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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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Fasted Exercise for Faster Weight Loss?

Fasted Exercise for Faster Weight Loss?

  • June 16, 2015
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  • Cameron Baker

As a personal trainer, you've become the go-to expert that people in your circle turn to for reliable advice on anything related to fitness and nutrition.  One question that can be overheard across the training floors of just about every gym these days has do with the topic of fasted training.  So how do you answer the question “is it better for me to exercise on an empty stomach?”

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Five Ways To Reduce Client Cancellations

Five Ways To Reduce Client Cancellations

  • June 2, 2015
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  • Claire Dorotik

We all wish they showed up, on time every time. In fact, life would be so much easier for us. But the truth is, clients cancel. Sometimes, much more than we want them to. And while we hear a host of reasons why they don’t show up for a session, most are unspoken.

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How to Sip Your Way to a Slimmer Midsection This Summer

How to Sip Your Way to a Slimmer Midsection This Summer

  • May 11, 2015
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  • ISSA

If you’ve been around fitness circles for any length of time, then you’re probably no stranger to the infamous “summer cut.”

It’s a rite of passage taken every year when fitness enthusiasts commit to trimming off the extra layer of “insulation” that kept their midsections warm over those frosty winter months.

Sound familiar?

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“But how much protein do I really need?” Here’s the answer trainers hesitate to give

“But how much protein do I really need?” Here’s the answer trainers hesitate to give

  • May 4, 2015
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  • Christina Klein

As a personal trainer, you already carry a TON of responsibility on your shoulders.  You're accountable for safely guiding your clients through the fitness and lifestyle protocols that will help them achieve the results they’re paying you good money for....

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Infographic: Guide to Vitamins & Minerals

Infographic: Guide to Vitamins & Minerals

  • April 16, 2015
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  • John Berardi

Go, go, go. Hurry, hurry, hurry. Grab a bite here, grab a bite there. We all live such busy lives these day and so busy at times, that too often, do not fuel our bodies with the essential nutrients they need to function optimally. So slow down and take a breather and refresh yourself with our complimentary infographics on vitamins and minerals, why you need them, and in what foods you can get them from.

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Does Balance Training Improve Speed?

Does Balance Training Improve Speed?

  • April 9, 2015
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  • Travis Hansen

In the world of sports, speed is king. Athletes, parents, coaches and trainers always ask me if different forms of balance training actually create noticeable improvements in running speed? And rightfully so, with all the information out there, that’s a great question.

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Bodybuilding Methods and Traditions - Part I

Bodybuilding Methods and Traditions - Part I

  • March 10, 2015
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  • Josh Bryant

In the world of bodybuilding, “Bro science” is an anecdotal creed emanating from years of training in hard core circles. It has driven training methodologies for generations of iron disciples. Some of these methods have proven to be incredible and validated by scientific studies, while others need to be eradicated from the bodybuilder’s regimen. Let’s take a look at a number of popular methodologies commonly used by bodybuilders.

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