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How to Relocate Successfully

Because I grew up a “Navy brat,” I had to move around fairly often as a kid. Adulthood brought with it a few more moves as I navigated college and marriage. When I had my children and we’d finally settled into an area where most of our extended family also lived, I thought we were…

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“What are the top three lessons you’ve learned as a personal trainer?”

Here is what I’ve discovered:

Meet clients where they are.

As trainers, we want our clients to succeed. When we first meet them, they usually state that their goals are to lose weight, get stronger and be more flexible. We do an assessment and usually find quite a gap between where clients are and where they want to be. So we get to work and develop those wonderful programs that will help them reach their goals. We are all pumped up and ready to begin. However, clients aren’t always on the same path.

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Showing Gratitude During the Holidays

Personal training is a very personal business indeed, and it’s all about connecting with your clients. When the winter holidays roll around, gift giving can be tricky. Some clients give their trainers gifts, but you never know who is going to give a gift and who is not. What if people start dropping off presents and you have nothing to give in return? And, if you do want to give your clients gifts, what should you give?

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Surpassing expectations.

On August 8, 2015, Justin, a client at KOR Strength and Conditioning, competed in his first Kettlebell Sport Nationals. He participated in the long cycle event, which requires competitors to perform the clean and jerk with two kettlebells for 10 minutes.

“Justin is a competitor,” says Kristen Karhio, CSCS, KOR co-owner and director of training and one of Justin’s coaches. “He went up there and set a personal best for himself and made us very proud.”

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2015 Personal Training Trend Watch

Personal training has become a power-
house in the fitness industry.
With $10 billion in annual revenue and a projected 2.5% growth
(IBISWorld 2015), this profession has planted deep, strong roots.
Despite being a comparatively new industry (it got its start in the late
1980s/early 1990s), personal training has seen its share of change over
the past several decades. What was once a luxury for the wealthy has
become increasingly accessible to those with less disposable income—and

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Exercise and Older-Adult Brain Activity

Here’s another reason to keep moving into those later years. A study from PLOS ONE (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134819) shows that older adults who are physically active have more variable brain activity at rest than those who are not active. Brain variability is associated with greater cognitive function, researchers say.

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Are Wearable Activity Trackers Accurate?

According to Business Insider, 3.3 million wearable sports and activity trackers were sold in the United States between April 2013 and March 2014. Fit tech’s popularity notwithstanding, are these devices accurate? Recently, researchers in the department of kinesiology at Iowa State University decided to find out.

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How to Improve 5K Performance

According to Running USA, 8.3 million people in the U.S. completed a 5K in 2013, earning it the title of most popular running event. Chances are, you’ll come across clients or fitness enthusiasts interested in lacing up for a 5K. A recent study suggests one way to help your runners improve their performance.

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The Four Types of Obesity

Helping an obese client lose weight isn’t always easy. Self-perceptions vary, and people can’t always see their own potential for success. Coaches interested in enhancing their capacity to appeal to an obese person may glean helpful insights from a study published in Health Sociology Review (2015; doi:10.1080/14 461242.2015.1045919).

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20 Minutes a Day Keeps the Heart Doctor Away

To reduce heart failure risk by exercising, remember Goldilocks and avoid extremes, suggests a new study. It found that neither low nor high levels of physical activity were as effective as moderate amounts for warding off heart failure.

The researchers gathered self-reported data on physical activity (type and duration) for 33,012 men from 1998 to 2012. Subjects’ average age at baseline was 60 ± 9. The scientists compared that information against heart failure incidence from the Swedish National Patient Register and Cause of Death Register.

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Exercise Variety and Satisfaction

Are you looking for a way to boost exercise participation among your clients? Make an effort to add variety to their programming. The amount of variety people feel they experience when exercising predicts how much exercise they actually do, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia

(UBC) Vancouver. There study understanding of the psychological factors that predict exercise behavior and whether the experience of variety matters.

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Pilates vs. Resistance Training

Pilates exercise and resistance training both increase deep muscle thickness of the internal obliques [IO] in female exercisers, but Pilates seems to be more effective for conditioning the transversus abdominis [TA], according a small study involving both experienced and novice exercisers. Researchers from Dankook University in Cheonan, South Korea, conducted the study to determine whether Pilates or resistance training was more effective for lumbar stabilization.

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Biofeedback and Athletic Performance

If you’re working with athletes who need to manage competition jitters, or individuals who need help in overcoming anxiety in high-stress situations, you may want
to suggest biofeedback training. Sport psychology researchers from the University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia, conducted a study to evaluate whether 8 weeks of
biofeedback training could improve control over competitive anxiety and enhance athletic performance among top-ranked athletes. All subjects took biofeedback stress tests both before and after the 8-week period.

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