ADDRESSING OVERACTIVE HIP FLEXORS WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

ADDRESSING OVERACTIVE HIP FLEXORS WITH CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

BY Andrew Mills For many of us, working with individuals with tight/overactive hip flexors is a common occurrence. Learning to properly assess and address overactive hip flexors is a powerful skill in helping today’s client move more efficiently. Spending long hours...
LEVERAGING YOUR TRAINING SKILLS FOR THE SENIOR FITNESS MARKET

LEVERAGING YOUR TRAINING SKILLS FOR THE SENIOR FITNESS MARKET

By STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Age is more than a number- it’s an opportunity to serve a growing population. Every day we are bombarded with statistics on seniors and baby boomers, and the customer potential they can bring. But what do trainers (or club...
IS STATIC STRETCHING THE BEST STRATEGY FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT?

IS STATIC STRETCHING THE BEST STRATEGY FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT?

By KATHY ZETTERBERG Static stretching is a highly debated and controversial topic within the fitness and sports performance communities and is focused around the concept that sustained static stretching could impair subsequent performance (Rossi et al. 2010; Shrier...
PIRIFORMIS: IS IT REALLY TIGHT? REALLY?:

PIRIFORMIS: IS IT REALLY TIGHT? REALLY?:

By Kyle Stull Most clients, and fitness professionals alike, use the term “tight” to indicate that a muscle or other form of contractile tissue is shorter than it should be. After being in the fitness industry for more than 15 years, I’ve heard the phrase “my...
INJURY PREVENTION FOR ICE HOCKEY: KEEPING YOUR TEAM ON THE ICE AND IN THE GAME:

INJURY PREVENTION FOR ICE HOCKEY: KEEPING YOUR TEAM ON THE ICE AND IN THE GAME:

By  MICHAEL YAREMKO Avoiding non-contact injuries with corrective exercise can help keep your hockey team on the ice and in the game. Anytime I mention that I am a hockey player, the first question I get is, “How come you still have all of your teeth?” Hockey is...
FOAM ROLLING- APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

FOAM ROLLING- APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE OF SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE:

By  STACEY PENNEY, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) stretching technique that has been embraced throughout the fitness industry. This effective and simple to do technique delivers positive, feel good results. Foam rollers...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

5 Exercises to Combat the Negative Effects of Bad Posture

By DAVID CRUZ, DC, CSCS, FMS, SFMA 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...
The Non-Exercise Components of Corrective Exercise

The Non-Exercise Components of Corrective Exercise

By Justin Price The role of the personal trainer is changing. Traditionally, fitness professionals have helped clients reach their health and fitness goals by designing effective exercise programs, educating them about nutritional choices and motivating them to adhere...
Training the Female Client: Key Considerations for Programming

Training the Female Client: Key Considerations for Programming

By Fabio Comana, MA, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES; ACE CPT & HC; NSCA CSCS; ACSM HFS, CISSN, Exercise Physiologist and Faculty Instructor – SDSU, UCSD & NASM Apart from the more obvious gender differences like pregnancy and some aging-related conditions (e.g.,...
The Barefoot Running Craze: Bogus fad or brilliant way to achieve health?

The Barefoot Running Craze: Bogus fad or brilliant way to achieve health?

By: mc schraefel : Precision Nutrition For more than 40 years, people in the West have been running on built-up “squishy” shoes, hoping to prevent injury and go faster. Yet “barefoot” runners argue that running without shoes or in minimal footwear is safer and better....
Shoulder trouble – Can our workout routine make that big of a difference?

Shoulder trouble – Can our workout routine make that big of a difference?

Our shoulders are a part of virtually every movement we make during the course of a day from typing and driving to eating and opening doors.  Add in regular workouts and our shoulders are always in motion.  It’s no surprise then that shoulders are at a high-risk for...