REST DAY:

SHEDDING A NEW LIGHT ON YOUR REST DAY:

By Morgan Shapiro Rest days. Something all of us gym rats know we need to partake in, but often have a hard time doing. We are regularly exposed to phrases such as “no days off” or “no pain, no gain.” While working hard and pushing ourselves in the gym is excellent,...
HOW TO MAKE HABITS WORK FOR YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS:

HOW TO MAKE HABITS WORK FOR YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS:

By Justin Kompf Imagine that you had to think about which hand to pick a phone up with every time it rang, if you had to consciously deliberate on whether or not to brush your teeth in the morning, or put your seatbelt on when you got in the car, or to go when the...
A GUIDE TO NASM’S CORRECTIVE EXERCISE CONTINUUM (CEX):

A GUIDE TO NASM’S CORRECTIVE EXERCISE CONTINUUM (CEX):

By Kyle Stull Corrective Exercises are a technique used by health & fitness professionals to address and fix movement compensations and imbalances. These exercises are commonly used by personal trainers, massage therapists and chiropractors, to help clients move...
FOAM ROLLER EXERCISES

FOAM ROLLER EXERCISES

By Kyle Stull Effective and efficient rolling means identifying and targeting the muscles that need it – the muscles that are likely the root cause of less than optimal movement. In many cases, muscles become overactive and short, leading to sensations of tightness...
THE NASM-CPT PODCAST: KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL PERSONAL TRAINING BUSINESS:

THE NASM-CPT PODCAST: KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL PERSONAL TRAINING BUSINESS:

By NASM Some personal trainers have an impressive list of credentials but a small client base, while others aren’t as educated but are always booked. What’s the difference between them? In this episode, Rick Richey discusses how to find the balance between these two...
A HEALTHY APPROACH TO EATING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON:

A HEALTHY APPROACH TO EATING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON:

By Brad Dieter The holiday season can be a stressful time to adhere to a regular diet schedule. There are holiday parties, travel, an abundance of holiday goodies lying around the house, and there is more time spent indoors and less time exercising. HOLIDAY WEIGHT...
BEING SENSIBLE IS KEY TO NUTRITION RELATED NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS:

BEING SENSIBLE IS KEY TO NUTRITION RELATED NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS:

By Brad Dieter For many people, clients and coaches alike, the start of a new year means a fresh outlook and often, resolutions to change or improve certain areas of your life. Sadly, many New Year’s resolutions don’t end up being overly successful. Depending on the...
SLEEP TO FUNCTION VS. SLEEP TO PERFORM:

SLEEP TO FUNCTION VS. SLEEP TO PERFORM:

BY DR. ALLISON BRAGER As a result of advancing technologies in science and engineering, we can study the brain in real-time from many different angles. We can study the strength and intensity of connections between different brain areas as well as...
BACK ON TRACK: WORKING WITH CLIENTS FOLLOWING A KNEE REPLACEMENT:

BACK ON TRACK: WORKING WITH CLIENTS FOLLOWING A KNEE REPLACEMENT:

By Trish Muse Chances are, at some point in your personal training career, you will work with clients who’ve had a knee replacement or are on track to get one. This can be a daunting prospect to consider, but it doesn’t have to be. With a combination of cultivated...
CORRECTIVE EXERCISE – THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP AND RECOVERY:

CORRECTIVE EXERCISE – THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP AND RECOVERY:

By Kyle Stull When we think of corrective exercise, we often picture the process of trying to correct a less than optimal movement pattern with rolling, lengthening, activation, and integration techniques. Improving movement quality requires an individual to inhibit...
EVEN MORE PERIODIZATION AND PROGRAMMING:

EVEN MORE PERIODIZATION AND PROGRAMMING:

By NASM Periodization and programming are not necessarily the same thing. Periodization is the cycles of training that take place. Often, we talk about macro, meso, and micro cycles. In sports, the periodization may include those concepts, but change based on the...
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR METABOLISM:

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR METABOLISM:

By Brad Dieter We often hear people say, “I have a slow metabolism” or “they just have a fast metabolism,” and we all nod our head in agreement. But do we understand what that means? What is your metabolism? Can it be fast or slow? Does having a slow metabolism make...
EXERCISES FOR KNEE PAIN:

EXERCISES FOR KNEE PAIN:

By Adam Annaccone Knee pain is common in physically active males and females. According to a new clinical guideline in the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy examining patellofemoral pain, approximately 25% of individuals will suffer from idiopathic (no specific...
CAN VITAMIN E AND EXERCISE HELP KIDS LEARN?:

CAN VITAMIN E AND EXERCISE HELP KIDS LEARN?:

By Alexandra Williams One hundred twenty adolescents in Saudi Arabia ages 15–18 were assessed by scientists who were curious to discover if a link exists between vitamin E intake, school performance and exercise. Told not to alter their eating or activity habits, the...
FITNESS TECH: IT’S TIME TO MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS:

FITNESS TECH: IT’S TIME TO MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS:

By Laura Quaglio As an early adopter of fitness technology, Ted Vickey, PhD, once conducted a survey of about 200 fitness professionals. “The thing that I found most shocking was that trainers use technology for themselves, but they don’t yet use it for their...
RECOVERY AND THE NASM OPT™ MODEL:

RECOVERY AND THE NASM OPT™ MODEL:

By Kyle Stull Getting the most out of each workout requires more than just following a great training program. Consistent performance also requires an optimal balance between training and recovery. Mention the subject to most clients, though, and you’re likely to meet...
THE EFFECT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON KIDS’ SNACK CHOICES:

THE EFFECT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON KIDS’ SNACK CHOICES:

By Alexandra Williams The news isn’t good regarding the influence of social media on the foods children prefer. In a study published in Pediatrics (2019; 143 [4]) of 176 children ages 9–11, doctoral candidate Anna Coates of the University of Liverpool found that the...
HOW TO USE NLP TO HELP CLIENTS OVERCOME OBSTACLES:

HOW TO USE NLP TO HELP CLIENTS OVERCOME OBSTACLES:

By Joy Keller It’s an hour before your session starts, and you get a text from your client Kelly, a 33-year-old mom of two who is 50 pounds overweight, has just been diagnosed as being prediabetic, and is trying to change her lifestyle. She’s late again. This is not...
5 SECRETS ABOUT HIGH-FAT DIETS:

5 SECRETS ABOUT HIGH-FAT DIETS:

By Brad Dieter High-fat diets have surged in popularity over the last several years, and many nutrition coaches have utilized them with clients for weight loss. Despite their recent popularity, they are not new diets. They have been used over the last century in...
WHAT PERSONAL TRAINERS WISH CLIENTS KNEW ABOUT NUTRITION:

WHAT PERSONAL TRAINERS WISH CLIENTS KNEW ABOUT NUTRITION:

By Andrea Cirignana Your clients hire you to help them reach a goal, and you commit just as much time and effort as (if not more than) they do. However, sometimes even the most dedicated clients are completely clueless when it comes to diet and nutrition. That can be...
GENERATIONAL MARKETING FOR FITNESS PROFESSIONALS:

GENERATIONAL MARKETING FOR FITNESS PROFESSIONALS:

By Cathie Ericson There are some things that most of your clients of any age can probably agree on. For example, burpees are unpleasant yet satisfying, and a playlist that includes Beyoncé can make just about any workout fly by. But you might find that your millennial...
IS FRUCTOSE ACTUALLY BAD FOR YOU? 5 TRUTHS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

IS FRUCTOSE ACTUALLY BAD FOR YOU? 5 TRUTHS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

By Brad Dieter Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a lot of discussion about the role that fructose plays in many of our chronic health issues, including obesity, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and many others. However, most of these discussions...
FALL FOR FISH: EAT TO BEAT AUTUMN ASTHMA:

FALL FOR FISH: EAT TO BEAT AUTUMN ASTHMA:

By Alexandra Williams As a fitness professional, you’re likely familiar with exercise-induced asthma (EIA) or exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), which can cause symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath or a tightness in the chest—particularly in...
TRAINING EDGE: INDUSTRY NEWS, INSIGHTS, AND TOOLS:

TRAINING EDGE: INDUSTRY NEWS, INSIGHTS, AND TOOLS:

By Laura Quaglio BUILD NECK STRENGTH TO LOWER CONCUSSION RISK In recent news published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, researchers who examined previous studies on concussion concluded that increasing neck strength “could substantially...
5 REASONS WHY A NUTRITION CERTIFICATION IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT:

5 REASONS WHY A NUTRITION CERTIFICATION IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT:

By Sohee Lee There has been a growing interest in personal fitness over the past few decades, and with high-speed access to information, images, and other people at our fingertips, this comes as no surprise. Since the dawn of the fitness industry in the 1970s, we’ve...
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINER SHOULD YOU BE? TIPS FOR CHOOSING A CPT PATH:

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINER SHOULD YOU BE? TIPS FOR CHOOSING A CPT PATH:

 By RICH FAHMY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Where do you even begin to look for a job as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)? This is a common question when first starting out as a newly minted CPT. The good news is that there are more employment options available than you...
HOW TO HELP CLIENTS CHANGE THEIR EATING HABITS:

HOW TO HELP CLIENTS CHANGE THEIR EATING HABITS:

By Brad Dieter One of the most important things regarding “healthy eating” is to understand that what we eat is tied into our habits. A habit is defined as: “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” Think about it for a...
OVERACTIVE AND UNDERACTIVE MUSCLES: FEET TURN OUT – KNEES MOVE IN:

OVERACTIVE AND UNDERACTIVE MUSCLES: FEET TURN OUT – KNEES MOVE IN:

By NASM According to listener feedback and requests, a discussion on over- and underactive muscles was the most popular request. This is part 1 of 3 episodes where this topic will be discussed. This episode will cover two common movement compensations in the overhead...
3 SIMPLE RULES FOR HELPING CLIENTS WITH SAFE AND HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS:

3 SIMPLE RULES FOR HELPING CLIENTS WITH SAFE AND HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS:

By Brad Dieter In an era of catchy blogs, celebrity diets, and access to all of the world’s information at your fingertips, managing a client’s expectations for safe and healthy weight loss can be a challenge. Despite these challenges, the amount of information and...

Sharpen Your Focus to Attract the Best Personal Training Leads:

By Sean Greeley If you’re like most newly certified personal trainers, you’re uncomfortable thinking about how to market yourself to generate leads and build up a client base. That’s because fitness is your passion … and suddenly fitness has become your business. To...
BEHAVIOUR CHANGE SCIENCE: HELP CLIENTS STICK WITH THEIR PROGRAMS:

BEHAVIOUR CHANGE SCIENCE: HELP CLIENTS STICK WITH THEIR PROGRAMS:

By Maria Luque Stephanie is your newest fitness client. She’s 42 years old and works 50 hours a week as a certified public accountant. She would like to quit smoking, give up junk food and get active—all the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. Fast-forward 6 months....
THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

By Pete McCall Here’s a little confession: before becoming a fitness professional, I was a history geek. Seriously, at one point, I thought about becoming a (cool) high school history teacher, which is why it’s fun for me to study the history of the fitness industry;...
THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

By Pete Mc Call Here’s a little confession: before becoming a fitness professional, I was a history geek. Seriously, at one point, I thought about becoming a (cool) high school history teacher, which is why it’s fun for me to study the history of the fitness industry;...
RESTING METABOLIC RATE: HOW TO CALCULATE AND IMPROVE YOURS:

RESTING METABOLIC RATE: HOW TO CALCULATE AND IMPROVE YOURS:

By Fabio Comana Mention the term ‘metabolism’ and it captures attention given how obsessed many of us have become over calories. As a certified personal trainer, this is a topic you may get asked about from time to time. To the general public, boosting your metabolism...
HELP CLIENTS EAT BETTER ON VACATION—IN 15 MINUTES A DAY:

HELP CLIENTS EAT BETTER ON VACATION—IN 15 MINUTES A DAY:

By ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS While away from home, it can be harder than ever for clients to stick to the healthy eating goals of their weight loss program. One way fitness professionals can help people stay on track is to suggest dietary self-monitoring throughout the day....
THE NASM-CPT: INTRODUCING THE OPT MODEL:

THE NASM-CPT: INTRODUCING THE OPT MODEL:

By Rick Richey The OPT Model, or Optimum Performance Training Model, is a fitness training system developed by NASM. The OPT Model is based on scientific evidence and principles that progresses an individual through five training phases: stabilization endurance,...
HOW MUCH PROTEIN SHOULD YOU EAT PER DAY FOR WEIGHT LOSS?:

HOW MUCH PROTEIN SHOULD YOU EAT PER DAY FOR WEIGHT LOSS?:

By Brad Dieter PROTEIN AND WEIGHT LOSS: HOW MUCH PROTEIN SHOULD YOU EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT? Decades of scientific research on weight loss has uncovered a few key pieces of information on what helps people successfully lose weight. First, we know that while exercise is...
A GUT CHECK ON GUT HEALTH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A GUT CHECK ON GUT HEALTH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

By JOSEPH WEISS , DANIELLE WEISS Each of us has held beliefs—obtained through observation, experience or even formal education—that were later found to be wrong. In fact, medical schooling begins with a warning: “Half of all that you will be taught will be proven...
HOW TO REWIRE ATHLETE SELF-TALK TO IMPROVE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

HOW TO REWIRE ATHLETE SELF-TALK TO IMPROVE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

By Dana Bender SELF-TALK IN ATHLETES AND EXERCISERS: 4 STEPS TO REWIRE YOUR THOUGHTS There is a lot to think about during exercise such as maintaining proper body mechanics and posture, controlling effort and force, and breathing properly.  These efforts all occur at...

WORKING THROUGH CANCER: EXERCISE AS A PART OF RECOVERY:

By LAURA QUAGLIO , ANDREA LEONARD , ANNA SCHWARTZ Cancer is serious business. It is second only to heart disease as Americans’ leading cause of death, and more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year. Of those new cases, many will...
THE COACH APPROACH:

THE COACH APPROACH:

By Shirley Archer What do you do when life throws you a curveball? Let’s say your program design doesn’t fit a client’s current mood or your class has participants with wide-ranging ability levels. If you’re Michael Piercy, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, MMACS, SFS, WFS,...
IS LOSING TOUCH WITH THE WHY IN PROGRAM DESIGN COSTING YOU MONEY?:

IS LOSING TOUCH WITH THE WHY IN PROGRAM DESIGN COSTING YOU MONEY?:

By  RYAN HALVORSON Originally published in the Summer 2019 issue of American Fitness Magazine. When I first became a personal trainer some 14 years ago, I was obsessed with corrective exerciseand movement perfection. Prospective clients watched as I geeked out on...
5 EXERCISES TO RELIEVE IT BAND SYNDROME:

5 EXERCISES TO RELIEVE IT BAND SYNDROME:

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA Cyclist can be prone to ITB Syndrome IT BAND SYNDROME: SYMPTOMS, RISK FACTORS, EXERCISES The warm summer weather is the perfect setting for people to get outdoors and participate in the activities they enjoy. However, too much of a...
NAVIGATING THE PATH TO BECOMING A FITNESS PRESENTER:

NAVIGATING THE PATH TO BECOMING A FITNESS PRESENTER:

By SARAH SCHRENK As a group fitness instructor or personal trainer, you excel at leading and educating. Have you ever fantasized about taking your expertise beyond the confines of the studio? Take a moment to recall an engaging presenter at the last fitness education...
Hydration: Through the Lens of Fitness and Health:

Hydration: Through the Lens of Fitness and Health:

BY JENNIFER KLAU, PHD Being a little low on water is a bigger deal than most people think. Here’s research to prove it, plus a physiology review to explain why even a 2% deficit can affect mental and physical well-being. News flash! There’s a substance, available...
IS SUGAR REALLY BAD FOR YOU? YES AND NO! HERE’S WHY:

IS SUGAR REALLY BAD FOR YOU? YES AND NO! HERE’S WHY:

By Brad Dieter IS SUGAR REALLY BAD FOR YOU? Sugar has been in the headlines of popular media sites, the tagline of diet books, and the sole focus of many blogs over the last decade. Despite recent interest from mainstream media and the health industry, sugar has been...
NASM OPT™ MODEL. ITS A GAME CHANGER

NASM OPT™ MODEL. ITS A GAME CHANGER

Before you help your clients achieve their goals, you have to establish what their starting point is. NASM’s Optimum Performance Training Model – or OPT™ -does exactly that. The OPT™ model. It’s one of the fitness industry’s first training...
OPS Terms