Power Training for the Core
By Tom Seabourne, PhD Karate masters have known for centuries how to harness core power, the next logical step to putting some punch into your client's fitness program.
ow many possible ways can a personal trainer serve up abdominal exercises before a client loses interest? Core programs once focused primarily on sit-ups and crunches, but creative adaptations today have...
By Len Kravitz, PhD
Low-Back Stability Training
n the fitness world today, the terms core function, core strength, and core stability have found their way into exercise program design. For example, clients are now in need of exercises for the critical torso muscles (transverse abdominis and multifidus muscles), posture/ spinal assessments, training movements to correct muscl...
By Pam Pedlow, MHK
Focus on Eccentric Training
Add a new dimension to your clients' programs with a training method that is effective and efficient.
ince the typical client's number-one excuse for not exercising is usually "lack of time," what personal trainer would not be happy to find a more efficient form of exercise to incorporate into clients' programs? Eccentric training m...
"How do you encourage your clients to give you referrals?"
didn't kick in for us. Then we realized we had been relying on passive word of mouth so we needed to get more active word of mouth happening! To encourage more referrals we began a Christmastime promotion. We mail two complimentary 30-minute personal training session passes to our clients to give as Christmas p...
MOVING THE BODY
Training movements and not muscles may be the paradigm shift needed for today's functional conditioning.
By Chuck Wolf, MS
e are all athletic performers. Whether an elite athlete or weekend warrior, a patient in rehabilitation or casual exerciser, each of us must meet the
For example, during a biceps curl you must overcome the forces of the weights, forearm and gravity during ...
You Want to Personal Trainer!
HERE'S A SIMPLE SEVEN-WEEK PLAN ON HOW TO PAINLESSLY MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR TO PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER.
By Chalene Johnson
hrough hard work and perseverance, you have obtained the education and certifications to teach several kinds of group fitness classes. Over the years, you have stayed upto-date with group fitness guidelines...
By Suzanne Nottingham
Training for Snowboarding
Snowboarding is hot, hip and highly competitive. How can personal trainers help clients prepare for this emerging sport?
he origin of snowboarding stems from the 1960s, when enterprising surfers hauled their surfboards to poach mountain terrain for winter thrills. In the 1980s the first snowboards with foot bindings were introduced...
By Todd Astorino, MS, and Len Kravitz, PhD
Glycogen and Resistance Training
he role of glycogen (stored carbohydrate in muscle) in aerobic exercise has been associated with increased work output and duration (Haff et al. 1999). Carbohydrate is the body's preferred substrate during endurance exercise, due to its efficient energy yield per liter of oxygen consumed. Previous re...
How to help clients navigate their internal obstacle course to a lifetime of regular exercise.
People avoid or discontinue an exercise program for two main reasons: Either they don't understand their own motivation for exercising, or they succumb to barriers that regular exercisers are able to overcome. Certainly the two reasons are related. For instance, it's easier to give in to obstacl...
By R alph La Forge, MS
Training the Cardiac Patent
How can qualified trainers help heart disease survivors maximize recovery efforts?
therosclerosis is a costly and fatal disease affecting thousands of individuals each year. The vast majority of those afflicted with the condition develop coronary heart disease (CHD), one of the leading killers of both men and women. Though no known ...