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PREVENTING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE WITH HARDINESS COACHING:

PREVENTING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE WITH HARDINESS COACHING:

By PATRICIA VANGALEN Like a leaky roof, do we patch the hole and hope for the best? Or do we replace and restore it and do the maintenance to optimize it, despite extreme weather conditions? In ski-speak, we joke about variable conditions, which are never predictable....
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...
5 WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR HEALTHSPAN

5 WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR HEALTHSPAN

By Sam Arnold Throughout the pandemic, you have likely spent more time at home by yourself than you ever expected or wanted to. You almost certainly have needed a lift at one time or another. Given all the discussion of precautions, illness, and death, you may have...
NASM-CPT PODCAST: EATING DISORDERS AND FITNESS

NASM-CPT PODCAST: EATING DISORDERS AND FITNESS

With Rick Richey MS Host and NASM Master Instructor Rick Richey talks about eating disorders and non-triggering with expert Abbey Griffith. She is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and Eating Disorder Recoveree who has devoted her life to helping...
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...
FOAM ROLLING: APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

FOAM ROLLING: APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

By Stacey Penny 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 have become easily accessible,...
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.”...
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,...
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...
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...
Does intermittent fasting work for women?

Does intermittent fasting work for women?

By Helen Kollias, PhD Intermittent fasting works really well… for certain people… in certain situations. Some might even say it’s “life-changing.” But others? Not so much. And this seems especially true for women. Take my parents. For as long as I can remember, my...
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...
4 NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS OF INADEQUATE SLEEP AND HOW TO SLEEP PROPERLY

4 NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS OF INADEQUATE SLEEP AND HOW TO SLEEP PROPERLY

By PETE MCCALL No one is born knowing how to exercise. It is a subject that must be studied and understood correctly to do it properly. Earning the Certified Personal Trainer credential from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) means that you can design...
ACTIVE RECOVERY: REST DAYS, WORKOUTS, AND EXERCISES EXAMPLES

ACTIVE RECOVERY: REST DAYS, WORKOUTS, AND EXERCISES EXAMPLES

By KINSEY MAHAFFEY Recovery is important for getting the most out of your fitness programming and an essential component of a personal training education. I spend a decent amount of time talking with my clients about proper recovery techniques to avoid burnout and...
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...
APPROACHING THANKSGIVING WITH A HEALTHY MINDSET

APPROACHING THANKSGIVING WITH A HEALTHY MINDSET

By ABBEY GRIFFITH As an eating disorder survivor, the holiday season can be scary. In early recovery days, my mental approach to the holidays looked something like this: First, it was Thanksgiving, a whole holiday about food, listening to people talk about their diet...
EXERCISE AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

EXERCISE AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

By Portia Page Since mid-March, most of the country has been dealing with social distancing rules, stay-at-home orders, business closures, overcrowded hospitals and limited health services. Consequently, many people are feeling isolated and lonely and may be hurting...
THE BENEFITS OF PERSONAL TRAINING WITH MULTIPLE REVENUE STREAMS

THE BENEFITS OF PERSONAL TRAINING WITH MULTIPLE REVENUE STREAMS

By Dana Bender There is a wide range of benefits of having multiple streams of income regardless of your field. In the fitness industry, taking advantage of various streams of income can include numerous options. Over the years, I have implemented this strategy in my...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...