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Signs of Overtraining Syndrome

As fitness professionals, we spend the vast majority of our career encouraging the world to exercise regularly. So, it may seem rare that we must manage a client that is overtraining-but it happens more than you think. Overtraining is a significant issue within our industry and the fortunate aspect of this issue is that it…

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The Maximal Heart Rate Formula

The maximal heart rate formula, which is widely used in the fitness industry, has little or no scientific foundation. This formula assumes that a newborn’s heart rate is approximately 220 beats/minute and that for every year we are alive, we should subtract a year and then take percentages of that “maximal heart rate” number to…

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Keeping Fitness Expectations in Check

As January and February fade into the background, we as fitness professionals know that part of why those that begin an exercise program during the beginning of the year do not adhere to a program long-term, is that they possessed unrealistic expectations heading into this journey. One common statistic is that approximately 50 percent of…

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Matters of the Heart

February is heart month. One month a year to concentrate on one of the most important organs in the body, seems appropriate. After all, the heart is the major pump located in our bodies and without a beating heart, life ceases to exist. Therefore, this week ten matters of the heart will be highlighted. These…

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Fitness Extra Credit

Just like we complete extra credit assignments when in school to boost our grade point average, your fitness level GPA may improve due to a little “extra credit (EC)” occasionally! While it is critical to consistently perform a well-designed exercise program, an extra fitness credit “assignment” may be just what you need to boost your…

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Seven Ways to Expand your Fitness Knowledge

As a fitness professional, I am dedicated to consistently possessing cutting edge fitness knowledge obtained through review of empirical research ensuring that our clientele are the beneficiaries of this valuable knowledge. However, since the internet has become so prevalent, the general public has access to a wealth of information, much of which may be inaccurate.…

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7 Signs of a Successful Workout

There are signs that a workout has been successful and not just that you are dripping in sweat! While sweating is a common response to rigorous workouts, everyone’s body produces waste products at a different rate and volume. With some clients, the sweat is flying the entire workout, others experience a slower production of waste…

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Redesigning Your Body

Are you happy with your body? This is question that is almost always answered with a resounding “no” by our clientele. Then, we investigate, doing a little detective work, to see where the issues lie and formulate a redesign plan. Whether for pure function or aesthetics, and most likely a combination of the two, you…

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Intuitive Exercise

I am a huge proponent of tracking exercise program progress. Whether by heart rate monitors or other more interactive activity tracking devices, understanding your intensity level, caloric expenditure, exercise duration and frequency and how this applies to your exercise program, is a crucial element when discussing exercise maintenance and progress. However, when I am training…

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Fitness Hour of Power

If you are unable to workout in the early morning or evening, you may find it challenging to schedule your workouts consistently. However, consider another time of day that can be your fitness hour of power—over your lunch break. While you may not be able to manage an entire hour workout if you have to…

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