Re-examining Exercise Repetition Speed

By Wayne L. Westcott Movement speed has long been a controversial area in the field of strength training.  Although fast movement speeds may permit heavier weight loads, this is largely due to momentum.  For example, if Jim performs barbell curls with his back against the wall he can use an 80-pound weight load.  However, if…

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Sports Nutrition Questions

By Nancy Clark   Athletes have many questions about how to fuel for top performance. The Internet abounds with answers—but how do you what’s valid? Here are some trust-worthy answers, based on research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting (May 2018; www.ACSM.org). FUELING DURING  Do elite athletes, such as professional soccer…

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Addressing the Obesity Epidemic

By Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., and Rita La Rosa Loud, B.S.   Based on body mass index (BMI), more than 70% of American adults are classified as overweight or obese.6  Unfortunately, this height and weight calculation seriously underestimates the number of middle-aged and older adults who have too much fat and too little muscle.  This…

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Sports Nutrition: #ScienceNotOpinion

By Nancy Clark   Performance starts with fueling, not training! The best way to fuel for top performance seems to be a debatable topic these days. To keep on top of the science regarding food, exercise and performance, I look to SCAN, the Sports & Cardiovascular Nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and…

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Training Cancer Survivors

By Tammy Petersen   Once a virtual death sentence, cancer today is a curable disease for many and a chronic illness for most. With continued advances in strategies to detect cancer early and treat it effectively, along with the aging of the population, the number of individuals living years beyond a cancer diagnosis can be…

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A Basic Exercise Program for Beginning Participants

By Wayne L. Westcott and Rita La Rosa Loud   Have you ever felt confused about the myriad of strength training models presently being promoted in the fitness market?  Do you wonder why there are so many different strength training protocols and workout programs?  Variety aside, do you wish that there was a simple and…

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Are You Training Your Gut?

By Nancy Clark   Athletes tend to do a good job of training their muscles, heart and lungs. But some of them (particularly endurance athletes and those in running sports) commonly fail to train their guts. As one marathoner reported, “I was so afraid of getting diarrhea during long training runs that I did not…

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Metabolic Syndrome: A New Focus for Lifestyle Modification

By Tammy Petersen   Personal trainers have the opportunity to do more than just help people they train become more active. We need to be prepared to also help our clients implement lifestyle behavior changes related to stress, family history of coronary heart disease, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A look at…

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Guidelines for Strength Training During Pregnancy

By Catherine Cram You may have heard people warn that pregnant women shouldn’t lift anything over their head or objects that are heavier than ten pounds when pregnant. These are warnings that still make the fitness trainer rounds when working with pregnant clients, yet neither is based in fact. There’s no evidence for warning pregnant…

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Weight: Is It a Matter of Willpower?

By Nancy Clark   Is weight simply a matter of willpower? You might think so, given the number of dieters who add on exercise, subtract food, and expect excess fat to melt away. But it does not always happen that way. Older athletes notice the fat that creeps on year after year seems harder and…

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