Practical Skills

Revenue with Running Programs – Part 2 Designing Running Program

Posted by on September 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

565859 Girlfriends Half 31 1 r770x495 300x192 Revenue with Running Programs – Part 2 Designing Running ProgramIf your clients are like mine….more and more of them are signing up for running events. This trend is not only wonderful for your clients’ and their health….it can also be an easy way for you to earn extra revenue with a running program! Check out how we operate our running program, set up your own and then use the info in this series to send to your clients to inspire them to join your running program!

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Latest & Greatest Fitness Tips Hot Off the Press – Second of 2 Part Series

Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

Last week I provided you with some of the latest & greatest fitness tips from the fitness industry’s top experts. Here are just a couple more that I hope you can use when working with your clients.

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Latest & Greatest Fitness Tips Hot Off the Press – First of 2 Part Series

Posted by on May 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

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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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:

Anaerobic exercise is a more challenging form of exercise.  Read more on Explaining Aerobic & Anaerobic To Your Clients…

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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