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Busted: The “One Diet That Fits All” Myth

Busted: The “One Diet That Fits All” Myth

  • February 23, 2015
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  • John Berardi

As a fitness professional, one question you will likely get asked more than any other is which “nutrition camp” you fall into. Are you into Paleo? What about vegan? Intermittent fasting? Those are probably the wrong questions to ask in the first place.

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Follow Your Passion

Follow Your Passion

  • February 16, 2015
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  • Dr. Sal Arria

Our population is getting older, and we’re living longer, so why shouldn’t we be able to really enjoy life when we retire? After all, it’s the quality of life in our later years that’s most important, not how long we can be kept alive. If you are a personal trainer, or thinking of becoming one, your future is very bright indeed!

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Great Strength Coaches Help Make  Great Teams and Athletes

Great Strength Coaches Help Make Great Teams and Athletes

  • February 9, 2015
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  • Dr. Sal Arria

Whether it’s the 4th quarter, bottom of the ninth inning, last boxing or MMA round or final weight lifting attempt, speed, strength, and top conditioning separate the winners. If you’re a certified strength coach, the sky can be the limit for your ticket to success.

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The Power of Your Words and Actions

The Power of Your Words and Actions

  • February 2, 2015
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  • Dr. Sal Arria

We all know the obesity epidemic is everywhere we look, but few people realize just how powerful their words, actions, and examples can be on the lives of others. Dr Sal Arria discuss here on the power of your words and actions and how you can make an impact on the lives of those around you…

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Controlling Diabetes is Easier Than You Think

Controlling Diabetes is Easier Than You Think

  • January 22, 2015
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  • Dr. Mickey Harpaz

Over 40 million people (just in the USA) are suffering with a condition that, for many of them, can be easily prevented if they would follow a few simple rules. Can the power of exercise and nutrition really make all the difference?

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Could Your Shoes Be Giving You Shin Splints?

Could Your Shoes Be Giving You Shin Splints?

  • October 1, 2012
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  • Dustin Parsons

You know that annoying pain in your lower legs that never seems to get better? This leg pain always seems to slow your training just when you are starting to make some real gains. This group of lower leg injuries commonly referred to as “shin splints” is one of the most commonly occuring injuries in active people.

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Practical Periodization

Practical Periodization

  • July 16, 2011
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  • James Wilson

Periodization is one of the most important parts of a fitness programs ultimate success, yet few trainers and gym-goers truly understand how to employ the concepts and principles behind it. The lack of a bridge between these theories and their practical, everyday application is partly to blame. As you can probably tell from the title, this article attempts to bring periodization down to a practical and usable level.

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Personal Trainers: Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Personal Trainers: Independent Contractor vs. Employee

  • July 16, 2011
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  • Varg Freeborn

An often overlooked component of the personal training business is the status of independent contractor vs. employee. Many trainers and club owners do not fully understand the differentiation between the two, nor how detrimental it can be to make a mistake when determining the status of a personal trainer. Personal trainers can be literally abused if they do not know what their classification truly is.

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Romanian Deadlifts: Training the Other Half of Your Leg

Romanian Deadlifts: Training the Other Half of Your Leg

  • June 9, 2011
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  • Josh Bryant

Think about your last leg workout – how many quad dominant exercises did you do? How many hip extensor dominant exercises did you do? Was there a balance between the two? Do you even know the difference?

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Strength Training for Children: A Review of Research Literature

Strength Training for Children: A Review of Research Literature

  • June 1, 2011
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  • Disa Hatfield

Two of the most frequently asked questions about children and strength training are; “Is it safe for kids to lift weights?” And “At what age can kids start lifting weights?” The sad truth is, many doubts surround the safety and validity of weight training for children. Many would even have you believe that kids have no place at all in the weight room.

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