Conditioning and Training: The Relevance Of Flexibility Training.

Conditioning and Training: The Relevance Of Flexibility Training.

By Mike Bracko Stretching and flexibility training have undergone dramatic changes in the fitness and sports training realm. Over the last ten to fifteen years more research has been published and subsequently applied to fitness and conditioning programs. Previously,...
Power Your Career and Your Athletes Potential with PES (Performance Enhancement Specialisation)

Power Your Career and Your Athletes Potential with PES (Performance Enhancement Specialisation)

By NASM The NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization (PES) has provided the pathway to career success for personal trainers working with clients at every level of athletic performance. PES gives you the knowledge and tools to build individualised, sport-specific...
Give Your Athletes The Competitive Edge With The NASM PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist)

Give Your Athletes The Competitive Edge With The NASM PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist)

By The National Academy of Sports Medicine The NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization (NASM-PES) was developed to teach fitness professionals how to elevate an athlete’s training to achieve noticeable results while also decreasing the chance for injury. When...
Corrective Exercise: Reducing The Risk of Non Contact ACL Injuries.

Corrective Exercise: Reducing The Risk of Non Contact ACL Injuries.

By Andrew Mills As fitness professionals and sports enthusiasts, we know how devastating an ACL injury can be for an athlete, both professional and recreational. Discover how the NASM Corrective Exercise Continuum can be used to help prevent this potentially career...
Corrective Exercise: How to Keep Clients Injury-Free, Pain-Free and Coming Back!

Corrective Exercise: How to Keep Clients Injury-Free, Pain-Free and Coming Back!

By National Acadamy of Sports Medicine As a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), it’s important to realise that just about every client you work with could be susceptible to common injuries and ailments, ranging from low-back pain to ACL tears to shoulder pain. The...
NASM’S Corrective Exercise Continuum: 4 Keys To Fixing Movement Dysfunction

NASM’S Corrective Exercise Continuum: 4 Keys To Fixing Movement Dysfunction

Almost every person has some sort of muscular dysfunction or imbalance that can lead to pain and injury. The NASM Corrective Exercise Specialization (CES) delivers a proven method that reduces dysfunction and helps people move, feel and live better.  The CES is...
Four Surprising Energy Sources To Combat Fatigue

Four Surprising Energy Sources To Combat Fatigue

By NASM Fatigue might feel as if it begins in the body, but the mind plays a key role. Though we tend to blame our bodies for fatigue, the brain actually sets the pace of energy use and holds a little energy in reserve. Here are a few ways to help clients tap that...
Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

Yes, they can — with proper training and some important caveats. 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...
Help Clients Prevent Lower Back Pain Through Progamming.

Help Clients Prevent Lower Back Pain Through Progamming.

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA The economic impact of low back pain (LBP) is greater than $100 billion per year and causes more disability globally than any other condition (1,2). It is the most common cause of activity limitation in adults aged 45 and younger and...
Understanding and Preventing Ankle Sprains Through Corrective Exercise

Understanding and Preventing Ankle Sprains Through Corrective Exercise

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries among physically active people accounting for an estimated 23,000 sprains — daily –that are attributed to athletic activity. (1) Basketball players suffer the highest incidence rate...
Exercise as medicine: Pre-habilitation for hip surgery patients.

Exercise as medicine: Pre-habilitation for hip surgery patients.

Louise Grant discusses how pre-habilitation can help clients about to undergo hip surgery. As chartered physiotherapist, I have a specific interest in hip patients and prehabilitation generally. Prehabilitation means analysing an individual’s posture, movement...
What the Science Really Says: The Connection Between Ankle Flexibility and Knee Position

What the Science Really Says: The Connection Between Ankle Flexibility and Knee Position

Updates from NASM’s research partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill If you see knee valgus collapse (hip adduction and internal rotation along with knee adduction and internal rotation) while assessing a client, you likely think of hip abductor,...
5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

We all know that our clients are doing good things for their bodies while we are with them, but probably not during the other hours of the week. Especially the prolonged time they potentially spend sitting, now considered detrimental to overall health. We see the...
Preventing Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries Through Corrective Exercise Programming Part 2

Preventing Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries Through Corrective Exercise Programming Part 2

Shoulder pain and shoulder injuries related to the rotator cuff are common issues within the general population and among athletes. This article will provide you with background knowledge and practical suggestions on how to prevent or improve conditions of this muscle...
5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA We all know that our clients are doing good things for their bodies while we are with them, but probably not during the other hours of the week. Especially the prolonged time they potentially spend sitting, now considered detrimental...
New Programming ideas for Traditional Cardio Exercise, Part 1

New Programming ideas for Traditional Cardio Exercise, Part 1

By FABIO COMANA Cardio programs continue to evolve given the changing needs and desires of exercisers. Driven in part by time constraints, but also by emerging research, it is the shorter, more-intense, yet time-efficient programs that are perhaps the most popular...
The Non-Exercise Components of Corrective Exercise

The Non-Exercise Components of Corrective Exercise

By Justin Price The role of the personal trainer is changing. Traditionally, fitness professionals have helped clients reach their health and fitness goals by designing effective exercise programs, educating them about nutritional choices and motivating them to adhere...
LOOKING TO GIVE BACK WHILE ALSO EXPANDING YOUR TRAINING IMPACT? MAYBE IT’S TIME TO CONSIDER TRAINING FOR A CAUSE.

LOOKING TO GIVE BACK WHILE ALSO EXPANDING YOUR TRAINING IMPACT? MAYBE IT’S TIME TO CONSIDER TRAINING FOR A CAUSE.

STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS In addition to improving your clients’ fitness, have you looked for ways to use your expertise and services to benefit a cause? With a little planning and creativity you can help make a positive impact. Share your social...
Shoulder trouble – Can our workout routine make that big of a difference?

Shoulder trouble – Can our workout routine make that big of a difference?

Our shoulders are a part of virtually every movement we make during the course of a day from typing and driving to eating and opening doors.  Add in regular workouts and our shoulders are always in motion.  It’s no surprise then that shoulders are at a high-risk for...
OVERACTIVE VS UNDER ACTIVE MUSCLES. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

OVERACTIVE VS UNDER ACTIVE MUSCLES. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

By Kyle Stull, MS, LMT, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, NASM Master Instructor “Do you suffer from muscle imbalances?” “Is your back pain due to a muscle imbalance?” “Prevent ACL injuries by reducing your muscle imbalances!” What does all this mean? Are muscle imbalances just a...
MEET THE COACH

MEET THE COACH

Wellness coaching has made a number of “health trends” lists in recent years, as people and organizations recognize that overall wellness can improve happiness, productivity, and health. “A wellness coach helps clients reach broader goals—around fitness, healthy...
Steve Cotter

Steve Cotter

Are You Ready… …to take your fitness and professional goals to the next level? Act now to become a member of Steve Cotter’s Kettlebell and fitness team—the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF). “Steve Cotter is one of the most talented...
Antonio Barrias

Antonio Barrias

If anyone asked me to describe Antonio Barrias in one sentance, I would have to say that he was, for his age, one of the most humble and determined young men that I have had the privilege of meeting during my time here at OPS. With an unwaving desire for knowledge,...