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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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Should you Perform a Squat Before a Leg Curl or a Leg Curl Before a Squat?

Should you Perform a Squat Before a Leg Curl or a Leg Curl Before a Squat?

  • December 14, 2016
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  • Alex Hoffmann

There are so many factors to consider when planning a successful strength training session. What too many people fail to recognize is that the sequence of moves is one of these factors, and it’s an important one.

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How to Break Down Barriers to Fitness and Motivate Your Postpartum Client

How to Break Down Barriers to Fitness and Motivate Your Postpartum Client

  • November 28, 2016
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  • Christina Estrada

New moms are under tremendous pressure to get fit after giving birth, to lose the baby weight, and to be skinny again. Instead of pushing a skinny body, the emphasis should be on health and fitness, for the benefit of mom and her baby. Learn how to motivate your postpartum clients with the facts about pregnancy weight, postpartum fitness, and healthy weight loss.

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Bigger Muscles or Stronger Muscles?

Bigger Muscles or Stronger Muscles?

  • November 8, 2016
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  • Alex Hoffmann

As a trainer, you want to help your client meet his goals.  But did you know that the recommendations for gaining muscle mass and increasing strength are totally different and depend on the individual? Learn how to master the art of designing a strength training program that maximizes your client’s success.

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I’m a Certified Trainer Now, So What Can I do to Get Hired?

I’m a Certified Trainer Now, So What Can I do to Get Hired?

  • November 1, 2016
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  • ISSA

You have your certification in hand; you are excited to get started and to get your first clients; you have been pounding the pavement and visiting all your local gyms; and yet you aren’t getting hired. What have you done wrong? Getting a job, even with the right certification, takes a little finesse.

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Are Your Clients Thinking about Going Gluten-Free?

Are Your Clients Thinking about Going Gluten-Free?

  • October 25, 2016
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  • Jenevieve Roper

Your client is talking about hopping on the gluten-free bandwagon. She thinks it will make her healthier and help her lose weight. Here’s the ammo you need to convince her that most people do not get any benefits from giving up gluten.

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Best FAQ’s Following “Protein Myths” Article

Best FAQ’s Following “Protein Myths” Article

  • October 6, 2016
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  • Paul Hovan Jr.

For the first time here at the ISSA, we’ve decided to do a follow-up article addressing the best questions we received in our comments section and on our social media platforms. We received many great responses to the “Protein Myths” article that we published not too long ago, and along with that response, more great questions surfaced that we wanted to answer in more depth.

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Carbs: What You’re Skimping on Could Be Hurting You And Slowing Down Your Workout

Carbs: What You’re Skimping on Could Be Hurting You And Slowing Down Your Workout

  • September 19, 2016
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  • Christina Klein

Should you really be cutting back on carbs to achieve weight loss and muscle mass?  Ever since low-carb diets exploded onto the weight-loss scene, carbohydrates have been demonized, avoided, and targeted as a dietary evil.   But here’s the truth: we all need carbohydrates in our diets, every single day. Period.

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STAND and DELIVER!  The Lost Art and Science of Old School Weight Training

STAND and DELIVER! The Lost Art and Science of Old School Weight Training

  • September 7, 2016
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  • Dr. Fred Hatfield

It may come as a surprise to even the most well-educated and experienced modern trainers, but the truth is that research tells us that old-school lifting is better and prevents more injuries than any weight machine.

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