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Brain-Based Personal Training

by Terry Eckmann, PhD


Take personal training to the next level by applying current brain research and learning theory. Discover the six variables of motivation, learn four ways to improve your client's retention of information, and identify the four key components that are critical to providing valuable feedback to your clients.

Explore transfer theory, retention theory, primacy-recency and attribution theory, and see how each can be applied to help clients reach their goals. Understand the role of emotions and mood in client success. Improve your training skills with the application of brain-based learning theories and techniques to add an essential dimension to your success as a personal trainer.

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Video Chapters

1. Introduction Play
2. The Brain and How It Leams Play
3. Four Keys to Increase Working Memory Play
4. Prior Knowledge and Learning Play
5. Learning Theories Play
6. Effective Lesson Design Play

About the Presenter

Terry Eckmann, PhD

Terry Eckmann, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Terry Eckmann, PhD, is a professor at Minot State University and has over 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She authored 101 Brain Boosters in May 2013 Terry contributed chapters for the ACSM personal training manual and health fitness management text. In addition, Terry is the recipient of theNDAPHERD 2008 Honors Award, NDAHPERD 2007 University Teacher of the Year Award and the 2007 Minot State University Regents Award for Scholarship and Research. Terry has been recognized by IDEA with the Make Fitness Happen Award. She was awarded Industry Enhancement Award by Club Industry. Terry was featured on ACSM's Industry Leader's series in 2011.