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Breaking Down Big Gym Pay

Breaking Down Big Gym Pay

  • July 10, 2017
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  • Alexander Van Houten

As a trainer or trainer-in-training, you have several options for working with clients, from home-based training to big box gyms. A lot of new trainers set their sights on those big gyms, hoping for the biggest payoff. Before you take that leap, let us show you what payment a big gym actually looks like.  Get all the information before making your next important career decision.

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The Scary Connection Between Obesity and Cancer

The Scary Connection Between Obesity and Cancer

  • July 3, 2017
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  • Paul Hovan Jr.

Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. and it may just become a cancer epidemic. The latest scientific research shows that carrying extra weight also carries a serious risk for cancer. The more excess weight is carried on the body, the greater the risk is. Let’s help our clients get informed and get down to a healthy weight that will minimize their risks of developing cancer.

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Fit Mom: Inspired by Pregnancy, Now Inspiring Others As Personal Trainer

Fit Mom: Inspired by Pregnancy, Now Inspiring Others As Personal Trainer

  • June 27, 2017
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  • Christina Estrada

As a follow up to our popular story on motivating postpartum clients, we talk to a fitness pro who rocked the world with her viral video showing that you can—and should—stay fit during pregnancy. Find out how she managed to work out every day of her pregnancy, how she stayed in great shape, and how her baby inspired her to change her view of her own body.

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Should your client exercise while sick?

Should your client exercise while sick?

  • June 21, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom

You’ve seen that one person struggling to get through her workout - sneezing, blowing her nose, and looking absolutely miserable while trying to get in a training session…in spite of a nasty cold. She may even be hoping the workout will help her get over it sooner.  Should you take a break from your workout schedule or should you push through it?

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Give the Gift of Fitness for Father’s Day

Give the Gift of Fitness for Father’s Day

  • June 16, 2017
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  • Alexander Van Houten

Not sure what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year? How about the gift of health, fitness, and no more Dad Bod? The gift of a personal trainer is a great idea and so thoughtful that your dad will truly be surprised. It’s not a gift to be chosen lightly, though. Everyone needs something different from a trainer, so let us show you how to pick out the perfect fitness professional for your dad so he gets the most out of his sessions.

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Corrective Exercise - Are You Doing it Right?

Corrective Exercise - Are You Doing it Right?

  • June 14, 2017
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  • Dr. Chad Waterbury

Do you know how to cue corrective exercises for your clients? Do you know what it means to cue an exercise? Cueing is all about guiding your client through good form, correcting bad form and correcting movement compensations. There is a right way and, if not a wrong way, at least a less effective way to do it. We’ll walk you through what cueing is and how to do it right to keep your clients pain-free and injury-free.

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Battling the Postpartum Pooch…Why Sit-ups Aren’t Cutting It!

Battling the Postpartum Pooch…Why Sit-ups Aren’t Cutting It!

  • June 9, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom

Even the fittest, most active new moms struggle to lose that part of post-pregnancy weight.  You could do a hundred sit-ups and crunches a day and still not get that flat belly back.  As a trainer, you can help your new-mom clients lose that little belly and get their confidence back at the same time.

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Overtraining…Is This the Roadblock Holding You Back from Meeting Your Fitness Goals?

Overtraining…Is This the Roadblock Holding You Back from Meeting Your Fitness Goals?

  • June 5, 2017
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  • Dr. Fred Hatfield

You’re eager, you’re passionate, and you’re ready to push your body to the limit to achieve your fitness goals. Hey, that’s great, but have you ever heard of something called overtraining? It’s real and it can actually backfire on your progress and goals. Here we tell you all about physical overtraining, what it is, what it feels like, and how to avoid it, in you or in your clients.

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Q&A: Am I Too Old To Be A Personal Trainer?

Q&A: Am I Too Old To Be A Personal Trainer?

  • May 30, 2017
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  • Christina Estrada

I am a retired scientist, age 55, I recently graduated with a degree in exercise science and also have the Masters certification [Master Trainer] from ISSA as well, do you think I am too old to be a fitness trainer and to be taken seriously, do you think people will respond well since I am an old guy, I don't look my age at all and am in fantastic shape, however fitness trainers are usually half my age, thoughts?

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Celiac Disease or an Irrational Fear of Gluten?

Celiac Disease or an Irrational Fear of Gluten?

  • May 23, 2017
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  • Ronnie Nicastro

Gluten is a big nutritional buzzword these days, but do your clients really understand what it means to have to give it up? A lot of people are skimping on gluten and grains for health reasons, but for someone with celiac disease, eating gluten can actually cause serious illness. Learn more about this disease, how it’s related to gluten, and how you can help a newly-diagnosed celiac client maintain good fitness and nutrition.

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