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  1. A Handy Alternative to Counting Calories

    As a fitness professional or nutrition coach, you know calories matter. Fundamentally, human body weight is controlled by energy balance-calories in vs. calories out. But having clients meticulously count calories and track macronutrients is not the solution in most cases. That approach is often tedious, inexact and unsustainable. It takes h...

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  2. How Much Protein Should You Eat—and When?

    Researchers find we’re eating too much protein at the wrong times—and not enough at the right times.

  3. The Physiology of Fat Loss

    Fat may seem like the enemy of civilized people—especially sedentary ones. Yet we cannot live without it. Fat plays a key role in the structure and flexibility of cell membranes, and it helps regulate the movement of substances through those membranes. Special types of fat, known as eicosanoids, send hormone-like signals that exert intrica...

  4. The Science of Suspension Exercise

    Suspension exercise combines body weight and anchored, seatbelt-like straps to provide an alternative to free weights and machines. The question on a lot of trainers's minds is whether these strap-based training systems work as well as more traditional resistance training tools. Though research into this question has been somewhat sparse, studies a...

  5. Intermittent Fasting: A Primer

    If you haven’t had a client ask about it yet, you will soon. Intermittent fasting has hit the mainstream, and a lot of peo- ple are taking notice. Proponents claim that intermittent fasting causes more rapid weight loss than other approaches; that it makes dieting easier; and that it improves blood glucose control and blood lipids. Does th...

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  6. The 3D Booty: Training the Glutes for Form and Function

    Booties, butts, glutes and rumps. Our fascination with enhancing our posterior spans the training spectrum, from the aesthetic-focused client to the performance-driven athlete. Yes, we want our backsides to look better, but we also need them to function more effectively, judging from the increasing number of knee and low-back injuries (Hoy et al. 2...

  7. Functional Training for Pregnancy

    Are you pregnant? Did you know that a woman’s body will change more in 9 months of pregnancy than a man’s will in his lifetime—and that you need an exercise program to match the transfor- mation? So says maternal exercise expert Farel Hruska, national fitness director of FIT4MOM® (a brand that includes Stroller Strides®) i...

  8. Exploring Fibromyalgia: The Puzzling Pain-Fatigue Syndrome

    They’re usually in pain, typically tired and often depressed. There’s no cure for their condition, but science has proven that exercise can be a huge help.

  9. Which Is Stronger: Habit or Willpower?

    Most of us think we’d be healthier if only we had the mental strength to make the right choices. New research suggests, however, that in the effort to change, habits may be more important than willpower.

  10. Roll, Regenerate, Revitalize

    Rolling rules! The popularity of self-massage techniques has grown rapidly in the last several years and shows no signs of slowing down. Should you do it? And if you should—then how, when, and why?

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  11. Why We Gain Weight

    Are you or is someone you know struggling to lose weight? While most weight management articles focus on strategies and behaviors for losing weight, we will examine the other side of the coin: six behaviors that predict weight gain. Understanding these behaviors can help you avoid them. Here are insights from Troy Purdom, MS, an exercise science...

  12. Tabata Training Proves Effective

    Tabata training—a protocol in which 20 seconds of high-intensity activity are followed by 10 seconds of rest, with that cycle repeating for 4 minutes—could be considered one of the earlier versions of high-intensity interval training. Researchers from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, recently looked at Tabata training to determ...

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  13. Mental Toughness Techniques for Peak Performance

    Why is it that athletes and fitness enthusiasts with the same physical strength, technical skills, equipment and nutrition perform differently and achieve different results? When all else is equal, top performers have a specifically designed mindset that allows them to show up when they’d rather not...

  14. Warm Up by Rolling Out

    If you’re looking for a fresh, effective way to help your group participants move better, why not include foam rolling in your next class? Chances are, some of your attendees are curious and could use some guided instruction.

  15. We All Know We Should Spend More Time Outside. Here's How To Actually Do It

    Of course, we should all spend more time outside-especially in these days of social media and internet overload. But then again, if life is a mess, how much is outside time really going to help? More than you might think.

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