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DEMYSTIFYING THE DASH DIET: HOW TO USE IT TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

DEMYSTIFYING THE DASH DIET: HOW TO USE IT TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

By Brad Dieter Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, with more than half of all deaths each year being attributed to cardiovascular disease (1). Many factors contribute to cardiovascular disease, such as obesity, diabetes, high...
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...
EXERCISE PROGRAMMING FOR KNEE REPLACEMENTS

EXERCISE PROGRAMMING FOR KNEE REPLACEMENTS

By Andrew mills In a previous article, Prehabilitation Through Corrective Exercise: A Guide for Trainers, we explored how Certified Personal Trainers (CPTs) could help prepare individuals for a procedure like total knee replacement surgery. This article will focus on...
RETURN TO GYM PLAN: HOW TO TWEAK THE NASM OPT™ MODEL FOR CLIENTS

RETURN TO GYM PLAN: HOW TO TWEAK THE NASM OPT™ MODEL FOR CLIENTS

By KINSEY MAHAFFEY COVID-19 forced gym closures, which in turn disrupted sessions for many personal training clients. As a trainer, here are some specific ways the NASM Optimum Performance Training™ model can ease their minds as they gradually resume their routines....
REHAB EXERCISES FOR MASONRY WORKERS [RESEARCH ARTICLE REVIEW]

REHAB EXERCISES FOR MASONRY WORKERS [RESEARCH ARTICLE REVIEW]

By Nicole Golden RESEARCH REVIEW Effects of Selected Rehabilitative Exercises on External Rotator Muscles and Trapezius Muscles of Masonry Workers STUDY AUTHOR Singh, G. K., Srivastava, S., Kumar, M., & Ratnakar, S. ORIGINAL CITATION Singh, G. K., Srivastava, S.,...
STAYING IN SCOPE WITH NUTRITION

STAYING IN SCOPE WITH NUTRITION

By CHRISTOPHER MOHR, PHD, RD How often do you hear questions like: “How much protein should I have?” “What do you think about intermittent fasting?” “Should I follow the [insert name of current popular diet] to lose weight?” It’s not surprising. Nutrition and fitness...
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...
RECIPES FOR GAINING MUSCLE (ARE YOU EATING THESE FOODS?)

RECIPES FOR GAINING MUSCLE (ARE YOU EATING THESE FOODS?)

By Brad Dieter Gaining muscle is not quite as easy as going to the gym and lifting weights. That is just one part of the equation. In reality, gaining muscle requires two main things: a stimulus for growth and the energy to grow tissue. Outside of significant hormonal...
THE CAUSES OF STRESS: A BREAKDOWN OF THE PHYSIOLOGY [GUIDE]

THE CAUSES OF STRESS: A BREAKDOWN OF THE PHYSIOLOGY [GUIDE]

By Fabio Comana Stress stimulates appetite, it increases abdominal fat, it increases risks for disease and it can even play a role in our intimate relationships. The list could keep going, but what exactly is stress and how is it connected to all these consequences?...
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...
MICRONUTRIENTS – HOW CHRONIC SHORTAGES LEAD TO HEALTH PROBLEMS

MICRONUTRIENTS – HOW CHRONIC SHORTAGES LEAD TO HEALTH PROBLEMS

By KAT BAREFIELD MS, RDN, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, ACSM-HFS In this post, we’re going to explore the health effects of getting insufficient micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). This article will also cover: The critical functions of various micronutrients The most...
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...
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,...
AN INTRODUCTION TO 4 POPULAR DIETS (BLOG + INFOGRAPHICS)

AN INTRODUCTION TO 4 POPULAR DIETS (BLOG + INFOGRAPHICS)

By NASM As featured in our nutrition course – Navigating Diets – which is a detailed sampling of the overall CNC curriculum. To truly grasp the complexities of nutrition means learning what separates – and connects – the most common diets. This...
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...
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...
Welcome, from Dr. Jason

Welcome, from Dr. Jason

By Dr. Jason Welcome to Help and Wellness, a blog where we will share everything you need to know about Theragun Percussive Therapy, general health & wellness, and everything in between. We’ll also share stories that move us and connect us with you, our Theragun...
Nutrition & Wellness in the age of Covid-19

Nutrition & Wellness in the age of Covid-19

With Elisa Goodman Elissa Goodman describes herself as a “type A Aries.” She lived a fast-paced life and might have continued that way if she had not been diagnosed with cancer at age 32. Today, Elissa is a Holistic Nutritionist and cleanse expert and the...
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...
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...
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MULTIVITAMIN:

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MULTIVITAMIN:

By NASM As discussed in our nutritional supplement course – Making Sense of Supplements – sometimes navigating the vitamin aisle can be a little tricky. Even for the most seasoned of certified nutrition coaches, the endless barrage of advertisements and...
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...
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....
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...
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...
HEART HEALTHY DIETS:

HEART HEALTHY DIETS:

By Brad Dieter The leading cause of death in the United States, and the rest of the world, is heart disease. While there is some genetic risk for developing heart disease, much of the risk is due to lifestyle, which means you can actively manage a lot of your risk for...
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....
THE NASM PODCAST: ARTHRITIS AND OSTEOPOROSIS

THE NASM PODCAST: ARTHRITIS AND OSTEOPOROSIS

By Rick Richley There are several pathologies that get in the way of living our best and most active lifestyles. Serval orthopedic issues that hinder our activities of daily living (ADLs) are arthritis and osteoporosis. There are two forms of arthritis that we discuss...
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...
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...
THE SWEET TALK ON STEBIA: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

THE SWEET TALK ON STEBIA: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

By Scott Josephson American consumers today have a multitude of options when it comes to choosing low- or no-calorie sweeteners to cut down on sugar and carbs. For those who favor natural products over artificial ones, honey and agave are far from the only options on...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
LEARNING TO ACCEPT AND LET GO:

LEARNING TO ACCEPT AND LET GO:

By Dana Bender Feelings of stress can manifest in different ways for different people. In some cases, internal tension emerges because situations in our lives do not match our internal expectations, or because things do not go as per our plan. Over the years, I have...
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...
HUNGER NIXING TRICK: REPLACE REFINED CARBS WITH AVOCADO:

HUNGER NIXING TRICK: REPLACE REFINED CARBS WITH AVOCADO:

By Alexandra Williams Avocados may be one solution to manage hunger and aid in metabolic control, according to findings from the Center for Nutrition at Illinois Institute of Technology. In a crossover clinical trial with 31 adults classified as overweight/obese,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...

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...
30 MINUTES TO KEEP YOUR HOLIDAY FIT:

30 MINUTES TO KEEP YOUR HOLIDAY FIT:

By Scott Keppel With the holidays here, time is of the essence. Both figuratively and literally. As a husband, father of 3 and business owner I get that finding time to get workouts in can be a challenge. The following workout is one that can be done no matter your...
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...
Stressed and out of shape:

Stressed and out of shape:

By John Berardi, Ph.D. Work stressing you out? Life in general? Having trouble staying consistent with your exercise and nutrition plan? If so, this article is for you. Why do most guys tend to get weaker, fatter, and less healthy when they get into their 30s, 40s,...
WHAT IS THE KETOGENIC DIET? (+FOODS, BENEFITS, RISKS):

WHAT IS THE KETOGENIC DIET? (+FOODS, BENEFITS, RISKS):

By Geoff Lecovin KETOGENIC DIET: SHOULD YOU JOIN THE KETO KRAZE? In this article you will learn: What constitutes a ketogenic diet? Ketogenic diet foods/sample meal plan Potential health benefits of the ketogenic diet Potential adverse health effects of the ketogenic...
Overstressed and overeating:

Overstressed and overeating:

By Krista Scott-Dixon, Ph.D. How to solve the two biggest health and fitness problems most women face. Feeling overworked and under-appreciated? Having trouble staying consistent with nutrition and fitness because of life’s demands? Wondering if you’ll ever be able to...
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...
9 ARM EXERCISES FOR DEFINITION & STRENGTH:

9 ARM EXERCISES FOR DEFINITION & STRENGTH:

By BRIAN SUTTON, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES 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...
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