HOW GROUP FITNESS CAN BUILD YOUR SKILLS AND ADD MONEY TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE:

HOW GROUP FITNESS CAN BUILD YOUR SKILLS AND ADD MONEY TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE:

By Angie Miller I became an NASM Certified Personal Trainer in 2005, after more than a decade of experience teaching group fitness. My inspiration came from my participants, my trusted community of followers, who convinced me that it was time to take my career to the...
3 SIMPLE RULES FOR HELPING CLIENTS WITH SAFE AND HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS:

3 SIMPLE RULES FOR HELPING CLIENTS WITH SAFE AND HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS:

By Brad Dieter In an era of catchy blogs, celebrity diets, and access to all of the world’s information at your fingertips, managing a client’s expectations for safe and healthy weight loss can be a challenge. Despite these challenges, the amount of information and...
Can Metformin Have A Negative Impact On Cardiorespiratory Fitness?:

Can Metformin Have A Negative Impact On Cardiorespiratory Fitness?:

By Tony Nunez This is part 1 of a 3 part Q&A series that answers: What does current research tell us about aerobic fitness and metformin, strength training recovery times, and obesity intervention methods? Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), as measured by maximal...
BEHAVIOUR CHANGE SCIENCE: HELP CLIENTS STICK WITH THEIR PROGRAMS:

BEHAVIOUR CHANGE SCIENCE: HELP CLIENTS STICK WITH THEIR PROGRAMS:

By Maria Luque Stephanie is your newest fitness client. She’s 42 years old and works 50 hours a week as a certified public accountant. She would like to quit smoking, give up junk food and get active—all the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. Fast-forward 6 months....
SMART STEPS: CORRECTIVE APPROACHES FOR LOW ARCHES AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS:

SMART STEPS: CORRECTIVE APPROACHES FOR LOW ARCHES AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS:

By Kyle Stull Proper assessment and training of the foot musculature are vital to optimal health. Given that the feet are our foundation and interact with our environment daily, it affects the whole body if they hurt. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society...
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...
THE MIGHTY MANGO: ITS ROLE IN EXERCISE PERFORMANCE:https://opstudiohk.com/product/nasm-nutrition-certification/

THE MIGHTY MANGO: ITS ROLE IN EXERCISE PERFORMANCE:https://opstudiohk.com/product/nasm-nutrition-certification/

By Alexandra Williams After 15 days of supplementation with a combination of peanut husk extract (luteolin) and mango leaf extract (mangiferin), a group of healthy male university students from Spain showed improvements in exercise performance, including increases in...
FAST-TWITCH VS. SLOW-TWITCH: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?:

FAST-TWITCH VS. SLOW-TWITCH: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?:

 By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS What muscle fiber types will take an athlete from good to great? Looking to build endurance? What about power? Do dreams of being an all-star hitter or marathon runner need to be dashed if twitch ratios aren’t ideal? Not...
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...
3 crucial (and counterintuitive) strategies for getting loved ones to support your healthy lifestyle:

3 crucial (and counterintuitive) strategies for getting loved ones to support your healthy lifestyle:

By Alex Picot-Annand Effective ways to deal with negative peer pressure and sabotage. Changing your eating and exercise habits is hard enough. Getting loved ones to support your healthy lifestyle changes? Prepare to grit your teeth. The company you keep does affect...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
LOOKING FOR A SPORTS PERFORMANCE EDGE? ADD A DOSE OF ANTICIPATION AND EXCITATION:

LOOKING FOR A SPORTS PERFORMANCE EDGE? ADD A DOSE OF ANTICIPATION AND EXCITATION:

By Geoff Lecovin Are you looking for that competitive edge? You might consider ways of stimulating your nervous system. The central governor model is based on the premise that the nervous system strives to maintain homeostasis to minimize mental and physical fatigue...
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,...
How top-earning health and fitness coaches save time, get better results, and work + live on their own terms:

How top-earning health and fitness coaches save time, get better results, and work + live on their own terms:

By John Berardi, Ph.D. Everyone in health and fitness eventually hits the same wall: Time. Specifically, they run out of it. They start feeling like there aren’t enough hours to coach clients, manage their businesses, and keep an eye on growth. How do top coaches save...
3 simple, fast, free strategies for getting coaching clients without an advertising budget or big network:

3 simple, fast, free strategies for getting coaching clients without an advertising budget or big network:

By John Berardi, Ph.D. If you’re new to health, fitness, or nutrition coaching you’ve probably worried — at least a little — about how you’re going to get clients. Especially in this age of paid search, Facebook ads, and more. Well, worry no longer. These simple,...
Avoiding coach burnout:  8 strategies for building resilience and becoming burnout proof:

Avoiding coach burnout: 8 strategies for building resilience and becoming burnout proof:

By Krista Scott-Dixon You know those coaches who seem balanced, resilient, content, successful? They’re not superhuman. They just have strategies to help them surf the ups and downs of their meaningful but challenging work. Here are eight big ones, designed to help...
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...
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...
LEVERAGING YOUR TRAINING SKILLS FOR THE SENIOR FITNESS MARKET

LEVERAGING YOUR TRAINING SKILLS FOR THE SENIOR FITNESS MARKET

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Age is more than a number- it’s an opportunity to serve a growing population. Every day we are bombarded with statistics on seniors and baby boomers, and the customer potential they can bring. But what do trainers (or club...
IS STATIC STRETCHING THE BEST STRATEGY FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT?

IS STATIC STRETCHING THE BEST STRATEGY FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT?

By KATHY ZETTERBERG Static stretching is a highly debated and controversial topic within the fitness and sports performance communities and is focused around the concept that sustained static stretching could impair subsequent performance (Rossi et al. 2010; Shrier...
HELPING MOMS (AND MOMS-TO-BE) KEEP IT STRONG: THE PELVIC FLOOR:

HELPING MOMS (AND MOMS-TO-BE) KEEP IT STRONG: THE PELVIC FLOOR:

By TATUM REBELLE Maintaining a strong pelvic floor is vital during pregnancy, yet it remains a commonly overlooked and misunderstood component of most pre- and postnatal training programs. (It’s also something many of us shy away from talking about.) A strong pelvic...
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...
INJURY PREVENTION FOR ICE HOCKEY: KEEPING YOUR TEAM ON THE ICE AND IN THE GAME:

INJURY PREVENTION FOR ICE HOCKEY: KEEPING YOUR TEAM ON THE ICE AND IN THE GAME:

By  MICHAEL YAREMKO Avoiding non-contact injuries with corrective exercise can help keep your hockey team on the ice and in the game. Anytime I mention that I am a hockey player, the first question I get is, “How come you still have all of your teeth?” Hockey is...
THE SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE FOR INCORPORATING OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING TO ENHANCE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

THE SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE FOR INCORPORATING OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING TO ENHANCE SPORTS PERFORMANCE:

By BRIAN SUTTON, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES · Olympic lifts and their variations have long been used as a strengthening technique to enhance sports performance. Olympic lifts and their variations have long been used as a strengthening technique to enhance sports...
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...
RESEARCH IN REVIEW: WILL WEIGHING IN EVERY DAY IMPROVE WEIGHT CONTROL BEHAVIORS?:

RESEARCH IN REVIEW: WILL WEIGHING IN EVERY DAY IMPROVE WEIGHT CONTROL BEHAVIORS?:

By Kyle Stull With weight loss being one of the common goals for clients, will recommending a daily visit to the scale improve their results? See what this study found. Journal Article: Steinberg, D.M., Bennett, G.G., Askew, S., & Tate, D.F. (2015). Weighing...
Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

By John Berardi, Ph.D. It’s a hot debate: Can personal trainers, health coaches, and other non-RD professionals give nutrition advice to their clients? You’ll be surprised (and relieved) to hear: Yes, to a degree. Here’s exactly what you’re allowed to say, and why...