Articles for The Gamut ejournal

How Tight Hips Can Cause Knee Pain

By Justin Price To help you understand how tight hips can cause knee pain you must first appreciate that the knee seldom works in isolation.1 For example, activities that often cause knee pain like squatting, lunging, walking and running all require the feet, ankles, legs and hips to move together in a coordinated fashion. Let’s…

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Can Better Posture Make You Happier?

By Justin Price As a fitness professional trained in musculoskeletal assessments, you are already aware that a client’s posture holds clues about their structure and movement potential. However, have you ever considered that you can also use the results of a postural assessment to gain insight into your client’s mental state of mind and emotional…

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Is Your Ab Routine Hurting Your Back?

By Justin Price What does your abdominal training routine or the exercises you recommend for your clients look like? Are the techniques you choose helping your abs look good while inadvertently hurting your lower back? Most abdominal workouts contain variations of plank and abdominal bridging exercises to strengthen the muscles that help stabilize the pelvis,…

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Why Should Personal Trainers Become Self Defense Trainers?

By Tim Rockford Why should personal trainers consider adding self defense training to the list of client services offered? There are both personal and professional reasons! Let’s put one myth to rest immediately. Acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching basic level self defense methods, tactics and techniques, to the general public does not…

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Five Reasons Why You Want to Eat Carbohydrates

By Nancy Clark As the New Year starts, I hear way too many athletes vowing to “knock off carbs” for their nutrition resolution. Most intend to eat less sugar (OK). Some plan to cut out bread, pasta, potato and starchy foods (not OK). And, others plan to also limit fruits and veggies (bad idea). The…

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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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Aging and the Cardiovascular System and the Muscular System

By Tammy Petersen   Cardiovascular System The main function of this system is the internal transport of cells and dissolved materials, including nutrients, wastes, and gases.  Differences between cardiovascular functioning in older and younger persons have been extensively quantified. However, interactions between age, disease, and lifestyle are often overlooked. Whether the high prevalence of cardiovascular…

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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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