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People with Seizures Can Train with You…Here’s How to Do it Safely

People with Seizures Can Train with You…Here’s How to Do it Safely

  • April 4, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom and Christina Estrada

Getting fit at the gym and working with a trainer should not be limited to people who have no health issues. Everyone can work out and should work out, right? What about people who are prone to having seizures. These can be dangerous, especially in a crowded gym full of people and equipment. As trainers, we accommodate all of our clients’ special needs. Here’s how to work safely with an epileptic client.

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Why You Should Choose Intensity over Duration

Why You Should Choose Intensity over Duration

  • March 28, 2017
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  • Camy Kennedy

Do your clients understand that less is more according to the latest research science? Do they know that pounding it out for hours on the treadmill is not the most effective way to burn calories and build muscle? If your clients want results fast, you need to convince them to ditch the extra workouts and stick to short, intense routines. Here’s how to make your case.

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What everybody ought to know about exercise and growing connections in the brain

What everybody ought to know about exercise and growing connections in the brain

  • March 23, 2017
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  • Alexander Van Houten

What are your training sessions doing to your client’s brain? Only good things research tells us.  According to sports science, the brain gets a workout every time we challenge our bodies. You can actually train your client’s brain to learn better and improve the willpower when training the body.

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The Decompression Advantage

The Decompression Advantage

  • March 20, 2017
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  • Dr. LeRoy Perry

If you knew of an exercise that not only decompresses and strengthens your spine and back, but also increases the athletic performance of you and your clients, would you do it and recommend it?

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Jump on the BANDwagon

Jump on the BANDwagon

  • March 14, 2017
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  • Josh Bryant

Here’s why you need to forget the naysayers and introduce your clients to the resistance band…

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What ISSA Certification means to Brian Theiss, the first ISSA Certified Trainer

What ISSA Certification means to Brian Theiss, the first ISSA Certified Trainer

  • March 10, 2017
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  • Dean Spiros

Brian Theiss became the first ISSA certified trainer nearly 30 years ago, and since that time has distinguished himself the world over as a game changer in thousands of people’s lives.

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4 Easy Steps for Creating a Family Fitness Plan

4 Easy Steps for Creating a Family Fitness Plan

  • March 7, 2017
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  • Jessica Franklin

Fitness is hard, and making it a regular habit is challenging for most people, let alone families with busy schedules. If you really want to commit to health and fitness for your kids, you need to guide them and get active with them. Here, we give you the steps you need to craft a family fitness plan that will actually work for your family.

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Common Injury Question - Should I use Ice or Heat?

Common Injury Question - Should I use Ice or Heat?

  • February 28, 2017
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  • Dominique Groom

To heat or to ice is the age-old question in sports injuries. Get the low down here on exactly when to use the ice pack and when to use the heat pack, as well as the situations in which one or the other may cause more harm than healing.

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Heart Disease: How Exercise Can Prevent a Silent Killer

Heart Disease: How Exercise Can Prevent a Silent Killer

  • February 7, 2017
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  • Christina Estrada

The biggest killer in the U.S. today is almost totally silent. You may not know if it’s sneaking up on you until it’s too late. Find out how regular exercise can counteract this silent killer and how a certified trainer can help hold you accountable as you work out to live a better, healthier, and longer life.

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When clients ask, “How do I build the perfect glutes?”, here’s my response...

When clients ask, “How do I build the perfect glutes?”, here’s my response...

  • January 24, 2017
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  • Beverly Paquin

Your female client wants a bigger butt, glutes or backside? It’s what most women want, and you can achieve it through targeted, specific training. Here’s how.

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