How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Love fitness? Enjoy working with people? Spend all of your time at the gym anyway? You may as well turn that time into a career. Learn the few simple steps you need to take to launch a great new career as a certified personal trainer.

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Type IIa Muscle Fibers: Training for Explosiveness

As trainers we love those serious clients who really want to dig deep and take their training to another level. Find out how to better help these athletes train to muscle type and hit their power, strength, and speed goals.

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Speed and Agility – The How to for Everyday Athletes

How do you train clients for speed—is it enough to just go fast or do they need to go beyond basic forward movement? We’ll breakdown the differences between agility and speed to help you determine what works best for your clients’ goals. Plus, we’ve included a shareable list to use as a quick review with clients.

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It’s Time to Ditch the One-Time-Per-Week Muscle Mentality

When designing a hypertrophy program, the goal is to increase muscle mass as quickly as possible. The science behind hypertrophy training evolves over the years. So, how do we train for muscle growth most efficiently? Hint: it's more than once per week.

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Pain in the Buttocks when Sitting? Use these Tips

If you or your client has sharp pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back and buttocks (glute) that travels down the back of your leg, you’re not alone. A muscle called the piriformis is most likely to blame and these are the reasons why PLUS the best mobility exercises to use. Read, learn, and share the recommended exercises to your clients in this article.

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How to Improve Posture at a Work Desk

Sitting may be unavoidable but using good posture and limiting the amount of time you sit can lessen the negative effects. Many of us sit at a desk for work about 8 hours a day. With so much time spent at this one location, it is important to think about how to improve posture at a desk. Have your clients (or you) follow these tips to set up a workspace that keeps them feeling great.

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How to Use Time Under Tension to Help Clients Gain Muscle

Are you using time under tension the right way? Don't overlook this important factor when building client workouts! For example, to increase size do you know research shows slower reps with less weight work better? Check out the full article here.

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9 Foam Rolling Secret Benefits Everyone Should Know | ISSA

Foam rolling and other types of self-myofascial release are a common part of any trainer’s toolbox. But, there are some key secrets the best trainers know when using SMR in client programs--learn 9 of these secret benefits of foam rolling from our experts to set yourself apart from other trainers.

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Best time to Consume Protein?

There’s no question that adequate protein intake is essential for building and strengthening muscle tissue. But, is timing of protein intake important for maximizing these gains? Experts don’t always agree on the question of whether hypertrophy and strength can be affected by precise timing of protein (before, during, or after training). In 2013 a group of sports science researchers gathered the best existing research on this common question. We review this analysis here.

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I’m a Certified Trainer, So Why Do I Need One?

It’s Scary to Admit, You May Need a Trainer. It takes some courage to hire a trainer when you are one. I personally was embarrassed by the idea. I went through all the courses; I got certified. Why do I need a trainer? And what if my trainer catches me with bad form? What if I can’t finish a tough workout?

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