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    If you’ve ever struggled to teach a client a particular exercise that they just aren’t getting, you know how frustrating it can feel—for both of you. Your job as a personal trainer is to help clients learn the exercise technique, but that process can get awkward if the client feels

    The post What to Do When a Training Client Can’t Get the Exercise Technique Right appeared first on NASM Blog.


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    Core training has become a staple of almost all conditioning programs. Whether it is for high-level athletes, the weekend warrior, or your average fitness enthusiast, “working the core” tends to get a lot of attention by fitness professionals, their clients, and the general public alike. Unfortunately, still to this day,

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    Ah yes, the “Why are they doing that?” remark. We’ve all seen it. Somewhere in “Training Land” a trainer is making a client do some movement that looks, well, rather ridiculous. It might even look so odd that the untrained eye or mind might wonder, “What the heck are they doing?” Please

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    The lunge is a versatile, simple and effective movement for lower body training. Various positions, planes of motion and speeds can all yield different training adaptations for the exerciser. Lunges are the gift that keeps on giving! We’ll discuss different tweaks, twists and turns that change the demand on the

    The post The Lunge – An Effective Lower Body Training Exercise appeared first on NASM Blog.


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    Despite growing popularity and adoption of programs incorporating heart rate (HR) zone methodology, the fitness industry in general appears to lack a solid understanding of the scientific facts and limitations to this programming concept. The goal therefore is to present relevant information so that fitness practitioners and fitness enthusiasts can

    The post Heart Rate Zone Methodology – What You Should Know appeared first on NASM Blog.


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    Before you grab a Halloween fun size candy out of the cauldron, here’s the creepy calorie count that will have you haunting the gym. October is known for homecoming, pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored everything, postseason baseball, the Chicago Marathon, and Halloween. Always has been, always will be. With Halloween creeping up

    The post How to Work Off Your Halloween Candy appeared first on NASM Blog.


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    The act of breathing seems incredibly simple, but doing it properly can be surprisingly complex–and of vital importance to your clients’ performance. HOW IT WORKS The average person’s lungs move about 0.5 liters of air with each relaxed breath. That amount can jump to 3 liters during vigorous exercise. When

    The post Breathe Right: Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. appeared first on NASM Blog.


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    We know that weight loss or body fat reduction is largely based on a numbers game. And “working out” is a way of controlling the numbers (less calories in, more calories out and weight loss change can be achieved). Cardiovascular training and resistance training both have many desired benefits and

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    There are four hormones that are critical to the success of your client’s weight loss program. Cortisol, insulin, thyroid, and the sex hormones (testosterone in men, and progesterone in women). When kept in balance, these hormones have the largest effect on metabolism. When out of balance, they can prevent your

    The post Hormonal Balance and Metabolism: How Exercise Can Positively Affect Hormones appeared first on NASM Blog.


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    Foot pain can be one of the most debilitating types of pain and discomfort for both the average individual and the athlete alike. To put it simply, when your feet hurt, everything hurts. The foot is essentially the foundation of the body; it is the first thing to touch the

    The post Achy Holiday Feet? Try these corrective exercises for relieving foot pain. appeared first on NASM Blog.


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    A high school athlete walks through our doors and we can see their strength, stability and biomechanical control deficits from their gait pattern. We’ve also had collegiate and professional athletes come to our facility with the same issues. The only differences between that young, beginner athlete and the older, elite

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    Does using self-myofascial release (SMR), static stretching, or a combination of both, improve range of motion (ROM) for overhead athletes? See what the results were for these softball players. Journal Article: Fairall, R.R., Cabell, L, Boergers, R.J., & Battaglia, F. (2017). Acute effects of self-myofascial release and stretching in overhead

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    January is a good time to check in with clients and find out if they identify more with Mr. Heat Miser or Mr. Snow Miser. Those who “never want to know a day that’s over 40 degrees” may be spending their spare time conquering moguls, slicing up the ice at

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    The demand for group fitness experiences is booming. Participants are expecting more, but how can you meet these expectations with less? In a perfect group fitness world, we’d have all the best equipment, in every size, style, and weight, and we’d have enough to cover every participant who attends our