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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Avoiding Muscle Loss as We Age

By Wayne Westcott and Rita La Rosa Loud   Inactive aging is associated with significant amounts of muscle loss on a year-by-year basis.  Adults who do not perform some type of strength training sacrifice more than 5 pounds of muscle tissue every decade, and older adults lose even more than that.  Because our muscles function…

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Customer Service for the Personal Trainer

By Wendy Williamson   Good-to-great customer service spurs on a successful personal trainer’s career.  Though not all of the success can be attributed to great customer service, a large portion can be attributed the fitness professional’s interpersonal skills. Over 70 % of Americans (2011) said they were willing to spend more money with companies they…

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Differential Effects of our Exercise and Nutrition Program on Weight Loss Participants and Arthritis Patients

By Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., Rita La Rosa Loud, B.S., Michelle Pearson, M.S., and Samantha Vallier, A.S.   Approximately 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese,6 even though almost the same percentage of men and women report that they are following reduced calorie diet plans.12  It would, therefore, appear that dieting alone is not…

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