Click here to read Bigger Muscles or Stronger Muscles?

As a trainer, you want to help your client meet his goals.  But did you know that the recommendations for gaining muscle mass and increasing strength are totally different and depend on the individual? Learn how to master the art of designing a strength training program that maximizes your client’s success.

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Click here to read What is Body Balance and Why Should You Care?

How do you work out clients for strength and avoid injury?  The secret is body balance!

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Click here to read What Time of Day Will Maximize Your Workout?

You want to get the answer right, for yourself and everyone who turns to you for your expert advice. But, the research has been complicated and confusing. You probably have read a lot of blogs and articles that said working out in the morning is best.  Those articles are mostly wrong!

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Click here to read Do Cardio and Strength Training Actually Work Against Each Other?

Resistance training is the key to strength, and aerobic training is critical to cardiovascular health and is a preferred method to reduce body fat. Obviously we need to do both, right? Well, it turns out the answer to that question depends on you (or your clients’) goals. Numerous scientific studies show that aerobic training and resistance training at the same time might not always be the best choice.

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Click here to read Should You Recommend Foam Rolling Exercises For Your Client?

Have you seen people foam rolling in the gym before and wondered if this is just another fitness fad, or whether it's actually doing something?

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Click here to read Is High Intensity Interval Training for Everyone?

If you’ve been in a gym lately, you have probably picked up on the fact that High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is very much the go-to format for a number of fitness classes these days whether they be cardio based dance classes, boot camps, or intense resistance training programs.  But is HIIT for everyone?

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Click here to read Are your clients actually adopting a fitness lifestyle?

Research shows that a meager 10 percent of all fitness clients actually adopt a fitness lifestyle after they stop getting a personal trainer to assist them.   This bothers Dr. Frederick Hatfield (aka Dr. Squat), the co-founder of ISSA.   What he wants is for each of you to commit to being a better personal trainer and changing those numbers.  To that effect, he shares the ISSA 'Drawing In' process in this article.   

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Click here to read It’s not your fault that YOU DON’T KNOW SQUAT

A recent study surveyed 412 physical education and personal training students?  What they found out will shock you….Over half said they don’t know what proper squat form looks like!

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Click here to read Training frequency - What’s The Ideal Number Of Times Your Clients Should Train?

With so much conflicting advice bouncing around gym walls, it’s mentally (and physically) draining to separate fact from fiction and actually lead your client to the holy grail of rapid, lean muscle growth.  One such area in need of major demystifying?  Training frequency - What’s the ideal number of times your clients should train?

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Click here to read Does Balance Training Improve Speed?

In the world of sports, speed is king. Athletes, parents, coaches and trainers always ask me if different forms of balance training actually create noticeable improvements in running speed? And rightfully so, with all the information out there, that’s a great question.

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Click here to read Bodybuilding Methods and Traditions - Part I

In the world of bodybuilding, “Bro science” is an anecdotal creed emanating from years of training in hard core circles. It has driven training methodologies for generations of iron disciples. Some of these methods have proven to be incredible and validated by scientific studies, while others need to be eradicated from the bodybuilder’s regimen. Let’s take a look at a number of popular methodologies commonly used by bodybuilders.

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Click here to read What You Need to Know About High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training, while around for nearly 100 years, has had a major resurgence in gyms everywhere over the past 10 years, owing in large part, to a veritable blizzard of research papers extolling its benefits. Let's take a look at the history and what you need to know about High Intensity Interval Training.

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Click here to read Great Strength Coaches Help Make  Great Teams and Athletes

Whether it’s the 4th quarter, bottom of the ninth inning, last boxing or MMA round or final weight lifting attempt, speed, strength, and top conditioning separate the winners. If you’re a certified strength coach, the sky can be the limit for your ticket to success.

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Click here to read Practical Periodization

Practical Periodization

July 16, 2011

Periodization is one of the most important parts of a fitness programs ultimate success, yet few trainers and gym-goers truly understand how to employ the concepts and principles behind it. The lack of a bridge between these theories and their practical, everyday application is partly to blame. As you can probably tell from the title, this article attempts to bring periodization down to a practical and usable level.

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Click here to read Training Tips: The Pectoralis Major

The pectoralis major is without question one of the most frequently trained muscles in fitness and sport. Despite it’s popularity, few people know much about the anatomy and kinesiology of this important muscle. Knowing this information will make your training more effective for you and your clients while minimizing the risk of developing muscle imbalances in the shoulder area. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know to train this muscle safely and effectively.

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