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Why You Need to Convince Your Senior Clients to Take up Meditation

Why You Need to Convince Your Senior Clients to Take up Meditation

  • September 19, 2017
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  • Alexander Van Houten

Did you know that in less than ten minutes per day your older clients could significantly improve their training and results? The hard truth is that as we age our brain volume declines, particularly in the areas that guide motor functions. But, research is discovering that the simple act of meditating, for just a few minutes a day, could make all the difference, and actually turn back the clock.

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Dealing With Epilepsy As A Fitness Professional

Dealing With Epilepsy As A Fitness Professional

  • September 15, 2017
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  • Dominic Frazier

Hear the personal and inspiring story of ISSA certified trainer, Dominic Frazier, who has accomplished so much in sports and fitness while battling a serious, chronic illness. His story helps inspire others to use fitness to overcome challenges.

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When Fitness Is Bigger Than Self: ISSA Trainer Was Just Doing His Job, but Changed the Course of This Young Family's Future

When Fitness Is Bigger Than Self: ISSA Trainer Was Just Doing His Job, but Changed the Course of This Young Family's Future

  • September 12, 2017
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  • ISSA

Lily Thorig was a 30-year-old stay at home mother of 2 and was severely over weight.  Fast forward to today, she has not only been able to keep the weight off but was given the opportunity to work at The Camp. She is now Co-District Director for six of their gyms and working on getting her ISSA personal training certification.

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My sister found out she has breast cancer and is wondering if she can still work out at the level she is accustomed to?

My sister found out she has breast cancer and is wondering if she can still work out at the level she is accustomed to?

  • September 8, 2017
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  • ISSA

My sister found out she has breast cancer and is wondering if she can still workout at the level she is accustomed to?

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Why Everyone Should Be Counting Sugar and How to Help Your Clients Get Started

Why Everyone Should Be Counting Sugar and How to Help Your Clients Get Started

  • August 30, 2017
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  • Alexander Van Houten

Counting added sugars in your foods is a simple, quick way to make real and lasting impacts on health, fitness, and weight. Help your clients realize just how insidious added sugar is, where it’s lurking, and just how much they really consume in a day. If you can get your clients to count and reduce their sugar intake, they will have an easy tool for making positive, healthy changes.

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You are never too old to be a trainer!

You are never too old to be a trainer!

  • August 22, 2017
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  • ISSA

Rose Biscardi became an ISSA-certified trainer 10 years ago, with a concentration in helping people 55 and older stay active and fit.  “Nobody can believe that I’m going to be 84 in September,” Biscardi said. “They say they want to do what I do.” And her admirers are not relegated to senior status. Her grandson recently told her, “I hope I got your genes.”

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Kids, Fitness and Sports: A Call to Action for the Fitness Community

Kids, Fitness and Sports: A Call to Action for the Fitness Community

  • August 9, 2017
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  • Sara Fleming

Kids need sports and fitness. Physical activity is so important for the physical, social, emotional, and even academic well-being of children, and yet too many of them are not getting access to appropriate fitness or sports opportunities. There is a lot of work to be done here, and we as professionals in the fitness industry have the power to make real change.

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Suzanne Llano: Becoming a Personal Trainer and Forging an Identity

Suzanne Llano: Becoming a Personal Trainer and Forging an Identity

  • July 28, 2017
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  • ISSA

After Suzanne Llano went through a divorce seven years ago, she could have just become another statistic. After she moved from New York to South Florida as a spaghetti-and-meatball-loving Italian, she could have just been another cliche.  Instead, the 47-year-old single mother of two is living life to the fullest as a personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, fitness model and business owner. How’s that for forging your own identity?

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Dress for Success....Or at Least Injury Prevention

Dress for Success....Or at Least Injury Prevention

  • July 25, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom

If your clients aren’t wearing the right gear when you train them, they could get hurt. They could also be suffering from poor performance. You know what to wear in the gym, but your clients need your guidance. Read on to find out what to tell your clients about workout gear and how to present it to them as a way to improve performance and safety.

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Make Fitness an Easy Choice: 3 Tips to Help Clients Save Money and Get Fit

Make Fitness an Easy Choice: 3 Tips to Help Clients Save Money and Get Fit

  • July 18, 2017
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  • Alexander Van Houten

Healthy eating and healthy living does not have to cost a fortune. Sure, organic produce costs a lot more and junk food is so easy to pick up for almost nothing, but there are ways that you can help your client make health changes without breaking the bank. We have just three simple and inexpensive things that your clients can start doing right now that will change their lives and improve their health, almost immediately.

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