HORMONAL BALANCE AND METABOLISM: HOW EXERCISE CAN POSITIVELY AFFECT HORMONES

HORMONAL BALANCE AND METABOLISM: HOW EXERCISE CAN POSITIVELY AFFECT HORMONES

By JOSH ELSESSER There are four hormones that are critical to the success of your client’s weight loss program. Cortisol, insulin, thyroid, and the sex hormones (testosterone in men, and progesterone in women). When kept in balance, these hormones have the largest...
Boosting Brain Fitness-Understanding the Brain and Exercise:

Boosting Brain Fitness-Understanding the Brain and Exercise:

By Fabio Comana Neuroplasticity was a relatively unknown term until the 1970s when scientists began accepting the notion that our brain is a not a physiologically static organ, becoming fixed shortly after birth with approximately 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) (1,...
25+ nutrition and lifestyle strategies to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease:

25+ nutrition and lifestyle strategies to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease:

By John Berardi, PhD. Worried about Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration? There are many things we can’t control when it comes to cognitive decline. But certain nutrition and lifestyle choices may help to lower our risk. Here’s how to stack the deck in your...
7 proven + profitable models for adding nutrition coaching to a health and fitness business:

7 proven + profitable models for adding nutrition coaching to a health and fitness business:

By John Berardi, PhD. Learning more about nutrition is one thing; turning that knowledge into results (and a thriving practice) is another. That’s why, in this article, I share seven proven business models from top health and fitness experts. Use them to grow your...
Making You Move, Is What I Enjoy.

Making You Move, Is What I Enjoy.

By Wayne David Clark As fitness professionals we sometimes tend to neglect our own bodies in favour of helping others achieve their goals. We become so focussed on the needs of others that our own needs tend to be placed on the back burner. Having said that a lot of...
Endurance Exercise and Your Gut: Strategies To Out Run The Runs and Other GI Complaints

Endurance Exercise and Your Gut: Strategies To Out Run The Runs and Other GI Complaints

By Geoff Lecovin Adverse gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, such as cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are common problems faced by up to 90% of endurance athletes. Exercise-related gastrointestinal symptoms are inconvenient, can adversely affect performance and in...
Understanding Childhood Obesity:

Understanding Childhood Obesity:

By Brain Sutton MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES A growing epidemic facing the next generation of Americans is childhood obesity. This epidemic will have lasting effects on health, wellbeing, and rising healthcare costs. In fact, childhood obesity has roughly tripled...
Improving The Posture And Health Of Your Older Clients

Improving The Posture And Health Of Your Older Clients

By  DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA We can all relate to our mothers telling us to “sit up” and “don’t slouch” when we were kids but never really took it to heart. Now research is indicating that mom actually did know best about posture. Considering how often we use...
Stability Creates Flexibility: Can a Strong Core Improve Hamstring Flexibility?

Stability Creates Flexibility: Can a Strong Core Improve Hamstring Flexibility?

By CHRISTINE ROMANI-RUBY Range of motion is an important part of any conditioning program. Increasing flexibility improves joint motion, while a decrease in flexibility results in less motion at the joint. Enhanced flexibility can provide many benefits, including a...
Ankle Mobility: How It Can Maximize or Limit Client Results:

Ankle Mobility: How It Can Maximize or Limit Client Results:

By Jared Meacham Personal trainers must look at the concept of physical fitness results through many different lenses. What amounts to optimal fitness for one client may not necessarily be the bee’s knees of fitness achievement for another. This blog post is a basic...
How To Answer The Most Common Nutrition Questions Like a Boss:

How To Answer The Most Common Nutrition Questions Like a Boss:

By John Berardi and Brian St. Pierre Whether you’re a personal trainer, strength coach, nutritionist, or health coach, you’re going to get a ton of nutrition questions. Heck, even if you’re just really passionate about health and fitness, you’re probably getting...
Conditioning and Training: The Relevance Of Flexibility Training.

Conditioning and Training: The Relevance Of Flexibility Training.

By Mike Bracko Stretching and flexibility training have undergone dramatic changes in the fitness and sports training realm. Over the last ten to fifteen years more research has been published and subsequently applied to fitness and conditioning programs. Previously,...
Power Your Career and Your Athletes Potential with PES (Performance Enhancement Specialisation)

Power Your Career and Your Athletes Potential with PES (Performance Enhancement Specialisation)

By NASM The NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization (PES) has provided the pathway to career success for personal trainers working with clients at every level of athletic performance. PES gives you the knowledge and tools to build individualised, sport-specific...
Corrective Exercise: Reducing The Risk of Non Contact ACL Injuries.

Corrective Exercise: Reducing The Risk of Non Contact ACL Injuries.

By Andrew Mills As fitness professionals and sports enthusiasts, we know how devastating an ACL injury can be for an athlete, both professional and recreational. Discover how the NASM Corrective Exercise Continuum can be used to help prevent this potentially career...
Four Surprising Energy Sources To Combat Fatigue

Four Surprising Energy Sources To Combat Fatigue

By NASM Fatigue might feel as if it begins in the body, but the mind plays a key role. Though we tend to blame our bodies for fatigue, the brain actually sets the pace of energy use and holds a little energy in reserve. Here are a few ways to help clients tap that...
Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice?

Yes, they can — with proper training and some important caveats. By John Berardi, Ph.D. It’s a hot debate: Can personal trainers, health coaches, and other non-RD professionals give nutrition advice to their clients? You’ll be surprised (and relieved) to hear: Yes, to...
How To Know If You’re Suffering From Workout Burnout + What To Do About It

How To Know If You’re Suffering From Workout Burnout + What To Do About It

by Juliet Kaska Workout burnout is a common problem for the avid exerciser. Effects can be as simple as lethargy or not seeing results and as serious as severe injury and organ failure. In other words, we should not take burnout lightly—and we should take the warning...
The 3 absolute worst health and fitness goals you must avoid.

The 3 absolute worst health and fitness goals you must avoid.

Plus a clear recipe for turning ‘bad’ fitness goals into ‘good’ ones. By John Berardi, Ph.D. If you want to achieve your health and fitness goals, you need a powerful formula, something to organize your efforts. In this article we’ll help you get organized while...
What the Science Really Says: The Connection Between Ankle Flexibility and Knee Position

What the Science Really Says: The Connection Between Ankle Flexibility and Knee Position

Updates from NASM’s research partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill If you see knee valgus collapse (hip adduction and internal rotation along with knee adduction and internal rotation) while assessing a client, you likely think of hip abductor,...