Practical Skills

Explaining Aerobic & Anaerobic To Your Clients

Posted by on March 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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.

IMGL6304 300x200 Explaining Aerobic & Anaerobic To Your ClientsAerobic Exercise:

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:

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Top 7 Exercises – Do You Agree?

Posted by on March 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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

Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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.

Prevention:

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:

stretch wall hamstrings 300x236 Helping Clients Release Muscle Aches and PainsWe experience stiffness due to the body’s inflammation response.  Read more on Helping Clients Release Muscle Aches and Pains…

Help Clients With Post Breast Cancer Rehab

Posted by on September 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

breast cancer ribbon 216x300 Help Clients With Post Breast Cancer RehabAnyone 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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Help Clients Prevent ACL Injuries

Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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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…

Start Improving Body Image

Posted by on June 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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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Overcoming Obstacles And Excuses – Week 2

Posted by on April 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Hey Fit Pros,
noexcuses Overcoming Obstacles And Excuses – Week 2Here 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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Group Fat Loss Program

Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm

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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What is your B.A.M.?

Posted by on March 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Last night I was helping Brianna with a project and checking her homework that was due today.  As I was going through her work, it became very obvious that she put in the bare minimum and didn’t check her work because there were so many errors. So I was trying to explain to her at the young age of 10, the importance of always doing your best.  I was explaining to her that you have to always do more than what is expected to impress your teacher, your coach, your boss etc. Doing the bare minimum will never lead to great accomplishments or success in any area of life.  Do more than what is necessary and great opportunities will come your way.

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Fitness Pros – Do you want to get lucky?

Posted by on February 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Hey Fitness Pros,

“The harder I work, the luckier I get!”

I always related to this quote throughout my entire working career. No matter what position I held…whether I was a waitress making really good tips and all my fellow co-workers asking “How do you make such good tips?” I always thought it was so interesting that they didn’t relate to the fact that if you just bend over backwards, be extra special nice, really do whatever you could to take care of your customers’ needs, they would tip really well. Some people just didn’t get it. Once I entered the fitness industry, I would write articles for free, present complimentary seminars around the community, attend so many workshops and conferences, read as much as I could to advance my career….and as a result, my career advanced and so many incredible opportunities would be presented to me. In the beginning I had to work hard to find opportunities and recruit new clients, but then opportunities started to find me and clients started to track me down. Some might say, “Wow, you’re so lucky. You get all the good breaks.” But I couldn’t disagree more. I believe that the key to success in anything that you want in your life is “Knowing what you want and willing to do whatever it takes to get it.” Now life is a lot easier for me professionally. I don’t have to work as hard as I did when I first started my career 24 years ago. It’s the whole adage “Short term pain for long term gain”. I’m sure those of you who have been doing this for a long time can attest to what I’m saying. Those of you new to your career, put your time in and you will reap the benefits. Trust me, it works!

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