Hey Fit Pros, I recently attended the International Personal Training Summit in Seattle and wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the event in case you weren’t able to be there….
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I am sure many of you have come up against clients who question why they need to do cardio exercise. Of course you know the importance of combining aerobic and anaerobic cardio, strength training, stretching and other forms of exercise…but your clients may not. I always like to give my clients the facts about their fitness and do it in a way that is easy to understand and suggest doable ways to accomplish what I am suggesting.
Here is a great way to help your clients understand the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise and to show then why both are important in reaching goals.
I start by telling clients that every good cardio program should include aerobic and anaerobic exercise with some variable impact and agility training.
Aerobic exercise is easy to explain. It involves going out for a walk, jog, cycle, swim, hike, x-country ski, indoor cardio equipment or taking a fitness class. It includes exercise that is within your comfort zone and at an intensity that you could hold for 20 minutes plus. This type of exercise will condition your heart and achieve numerous health benefits.
Anaerobic exercise is a more challenging form of exercise. Read more on Explaining Aerobic & Anaerobic To Your Clients…
The American Council of Exercise (ACE) asked 17,000 personal trainers what was the one exercise they couldn’t do without…the 7 exercises personal trainers can’t live without when designing programs for their clients and the winners were: Lunges, Squats, Push-Ups, Abdominal Exercises, Running, Walking, and Yoga.
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Helping Clients Release Muscle Aches and Pains
We just had a couple thousand gals participate in the Girlfriends Half Marathon to benefit the Susan G. Komen for a Cure and the Kearney Breast Center. So we’ve had a number of ladies feeling a little stiff, myself included! I am sure many of you have clients that are participating in races this fall and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite techniques I use with clients (and for myself) when muscle aches and pains set in.
The best way to treat extreme muscle soreness is to prevent it in the first place. Your clients will experience the greatest amount of stiffness when they are doing something new and/or at a higher intensity than they are used to….many times from exercises they are doing with you! So it is always a good idea to help your clients ease into any new activities and make sure they train with and without you and progress correctly. This should minimize the amount of soreness they experience.
Cold treatment, elevation and anti-inflammatories:
We experience stiffness due to the body’s inflammation response. Read more on Helping Clients Release Muscle Aches and Pains…
Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with Breast Cancer realizes that the cancer experience does not end the day that treatment ends. People want to get back to their normal lives and put cancer behind them but at that same time, they’re dealing with all kinds of post-Cancer Treatment effects that affect them physically, emotionally and spiritually. Be the personal trainer that helps them get back to their normal lives!
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We are heavy into football, soccer and basketball seasons and the ski season will be here in no time. All athletes – young and old – are susceptible to suffering a debilitating Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. I thought this would be a good time to discuss the exercises your client athletes can do to minimize their risk for this injury.
The American Physical Therapy Association urges athletes to adopt the following program (exercises listed below) that includes specialized stretching, strengthening, agility and jumping exercises to help lower the risk of ACL injuries.
One study conducted on 1,435 NCAA Division 1 female soccer athletes found the exercises listed below had an overall ACL injury rate 41 percent lower than the control group. That is impressive results! So if you have a client athlete, read this article out and have them perform these exercises before each practice or game. You may save them weeks of pain, surgery and rehabilitation….and ensure they are well enough to continue to see you….their personal trainer! Read more on Help Clients Prevent ACL Injuries…
As we get closer and closer to the summer months, more and more of our clients want to start improving their body image. Shorts, skirts and tank tops leave little option for covering any ‘flaws’ and many begin setting goals for how they’d like to change their body. Please read this blog if you want to start helping yourself and your clients achieve a healthy body image.
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Hey Fit Pros,
Here we are at week 2 of our 5 week Overcoming Obstacles and Excuses series. We hear these next two excuses over and over again! It is time to have a response that will help your clients get over these obstacles once and for all!
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Spring is here and people start thinking about shedding body fat in time for summer. So it’s a perfect opportunity to offer a Fat Loss program or Weight Loss challenge.
At Northwest Personal Training, our Spring Weight Loss and Makeover program has been a huge winner both from a financial and a client success perspective. Here are some of the details of our program:
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