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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....
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...
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...
BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION AND TRAINING (PODCAST)

BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION AND TRAINING (PODCAST)

In this episode, host Rick Richey talks with Antoinette Schoenthaler from NYU about behavioral intervention – and how it relates to adherence and compliance with clients. Within, they both peel apart the proverbial (behavioral) onion and discuss why clients...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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?...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
THE NASM-CPT PODCAST: STABILIZATION ENDURANCE TRAINING:

THE NASM-CPT PODCAST: STABILIZATION ENDURANCE TRAINING:

By NASM his episode discusses the Stabilization Endurance Training phase of the OPT™ Model. In this session, there is a discussion about all the components leading up to resistance training which include: Flexibility (SMR and static stretching) Core Balance Reactive...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
HOW TO USE NLP TO HELP CLIENTS OVERCOME OBSTACLES:

HOW TO USE NLP TO HELP CLIENTS OVERCOME OBSTACLES:

By Joy Keller It’s an hour before your session starts, and you get a text from your client Kelly, a 33-year-old mom of two who is 50 pounds overweight, has just been diagnosed as being prediabetic, and is trying to change her lifestyle. She’s late again. This is not...
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...
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