Karin Singleton

Raleigh, NC 27612-3431

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What equipments do I need since I was just about to put up a small Fitness Studio?

6 Answers | Asked by Ybelle Regenio on Mar 01, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Mar 01, 2012

Hi Ybelle, money of course is a big factor. I have a small studio myself of about 1500 sf. Beyond the obvious answers of balls, dumbbells and bands, I would purchase again a TRX or equivalent, the efi Power Tower and the Paramount Dual Axis Cable machine. The last two are big ticket items but the...

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Is there any exercise that is contraindicated with ACL reconstruction?

5 Answers | Asked by Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc &Sports Physio, MPT on Mar 01, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Mar 01, 2012

It is my understanding the open chain terminal knee extensions should not be done. However, terminal knee extensions in standing with a tubing around the knee (and maybe some padding behind) are helpful to activate and strengthen the VMO.

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Have you ever heard of FAI? Femoral acetabular impingement--to learn more read the latest IDEA fitness journal..or email me for

3 Answers | Asked by Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc &Sports Physio, MPT on Mar 01, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Mar 01, 2012

Hi Chris, I was one of the fortunate few who were in your presentation at the Personal Trainer Institute. I have several clients who complain of hip pain but nobody had been diagnosed with FAI, and, after listening to your presentation, this does not seem to be an issue.

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What does the research say when someone has a back injury. What muscle shuts off or becomes passive insufficient?

5 Answers | Asked by Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc &Sports Physio, MPT on Mar 01, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Mar 01, 2012

I understand that - almost - regardless of the cause of the back problem, the muscle most likely to become insufficient is the Transverse Abdominus which is supposed to co-contract with the multifidi just milliseconds before the other abdominal muscles. Exercises that stimulate the TA to bring it...

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Do you ever get frustrated watching another trainer have their clients perform exercises incorrectly?

9 Answers | Asked by Jessica McCune on Feb 29, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Mar 01, 2012

You only end up in a 'he said / she said' argument that you won't win. If that gym is known to hire people as 'trainers' before they are certified then approaching the manager is hardly a viable solution. On the other hand: I have altered exercises for my clients for very specific reasons. Is tha...

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Client who has had reconstruction surgery and has shoulder issues what basic core moves are best.

5 Answers | Asked by Nancy Thompson on Feb 29, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Feb 29, 2012

Breast reconstruction? Did she see a PT?

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What is your favorite group exercise class?

9 Answers | Asked by Steven Renata on Feb 29, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Feb 29, 2012

MELT - hands down. (MELT stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique.) I have been teaching it for over two years now and just love the way the participants respond after having self-treated their fascia. The funniest thing is that some of the movements create an astonishing sensation of tig...

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What is the difference between shoulder impingement and shoulder bursitis?

4 Answers | Asked by Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc &Sports Physio, MPT on Feb 29, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Feb 29, 2012

Hi Chris, let me take a stab at that and see whether I get it right: Shoulder impingement is the result of the rotator cuff muscles being unable (too weak, injured) to prevent the head of the humerus from riding up towards the acromion process during movements that raise the arms. The result i...

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At IDEA, what could vendors do to make your experience more educational and enjoyable?

3 Answers | Asked by CrossCore on Feb 28, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Feb 29, 2012

My comments pertain to the layout of a booth. They are probably very personal quirks on my part. I like it when it is open, and I can step in and touch and feel without being immediately approached. Those sales tactics usually cause me to instantly withdraw. I like to look at things first and thi...

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How can seniors keep their brains in good condition?

8 Answers | Asked by Marilyn Gansel on Feb 28, 2012

Answered by Karin Singleton on Feb 29, 2012

The previous two responders make great points. I would like to add that one of the articles in the February newsletter that we can mail to our clients is talking about that subject: www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/walking-boosts-brain-health. And at the last IDEA World, we had the privilege to li...

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