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Exchanging Fat for Muscle

Exchanging Fat for Muscle

Resistance exercise obviously has more to offer than just size and strength increase. The National Federation of Professional Trainers in cooperation with the Fitness Clinic, a subsidiary research facility conducted a (2) year, limited independent research study. The study involved 40 subjects between the ages of 18 and 35. Among these subjects were resistance and aerobic athletes, general fitness enthusiasts, and overweight housewives and businessmen.

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Becoming a Local Fitness Celebrity

Becoming a Local Fitness Celebrity

Many personal trainers have heard a great way to grow their business is by becoming a local fitness celebrity. But many don’t have any idea how to do it. Fortunately, with some effort, it’s very easy to accomplish. In fact, there are two things any trainer can be doing right now to catapult from unknown to ‘the’ fitness expert in their area almost overnight.

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Is More Rest Best?

Is More Rest Best?

It’s “Heavy Day,” and you’ve just finished your first set of bench presses with a solid six reps. Excited about the prospect of increasing the weight on your next chest workout, you wait a full two minutes before beginning your next set expecting another solid six reps. Unfortunately, something happens. You only get four reps, and the weight feels like you just increased it by 50 pounds!

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Torso Training

Torso Training

In my practice, most of my trainees come to me wishing to lose weight, especially around their middle. Many of them were athletes when they were young. Now they are middle-aged businessmen who have achieved some of their most important goals in life, but can’t believe how out of shape they’ve gotten. Many of them also have preconceived notions of how to lose weight but just can’t get started on their own.

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Interval Training Kicks Up The Workout

Interval Training Kicks Up The Workout

If your clients are looking for a faster and more effective way to burn fat, lose weight, or build muscle, interval training is the solution. By implementing short bursts of intense activity in your client’s workout, they will quickly enhance their workout routine and meet their weight-loss goals.

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Abdominal Exercise- Fact & Fiction

Abdominal Exercise- Fact & Fiction

If you watch TV on a weekend morning you can be introduced to hundreds of abdominal exercise devices.  You go to a health club and see a slew of abdominal exercises undertaken.  Unbeknown to most who fall victim or waste their time, 90% or more of these exercise methods are nothing short of garbage. 

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Weights or Machines?

Weights or Machines?

Whether you use machines (eg. Cybex, Nautilus) or free weights (eg. barbells, dumbbells) or you simply use resistance bands in your strength training routine, you can benefit from any one of these modalities as long as your exercise is regularly performed. The most common question from beginning exercisers is: "What are better – machines or weights?"

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The Perfect Circuit Routine

The Perfect Circuit Routine

As a personal trainer be aware that there are two main categories that resistance exercise routines fall into. Resistance routines can either be considered a circuit or a split, all routines being goal oriented. For the purpose of this article we will be focusing on client performance of circuit routines.
The term circuit implies that all major muscle groups are being worked in some preconceived pattern during a single exercise session, with this pattern repeating itself. Therefore, the exercises chosen to constitute this circuit are discretionary, so long as the circuit requirement of total musculature involvement is met. There are several conditions under which the participant’s fitness prescription should include a circuit routine.

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Everyone Into the Pool

Everyone Into the Pool

The medical community has used water as a medium to treat injuries and rehabilitate patients for many years. Aquatic exercise classes have attracted individuals with special needs such as senior adults, pregnant women and those who do not tolerate land-based exercise well. Exercising in water decreases pain and stiffness and is particularly desirable for clients with arthritis and orthopedic conditions of the hips, knees, ankles, feet and spine.

 

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