The heart muscle needs to be positively stressed regularly. Since this is Heart Month, it is a great time to challenge the health of the heart (always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program). Follow the Heart Month Challenge for the remainder of February. New concentrations will be added each week that focus on a…

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When choosing an exercise to include in your program design one of the most important components, out the ten observational essentials, is to determine what the body’s position will be during the exercise.  For example, if you intend to train your pectoral muscles with dumbbells or a barbell, where your body is positioned in space…

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While each client’s nutritional needs and requirements vary, when a client determines they would like to reduce body weight and improve body composition, along with designing an individual exercise program for them, we begin to make simple nutritional changes that accumulatively may create positive macro changes down the line.   This week, ten simple ways…

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As fitness professionals, we spend the majority of our careers encouraging the world to exercise. So, it may seem unlikely that we need to manage a client who is experiencing symptoms of overtraining, but it happens more than you think, particularly upon entering a new year. Overtraining is a significant issue within our industry but…

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Although this holiday season has been less hectic in terms of the numbers of guests you may have had, you still were cooking, cleaning, preparing, wrapping, and probably not getting as much rest and sleep as you would normally. As winter fully descends upon us, follow these 10 tips allowing yourself a little recovery time…

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High intensity interval training (HIIT) may be performed within a variety of modalities.  This type of training is explosive.  It looks and feels like you have been “shot out of a canon”!  The exertion intervals are often shorter in duration; therefore, the shorter the duration of the exertion, the higher the intensity of the drill. …

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Six of many stability fitness tools will be featured this week – the stability ball, the BOSU Balance Trainer, pillow discs, wobble boards, the TRX Suspension and the Strongboard Balance Board. And the difference between the tools and which, if any of these tools you should purchase or use will be discussed.  Locations where these…

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There are dozens of circuit training designs available to fit just about any fitness level.  And, the “team work circuit” that is highlighted this week is one of those designs which features three, teams of two clients performing three, 3-station circuits.  It is fun to work in teams, creative and challenging and takes approximately 20…

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The top ten corrective exercise cues that we give daily, while not exhaustive because there are dozens of cues for every exercise, are essential for just about every exercise possible.  These ten cues may place the body into an optimal position so that the client receives the best possible outcome, both for safety and effectiveness. …

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The triceps brachii is a major upper, posterior arm muscle that creates elbow extension and because of its attachment to the scapula, it may also assist in arm extension and adduction.  The triceps create movement and stabilization of the elbow/shoulder joint and should be an integral part of your training regimen.  Highlighted this week are…

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