NFPT Blog April 2019 Favorites

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Spring was definitely in the air this month with lots of interesting topics that engaged our fitness audience. Some of the favorites discussed the benefits of exercise on cognitive decline, addressing barriers for clients who claim to have no time for exercise, some kick-butt core exercises that you can do standing, the ultimate shoulder mobility bible, and settling the score on what’s most important for hypertrophy: protein or calories.

Read on, take it all in, and bring that fresh knowledge to your practice.

Fitness Fights Age-Related Cognitive Decline 

Human Brain On A Running Machine

The benefits of consistent exercise have been touted endlessly, yet it may still be surprising to learn that aspects of dementia can be highly mitigated by both regular aerobic and resistance training.

Eliminating Barriers for Clients Who Say They Don’t Have Time

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We’ve all heard the excuse and perhaps have even rolled our eyes at, “I’m just too busy to workout regularly.” Hmph. Rather than be indignant or guilt your client about a valid time management issue, help them navigate their challenges with these helpful approaches.

 

Corrective Exercises to Improve Shoulder Mobility

The shoulder is a complicated joint, and this blog series has picked it apart, motion by motion. Assessing what is not functioning properly to start will give a fitness professional the key to assigning the corrective work to fix maladaptive movement patterns.

Serratus Activation

A mobile shoulder joint will contribute to efficient exercise all around, but if pull-ups are in your repertoire or you want them to be, improving shoulder mobility is a must.

Six Standing Core Exercises

Haven’t we had enough of crunches and side bends and endless planks? Not that those movements don’t have their place, but there are far more functional and interesting movements a trainer can incorporate to strengthen a client’s core and improve activities of daily life.

Standing Core Exercises

Try the farmer’s walk or rainbows with your clients and see if they don’t feel stronger instantly.

What’s More Important for Hypertrophy–Protein or Calories?

Depending on what your training approach is, you may have found yourself in the midst of this nutritional “debate”. Some folks insist getting enough protein is what will build your muscles and others will say that’s not nearly important as getting enough calories. We’ve settled the argument, and the answer may surprise you.

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About

NFPT Publisher Michele Rogers, MA, NFPT-CPT, manages and coordinates educational blogs and social media content for NFPT. She’s been a personal trainer for 20 years with a lifetime passion for all things health and fitness. Her mission is to raise kinesthetic awareness and nurture a mind-body connection. After battling chronic lower back pain and becoming a parent, Michele aims her training approach to emphasize corrective exercise and pain resolution. She holds a master’s degree in applied health psychology from Northern Arizona University. Follow Michele on Instagram.