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Why nutrition science is so confusing:

Why nutrition science is so confusing:

9 reasons eating well isn’t as straightforward as we’d like it to be. By John Berardi, Ph.D. From a certain perspective, nutrition science can seem like a mess. From another, it illustrates the very nature (and beauty) of the scientific process. Here we’ll...
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...
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...
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...
Nutrition is not a belief system:

Nutrition is not a belief system:

Why wishful thinking won’t get you results, but science might. By Dan Garner Nutrition is often seen as a belief system. In other words, the answer to “What should I eat?” is often based on faith, magical thinking, emotional attachments, and/or what feels...
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....
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...
Overstressed and overeating:

Overstressed and overeating:

How to solve the two biggest health and fitness problems most women face. By Krista Scott-Dixon 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 find...
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...
Evidence that Matters for Function: Hip Extension in the Elderly:

Evidence that Matters for Function: Hip Extension in the Elderly:

by Dr. David Tiberio Kerrigan DC, Todd MK, Della Croce U, Lipsitz LA, Collins JJ. Biomechanical gait alterations independent of speed in healthy elderly: evidence for specific limiting impairments. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 199879:317-322. The purpose of this study was to...
PERFORMANCE AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES

PERFORMANCE AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES

BY LANCE C. DALLECK A myth can be defined as an untrue explanation for a natural phenomenon. Unfortunately, numerous myths remain pervasive and well-engrained throughout the fitness industry, in particular as it pertains to various performance and nutritional...
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...
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...
NUTRITION CONSIDERATIONS FOR WINTER SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

NUTRITION CONSIDERATIONS FOR WINTER SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS The physiological demands of exercising in the cold are a bit different than that of a more mild climate. The body tries to maintain a temperature of 98.6oF while it’s losing heat and moisture with every breath....
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...
CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS: HOW TIME OF DAY AFFECTS QUALITY OF TRAINING:

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS: HOW TIME OF DAY AFFECTS QUALITY OF TRAINING:

By Mike Bracko Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness (National Institute of General Medical Sciences, 2018). They regulate periods of sleepiness and wakefulness through...
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...
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...
MOBILTY, A REAL PERSPECTIVE:

MOBILTY, A REAL PERSPECTIVE:

By Wayne David Clark As fitness professionals we sometimes tend to neglect our own bodies in favour of helping others achieve their goals.   We become so focussed on the needs of others, that our own needs tend to be placed on the back burner. Having said that a lot...
Have Anxiety? You Need To Do This One-Week Zero Caffeine Test:

Have Anxiety? You Need To Do This One-Week Zero Caffeine Test:

By Ellen Vora, M.D.Holistic Psychiatrist As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in busy New York City, there are two traits nearly all of my patients have in common: anxiety and caffeine consumption. And for the record, in general, I think that caffeine is safe,...
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,...
The Cost Of Getting Lean:

The Cost Of Getting Lean:

Is it really worth the trade-off? By Ryan Andrews & Brian St. Pierre Six-pack abs. Tight butts. Lean, vibrant, flawless health. That’s the image the fitness industry is selling. But have you ever wondered what it costs to achieve that “look”? What you have to do...
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...
Eating Too Much? You Can Blame Your Brain:

Eating Too Much? You Can Blame Your Brain:

By Brian St. Pierre How brain signaling drives what you eat. (And what to do about it). It’s no secret that obesity rates have been rising in the U.S. (and other industrialized nations) for the past 30 years. It’s also no secret that Americans eat more than they used...
USE IT OR LOSE IT: UNDERSTANDING MUSCLE ATROPHY:

USE IT OR LOSE IT: UNDERSTANDING MUSCLE ATROPHY:

By JEROD LANGNESS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, WLS, MASTER TRAINER As fitness professionals, it is easy to keep our focus on the great things that occur from having a healthy and active lifestyle. We know so much about the benefits of exercise and get excited about helping...
JOINT HYPERMOBILITY: THE SHOULDER

JOINT HYPERMOBILITY: THE SHOULDER

By Kyle Stull Everyone is quick to talk about “tightness.” The calves are tight; the hip flexors are tight; the low-back is tight; the shoulders and the neck are tight. It’s true that many people are tight and restricted, but what about those that have too much...
Functional Movement Spectrum Series: Reaction:

Functional Movement Spectrum Series: Reaction:

by Dr. David Tiberio, Doug Gray Category: Applied Functional Science Share The popular song entitled “Dem Bones” is ageless. Furthermore, it is brilliant. James Weldon Johnson first composed it back in the early 1900s. Instead of quoting all the lyrics (as the song...
5 TIPS FOR A FIT AND HEALTHY BRAIN:

5 TIPS FOR A FIT AND HEALTHY BRAIN:

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Keeping our brains healthy is a trending topic that is surely grabbing our attention and the attention of our family, friends and clients. We’re all looking for ways to maintain our brain function and avoid such...
ADDRESSING OVERACTIVE HIP FLEXORS WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

ADDRESSING OVERACTIVE HIP FLEXORS WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

BY Andrew Mills For many of us, working with individuals with tight/overactive hip flexors is a common occurrence. Learning to properly assess and address overactive hip flexors is a powerful skill in helping today’s client move more efficiently. Spending long hours...
SNACKS TO AVOID TRAVEL BLOAT:

SNACKS TO AVOID TRAVEL BLOAT:

By Liz Moody Summer is officially here! And here at mbg we’re all about traveling light and creating space for real transformation. Whether you’re jetting off to faraway lands this year or just exploring new pockets of your neighborhood, these next few months are...
TURMERIC: HEALTH BENEFITS REVEALED:

TURMERIC: HEALTH BENEFITS REVEALED:

By NASM Turmeric continues to make some impressive health headlines. Best known as the spice behind curry, research is showing how it can potentially play a role in weight loss, along with preventing Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other conditions. Introduction Most...
Dairy: Is it good or bad for you?:

Dairy: Is it good or bad for you?:

By Ryan Andrews & Brian St. Pierre Exploring the pros and cons of this controversial food group. We’re often asked whether dairy is good or bad. Short answer: It depends. In this article, we’ll help you make sense of the research — and the wildly different...
What Are The Healthiest Sources Of Fat For A Vegan?

What Are The Healthiest Sources Of Fat For A Vegan?

By Lisa For our bodies to function to their full capacity and to maintain a healthy weight, it is important to eat a nutritious and balanced diet that includes all the food groups in the right proportion. So, questions such as “What are the healthiest sources of fat...
A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO TRAINING THE MUSCLE SYNERGIES

A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO TRAINING THE MUSCLE SYNERGIES

BY BRIAN SUTTON, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Muscles don’t work alone to create movement. They work together in synergies to create coordinated movements. Here we’ll identify the four muscle subsystems, discover how these synergies work together, and how to...
Every Question You’ve Ever Had About The Keto Diet — Answered:

Every Question You’ve Ever Had About The Keto Diet — Answered:

Vincent M. Pedre, M.D.Gut Health Specialist & Best-Selling Author The mbg Collective is a curated group of our most trusted wellness advisers. Since 2009, we’ve had the brightest, most passionate, and mission-driven leaders in wellness share their intimate stories...
PIRIFORMIS: IS IT REALLY TIGHT? REALLY?:

PIRIFORMIS: IS IT REALLY TIGHT? REALLY?:

By Kyle Stull Most clients, and fitness professionals alike, use the term “tight” to indicate that a muscle or other form of contractile tissue is shorter than it should be. After being in the fitness industry for more than 15 years, I’ve heard the phrase “my...
MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE IT BAND

MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE IT BAND

By Kyle Stull If you were to research IT band problems every day for the next year, there is a good chance you will accumulate over 365 different articles on causes, approaches to treatment, and quick fixes. Many of these articles would explain how the IT band rubs on...
Relative from Real – Trail Hip in Gait: Sagittal Plane:

Relative from Real – Trail Hip in Gait: Sagittal Plane:

By Dr David Tiberio Category: Applied Functional Science Share As the gait cycle progresses, the lead leg becomes the trail leg.  But there may be an advantage to consider what is happening to the trail leg at the same time the lead leg is going through its REAL bone...
Bringing Ancient Physical Culture to the Modern Age:

Bringing Ancient Physical Culture to the Modern Age:

By TRX With the sensationalism of today’s 24-7 news, the menace of terrorist attacks and the saber-rattling of rogue dictatorships, it would be easy to believe that we live in the most violent time on record. But yet if we look back in human history, it soon becomes...
Preventing Low Back Pain:

Preventing Low Back Pain:

Ahhhh…. The trials and tribulations of back pain – perhaps the most elusive member of the  “aches and pains” family. How it feels and where it comes from can vary drastically from person to person. It can be attributed to anything and everything from a...
OFF ICE TRAINING FOR HOCKEY GOALIES:

OFF ICE TRAINING FOR HOCKEY GOALIES:

By MICHAEL YAREMKO Minimize Injury Potential – Maximize Performance! When someone says that you have potential, they are really saying, “You could be great, but you aren’t right now.” Athletes typically don’t ever want to hear these words, especially goalies, but it...
WHAT IS BICEPS TENDONITIS AND WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID IT?:

WHAT IS BICEPS TENDONITIS AND WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID IT?:

By Kyle Stull You’ve probably heard the term biceps tendonitis as gym members highlight an ache or pain at the front of their shoulder. But what is biceps tendonitis and what can be done to avoid it? WHAT IS BICEPS TENDONITIS (AKA: TENDINITIS) AND WHAT CAN YOU DO?...
CRB – Relative from Real: Shoulder Motions:

CRB – Relative from Real: Shoulder Motions:

February 06, 2018 by Dr. David Tiberio Category: Applied Functional Science Shoulder joint motion (glenohumeral articulation) occurs when there is relative movement between the head of the humerus and the glenoid fossa of the scapula.  Like all joints, real motion of...
THE VALUE OF VO2 – HEALTH MEASURE OR PERFORMANCE MARKER?:

THE VALUE OF VO2 – HEALTH MEASURE OR PERFORMANCE MARKER?:

By Fabio Comana The Nordic combined, a combination of cross-country skiing and jumping was one of the original five sports at the first-ever Winter Olympics held in France in 1924. To this day, endurance sports like the biathlon, cross-country skiing and the Nordic...
OPTIMIZING THORACIC SPINE MOBILITY WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

OPTIMIZING THORACIC SPINE MOBILITY WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

By Kyle Stull Thoracic mobility is a key component of spinal rotation. See why optimal thoracic spine mobility is so important for functional movement. Thoracic mobility has become a buzzword over the last several years. This is likely due to the constant barrage of...
5 Gut-Healing Soups To Start The Year Off Right:

5 Gut-Healing Soups To Start The Year Off Right:

By Mind Body Green Weight loss and exercise get the most attention when it comes to getting healthy in the new year, but as we’re coming off a busy holiday season, it’s vital to focus on gut health as part of an overall wellness plan. You can be eating balanced meals...

Why the “pause-button mentality” is ruining your health and fitness:

By John Berardi, Ph.D. “I’ll resume healthy eating after my vacation… once the baby is born… after Dad gets out of the hospital… January 1… Monday.” While this kind of “pause-button mentality” seems reasonable, it could be ruining your health and fitness. Here’s why,...
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...
SODIUM BICARBONATE (AKA BAKING SODA): ROLE IN FITNESS PERFORMANCE:

SODIUM BICARBONATE (AKA BAKING SODA): ROLE IN FITNESS PERFORMANCE:

By FABIO COMANA Baking soda? Check out this kitchen cupboard staple’s role in exercise performance.  Interestingly, December 30th is Bicarbonate of Soda Day – odd to think that we dedicate a day to commemorate a compound when so many exist. Historically, sodium...
6 TRAINING MOVES FOR ATHLETES:

6 TRAINING MOVES FOR ATHLETES:

By  CHRIS ECKLUND, MA, NASM-PES, CSCS, USAW, TP A high school athlete walks through our doors and we can see their strength, stability and biomechanical control deficits from their gait pattern. We’ve also had collegiate and professional athletes come to our facility...
Eat This For Brighter & Tighter Skin:

Eat This For Brighter & Tighter Skin:

By Kimberly SnyderNutritionist & Best-Selling Author We all want great skin because it’s one of the first things people see! And while we rely on skin care products and makeup to some degree, I’m a firm believer in building beauty from the inside out—skin,...
HOW TO QUICKLY GET BEYOND THE BASICS WITH FIT TECH IN 2018:

HOW TO QUICKLY GET BEYOND THE BASICS WITH FIT TECH IN 2018:

By Amanda Vogel MA With 2018 now on our minds, it’s a good time to ponder how the fitness industry might change in the upcoming year and beyond. One thing’s certain: technology will continue to integrate with pretty much everything related to health and fitness. Where...
THE SECOND SCOOP ON PROTEIN: WHEN, WHAT AND HOW MUCH?:

THE SECOND SCOOP ON PROTEIN: WHEN, WHAT AND HOW MUCH?:

By Fabio Comana Drinking a protein shake after resistance-training is a popular nutritional strategy adopted by many fitness enthusiasts and athletes to boost muscle protein synthesis (MPS), but does evidence support this practice, and if so, then what type of protein...
Boosting Brain Fitness-Understanding the Brain and Exercise:

Boosting Brain Fitness-Understanding the Brain and Exercise:

By Fabio Comana Neuroplasticity was a relatively unknown term until the 1970s when scientists began accepting the notion that our brain is a not a physiologically static organ, becoming fixed shortly after birth with approximately 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) (1,...
4 Speed Training Lessons with High School Athletes:

4 Speed Training Lessons with High School Athletes:

By Chris Korfist Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, a big part of my week was getting up early on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. One of my favourites was “Super Friends” (my second favourite was “Land of the Lost”), especially the episodes with Bizarro, who was...
The Surprising Truth About Sugar:

The Surprising Truth About Sugar:

By Brian St. Pierre and Krista Scott-Dixon Is sugar “good”? Is sugar “bad”? It’s hard to know for sure these days. Which is interesting because… Sugar is a fundamental molecule in biology. Human bodies need sugar. Sugar makes up the backbone of our DNA. Helps power...
Weather Got You Feeling Sad? Here are 4 Mood Boosters:

Weather Got You Feeling Sad? Here are 4 Mood Boosters:

By Geoff Lecovin Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a combination of biological and mood disturbances typically occurring in the autumn and winter months. SAD is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, hypersomnia, carbohydrate cravings and weight gain....
Heart Rate Zone Methodology, What You Should Know Now:

Heart Rate Zone Methodology, What You Should Know Now:

By Fabio Comana Despite growing popularity and adoption of programs incorporating heart rate (HR) zone methodology, the fitness industry in general appears to lack a solid understanding of the scientific facts and limitations to this programming concept. The goal...
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