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Latest news and insights from the health and fitness industry. Please take some time time to read our informative articles from a wide range of sources.

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...

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Slam Your Way Into Circuit Training

By TRX Editor FUNCTIONAL TRAINING Aren’t they the same thing as medicine balls?” asked the unassuming gym-goer on more than one occasion. Quite the contrary. As many of us know, these two classic pieces of functional training equipment have some similarities - but...

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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...

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Incorporate Smart Play Into This Kettlebell Workout:

By NASM Boost your clients’ workout and fitness motivation with smart play- as simple as the roll of the dice. Playful exercise can be something as simple as a game of tag. While that’s fun, it probably won’t target all of the areas a client needs to work on. To do...

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11 RD-Approved Tricks To Get Rid Of Bloat:

By Jessica Cording That feeling of bloat is terrible; the rock in your belly, the pants that need to be unbuttoned, like, five minutes ago. Luckily, there are a few tips that help get rid of bloat once you have it—and prevent it from ever happening again: 1. Skip the...

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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...

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Nutrition for Beginners: Back to Basics

By Catherine Delaney When I first became a trainer, I was intimidated when it came to helping people with their nutrition. It sounds silly to admit it now because nutrition is arguably one the most important factors when it comes to getting results. Over time, I have...

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Why Variety Makes Everything Better:

By John Polley Blanket statements like this usually annoy me, but I really mean this one. I mean it because variety makes variety better and variety makes uniformity better too. Variety enhances mental, emotional, and physical outcomes and experiences, for all humans....

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Metabolic Conditioning, Moving Beyond Cardio:

By Josh Elsesser Metabolic conditioning is more than just cardiorespiratory exercise. As a fitness professional, you need to be able to design a conditioning program for your clients that effectively addresses their unique physiology, as well as providing them the...

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Program Design For Weight Loss:

By Josh Elsesser A quick Google search for the topic of program design for weight loss provides well over 2 million results. Needless to say, there is a lot of information, and sometimes misinformation, on the “best” ways to lose weight. Known as the Law of...

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Whos Charging What and How?

by Sean Greely The dream of every entrepreneur is to create a profitable business that gives them the freedom to live the kind of life they want. But if your pricing and packaging aren’t right, you’ll never achieve that dream. There are two common mistakes that...

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Limes: Tasty Flavour Of The Month:

By Geoff Lecovin This time of year many of us look to add a squeeze of lime to beverages and meals. See how this sour green fruit benefits health and some recipes that will add a tasty little tang on to your palate.   Limes are a round green hybrid citrus fruit...

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Get Ready To Burn The Basket:

RUSSELL WYNTER Step away from the bunny and put down the chicks! We did the math, and you may be surprised to know what kind of calorie punch these basket staples have …and what you’ll need to do to burn them off. The calorie burn numbers below are estimated based on...

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Strawberries, Sweet Healthy And Nutritious:

GEOFF LECOVIN In the garden and on the shelves, strawberries are the spotlight of spring. Easy to grow and good for you, see what these nutritional gems have to offer! Strawberries (Fragaria ananassa) are a bright red fruit with a juicy texture, characteristic aroma...

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Utilising Speed Training For Weight Loss:

BRIAN ODDI, PH.D., CPT, NASM-PES, NASE-CSS There are many individuals who are striving to stay healthy and fit, however, they lack time to dedicate to a fitness program due to the busy demands of family, work, and pleasure. Speed training has shown to be a very...

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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...

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Tracking Heart Rate Variability To Help Manage Client Stress.

By Josh Elsesser Stress is one of the major contributing factors to over 60% of all human illness and disease1. So it’s not surprising that stress is also preventing your personal training clients from achieving the results that they are working so hard for. In fact,...

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Preparing For a Golf Event

By BRIAN SUTTON Today’s typical golfer faces many challenges. Not only are golf courses becoming longer and more difficult, but today’s golfer is actually less prepared to play the game. In today’s automated society of long commutes, computers and television, many...

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Trust Me and Other Ineffective Personal Trainer Pick UP Lines

By Shannon Fable Keeping your sales funnel primed with new prospects is important for long-term success in the fitness industry. But, we have a problem. We’ve only been taught a few ways to get in front of new prospects and how we’ve been taught to ‘pick up’ clients...

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Fitness Evaluations: Keeping Goals On Track.

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS How are those goals coming along? Setting a goal is about making changes, looking at what is — in the here and now — and what we want it to be. Creating and committing to the path to get there is what makes for the...

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Nutrition at Work: Opportunities To Improve Employee Wellness

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Easy to implement strategies can make the workplace a nutritionally positive experience. Offering healthy food alternatives and involving employees can jump start healthy changes. Health care costs continue to rise for...

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Exercise Progressions: Are You Asking The Right Questions?

By Kyle Still Learn how and when to make proper exercise progressions. If you’re using the calendar to progress clients, it’s time to think about digging deeper into the how and why of progressions. Understanding the phases of learning and the neural continuum can...

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Who Was That? CRM Tools To Automate Your Customer Pipeline.

By NASM Have you ever dropped the ball on getting back to a prospect? Do you forget to follow up with someone that says they want to start in six months? How do you remember to reach back out to people who have taken a break? Fitness professionals have a line of...

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3 Ways Technology Can Motivate Clients to Exercise More.

By AMANDA VOGEL, MA With January 1 more than a month behind us, you might be noticing that some clients are slipping in their devotion to pursue their New Year’s health and fitness goals. As a personal trainer, you’re already skilled at holding clients accountable and...

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Teaming Up: Should Couples Work Out Together?

By NASM It’s a definitive “yes” when it comes to walking, hiking, bike riding, playing tennis or any activity that both people can equally take part in and enjoy. These are great ways for couples to squeeze in exercise, support each other’s health, and enjoy quality...

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Commitment Issues: When Exercise Motivation Hits a Road Block

By NASM You can navigate clients past common motivation blockers—here’s how. In comes the phone call, or maybe a text, your client—the one who did so well in the beginning—is getting in touch to say she won’t make her next session. Then it’s the one after that. When...

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Caloric Burn and Beyond: Yoga Benefits Unearthed.

By Dana Bender People start practicing yoga for many different reasons. For some, it’s a desire to deepen their awareness of self and their physical body. For others, the reason is to begin a fitness program, with some choosing this practice to focus on the weight...

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Dining Out In Good Health: NASM Blog

By Emily Bailey With so many responsibilities and not enough time, sometimes eating out seems like the most reasonable option for fueling up. Unfortunately, restaurant dishes are often loaded with calories, as well as the saturated fat, sodium and sugar that make...

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King Of The Beasts

Mike Fitch, creator of the Animal Flow® Workout, shares how his innovative programming can bring out the primal grace in your clients. BY LUCIA VITI Mike Fitch is a fitness phenomenon. Sporting an 18-year fitness resumé, this strength coach, personal trainer,...

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Kill the Competition: Land Long Term Training Clients.

By Shannon Fable It’s time to refresh the idea of the comp training session if you want to land long term personal training clients. You, and your prospective clients, have to explore the real value behind the free session, beyond just the try before you buy...

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Electrolytes: Performance Perks and Real Food Sources

By Emily Bailey Hydration is a key to optimal performance and recovery, and that’s true regardless of the season. In fact, impaired performance can result from even a 2% loss of water weight (3 pounds for a 150-pound athlete). Hydration is about more than replacing...

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Top 9 Minerals For Staying Healthy, Strong, and Fit

By EMILY BAILEY You may be familiar with sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium regarding needs for hydration, but these nutrients are also related to many other physiologic processes in the body. Nutrients—including micronutrients, major nutrients and...

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Powering the Vertical Jump With OPT™ (Model)

By SEAN CRISTEA A powerful vertical jump is often considered the epitome of athleticism. Many sports, such as basketball, volleyball, and some track and field events, require the athlete to perform at high levels in this movement [1]. However, many athletes find...

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Energy Boosting Foods

By Emily Bailey In the month of December, we are faced with many challenges that disrupt our normal eating and exercise schedules and routines. Between holiday parties and family gatherings, it is quite easy to fall off-track. To help you stay on track and energised,...

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5 Communication Hacks to Elevate Your Programming

By SHANNON FABLE At a time when the need for qualified fitness professionals is at an all-time high, it’s hard to understand why so many instructors and personal trainers struggle to fill classes or find clients. As an industry, we are trained first to analyze the...

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Groundwork: The Benefits Of Quadrupedal Training

By Dan Edwardes Parkour hHas involved quadrupedal locomotion patterns, crawling drills, since its inception over 25 years ago. Anyone who has ever come to one of our classes,workshops or events will be familiar with just how challenging, demanding and sophisticated...

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Mastering The Turkish Get Up.

By Angie Mille MS There are few training tools in the fitness mainstream that pique interest and create more discussion than the kettlebell. For some, an intimidating ball of iron, for others a versatile piece of equipment that with proper training can transform your...

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‘Countdown to Ski Season’

By TRX Believe it or not, ski season is right around the corner.  We know, we know - your beach towel is still in the hamper, your swimsuit has barely dried, and although you might not actually click/strap in for another 30-40 days, it’s important to begin preparing...

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5 Foam Rolling Exercises For Better Sleep

When stress, anxiety and fatigue combine, the body reacts by tightly contracting the muscles. Eventually, bands or knots form in muscle tissue that will not release on their own. These painfully tight spots are called trigger points. Trigger points can refer pain to...

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7 Ways To Battle The Holiday Bulge Before It Begins

BY STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS · We’ve highlighted seven end-of-year client challenges and provided solutions to help keep them on track. Early planning and preparation can help you and your clients continue to succeed into the New Year. Though the...

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5 Surefire Ways To Build a Client Base With Social Media

By AMANDA VOGEL, MA It’s possible to build a strong client base via social media, but like any type of fitness marketing, it requires time and a little strategizing. Here are five ways to get more clients to meet you on social while also attracting new prospects...

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What’s Your Fitness Niche?

By NASM More and more fitness professionals are targeting specific demographic groups – from road warriors to dog lovers to cancer survivors and patients. Does it work? Trainers reveal the rewards—and the challenges. ON-THE-GO GOALS Last summer, after 10 years as a...

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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...

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Simple School Lunch Ideas Kids Love

By  LAURA QUAGLIO September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: the perfect time to educate clients on kid-friendly lunches. Here’s a simple (sometimes surprising) menu for quick and healthy lunch-prep, from NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, RD and...

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Tai Chi For Seniors

By KATHY KUENZER While there may be disagreement about how long the Chinese have practiced the martial art of tai chi—2,500 years or 400?—there is little dispute that in its current form, it makes practitioners feel healthier. Tai chi was originally a form of Chinese...

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Exercise Tips For Fall Protection.

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Falling can be a serious and life changing event, especially for older adults. There are some simple interventions that can help reduce the risk of falling, and exercise is one of them. The statistics on falling are...

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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...

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15 Health Conditions That May Benefit From a Ketogenic Diet

By Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE Ketogenic diets have become incredibly popular. Early research suggests this high-fat, very low-carb diet may benefit several health conditions. Although some of the evidence is from case studies and animal research, results from human...

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Got Power?

BY KENNETH MILLER, MS Got Power? Training for power has been underrepresented, or at least misrepresented, for its benefit and application in life. When we’re younger we take for granted our ability to sprint after a ball, jump over a fence, or evade the person who is...

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Squat Form – What Does It Tell Us Part 2

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA · AUGUST 23, 2016 Assessing this full body movement provides a foundation for designing a client’s exercise program. See how to use the results of a squat assessment to incorporate corrective exercise strategies and potentially lower...

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Breakfast and Fasted Cardio – IS It Really Worth It

By FABIO COMANA We see it, read it and perhaps even witness it – fasted cardio for weight loss. This approach is currently trending in many exercise circles, but does it really stand up to all the hype? Let’s examine this concept through a series of practices – say...

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10 Brain Boosting Foods and Strategies

by GEOFF LECOVIN What is one of the best choices you can make to nourish, protect and boost brain power? A simple and easy to implement answer to this question is to eat more unprocessed whole foods, which are naturally full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and...

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Squat Form What does It Tell Us? Part 1

DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA The ability to perform a squat or partial squat is an essential primal movement in life we must all be able to do, whether you are 8 or 80 years old. When we think of a squat, most of us associate the move with weight training or a...

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5 Reasons Spirulina Is A Health Game Changer

Spirulina is a very ancient microscopic single cell blue green algae that grows in fresh water all over the world, though it is mostly harvested for consumer usage in Australia, India, China, Africa and North America. Spirulina is one of the simplest life forms on...

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Sprinting Through Water for Rehab and Cross-Training

BY ELLEN NORDBERG Running in deep water reduces impact, adds resistance, increases flexibility and improves circulation. With recent research demonstrating that the effect of training in water can equal the same level of effort on land, it’s no mystery why water...

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The Lactic Acid Lowdown: Clarifying Common Misconceptions.

By Fabio Comana. Despite research dating back over 30 years, several misconceptions surrounding lactic acid (lactate) still exist amongst fitness practitioners and the general public (1). Common misconceptions include that it was considered a primary cause of fatigue...

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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...

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Movement Is Bigger Than Fitness:

Movement Is Bigger Than Fitness Chandler Stevens Coach In the grand scheme of things, your PRs and race times aren’t that important. There, I’ve said it.Improving yourself is always something to be proud of, but there’s more to movement than exercise. Hang tight with...

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Protein For Vegetarian And Vegan Athletes

by EMILY BAILEY Can you be a vegetarian or vegan athlete and meet your protein needs? It is an outdated myth that it is difficult to meet protein requirements from plant sources. Choosing your individual approach to eating needs to fit your lifestyle, whether that’s...

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Tips for Becoming a Better Personal Trainer

Andrew Props | 12 May 2016 I have seen it numerous times and will probably continue to see it as long as gyms are still open. New personal trainers come in and think that they are the best thing since sliced bread. They like to think they know everything and that what...

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Play: Matching the Training Style of the Client

by Ian O'Dwyer |   Date Released : 17 May 2016 I recently presented four days with Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains, in Sydney (AU) and Auckland (NZ). Our workshops were directed at 1) merging the power of “hands on” and movement, 2) identifying and enhancing relationships...

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Why utilizing ViPR can make you a better coach.

Outside of athletic endeavors, people will work with a coach (or trainer, or whatever title you use) for any number of reasons, all of which boil down to one thing: you bring value to their lives, says Steve Rast.  Not many things are more professionally satisfying...

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Heart Opening Yoga Poses For Upper Crossed Syndrome.

By LAUREL VAN DEN CLINE Sitting up tall is a hard habit to learn. If you tend to round forward, a variety of postural issues can affect your musculoskeletal system, as seen with upper crossed syndrome. Whether you are sitting at a desk, driving your car, or texting on...

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The 5 Best Foods To Eat After a Workout.

By TRX EDITOR Studies show that eating the right foods within 30 minutes of a workout can reduce inflammation, replace glycogen stores for future workouts, and repair muscle damage. While many people turn to processed recovery drinks to refuel,the best recovery foods...

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10 Power Food Combos

By Divya Gugnami Research shows certain foods suddenly become healthier when eaten in combination. From spinach and beets to red wine and apples, here are 10 pairings that boost each other’s benefits. Why does orange juice taste so good with oatmeal? And what is it...

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10 Recovery Moves That Will Make You a Stronger Athlete

By KYLE STULL Recovery often sounds like a “dirty” word. What are you recovering from? A night out with friends? Surgery? A day in the office? What is recovery, anyway? There are several myths and misunderstandings associated with recovery from exercise. To find out...

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Six Steps to a Speedy Marathon Recover

By Coach Jenny Hadfield | For Active.com SIX STEPS TO SPEEDY MARATHON RECOVERY Congratulations, you’ve finished the marathon! Now what? Complete marathon recovery can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the intensity of your race...

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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...

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Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes Unhealhty

EMILY BAILEY · FEBRUARY 16, 2016 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) is February 21-27, 2016. This year’s theme is 3 Minutes Can Save a Life. Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy. The focus is on early detection. The earlier someone suffering...

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The myopia boom

Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. Some scientists think they have found a reason why. By: Elie Dolgin The southern city of Guangzhou has long held the largest eye hospital in China. But about five years ago, it became clear that the Zhongshan...

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Leveraging Digital health in Group Training

By Josh Trent With a surge of new fitness apps, wearable devices, and wellness technologies, trainers are beginning to enter the next level of smart coaching with the potential to garner more money from clients that are getting better results. This January, at the...

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Pump Up Your Heart Smarts

By National Academy of Sports Medicine Increase your heart smarts with info on how exercise impacts your heart, how to measure fitness via heart rate, and top cardio concerns fitness pros should know. How it Works Your heart weighs only about 10 ounces and is roughly...

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Piriformis Syndrome: It’s a Pain In the Butt, Hip, and Leg

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS MEDICINE Discomfort from too much sitting? Inactive glutes? Buttock and leg pain? Though small in size, the piriformis could have a big impact on keeping the human movement system moving smoothly. Addressing an overactive piriformis may be...

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Warming Up By Rolling Out

By: Susane Pata WARMING UP BY ROLLING OUT TRIGGERPOINT NOVEMBER 4, 2015 FOAM ROLLING NO COMMENTS Foam Rolling Isn’t Just recovery- It’s a Warm Up! TriggerPoint is extremely proud to feature one of our Master Trainer’s excellent article on how to warm up by rolling...

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Power Naps:  Why You Need Them

It’s 3 in the afternoon and you can barely keep your eyes open.  Your mind feels foggy, and all you want to do is curl up under your desk for 20 minutes and take a nap. But cutting-edge, productive people don’t take naps, do they?   Actually, they do. It turns out...

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