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...
EMOTIONS IN MOTION: EXERCISE AS AN ANXIETY INTERVENTION:

EMOTIONS IN MOTION: EXERCISE AS AN ANXIETY INTERVENTION:

By Angie Miller MS In the gym, we expect to use our body’s full range of motion. In life, we’re entitled to a full range of emotions, too. Provided we’re able to express and manage our emotions appropriately, this is healthy. But for some people, emotions can affect...
HOW GROUP FITNESS CAN BUILD YOUR SKILLS AND ADD MONEY TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE:

HOW GROUP FITNESS CAN BUILD YOUR SKILLS AND ADD MONEY TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE:

By Angie Miller I became an NASM Certified Personal Trainer in 2005, after more than a decade of experience teaching group fitness. My inspiration came from my participants, my trusted community of followers, who convinced me that it was time to take my career to the...
Can Metformin Have A Negative Impact On Cardiorespiratory Fitness?:

Can Metformin Have A Negative Impact On Cardiorespiratory Fitness?:

By Tony Nunez This is part 1 of a 3 part Q&A series that answers: What does current research tell us about aerobic fitness and metformin, strength training recovery times, and obesity intervention methods? Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), as measured by maximal...
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....
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...
SMART STEPS: CORRECTIVE APPROACHES FOR LOW ARCHES AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS:

SMART STEPS: CORRECTIVE APPROACHES FOR LOW ARCHES AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS:

By Kyle Stull Proper assessment and training of the foot musculature are vital to optimal health. Given that the feet are our foundation and interact with our environment daily, it affects the whole body if they hurt. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society...
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...
FAST-TWITCH VS. SLOW-TWITCH: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?:

FAST-TWITCH VS. SLOW-TWITCH: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?:

 By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS What muscle fiber types will take an athlete from good to great? Looking to build endurance? What about power? Do dreams of being an all-star hitter or marathon runner need to be dashed if twitch ratios aren’t ideal? Not...
PIRIFORMIS STRETCHES TO RELIEVE PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME:

PIRIFORMIS STRETCHES TO RELIEVE PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME:

By NASM Discomfort from too much sitting? Inactive glutes? Buttock and leg pain? Though small in size, the piriformis could have a big impact on keeping the human movement system moving smoothly. Addressing an overactive piriformis may be part of the solution. WHAT IS...
BODY TYPES: HOW TO TRAIN & DIET FOR YOUR BODY TYPE:

BODY TYPES: HOW TO TRAIN & DIET FOR YOUR BODY TYPE:

By Andrew Payne Do you have trouble losing body fat, yet seem to gain it after even the smallest slip up with your diet? Or does it feel like you can eat for days without gaining an ounce? It could have something to do with your current body type. But is it really...
What’s that study REALLY say? How to decode research, according to science nerds:

What’s that study REALLY say? How to decode research, according to science nerds:

By Brian St. Pierre, M.S., RD, CSCS and Helen Kollias, Ph.D. Academic studies aren’t going to top any “best summer reads” lists: They can be complicated, confusing, and well, pretty boring. But learning to read scientific research can help you answer important client...
HOW NUTRITION CAN FUEL YOUR CLIENTS’ MOVEMENT:

HOW NUTRITION CAN FUEL YOUR CLIENTS’ MOVEMENT:

By Amanda Boyer MS, RDN, CD, NASM-CPT First and foremost, the pursuit of health is an individual choice and will look very different from person to person. Second, nutrition and movement are just two tiny pieces to the big pie. Genetics, sleep hygiene, stress, stigma...
7 QUESTIONS ALL NUTRITION COACHES NEED TO KNOW HOW TO ANSWER:

7 QUESTIONS ALL NUTRITION COACHES NEED TO KNOW HOW TO ANSWER:

By NASM With fad diets flooding the marketplace, obesity and heart disease numbers rapidly increasing, and more confusing food choices than ever before, Nutrition Coaches are in particularly high demand. This is an exciting, rewarding career for people who love...
UNDERSTANDING THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME:

UNDERSTANDING THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME:

By Kyle Stull What is thoracic outlet syndrome? Are there assessments that personal trainers can consider to identify it, and can corrective exercise programming help? Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition involving the vessels of the neck, shoulder, and arm....
STRESS RECOVERY AND PERFORRMANCE:

STRESS RECOVERY AND PERFORRMANCE:

By Fabio Comana We all speak of it and experience it, but what is stress? It is defined as a non-specific response by the body to any demand (stressor) that overcomes, or threatens to overcome, the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis (that state of equilibrium of...
Evidence that Matters for Function: Hip Extension in the Elderly:

Evidence that Matters for Function: Hip Extension in the Elderly:

by Dr. David Tiberio Kerrigan DC, Todd MK, Della Croce U, Lipsitz LA, Collins JJ. Biomechanical gait alterations independent of speed in healthy elderly: evidence for specific limiting impairments. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 199879:317-322. The purpose of this study was to...
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: STEPS TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGE;

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: STEPS TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGE;

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Are you motivated by someone telling you what to do or are you more motivated to do something when it is your own idea and choice to do it? You probably agreed with being more motivated by your own ideas and decisions. Do...
ARE YOU READY TO ELEVATE YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING CAREER IN 2019?:

ARE YOU READY TO ELEVATE YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING CAREER IN 2019?:

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS With Some Simple Planning You Can Be Ready for Success! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is quickly coming to a close as we focus on the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and the eerie quiet that has replaced the...
ACTIVITY AND COGNITION: GET MOVING FOR AN AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP;

ACTIVITY AND COGNITION: GET MOVING FOR AN AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP;

By KANDI STULL Advertisers market their products to fight that 2:30 crash. Coffee chains promote their afternoon caffeinated happy hours to help get you through the day. Some cultures even have an after-lunch siesta to combat fatigue. What if there was a different way...
CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS: HOW TIME OF DAY AFFECTS QUALITY OF TRAINING:

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS: HOW TIME OF DAY AFFECTS QUALITY OF TRAINING:

By Mike Bracko Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness (National Institute of General Medical Sciences, 2018). They regulate periods of sleepiness and wakefulness through...
CAN YOU GET ENOUGH PROTEIN (AND OTHER NUTRIENTS) ON A VEGAN DIET?:

CAN YOU GET ENOUGH PROTEIN (AND OTHER NUTRIENTS) ON A VEGAN DIET?:

By Brierley Horton, MS, RD People choose to “go vegan” for a variety of reasons—perhaps they aspire to be Tom Brady (or at his level of fitness), or land on veganism for ethical concerns around eating animal products, or the environmental impact that animals raised...
LOOKING FOR A SPORTS PERFORMANCE EDGE? ADD A DOSE OF ANTICIPATION AND EXCITATION:

LOOKING FOR A SPORTS PERFORMANCE EDGE? ADD A DOSE OF ANTICIPATION AND EXCITATION:

By Geoff Lecovin Are you looking for that competitive edge? You might consider ways of stimulating your nervous system. The central governor model is based on the premise that the nervous system strives to maintain homeostasis to minimize mental and physical fatigue...
AFib: What You Should Know When The Heart Skips a Beat:

AFib: What You Should Know When The Heart Skips a Beat:

By GEOFF LECOVIN Moderately elevating a client’s heart rate during physical activity is a goal of most exercise programs, but what about when a client has AFib? Here’s some information on what you should know.   WHAT IS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION OR AFIB? Atrial fibrillation...
Creatine Supplementation: Performance Benefits and Drawbacks

Creatine Supplementation: Performance Benefits and Drawbacks

By: Brian Sutton, MS, MA, PES, CES, NASM CPT Introduction Over the last 10-plus years, there probably has not been a supplement more popular or one researched more often than creatine monohydrate. Creatine has found its place among bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts,...
FOAM ROLLING- APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

FOAM ROLLING- APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) stretching technique that has been embraced throughout the fitness industry. This effective and simple to do technique delivers positive, feel-good results. Foam rollers...
Are You Carbohydrate Intolerant? Here’s How To Know + What To Do About It:

Are You Carbohydrate Intolerant? Here’s How To Know + What To Do About It:

By Frank Lipman, M.D.Pioneer in Functional Medicine Are you interested in optimizing your health? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information and guidance out there? In his new book, How to Be Well, Dr. Frank Lipman organizes your health into six essential...
ADDRESSING OVERACTIVE HIP FLEXORS WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

ADDRESSING OVERACTIVE HIP FLEXORS WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

BY Andrew Mills For many of us, working with individuals with tight/overactive hip flexors is a common occurrence. Learning to properly assess and address overactive hip flexors is a powerful skill in helping today’s client move more efficiently. Spending long hours...
LEVERAGING YOUR TRAINING SKILLS FOR THE SENIOR FITNESS MARKET

LEVERAGING YOUR TRAINING SKILLS FOR THE SENIOR FITNESS MARKET

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Age is more than a number- it’s an opportunity to serve a growing population. Every day we are bombarded with statistics on seniors and baby boomers, and the customer potential they can bring. But what do trainers (or club...
IS STATIC STRETCHING THE BEST STRATEGY FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT?

IS STATIC STRETCHING THE BEST STRATEGY FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT?

By KATHY ZETTERBERG Static stretching is a highly debated and controversial topic within the fitness and sports performance communities and is focused around the concept that sustained static stretching could impair subsequent performance (Rossi et al. 2010; Shrier...
HELPING MOMS (AND MOMS-TO-BE) KEEP IT STRONG: THE PELVIC FLOOR:

HELPING MOMS (AND MOMS-TO-BE) KEEP IT STRONG: THE PELVIC FLOOR:

By TATUM REBELLE Maintaining a strong pelvic floor is vital during pregnancy, yet it remains a commonly overlooked and misunderstood component of most pre- and postnatal training programs. (It’s also something many of us shy away from talking about.) A strong pelvic...
PIRIFORMIS: IS IT REALLY TIGHT? REALLY?:

PIRIFORMIS: IS IT REALLY TIGHT? REALLY?:

By Kyle Stull Most clients, and fitness professionals alike, use the term “tight” to indicate that a muscle or other form of contractile tissue is shorter than it should be. After being in the fitness industry for more than 15 years, I’ve heard the phrase “my...
REFUEL, REPAIR, REHYDRATE, REVITALIZE: SPORTS NUTRITION FOR OPTIMUM RECOVERY

REFUEL, REPAIR, REHYDRATE, REVITALIZE: SPORTS NUTRITION FOR OPTIMUM RECOVERY

By Geoff Lecovin Whether you’ve just finished a HIIT workout, completed a CrossFit WOD, hit your PR or finished a triathlon, your focus should move from performance to recovery. This involves: Refuelling Repairing Rehydrating Revitalizing Evidence-based strategies to...