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The best advice, research, how-tos, and insights from our expert trainers to help you become the best personal trainer you can be and to guide your clients to be their healthiest, fittest selves.

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Should You Recommend Foam Rolling Exercises For Your Client?

Should You Recommend Foam Rolling Exercises For Your Client?

  • March 1, 2016
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  • Christina Klein

Have you seen people foam rolling in the gym before and wondered if this is just another fitness fad, or whether it's actually doing something?

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Is High Intensity Interval Training for Everyone?

Is High Intensity Interval Training for Everyone?

  • February 8, 2016
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  • Sara Fleming

If you’ve been in a gym lately, you have probably picked up on the fact that High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is very much the go-to format for a number of fitness classes these days whether they be cardio based dance classes, boot camps, or intense resistance training programs.  But is HIIT for everyone?

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Are your clients actually adopting a fitness lifestyle?

Are your clients actually adopting a fitness lifestyle?

  • January 25, 2016
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  • Dr. Fred Hatfield

Research shows that a meager 10 percent of all fitness clients actually adopt a fitness lifestyle after they stop getting a personal trainer to assist them.   This bothers Dr. Frederick Hatfield (aka Dr. Squat), the co-founder of ISSA.   What he wants is for each of you to commit to being a better personal trainer and changing those numbers.  To that effect, he shares the ISSA 'Drawing In' process in this article.   

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Is Your Warm Up Routine Sabotaging your Training?

Is Your Warm Up Routine Sabotaging your Training?

  • December 28, 2015
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  • Alex Hoffmann

With a diversity in warm-up strategies, your client may ask if one warm up strategy superior to others at preparing the body to receive maximal benefits from the training session.

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It’s not your fault that YOU DON’T KNOW SQUAT

It’s not your fault that YOU DON’T KNOW SQUAT

  • December 14, 2015
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  • Christina Estrada

A recent study surveyed 412 physical education and personal training students?  What they found out will shock you….Over half said they don’t know what proper squat form looks like!

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Training frequency - What’s The Ideal Number Of Times Your Clients Should Train?

Training frequency - What’s The Ideal Number Of Times Your Clients Should Train?

  • October 13, 2015
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  • Josh Bryant

With so much conflicting advice bouncing around gym walls, it’s mentally (and physically) draining to separate fact from fiction and actually lead your client to the holy grail of rapid, lean muscle growth.  One such area in need of major demystifying?  Training frequency - What’s the ideal number of times your clients should train?

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Kids and Strength Training: When Can They Start?

Kids and Strength Training: When Can They Start?

  • September 28, 2015
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  • Christina Klein

Kids can strength train.  And they can benefit from it.  Don’t stop reading this article until you’ve seen the science and learned the techniques to keep kids safe when you’re training them.

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What Your Clients’ Scars Tell You About Their Pain

What Your Clients’ Scars Tell You About Their Pain

  • September 8, 2015
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  • Christina Klein

What you don’t know about your clients’ past injuries could be turning your workouts into torture sessions and ending client relationships).  If you don’t ask about clients’ scars, are you setting them up for “renewed” injuries and more pain?

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Nutrient Timing for Bigger Muscles

Nutrient Timing for Bigger Muscles

  • August 24, 2015
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  • Christina Klein

Have you wondered whether people should eat before or after a workout? Maybe you have heard of nutrient timing and the anabolic window, but the theories about when and how to use it are confusing. Let's take a closer look at the science of nutrient timing.

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4 Steps to Stand Out From Other Personal Trainers on the Gym Floor

4 Steps to Stand Out From Other Personal Trainers on the Gym Floor

  • July 14, 2015
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  • Alycia Darby

It seems there is an ongoing pressure for trainers to be excellent 'sales' professionals with less focus on their education and training expertise. Trainers are encouraged instead to spend more time connecting with gym members to 'pitch' their services, a skill that few trainers are prepared to employ.  While personal trainers are well versed in fitness and health expertise, they are rarely trained in sales, nor are they interested. This trend is happening nationwide. 

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