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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...
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...
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINER SHOULD YOU BE? TIPS FOR CHOOSING A CPT PATH:

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINER SHOULD YOU BE? TIPS FOR CHOOSING A CPT PATH:

 By RICH FAHMY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Where do you even begin to look for a job as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)? This is a common question when first starting out as a newly minted CPT. The good news is that there are more employment options available than you...
OVERACTIVE AND UNDERACTIVE MUSCLES: FEET TURN OUT – KNEES MOVE IN:

OVERACTIVE AND UNDERACTIVE MUSCLES: FEET TURN OUT – KNEES MOVE IN:

By NASM According to listener feedback and requests, a discussion on over- and underactive muscles was the most popular request. This is part 1 of 3 episodes where this topic will be discussed. This episode will cover two common movement compensations in the overhead...
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...

Sharpen Your Focus to Attract the Best Personal Training Leads:

By Sean Greeley If you’re like most newly certified personal trainers, you’re uncomfortable thinking about how to market yourself to generate leads and build up a client base. That’s because fitness is your passion … and suddenly fitness has become your business. To...
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....
UNDERSTANDING HOW PERSONAL TRAINERS ARE COMPENSATED:

UNDERSTANDING HOW PERSONAL TRAINERS ARE COMPENSATED:

By Pete McCall Thanks to social media, the explosive popularity of studio-based group workout programs, and the fact that many top actors work with a personal trainer to develop the sculpted physiques you see in the movies, many people are running away from their...
THE NASM-CPT PODCAST: BONES!:

THE NASM-CPT PODCAST: BONES!:

By NASM This episode is a review of the skeletal systems. Anatomy only! No ROM or joint actions. Today Rick talks about the bones themselves, names, locations, and mnemonics to help remember and recall their names. This is a high-level overview, so we will just focus...
THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

By Pete McCall Here’s a little confession: before becoming a fitness professional, I was a history geek. Seriously, at one point, I thought about becoming a (cool) high school history teacher, which is why it’s fun for me to study the history of the fitness industry;...
THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

THE FUTURE OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER JOB MARKET:

By Pete Mc Call Here’s a little confession: before becoming a fitness professional, I was a history geek. Seriously, at one point, I thought about becoming a (cool) high school history teacher, which is why it’s fun for me to study the history of the fitness industry;...
Tips to Incorporate Mindful Breaks from Technology:

Tips to Incorporate Mindful Breaks from Technology:

By Dana Bender With the growing utilization of technology in both personal and professional life, there seems to be less time to “just be” without a plethora of stimuli around us. Between computer use at work, smartphone use in our personal life, and the popularity of...
How to Build a Network That Will Consistently Deliver New Clients:

How to Build a Network That Will Consistently Deliver New Clients:

By Sean Greeley The strength of your business is equal to the strength of your network. Here’s what I mean… Many fitness professionals and personal trainers invest huge amounts of time learning their craft. They work hard to get certified, and then want to get down to...
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....
THE NASM-CPT: INTRODUCING THE OPT MODEL:

THE NASM-CPT: INTRODUCING THE OPT MODEL:

By Rick Richey The OPT Model, or Optimum Performance Training Model, is a fitness training system developed by NASM. The OPT Model is based on scientific evidence and principles that progresses an individual through five training phases: stabilization endurance,...
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...
HOW TO REWIRE ATHLETE SELF-TALK TO IMPROVE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

HOW TO REWIRE ATHLETE SELF-TALK TO IMPROVE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

By Dana Bender SELF-TALK IN ATHLETES AND EXERCISERS: 4 STEPS TO REWIRE YOUR THOUGHTS There is a lot to think about during exercise such as maintaining proper body mechanics and posture, controlling effort and force, and breathing properly.  These efforts all occur at...

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...
THE COACH APPROACH:

THE COACH APPROACH:

By Shirley Archer What do you do when life throws you a curveball? Let’s say your program design doesn’t fit a client’s current mood or your class has participants with wide-ranging ability levels. If you’re Michael Piercy, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, MMACS, SFS, WFS,...
5 EXERCISES TO RELIEVE IT BAND SYNDROME:

5 EXERCISES TO RELIEVE IT BAND SYNDROME:

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA Cyclist can be prone to ITB Syndrome IT BAND SYNDROME: SYMPTOMS, RISK FACTORS, EXERCISES The warm summer weather is the perfect setting for people to get outdoors and participate in the activities they enjoy. However, too much of a...
NAVIGATING THE PATH TO BECOMING A FITNESS PRESENTER:

NAVIGATING THE PATH TO BECOMING A FITNESS PRESENTER:

By SARAH SCHRENK As a group fitness instructor or personal trainer, you excel at leading and educating. Have you ever fantasized about taking your expertise beyond the confines of the studio? Take a moment to recall an engaging presenter at the last fitness education...
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...
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...
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...
6 TIPS THAT EVERY PUBLICITY-SEEKING PERSONAL TRAINER SHOULD KNOW:

6 TIPS THAT EVERY PUBLICITY-SEEKING PERSONAL TRAINER SHOULD KNOW:

By Amanda Vogel MA Ever wonder how some fitness professional get the opportunity to be featured and quoted as experts in magazine articles, on TV and on popular blogs? Developing relationships with journalists and producers to gain publicity is easier than you might...
BODY TYPES: HOW TO TRAIN & DIET FOR YOUR BODY TYPE:

BODY TYPES: HOW TO TRAIN & DIET FOR YOUR BODY TYPE:

By Andrew Payne Do you have trouble losing body fat, yet seem to gain it after even the smallest slip up with your diet? Or does it feel like you can eat for days without gaining an ounce? It could have something to do with your current body type. But is it really...
ARLO DOYLE: THE KILTED COMEBACK KID:

ARLO DOYLE: THE KILTED COMEBACK KID:

By NASM May is National Military Appreciation Month. We asked our NASM-CPTs who served in the armed forces to tell us their stories. Here’s one of them. Arlo Doyle The Kilted Comeback Kid In April of 2001, Arlo Doyle joined the army. He needed a way to support his...
WHAT IS THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND COULD IT WORK FOR YOU?:

WHAT IS THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND COULD IT WORK FOR YOU?:

By Danny Lennon In this article: What is the Mediterranean Diet? Mediterranean Diet Foods Mediterranean Diet Nutrient Profile Daily Food Servings Mediterranean Lifestyle Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet Mediterranean Diet and Weight Loss Take-Home Points...
Inspire the Emotions That Motivate:

Inspire the Emotions That Motivate:

BY OLIVIA ELLIS, MS Follow these steps to enhance the class experience using the power of emotion. We’ve all been there: You’re teaching a well-designed class with a killer playlist, and your expectation is that everyone is going to be as excited to take your class as...
Sustaining a Thriving Life:

Sustaining a Thriving Life:

BY CANDICE DYER The SoheeFit studio in San Diego is a gleaming, modern and welcoming fitness center with upbeat music. One thing is noticeably missing, though. There is no cardio equipment. That’s because owner Sohee Lee, MS, typically ends up prying her driven,...
Lead Story: Chrononutrition: You are When You Eat:

Lead Story: Chrononutrition: You are When You Eat:

By NASM Early to bed and early to rise? This sleep pattern may not make you wealthy or wise (as the saying goes), but it does seem to be linked to better health. Early risers not only have healthier eating patterns, but they also show a lower risk of heart disease and...
VITAMIN D- THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN:

VITAMIN D- THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN:

By Geoff Lecovin Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” was identified in the 17th century by Dr. Daniel Whistler and Professor Francis Glisson when they discovered the causative factors of rickets. Circa 1920, Sir Edward Mellanby worked with dogs raised...
HOW NUTRITION CAN FUEL YOUR CLIENTS’ MOVEMENT:

HOW NUTRITION CAN FUEL YOUR CLIENTS’ MOVEMENT:

By Amanda Boyer MS, RDN, CD, NASM-CPT First and foremost, the pursuit of health is an individual choice and will look very different from person to person. Second, nutrition and movement are just two tiny pieces to the big pie. Genetics, sleep hygiene, stress, stigma...
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT NUTRITION CERTIFICATION:

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT NUTRITION CERTIFICATION:

If you’re interested in becoming a Nutrition Coach, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re entering the field at the right time. Nutrition is a hot topic these days – especially in the fitness world. There is such an overwhelming amount of information (and...
IS YOUR STRENGTH PROGRAM HURTING YOUR CLIENT’S GOLF GAME?:

IS YOUR STRENGTH PROGRAM HURTING YOUR CLIENT’S GOLF GAME?:

By CHRIS ECKLUND, MA, NASM-PES, CSCS, USAW, TPI “Train slow, move slow; train fast, move fast.” I still say this to my athletes, staff and students with great frequency.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the current trends, metrics, gauges, terminology, etc., that we...
7 QUESTIONS ALL NUTRITION COACHES NEED TO KNOW HOW TO ANSWER:

7 QUESTIONS ALL NUTRITION COACHES NEED TO KNOW HOW TO ANSWER:

By NASM With fad diets flooding the marketplace, obesity and heart disease numbers rapidly increasing, and more confusing food choices than ever before, Nutrition Coaches are in particularly high demand. This is an exciting, rewarding career for people who love...
SWEET POTATO EGG CAKES RECIPE

SWEET POTATO EGG CAKES RECIPE

By NASM With the release of NASM’s new Nutrition Certification, over the coming weeks and months we will be sharing recipes for some of our favorite delicious and nutrition meals. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or follow a less restrictive diet, we’ll have options...
NASM INTRODUCES NUTRITION CERTIFICATION:

NASM INTRODUCES NUTRITION CERTIFICATION:

BY NASM Designed to help fitness professionals discover solutions for their clients’ health and dietary needs. Obesity, heart disease, and cancer are on the rise. Fad diets are muddying today’s culture with misconceptions and fallacies. And the marketplace is filled...
COULD YOU BE A SOCIAL MEDIA FITNESS MICRO-INFLUENCER?:

COULD YOU BE A SOCIAL MEDIA FITNESS MICRO-INFLUENCER?:

By Amanda Vogel You’ve likely heard of social media influencers: people who post frequently and have audiences in the hundreds of thousands or millions. These folks often garner a lot of attention and can command large paychecks to promote brands and products. Social...
THE WORKDAY BOOST! BEAT A DESK-BOUND POSTURE WITH THIS WORKOUT!:

THE WORKDAY BOOST! BEAT A DESK-BOUND POSTURE WITH THIS WORKOUT!:

By NASM Desk-bound employees can develop a hunched posture that saps energy and strength. Here’s a safe-for-the-office routine that can help. For many people, nine-hour workdays are the minimum—and lunch breaks are short or taken at the desk. Even if the person goes...
UNDERSTANDING THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME:

UNDERSTANDING THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME:

By Kyle Stull What is thoracic outlet syndrome? Are there assessments that personal trainers can consider to identify it, and can corrective exercise programming help? Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition involving the vessels of the neck, shoulder, and arm....
HOW TO BUILD A TRAINING COMMUNITY:

HOW TO BUILD A TRAINING COMMUNITY:

By Scott Keppel Whether you’re just starting off in the fitness industry or you’re like me and you’ve been around for decades, we are always striving to build our community and keep our current members. For some of you, this may not be a problem. You may have an...
EXERCISE PROGRESSIONS AND REGRESSIONS: HOW TO’S OF SCALING MOVEMENT:

EXERCISE PROGRESSIONS AND REGRESSIONS: HOW TO’S OF SCALING MOVEMENT:

By KEN MILLER, MS, NASM MASTER INSTRUCTOR, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS “You need good form,” or “technique is everything” are just a couple of the staple statements you hear fitness professionals and strength coaches say. This is what personal trainers are known and hired...
STRESS RECOVERY AND PERFORRMANCE:

STRESS RECOVERY AND PERFORRMANCE:

By Fabio Comana We all speak of it and experience it, but what is stress? It is defined as a non-specific response by the body to any demand (stressor) that overcomes, or threatens to overcome, the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis (that state of equilibrium of...
HIP IMPINGEMENT UNHINGED: MOBILIZING THE HAMSTRINGS AND PELVIS:

HIP IMPINGEMENT UNHINGED: MOBILIZING THE HAMSTRINGS AND PELVIS:

B Kyle Stull Personal trainers will likely encounter a client with hip impingement as a training concern. Improve your client’s hip mobility with these stretching and strengthening techniques, plus cueing advice for pelvic positioning. Hip discomfort or pain is common...
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: IF NOT WEIGHT LOSS, THEN WHAT?

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: IF NOT WEIGHT LOSS, THEN WHAT?

By Amanda Boyer MS, RDN, CD, NASM-CPT Twenty nineteen is upon us and New Year’s resolutions are on many people’s mind. It is common that goals are oriented around body shape or weight loss, which we have found can sometimes cause more harm than good. If you want to...
WHAT SIZES DOES HEALTH COME IN? EVERY SIZE!:

WHAT SIZES DOES HEALTH COME IN? EVERY SIZE!:

By AMANDA BOYER, MS, RDN, CD, NASM-CPT Health is so much more than how much a person weighs or their BMI. To further understand this approach to health, Health At Every Size® (HAES®), written by Linda Bacon, explores this growing paradigm shift among health...
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...
CAN SUPERFOODS EQUAL SUPER PERFORMANCE?:

CAN SUPERFOODS EQUAL SUPER PERFORMANCE?:

By Emily Bailey Meet three of today’s superfood darlings: açai berries, beetroot juice, and curcumin. What does the research say regarding their impact on athletic performance, recovery, and overall health? Here’s the delicious news. “Superfood” has been a buzzword...
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: STEPS TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGE;

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: STEPS TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGE;

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Are you motivated by someone telling you what to do or are you more motivated to do something when it is your own idea and choice to do it? You probably agreed with being more motivated by your own ideas and decisions. Do...
4 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL AND FOCUSED DAY:

4 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL AND FOCUSED DAY:

By Scott Keppel Just like a fitness training program, planning and a committed focus are key to achieving your personal success. In today’s fitness world (or the world of social media), you can’t go anywhere without hearing something along the lines of “Own the day,...
THE PROBLEM WITH THE HAMSTRING PROBLEM:

THE PROBLEM WITH THE HAMSTRING PROBLEM:

By Kyle Stull Hamstrings are arguably one of the most talked about muscle groups, as well as the most researched, stretched, and injured. While there is a wealth of information about hamstring injury prevention and treatment, hamstring injuries are still widespread...
DECELERATION TRAINING: BETTER BRAKES OR BETTER ENGINE?:

DECELERATION TRAINING: BETTER BRAKES OR BETTER ENGINE?:

By KEN MILLER, MS, NASM MASTER INSTRUCTOR, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS You have to be able to start, stop and control the motion – that’s why deceleration training is a vital component of fitness programming. Creating a performance-based conditioning program can be akin...
STAY FIT THIS WINTER WITH CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING:

STAY FIT THIS WINTER WITH CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING:

By NASM The terrain has changed; leaves have fallen, the weather is colder and for many, snow is covering the ground indicating that winter is really here. For those who enjoy exercising outdoors, your activities may have become somewhat limited with what you can do;...
COUNTERING THE CHALLENGES OF COLD WEATHER EXERCISE:

COUNTERING THE CHALLENGES OF COLD WEATHER EXERCISE:

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Exercising in the cold can bring about many unique challenges. Besides overcoming the discomfort of being cold, what are the best strategies to stay safe and prevent some of the potentially life-threatening, or at least...
ARE YOU READY TO ELEVATE YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING CAREER IN 2019?:

ARE YOU READY TO ELEVATE YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING CAREER IN 2019?:

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS With Some Simple Planning You Can Be Ready for Success! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is quickly coming to a close as we focus on the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and the eerie quiet that has replaced the...
WHAT IS FLEXIBLE DIETING? IT’S ABOUT MAKING YOUR MACROS FIT:

WHAT IS FLEXIBLE DIETING? IT’S ABOUT MAKING YOUR MACROS FIT:

By BRIERLEY HORTON, MS, RD Despite the overall trend toward cleaner eating (little to no processed foods, limiting or eliminating “bad” foods like sodium and sugar, etc.), as well as our general desire for quality ingredients (such as organic, humanely-raised, etc.),...
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...
ACTIVITY AND COGNITION: GET MOVING FOR AN AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP;

ACTIVITY AND COGNITION: GET MOVING FOR AN AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP;

By KANDI STULL Advertisers market their products to fight that 2:30 crash. Coffee chains promote their afternoon caffeinated happy hours to help get you through the day. Some cultures even have an after-lunch siesta to combat fatigue. What if there was a different way...
THE 3 REASONS YOUR TEAM IS UNDERPERFORMING:

THE 3 REASONS YOUR TEAM IS UNDERPERFORMING:

By Sean GAGNON If you’re reading this article, congratulations. You either have a team or are looking to grow one. As many will tell you, one of the key things you can do to move from operator to owner is to grow a team. You simply can’t do it alone. In fact, no one...
MOVEMENT PREP: 3 EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WORKOUT WARM-UP:

MOVEMENT PREP: 3 EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WORKOUT WARM-UP:

By KEN MILLER, MS, NASM MASTER INSTRUCTOR, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS For as many ways as there are to challenge the body in a workout, how many ways do we think about approaching our warm-up routine? How well prepared are our bodies for the stresses of the approaching...
GYM DOGS: WALK OR STAY?:

GYM DOGS: WALK OR STAY?:

BY  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Bringing your pet dog to work, or anywhere for that matter, seems to have become the norm. But what about the fitness realm? Have you thought about bringing your dog to the gym or to a workout with you? Some locals have...
CAN YOU GET ENOUGH PROTEIN (AND OTHER NUTRIENTS) ON A VEGAN DIET?:

CAN YOU GET ENOUGH PROTEIN (AND OTHER NUTRIENTS) ON A VEGAN DIET?:

By Brierley Horton, MS, RD People choose to “go vegan” for a variety of reasons—perhaps they aspire to be Tom Brady (or at his level of fitness), or land on veganism for ethical concerns around eating animal products, or the environmental impact that animals raised...
BEHIND THE DRIVE: MOTORISED VERSUS NON-MOTORISED TREADMILLS:

BEHIND THE DRIVE: MOTORISED VERSUS NON-MOTORISED TREADMILLS:

BY  MARTY MILLER, ATC, DHSC, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, MASTER INSTRUCTOR The use of motorized treadmills has become commonplace since their origination in the early 1950s. Originally designed to diagnose heart and lung disease, treadmills quickly became a standard in...
INTUITIVE EATING: A NON-DIET APPROACH TO EATING:

INTUITIVE EATING: A NON-DIET APPROACH TO EATING:

By  AMANDA BOYER, MS, RDN, CD, NASM-CPT You may have heard the phrase “intuitive eating” thrown around in the health and fitness realm as it’s gaining attention and a bit of popularity. As a non-diet dietitian, I couldn’t be happier that it is becoming more well-known...
3 UNWELCOME WORKOUT PARTNERS: THE GYM FUNGUS AMONG US:

3 UNWELCOME WORKOUT PARTNERS: THE GYM FUNGUS AMONG US:

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS A post-workout glow, a feeling of strength and happiness, those are the things you and your client’s want to take away from the gym. But there may be some not so welcome fungal tagalongs. In recognition of Fungal Disease...
SOCCER DRILLS FOR AGILITY AND COORDINATION:

SOCCER DRILLS FOR AGILITY AND COORDINATION:

By  JOSH GONZALEZ When it comes to worldwide popularity soccer is at the top of the fan and participant lists. Soccer is a sport that requires all the physical attributes; strength, speed, endurance, agility and mental fortitude. Fitness training for soccer requires...
3 PARTNER ASSISTED STRETCHING TECHNIQUES FOR PERSONAL TRAINERS:

3 PARTNER ASSISTED STRETCHING TECHNIQUES FOR PERSONAL TRAINERS:

RICK RICHEY, MS. When I was young and thought about flexibility, it would conjure up images in my mind of Jean-Claude Van Damme doing center splits between two chairs. I was obsessed with that, so I practiced that version of flexibility until I was able to actually do...
AFib: What You Should Know When The Heart Skips a Beat:

AFib: What You Should Know When The Heart Skips a Beat:

By GEOFF LECOVIN Moderately elevating a client’s heart rate during physical activity is a goal of most exercise programs, but what about when a client has AFib? Here’s some information on what you should know.   WHAT IS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION OR AFIB? Atrial fibrillation...
Creatine Supplementation: Performance Benefits and Drawbacks

Creatine Supplementation: Performance Benefits and Drawbacks

By: Brian Sutton, MS, MA, PES, CES, NASM CPT Introduction Over the last 10-plus years, there probably has not been a supplement more popular or one researched more often than creatine monohydrate. Creatine has found its place among bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts,...
FOAM ROLLING- APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

FOAM ROLLING- APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) stretching technique that has been embraced throughout the fitness industry. This effective and simple to do technique delivers positive, feel-good results. Foam rollers...
3 Steps To Creating Rotational Training Plans:

3 Steps To Creating Rotational Training Plans:

By Ken Miller MS, NASM MASTER INSTRUCTOR, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, GFS It’s time to take a turn for the better with rotational training plans. These 3 steps will show you how to apply this directional change with all of your clients. Our ability to change direction is one...
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