Spring has officially sprung and we are leaving the drabness of winter behind and looking forward to fresh air and fresh fitness topics! Our March 2021 topics ranged from myths about the personal training career to anatomy and fitness client results. Dig in to these interesting articles that are rife for expanding your knowledge as a fit pro.
March’s most popular blogs:
Six Personal Training Myths
As with any profession, there are misconceptions and misperceptions of what it’s like to actually be a professional in a specific field. It’s easy to hear about a profession or a job and develop a story about what being in that role entails – everything from daily schedules to salary to the ease with which a job is done. The profession and practice of personal training is no exception and no stranger to stereotypical ideologies. Here are six personal training myths I hear most often about this profession.
Understanding and Training Rectus Femoris
Rectus femoris is one of the four quadriceps muscles. The other quadriceps muscles are vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, and vastus intermedius. Of these four muscles, rectus femoris is the most superficial and is the only to cross both the hip and knee joints; the others cross only the knee. The various functions of this muscle give personal trainers important considerations to take into account when facing postural distortions or knee/hip pain.
Weighing In On the Scale Debate
Weight loss clients that are weighing themselves on the scale frequently may not only create unnecessary anguish, but will also not receive the full and accurate picture of their progress.
Many wake up and the first thing they do is step on their scale to see if their efforts from the day before moved the number in the right direction. Daily weigh-ins have the ability to send someone into a negative spiral, emotionally and practically. How should personal trainers guide clients with regard to the frequency and importance of scale measurement while also underscoring the greater significance of body composition changes?
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Imagine trying to identify an “illness” about which medical schools never teach. Leaky gut syndrome falls into such a category and as of late, has gotten much attention. Experts have even gone so far as to wonder whether it really exists. According to Dr. Linda A. Lee, a gastroenterologist, “In the absence of evidence, we don’t know what it means or what therapies can directly address it.”
Leaky gut syndrome commonly associated with bloating, cramps, and food sensitivities, remains somewhat of an enigma in the medical field, but is generally understood as increased intestinal permeability. Problematic increases in intestinal permeability or intestinal hyperpermeability top the list of possible culprits in the onset of a leaky gut and the ensuing malabsorption of vital nutrients.
5 Things Worth Tracking for Fitness Clients
Fitness clients want to see progress; that’s often why they seek the services of an exercise professional. Progress means different things to each client (and to each personal trainer). Many clients want to see specific objective measurements such as body weight, body fat percentage, or muscular strength. Still, others want to see a change in their energy levels or self-confidence. As personal trainers, we have the ability to track the progress that matters most to our clients – not just the objective aspects we can weigh with a scale or measure with a tape measure. Beyond physical or mental progress, personal trainers can track other meaningful benchmarks to share with clients over time. As you work with your fitness clients, consider tracking these five aspects.