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,...
4 Speed Training Lessons with High School Athletes:

4 Speed Training Lessons with High School Athletes:

By Chris Korfist Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, a big part of my week was getting up early on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. One of my favourites was “Super Friends” (my second favourite was “Land of the Lost”), especially the episodes with Bizarro, who was...
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Corrective Exercise Programming For The Wrist:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Corrective Exercise Programming For The Wrist:

By Kyle Stull Wrist injuries are very common. This is especially true for those on the ice and snow, and also in wheeled sports and activities such as skating and skateboarding in more recent years. In fact, wrist injuries are the second most common type of upper...
Sympathetic vs Parasympathetic Overtraining – Selecting The Proper Modality to Maximise Recovery:

Sympathetic vs Parasympathetic Overtraining – Selecting The Proper Modality to Maximise Recovery:

By BRYAN D. BURNSTEIN, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, NASM-CES, PES, FNS, USAW A successful sports performance program may be summarized by two primary outcomes; athlete availability and athlete durability. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the sports performance...
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...

By Jessica Mathews What to Look For in a Group Fitness Instructor Love to bust a move in Zumba? Look forward to unwinding on your mat in yoga? Get pumped up just thinking about breaking a sweat in boot camp? If you’re an avid group fitness goer you’ve probably noticed...
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...
Everybody Is Foam Rolling But Why Everywhere:?

Everybody Is Foam Rolling But Why Everywhere:?

By Kyle Stull Foam rolling, a form of self-myofascial release (SMR), hit the mainstream almost 15 years ago and is continuing to increase in popularity. While there are several ways to measure these popularity trends, an interesting approach is to look at the...
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...
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...
Give Your Athletes The Competitive Edge With The NASM PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist)

Give Your Athletes The Competitive Edge With The NASM PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist)

By The National Academy of Sports Medicine The NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization (NASM-PES) was developed to teach fitness professionals how to elevate an athlete’s training to achieve noticeable results while also decreasing the chance for injury. When...
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...
Corrective Exercise: How to Keep Clients Injury-Free, Pain-Free and Coming Back!

Corrective Exercise: How to Keep Clients Injury-Free, Pain-Free and Coming Back!

By National Acadamy of Sports Medicine As a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), it’s important to realise that just about every client you work with could be susceptible to common injuries and ailments, ranging from low-back pain to ACL tears to shoulder pain. The...
NASM’S Corrective Exercise Continuum: 4 Keys To Fixing Movement Dysfunction

NASM’S Corrective Exercise Continuum: 4 Keys To Fixing Movement Dysfunction

Almost every person has some sort of muscular dysfunction or imbalance that can lead to pain and injury. The NASM Corrective Exercise Specialization (CES) delivers a proven method that reduces dysfunction and helps people move, feel and live better.  The CES is...
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...
Help Clients Prevent Lower Back Pain Through Progamming.

Help Clients Prevent Lower Back Pain Through Progamming.

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA The economic impact of low back pain (LBP) is greater than $100 billion per year and causes more disability globally than any other condition (1,2). It is the most common cause of activity limitation in adults aged 45 and younger and...
Understanding and Preventing Ankle Sprains Through Corrective Exercise

Understanding and Preventing Ankle Sprains Through Corrective Exercise

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries among physically active people accounting for an estimated 23,000 sprains — daily –that are attributed to athletic activity. (1) Basketball players suffer the highest incidence rate...
Exercise as medicine: Pre-habilitation for hip surgery patients.

Exercise as medicine: Pre-habilitation for hip surgery patients.

Louise Grant discusses how pre-habilitation can help clients about to undergo hip surgery. As chartered physiotherapist, I have a specific interest in hip patients and prehabilitation generally. Prehabilitation means analysing an individual’s posture, movement...
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,...
5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

We all know that our clients are doing good things for their bodies while we are with them, but probably not during the other hours of the week. Especially the prolonged time they potentially spend sitting, now considered detrimental to overall health. We see the...
Preventing Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries Through Corrective Exercise Programming Part 2

Preventing Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries Through Corrective Exercise Programming Part 2

Shoulder pain and shoulder injuries related to the rotator cuff are common issues within the general population and among athletes. This article will provide you with background knowledge and practical suggestions on how to prevent or improve conditions of this muscle...