Practical Skills

Lean Clients in 2016

Posted by on December 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Help your clients stay lean in 2016 with this simple and effective workout. This is a great suggested workout for when clients find themselves too busy to exercise. Pass this on to clients this week and wish them a happy new year!

You can complete this workout 2-3x this week on alternating days. It is quick, challenging and will make it very possible to get an amazing workout in your own neighborhood and home! No equipment is needed to complete this routine. It is best to start this routine with the Cardio portion and then go indoors for the Exercise portion.

Cardio

Hill repeats are challenging and will burn a ton of calories very quickly. Take a moment to scope out your neighborhood and find a steep hill. Start with a warm-up with some straight leg kicks, side shuffles and butt kickers. When you feel like your heart rate is up, you can start your first climb. Go slowly for the first round to ease into the hills. Then either walk or jog back to the bottom of the hill. For each consecutive hill, the goal is to feel breathless by the time you reach the top. You can walk, jog or sprint. The number of repeats will depend on how long and steep your hill is but do them for 20 minutes.

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Info To Send To Personal Training Clients

Posted by on November 12, 2015 at 3:08 am

kneedipb(2)Looking for some interesting information on fitness and exercise to share with your clients? Here is a recent blog post that I wrote for my clients that I thought you might want to share with yours!

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Heart & Lungs – Teach Your Clients!

Posted by on July 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

It is time to give your clients an Exercise Physiology lesson today…all about strengthening their hearts and lungs! I know you probably know this, but do your clients? Knowledge is power. Share this info with your clients!

sherri bike seattleThe cardio-respiratory system or the heart and lungs is responsible for the distribution of oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen, the gas that makes up 21% of the air we breathe, is critical to life. In fact, tissues will start to die without oxygen in about 6 minutes. So the efficiency of the heart and lungs and how they work together is very important both during rest and exercise.

This system functions by first causing us to breathe using our respiratory muscles. Air then enters our bodies and travels to our lungs. The oxygen is diffused through our lungs and into our blood stream and travels towards the heart. The heart is a strong enough muscle to be able to pump the blood to the entire body where tissues will extract the oxygen to use it to produce energy. Carbon Dioxide, a toxic waste product, is produced and the body must then dispose of it so it travels back up to the heart, then to the lungs and we exhale it. Read more on Heart & Lungs – Teach Your Clients!…

Revenue with Running Programs Part 11 – Race Day

Posted by on November 10, 2014 at 2:15 am

start line GF 2012If 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!

Today we will focus the important steps your clients should take as race day approaches.

Now send your clients this info and then ask them to join you for YOUR running program!

Nutrition:

Proper nutrition is critical throughout your entire training program, but even more important to pay very close attention to your nutrition as you approach race day. The week before the event, make sure you’re consuming a diet rich in healthy, complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain pastas, oatmeal, quinoa etc), fruits and vegetables.  Also, critical to ultimate performance is to drink plenty of water heading into the event.  Drink water every chance you get and minimize your alcohol intake the week before!  Finally, avoid Read more on Revenue with Running Programs Part 11 – Race Day…

Revenue with Running Programs – Part 2 Designing Running Program

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

565859_Girlfriends_Half_31_1_r770x495If 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.

IMGL6304Aerobic 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 hamstringsWe experience stiffness due to the body’s inflammation response.  Read more on Helping Clients Release Muscle Aches and Pains…