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...
INJURY PREVENTION FOR ICE HOCKEY: KEEPING YOUR TEAM ON THE ICE AND IN THE GAME:

INJURY PREVENTION FOR ICE HOCKEY: KEEPING YOUR TEAM ON THE ICE AND IN THE GAME:

By  MICHAEL YAREMKO Avoiding non-contact injuries with corrective exercise can help keep your hockey team on the ice and in the game. Anytime I mention that I am a hockey player, the first question I get is, “How come you still have all of your teeth?” Hockey is...

Why the “pause-button mentality” is ruining your health and fitness:

By John Berardi, Ph.D. “I’ll resume healthy eating after my vacation… once the baby is born… after Dad gets out of the hospital… January 1… Monday.” While this kind of “pause-button mentality” seems reasonable, it could be ruining your health and fitness. Here’s why,...
THE SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE FOR INCORPORATING OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING TO ENHANCE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

THE SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE FOR INCORPORATING OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING TO ENHANCE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

By BRIAN SUTTON, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES · Olympic lifts and their variations have long been used as a strengthening technique to enhance sports performance. Olympic lifts and their variations have long been used as a strengthening technique to enhance sports...
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...
Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

By John Berardi, Ph.D. It’s a hot debate: Can personal trainers, health coaches, and other non-RD professionals give nutrition advice to their clients? You’ll be surprised (and relieved) to hear: Yes, to a degree. Here’s exactly what you’re allowed to say, and why...
Making You Move, Is What I Enjoy.

Making You Move, Is What I Enjoy.

By Wayne David Clark As fitness professionals we sometimes tend to neglect our own bodies in favour of helping others achieve their goals. We become so focussed on the needs of others that our own needs tend to be placed on the back burner. Having said that a lot of...

By Jessica Mathews What to Look For in a Group Fitness Instructor Love to bust a move in Zumba? Look forward to unwinding on your mat in yoga? Get pumped up just thinking about breaking a sweat in boot camp? If you’re an avid group fitness goer you’ve probably noticed...
Understanding Childhood Obesity:

Understanding Childhood Obesity:

By Brain Sutton MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES A growing epidemic facing the next generation of Americans is childhood obesity. This epidemic will have lasting effects on health, wellbeing, and rising healthcare costs. In fact, childhood obesity has roughly tripled...
Everybody Is Foam Rolling But Why Everywhere:?

Everybody Is Foam Rolling But Why Everywhere:?

By Kyle Stull Foam rolling, a form of self-myofascial release (SMR), hit the mainstream almost 15 years ago and is continuing to increase in popularity. While there are several ways to measure these popularity trends, an interesting approach is to look at the...
Improving The Posture And Health Of Your Older Clients

Improving The Posture And Health Of Your Older Clients

By  DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA We can all relate to our mothers telling us to “sit up” and “don’t slouch” when we were kids but never really took it to heart. Now research is indicating that mom actually did know best about posture. Considering how often we use...
Stability Creates Flexibility: Can a Strong Core Improve Hamstring Flexibility?

Stability Creates Flexibility: Can a Strong Core Improve Hamstring Flexibility?

By CHRISTINE ROMANI-RUBY Range of motion is an important part of any conditioning program. Increasing flexibility improves joint motion, while a decrease in flexibility results in less motion at the joint. Enhanced flexibility can provide many benefits, including a...
Ankle Mobility: How It Can Maximize or Limit Client Results:

Ankle Mobility: How It Can Maximize or Limit Client Results:

By Jared Meacham Personal trainers must look at the concept of physical fitness results through many different lenses. What amounts to optimal fitness for one client may not necessarily be the bee’s knees of fitness achievement for another. This blog post is a basic...