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MAXIMIZE BENCH PRESS FORM BY ADDRESSING THESE COMMON ISSUES:

MAXIMIZE BENCH PRESS FORM BY ADDRESSING THESE COMMON ISSUES:

By KINSEY MAHAFFEY The ability to perform horizontal pushing patterns, like a chest press is an essential component of anyone’s movement capability. Perhaps one of the most utilized methods for practicing this movement in the gym setting, aside from the pushup,...
Why You Should Start Using the YBell App Today:

Why You Should Start Using the YBell App Today:

Posted by Aaron Laurence Why You Should Start Using the YBell App Today Making the commitment to start a training routine isn’t the hardest part of your fitness journey. Yes, it certainly is a crucial part. But it’s just the beginning of a series of decisions...
TRAINING THE FEMALE CLIENT: KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR PROGRAMMING

TRAINING THE FEMALE CLIENT: KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR PROGRAMMING

By Fabio Comana Apart from the more obvious gender differences like pregnancy and some aging-related conditions (e.g., osteoporosis, menopausal changes), how much thought is generally given to the anatomical and physiological differences between men and women when...
A 9-EXERCISE BODY-WEIGHT WORKOUT

A 9-EXERCISE BODY-WEIGHT WORKOUT

By Crystal Reeves Body-weight workouts are getting big buzz right now as people discover that the only equipment you really need to get fit is with you all the time. Want to give your clients a taste of a body-weight workout that incorporates core, balance, and...
OVERTRAINING: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO IDENTIFY IT

OVERTRAINING: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO IDENTIFY IT

By LAURA QUAGLIO Are you giving workouts your all but getting less in return—or even backsliding? Does it seem like you’re always battling bronchitis, tendonitis, or another “itis”? Or maybe your usual over-the-top enthusiasm for workouts has faded to “barely there.”...
AN EXPLANATION OF THE NEW UPDATES TO THE OPT™ MODEL

AN EXPLANATION OF THE NEW UPDATES TO THE OPT™ MODEL

By Brian Sutton , MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES Creating and modifying exercise programs for clients can be complicated because there are many variables to consider, including the client’s goals, tolerance for exercise, and unique physical abilities and...
FIVE WAYS TO SPEED YOUR METABOLISM

FIVE WAYS TO SPEED YOUR METABOLISM

By Geoff Lecovin Are you feeling sluggish? Are you having difficulty losing weight? Maybe you should SPEED your metabolism. This blog post will show you 5 ways to do exactly that with the acronym SPEED, which stands for Sleep, Psychological Stress, Environment,...
TIPS FOR WORKING OUT AT HOME: MAKING AT-HOME WORKOUTS WORK FOR YOU

TIPS FOR WORKING OUT AT HOME: MAKING AT-HOME WORKOUTS WORK FOR YOU

By KERIDON MCMAHON NAVIGATING A NEW NORMAL In 2020, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, people worldwide had to instantaneously pivot from known daily routines and best practices to protect themselves and others. Exercise for the benefit of physical and mental health...
HYPERTROPHY: BACK TO THE BASICS

HYPERTROPHY: BACK TO THE BASICS

By DeWayne Smith, MS, NASM-CES, PES, CNC Gains don’t happen overnight. It takes your muscles time to respond and adapt to stimuli. Discover the resistance training program variables that will develop the strength gains and growth you or your client may be looking for....
HOW TO CONDUCT A FITNESS CONSULTATION: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

HOW TO CONDUCT A FITNESS CONSULTATION: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

By KINSEY MAHAFFEY The first initial consultation that I conducted was nerve-racking. As a brand new trainer, I stressed over making sure that I covered all of my bases in gathering the right amount of information during this initial session. It felt like so much...
LOWER CROSSED SYNDROME: STARTING FROM THE CENTER

LOWER CROSSED SYNDROME: STARTING FROM THE CENTER

By Ken Miller Lower crossed syndrome is one of the most common compensatory patterns. It is characterized by an anterior tilt to the pelvis (arched lower back). In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about the ill effects of prolonged sitting. Articles, blog posts and TV...
STRENGTH TRAINING PRINCIPLES: HOW TO EDUCATE NEW CLIENTS EFFECTIVELY

STRENGTH TRAINING PRINCIPLES: HOW TO EDUCATE NEW CLIENTS EFFECTIVELY

By Dana Bender As trainers and fitness professionals, it is essential to remember that every client and member we work with starts their strength training journey with a different baseline and understanding of strength training principles and best practices. Many...
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...
HIIT WORKOUT PLAN: PROGRAMMING, EXERCISES, AND BENEFITS

HIIT WORKOUT PLAN: PROGRAMMING, EXERCISES, AND BENEFITS

By Pete McCall One of the most common misperceptions that many fitness enthusiasts have about exercise is that it is necessary to spend hours working hard and sweating buckets to get results. Nothing could be further from the truth. Workouts featuring High Intensity...
PLYOMETRICS: DEVELOPING POWER IN EVERYDAY ATHLETES

PLYOMETRICS: DEVELOPING POWER IN EVERYDAY ATHLETES

By CHRIS ECKLUND, MA, NASM-PES, CSCS, USAW, TPI Power is the ability to produce large amounts of force quickly. Are there any athletes that would not want to improve their ability to generate power? Strength and Conditioning Coaches who want to give their athletes...
A FIT RESPONSE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GYM SHUTDOWN OF 2020

A FIT RESPONSE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GYM SHUTDOWN OF 2020

By PAMELA LIGHT, MA Personal trainers are no strangers to battling unseen barriers to fitness. For decades, we have helped our clients overcome scheduling issues, flagging motivation, less-than-supportive spouses, preexisting health conditions and more. But the words...
8 TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING BACK TO AT-HOME WORKOUTS DURING THE PANDEMIC

8 TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING BACK TO AT-HOME WORKOUTS DURING THE PANDEMIC

By DANA BENDER With covid-19 numbers rising exponentially across the country, many avid fitness center enthusiasts might be concerned that their local fitness center will close again due to safety precautions and local regulatory guidelines. These individuals might...
MOVING FORWARD: A FITNESS PIONEER’S PANDEMIC-INSPIRED BEST PRACTICES

MOVING FORWARD: A FITNESS PIONEER’S PANDEMIC-INSPIRED BEST PRACTICES

By LAURA QUAGLIO “My whole schtick when I opened in 2013 was to provide the fitness industry’s first one-on-one personal training that’s done in a group setting,” says Donny Day, NASM-CPT, owner of Peak Zone Fitness in Lake Highlands, Texas. Pre-pandemic, his workout...
A NEAT APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS

A NEAT APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS

By Fabio Comana We all know a well-structured and consistent exercise program combined with a healthful diet can help all of us shed unwanted pounds and achieve our ideal body type. But do we need to push ourselves in the gym each day leaving buckets of sweat on the...
MUSCLE CLOCKS AND THE VALUE OF SYNCHRONIZED TRAINING

MUSCLE CLOCKS AND THE VALUE OF SYNCHRONIZED TRAINING

By AMY ASHMORE, PHD Many exercisers and athletes prefer to train at the same time every day. They may suggest a variety of reasons for this: That’s when they feel most awake, least hungry, most focused or least stressed. They may even say it seems easier to work out...
PREHABILITATION THROUGH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE: A GUIDE FOR TRAINERS

PREHABILITATION THROUGH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE: A GUIDE FOR TRAINERS

By Andrew Mills NASM Corrective Exercise Specialists (CES) can provide targeted help to improve their client’s baseline physical health before surgical intervention. The purpose of prehabilitation is to put the client into the best position possible for post-procedure...
FAMILY EXERCISES: 5 EASY TIPS TO KEEP A FAMILY WELL

FAMILY EXERCISES: 5 EASY TIPS TO KEEP A FAMILY WELL

By Katrina Pilkinton We can teeter on using the term “fit” to refer to a family’s health and wellbeing, but that can all-too-often encompass a notion that a family’s goals are performative. Being WELL is the goal. What does that look like or...
THE ORIGINS OF TRX TRAINING®: CREATING A GLOBAL TRAINING BRAND

THE ORIGINS OF TRX TRAINING®: CREATING A GLOBAL TRAINING BRAND

By SHIRLEY ARCHER, JD, MA · When Randy Hetrick “MacGyvered” the predecessor for today’s TRX® Suspension Trainer™ while serving as a Navy SEAL officer in 1997, he had no idea he was creating an entirely new fitness methodology—Suspension Training®. He sparked what...
SETTING SMART FITNESS GOALS: HOW TO OVERCOME MENTAL HURDLES

SETTING SMART FITNESS GOALS: HOW TO OVERCOME MENTAL HURDLES

By CHERILYN MCLESTER, PHD Exercise is often associated with physical exertion and adaptations such as weight loss, improved athletic performance, and increased strength. However, one thing that these variables all have in common is that they are not mindless. In other...
PRICING YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING & FITNESS SERVICES

PRICING YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING & FITNESS SERVICES

By KATRINA PILKINGTON As a personal trainer, forming your own fitness business can come with its fair share of challenges. Ensuring your marketing is on par with the vision you have for your business is an important facet of a thriving personal training practice. One...
THE VERY BEST TRX MOVES TO IMPROVE BALANCE

THE VERY BEST TRX MOVES TO IMPROVE BALANCE

Don’t freak out, but your body is not symmetrical…and that’s totally normal! There are tiny differences between the left and right sides of your face, one of your legs is probably a little bit longer than the other, and maybe your shoes have always felt a little...
TRAINING CONSIDERATIONS FOR OLDER & YOUNGER POPULATIONS

TRAINING CONSIDERATIONS FOR OLDER & YOUNGER POPULATIONS

By Nicole Golden A skilled fitness professional should have the capacity to handle a variety of special populations. The needs and training goals of older adults and children differ greatly from those of teens or young and middle adults. Generally, the most common...
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...
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...
Feeling stir crazy? A run could help.

Feeling stir crazy? A run could help.

By TheraGun You’re committed to your wellness routine and living the healthiest lifestyle possible. You dedicate a chunk of time during your week to either the gym or yoga or maybe even boxing and lifting weights. Hell, sometimes you even throw in a green juice when...
6 WAYS TO OVERCOME BURNOUT FROM EXERCISING AT HOME

6 WAYS TO OVERCOME BURNOUT FROM EXERCISING AT HOME

By Dana Bender Overcoming exercise burnout is more important than ever for online personal trainers, fitness professionals and exercise enthusiasists alike!  When fitness centers closed mid-March in response to COVID-19, many regular gym goers were tasked with...
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...
BRINGING ABOUT MEANINGFUL BEHAVIOUR CHANGE:

BRINGING ABOUT MEANINGFUL BEHAVIOUR CHANGE:

By Sam Arnold Meeting new people can lead to many things in life. For personal trainers and behavior change specialists specifically, the situation can offer up opportunities to network, connect with someone in a new field or part of town, and potentially even gain a...
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...
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 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...
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...
THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CORRECTLY COACHING EXERCISES:

THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CORRECTLY COACHING EXERCISES:

By JUSTIN KOMPF One of the requirements for a coach to be “good” is their ability to relay information to a client so that they can correctly and comfortably execute strength training movements. The inability to do this contributes to incorrect form, which in turn...
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...
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...
A PERFECT FITTE: 5 WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE CARDIO PROGRAMMING:

A PERFECT FITTE: 5 WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE CARDIO PROGRAMMING:

By Kinsey Mahaffey The four words every client loves to hear: “It’s time for cardio!” (Cue the collective eye roll from clients around the globe.) As personal trainers, we know that cardiovascular training is undoubtedly an important part of our clients’ overall...
MINIMAL EQUIPMENT WORKOUTS FOR GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES:

MINIMAL EQUIPMENT WORKOUTS FOR GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES:

By Melissa Weigelt Being a good group exercise instructor means being a master of improvisation. The ability to adjust class plans on the spot is a necessary skill to ensure that all participants have a safe and effective workout. That’s true of equipment, too....
HOW GROUP EXERCISE CAN HELP CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINERS THRIVE:

HOW GROUP EXERCISE CAN HELP CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINERS THRIVE:

By Laura Quaglio Can personal training and group exercise classes coexist peacefully? Yes, says Rick Richey, MS, DHSC, host of The NASM-CPT Podcast. In fact, he asserts that making friends with group ex instructors can really help personal trainers to gain and retain...
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...
CUSTOMIZE WINTER WORKOUTS TO PREP CLIENTS FOR SNOW AND ICE SPORTS:

CUSTOMIZE WINTER WORKOUTS TO PREP CLIENTS FOR SNOW AND ICE SPORTS:

By Krista Popowych The dawning of true winter—and holiday gifts of down-filled jackets and cozy snow gloves—may have clients eagerly anticipating a day on the slopes. For those who have yet to start schussing down the mountain, circling the ice rink or shredding it on...
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’...
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...
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...
OPTIONS FOR AN ACTIVE VACATION:

OPTIONS FOR AN ACTIVE VACATION:

By Dana Bender I love to travel to new destinations and experience new cities, cultures, and cuisines.  If you are similar to me and exercise is an ingrained daily habit, the question becomes, “how do I stay active and exercise while still enjoying myself on...
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...
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...
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...
9 ARM EXERCISES FOR DEFINITION & STRENGTH:

9 ARM EXERCISES FOR DEFINITION & STRENGTH:

By Brian Sutton THE MOST SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE ARM EXERCISES Are you looking for stronger, more defined arms — the type of arms you can show off? If toned and sculpted arms are what you’re looking for, try these strength training arm exercises. ANATOMY REVIEW But...
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...
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...
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...