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4 Reasons Your Client Isn’t Losing Weight That No One is Talking About

4 Reasons Your Client Isn’t Losing Weight That No One is Talking About

  • July 19, 2016
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  • Alexander Van Houten

You and your client have hit a wall. Weight loss just isn’t happening. What do you do? Before you let your client give up in frustration, consider these four weight loss roadblocks that not everyone knows about, not even most trainers.

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Kids in the Weight Room?

Kids in the Weight Room?

  • June 28, 2016
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  • Sara Fleming

The benefits of strength training aren’t just for adults. Kids can safely lift to get stronger, to build self-esteem, and just to have fun while being active.

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Are Sit Ups Bad for You?  The U.S. Military Seems to Think So…

Are Sit Ups Bad for You? The U.S. Military Seems to Think So…

  • June 15, 2016
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  • Cameron Baker

Is the long reign of the sit-up finally over? Will the crunch be far behind? Here’s the latest scoop on why no one is doing sit-ups anymore, and why you and your clients should be crunching and planking to maximize core strength and minimize your waistline.

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What is Body Balance and Why Should You Care?

What is Body Balance and Why Should You Care?

  • May 31, 2016
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  • Jennifer Sargent Byrd

How do you work out clients for strength and avoid injury?  The secret is body balance!

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How Much is Too Much? Protein Myths Busted

How Much is Too Much? Protein Myths Busted

  • May 10, 2016
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  • Paul Hovan Jr.

You’ve heard that too much protein can be bad for your health, but is it true? Get the real answers, based on research.

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Get Over Your Fear of Strength Training and Get in the Weight Room

Get Over Your Fear of Strength Training and Get in the Weight Room

  • April 26, 2016
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  • Sara Fleming

Weights aren’t just for meatheads.   As an exercise and health nut, you know the drill. A complete workout means cardio AND strength training. But how do you convince these people? Check out and share the 5 reasons and infographics with your clients to get them into the weight room!

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What is the most important factor in workout success?

What is the most important factor in workout success?

  • April 18, 2016
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  • Dr. Fred Hatfield

Football coaching legend Vince Lombardi is credited with the famous quote 'Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.'  Well, not only is the source of the quote misplaced, so, too, is the message.   So then what is the real message and bottom line?

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What Time of Day Will Maximize Your Workout?

What Time of Day Will Maximize Your Workout?

  • April 12, 2016
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  • Christina Estrada

You want to get the answer right, for yourself and everyone who turns to you for your expert advice. But, the research has been complicated and confusing. You probably have read a lot of blogs and articles that said working out in the morning is best.  Those articles are mostly wrong!

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Do Cardio and Strength Training Actually Work Against Each Other?

Do Cardio and Strength Training Actually Work Against Each Other?

  • March 29, 2016
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  • Alex Hoffmann

Resistance training is the key to strength, and aerobic training is critical to cardiovascular health and is a preferred method to reduce body fat. Obviously we need to do both, right? Well, it turns out the answer to that question depends on you (or your clients’) goals. Numerous scientific studies show that aerobic training and resistance training at the same time might not always be the best choice.

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3 Science-Backed Methods for Losing Fat

3 Science-Backed Methods for Losing Fat

  • March 15, 2016
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  • Paul Hovan Jr.

While it is true that there is no magic pill, or potion to promote healthy and rapid fat loss, there are however, proven scientific methods to help personal training clients burn fat instead of muscle during their workouts, and afterwards as well.   An educated and qualified personal trainer can provide the most up-to-date fitness information possible to help people achieve their fat loss goals while at the same time, improve their health and fitness. 

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