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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,...

Are Your Clients Golfers? Watch Out For Lower Back Pain:

By Joshua Stone: Injuries in golf occur as they do during participation in any athletic orientated activity. Research indicates injuries in golf relate to functions of age, skill level, and frequency of play. According to Gosheger et al., over 80% of golf-related...

Breathe Right: Inhale Exhale, Repeat:

By  LAURA QUAGLIO The act of breathing seems incredibly simple, but doing it properly can be surprisingly complex–and of vital importance to your clients’ performance. HOW IT WORKS The average person’s lungs move about 0.5 liters of air with each relaxed breath. That...

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...

The Surprising Truth About Sugar:

By Brian St. Pierre and Krista Scott-Dixon Is sugar “good”? Is sugar “bad”? It’s hard to know for sure these days. Which is interesting because… Sugar is a fundamental molecule in biology. Human bodies need sugar. Sugar makes up the backbone of our DNA. Helps power...

How To Work Off Your Halloween Candy:

by BRIAN KENT, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Before you grab a Halloween fun size candy out of the cauldron, here’s the creepy calorie count that will have you haunting the gym. October is known for homecoming, pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored everything, postseason baseball, the...

Weather Got You Feeling Sad? Here are 4 Mood Boosters:

By Geoff Lecovin Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a combination of biological and mood disturbances typically occurring in the autumn and winter months. SAD is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, hypersomnia, carbohydrate cravings and weight gain....

Shoulder Function Enhancing Shoulder Stabilisation:

By  THOMAS F. WEST, PHD, LAT, ATC Our upper extremity is designed around our hands, our primary tool for manipulating objects in our environment. To this end, the shoulder complex provides the upper extremity with a wide range of motion, allowing us to position our...

Top 4 Secrets Of Highly Successful Personal Trainers From AFS:

By Chuck Leve Imagine, for a moment, the first day of your first job. Were you nervous? Anxious to get out there and prove yourself? Did you wonder which fellow co-workers were going to become your friends? Were you afraid to make a mistake? In all the AFS research...

5 Tips To Cue Your Training Clients For Better Movement:

By RICH FAHMY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Cueing is a vital skill that every fitness professional should master. It is essential for coaching proper technique and it creates a connection between you and your client, conveying how in-tune you are with their movement and...

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...

Heart Rate Zone Methodology, What You Should Know Now:

By Fabio Comana Despite growing popularity and adoption of programs incorporating heart rate (HR) zone methodology, the fitness industry in general appears to lack a solid understanding of the scientific facts and limitations to this programming concept. The goal...

The Lunge An Effective Lower Body Exercise:

By RICH FAHMY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES The lunge is a versatile, simple and effective movement for lower body training. Various positions, planes of motion and speeds can all yield different training adaptations for the exerciser. Lunges are the gift that keeps on...

Why Do Trainers Have Clients Doing Odd Looking Exercises:?

By  BRIAN KENT, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Ah yes, the “Why are they doing that?” remark. We’ve all seen it. Somewhere in “Training Land”, a trainer is making a client do some movement that looks, well, rather ridiculous. It might even look so odd that the untrained eye or...

Set Up Your Thank You:

National Academy Of Sports Medicine: A handwritten note is a powerful thing—and it can help with retention. “People do business with those they know, like, and trust,” says Rasul Davis, NASM-CPT, a Santa Monica, Calif.–based trainer and life clarity coach. “By sending...

Going Nutritious With Nuts

By Geoff Lecovin Adding nuts to your diet can boost your health! Nuts are a composite of a seed and dry fruit surrounded by a hard outer shell. They are a nutrient dense food rich in heart healthy fats, vegetable protein, soluble fibre, vitamins, minerals,...

Programming For Progressive Core Training

By MARTY MILLER, ATC, DHSC, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, MASTER INSTRUCTOR Core training has become a staple of almost all conditioning programs. Whether it is for high-level athletes, the weekend warrior, or your average fitness enthusiast, “working the core” tends to get a...

5Go-To Exercises For Iliotobial Band Syndrome:

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA · Incidence of IT Band Syndrome The warm summer weather is the perfect setting for people to get outdoors and participate in the activities they enjoy. However, too much of a good thing can lead to overuse injuries. Iliotibial band...

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...

Psychoneuroimmunology In Sport Injury And Rehabilitation:

By JONI L. CRAMER ROH, EDD, LAT, ATC The interaction of the psychological, neurological, endocrine and immune function and the influence on health is known as psychoneuroimmunology and has been studied since the mid-1970’s (Langley Fonseca, & Iphofen, 2006)....

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