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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...
HOW TO HELP CLIENTS CHANGE THEIR EATING HABITS:

HOW TO HELP CLIENTS CHANGE THEIR EATING HABITS:

By Brad Dieter One of the most important things regarding “healthy eating” is to understand that what we eat is tied into our habits. A habit is defined as: “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” Think about it for a...
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....
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;...
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 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,...
IS LOSING TOUCH WITH THE WHY IN PROGRAM DESIGN COSTING YOU MONEY?:

IS LOSING TOUCH WITH THE WHY IN PROGRAM DESIGN COSTING YOU MONEY?:

By  RYAN HALVORSON Originally published in the Summer 2019 issue of American Fitness Magazine. When I first became a personal trainer some 14 years ago, I was obsessed with corrective exerciseand movement perfection. Prospective clients watched as I geeked out on...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
CREATING COMMUNITY MAGIC:

CREATING COMMUNITY MAGIC:

By Kathy Popplewell As a fitness professional you are in a great position to become a community leader, with the ability to rally people in your area to a common cause while helping them improve their quality of life. in addition to the sense of contribution you will...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
MOBILITY AND STABILITY: JOINT FUNCTIONS WHEN WE MOVE:

MOBILITY AND STABILITY: JOINT FUNCTIONS WHEN WE MOVE:

By MARTY MILLER, ATC, DHSC, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, MASTER INSTRUCTOR Human movement is an amazing orchestra of muscle contractions controlled by the central nervous system to create joint actions to accomplish specific tasks. The motor tasks can be as simple as raising a...
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,...
I Would Love To Get Started:

I Would Love To Get Started:

I’m just waiting for the perfect time. By Krista Scott-Dixon any of us wait for the “perfect time” with our health, nutrition, and fitness. But this all-or-nothing thinking — as in, “If I don’t do this perfectly then it’s awful!” — rarely gets us “all”. It...
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...
EMBRACING THE GROUP EFFECT:

EMBRACING THE GROUP EFFECT:

By INGRID OWEN As fitness professionals, we know that members join our facilities for various reasons, with the primary reason to improve their fitness and health. Clearly, the simplicity of that motivation does not mean it’s easy to meet or exceed expectations....
EXERCISE PROGRAMMING FOR HIP REPLACEMENT:

EXERCISE PROGRAMMING FOR HIP REPLACEMENT:

BY KYLE STULL Odds are high that you’ll have a training client with an artificial hip at some point in your career. Having a client with hip replacements may seem like a daunting prospect, but in most cases the new hips function just as well as biological hips....
BUSINESS OF FITNESS: THE ART OF THE ELEVATOR PITCH:

BUSINESS OF FITNESS: THE ART OF THE ELEVATOR PITCH:

By  JOSH ELSESSER As a personal trainer or fitness business owner, the need to continually bring in new clients or members is a constant. Ask any business coach, and you will hear a number of tried-and-true methods: “Focus on branding.” “Have a good website.” “Create...
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...
HOW TO FIND THE BEST EXERCISES VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:

HOW TO FIND THE BEST EXERCISES VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:

By Amanda Vogel MA Fitness instructors and trainers are always looking for new exercise ideas to bring to their fitness classes, and there have never been more options at our fingertips, thanks to social media. Picking up new ideas is as easy as tapping the YouTube or...
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...
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...

PERSONAL TRAINING FOR FIREFIGHTERS

BY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS SCIENCE Use these tools to give firefighters a training edge.  “Strength and endurance must go hand-in-hand on the fire ground,” says Kenneth Shuttleworth, a 24-year firefighter, and seven-year NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS. Here, his advice...
OFF THE MAT TRAINING FOR MARTIAL ARTS

OFF THE MAT TRAINING FOR MARTIAL ARTS

By PRENTISS RHODES If you or any of your clients have chosen martial arts training as your hobby- congratulations! This is a very rewarding path, both physically and mentally. It gives you all the components of fitness wrapped up into an activity that can be practiced...
STEP UP YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER BUSINESS WITH VIDEO MARKETING

STEP UP YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER BUSINESS WITH VIDEO MARKETING

By TYLER READ Video marketing is kind of a big deal right now. In fact, there has been a big hype around it for the last couple of years and everybody’s trying to get in on it. From thirteen-year-olds to start-ups or even established brands, everybody is posting...
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...
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...
HERE’S HOW TO ADD BATTLE ROPES TO YOUR TRAINING PROGRAMS

HERE’S HOW TO ADD BATTLE ROPES TO YOUR TRAINING PROGRAMS

By Josh Gonzalez On the ropes about battle ropes? See how to incorporate battle ropes into your personal training programs using the NASM OPT model. Fitness has definitely changed over recent years, becoming smarter with the application of human movement principles...
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...
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...
5 TRX BICEP EXERCISES YOU SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW:

5 TRX BICEP EXERCISES YOU SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW:

Think you need a full weight rack for a serious arm day? Not so fast. There are lots of bicep exercises you can master using just your bodyweight and your TRX Suspension Trainer. Below, we’ve outlined five moves to help you power up your upper body. Whether you...
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...
ADDING CORPORATE FITNESS TO YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING BUSINESS:

ADDING CORPORATE FITNESS TO YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING BUSINESS:

By Nino MAGADDINO With increasing healthcare costs for businesses across the United States, the need for fitness and wellness professionals continues to grow. Fortunately, many businesses have decided to approve corporate fitness and wellness programs to lower...