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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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...

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

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'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 usually...

How to talk to people so they’re more likely to change:

By Krista Scott-Dixon and Ryan Andrews When first starting out with a client or patient, things can feel a little uncertain. Especially if you’ve had this experience before: The client shows up, you work hard on them, they disappear (no closer to their goals), you...

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 more...

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:

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:

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:

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....

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...

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