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The Right Way to Burn Fat, Not Muscle

The Right Way to Burn Fat, Not Muscle

  • November 17, 2017
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  • Jason Williams

Knowing how to match workouts to proper fueling for maximum weight loss and muscle gain isn’t intuitive. Your clients likely have no idea how to do it. It’s up to you as a trainer to guide them through the healthy, productive, but slow and steady approach to losing weight and getting stronger. 

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Mobility Training: Your New Pre-Workout

Mobility Training: Your New Pre-Workout

  • November 14, 2017
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  • Josh Wardle

Have you heard about mobility training? Dynamic stretching? Corrective exercises? Instead of pre-workout supplements, we want you and your clients to get on the mobility training bandwagon. It prepares your body for exercise, trains you for proper joint and muscle movements, makes workouts more effective, and reduces the risk of pain, both immediately and long after a workout.

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Retirement Was Just The Beginning: A New Career In Fitness

Retirement Was Just The Beginning: A New Career In Fitness

  • November 10, 2017
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  • ISSA

Master Sergeant (ret) Patricia Baisden is a true hero, both for her service to the country and her dedication to helping combat the youth obesity epidemic. Using experiences from her long military career as well as her ISSA education and personal trainer certification, Baisden is taking steps to help young people care about health and fitness.

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Children and Olympic Weightlifting: An Interview with Mike McKenna

Children and Olympic Weightlifting: An Interview with Mike McKenna

  • October 31, 2017
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  • Sara Fleming

It’s hard to believe, but when you see the video of a child lifting up huge barbells in her gym and how serious she is about her training, it brings up a lot of questions.  Mike McKenna discuss these questions you may have.

 

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Simple is Sustainable: Obi Obadike's Program Kick-started This Incredible Transformation

Simple is Sustainable: Obi Obadike's Program Kick-started This Incredible Transformation

  • October 26, 2017
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  • ISSA

After trying several fad diets and going back to the gym,  Rose Bolton reached out to Obi Obadike who was writing a diet and exercise book with Morris Chestnut called, “The Cut”.   She learned how simple is better when it comes to the food you put in your body and found herself feeling like a new person that radiated throughout every aspect of her life.

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Are you training your glutes the wrong way?

Are you training your glutes the wrong way?

  • October 23, 2017
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  • Dr. Chad Waterbury

These days, the glutes get a lot of attention, and it’s well deserved. When your glutes are built and strengthened the right way, they not only make your body look better, but they also increase your performance and can diminish knee pain. The problem is that most people aren’t taking an optimal approach to training for the highest level of glute development.

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From 'The World's Most Jacked Athlete' to becoming a Personal Trainer

From 'The World's Most Jacked Athlete' to becoming a Personal Trainer

  • October 19, 2017
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  • ISSA

Micahel Ray Garvin was billed 'The World’s Most Jacked Athlete'.  After a knee injury ended his hopes for an NFL, he turned his attention toward making a name for himself as a certified fitness trainer and is now helping others maximize their athletic abilities.

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Cotton vs. Synthetic: Why the natural choice may not be cotton

Cotton vs. Synthetic: Why the natural choice may not be cotton

  • October 17, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom

Most athletic gear is pretty high-tech these days. It is typically made from a synthetic material, a synthetic blend, or a synthetic-natural fiber blend. Some people are still clinging to those old cotton sweats and t-shirts. It’s your job as a trainer to make sure your clients are material-smart when it comes to workout clothing. Here’s what you need to know...

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Breaking Free and Finding Sanctuary in Fitness

Breaking Free and Finding Sanctuary in Fitness

  • October 11, 2017
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  • ISSA

Jessenia Gallegos has faced some difficult challenges in her young life. Each time, she turned to exercise to see her way through, and it has turned her into a fitness sensation.  

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Elite Athletes Use It, Should Your Client? Considering Compression Gear

Elite Athletes Use It, Should Your Client? Considering Compression Gear

  • October 10, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom

What’s the scoop on compression gear? Do you use it? Have your clients asked about it? Get the rundown on what compression gear is, how it works, and what benefits it can provide. We’ll give you all the answers so you can inform your clients and help them decide what kind of athletic gear makes the most sense for their workouts and recovery time.

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