Nutrition | Performance | Strength Training | Training Tips

How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Love fitness? Enjoy working with people? Spend all of your time at the gym anyway? You may as well turn that time into a career. Learn the few simple steps you need to take to launch a great new career as a certified personal trainer.

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Training Tips | Strength Training | Business

Are You Training Your Glutes the Wrong Way?

These days, the glutes get a lot of attention, and it’s well deserved. When your glutes are built and strengthened the right way, they not only make your body look better, but they also increase your performance and can diminish knee pain. The problem is that most people aren’t taking an optimal approach to training for the highest level of glute development.

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Training Tips

Psychology of Overtraining: Are You Over-Motivating Clients?

As trainers, we try to keep our clients motivated and accountable so they don’t give up on their goals. We want them to do their best and succeed, but are we ever pushing them too far?

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Training Tips

How to Train Like a Scientist: Keeping a Training Log

What does the scientific method have to do with personal training? Everything, if you want to build an optimized training plan for your clients, which includes keeping an effective training log.

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Safety / Injuries | Training Tips

Shoulder Exercises to Reduce Injury

We often use our shoulders more than we realize and a shoulder injury can really put a damper on daily life. Read on to uncover common shoulder problems, as well as exercises you can take on to build strength and prevent injury.

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Strength Training | Training Tips

Building Muscle Simplified: Not as Complicated as you Think

Are your clients begging you to help them get bigger, more muscular arms? Do you have a client that has plateaued in his efforts to bulk up? You can help your clients achieve their goals, but there are no quick fixes, only the facts, backed by research.

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Training Tips | Strength Training

Upper/Lower Split: The Best Workout Plan?

There are many different training methods you can use with clients, but for the most efficient and effective, you need to get on board with the upper/lower split. Find out what the research says and how to schedule the best strength sessions for your clients.

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Training Tips | Technology

On-Demand Workouts: The Death of the Personal Trainer?

Advances in technology affect more than just the functionality of our phones, they also impact our workouts. Activity trackers, on-demand workouts, live streaming fitness classes—it’s like you have full access to a gym right from your phone or a monitor at home. Do real, in-person personal trainers still have a place in the market? 

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Strength Training | Training Tips

Bigger Muscles or Stronger Muscles?

As a trainer, you want to help your client meet his goals.  But did you know that the recommendations for gaining muscle mass and increasing strength are totally different and depend on the individual? Learn how to master the art of designing a strength training program that maximizes your client’s success. 

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Training Tips

Setting Fitness Goals is Essential to Long-Term Success

Do your clients have goals? Are they specific and measurable? Do they work toward those goals in every session? If the answers are no, you aren’t doing your best work as a trainer. Check out the latest ISSA blog to find out why setting fitness goals is so important and how to do it right, for you and your clients. 

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Safety / Injuries | Training Tips

Understanding and Using the Overload Principle

Do you understand the overload principle well enough to plan the most effective programs for your clients? We’ve got you covered in this latest post about progressing safely and maximizing training gains.

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For Women | Training Tips

When clients ask, “How do I build the perfect glutes?”, here’s my response...

Your female client wants a bigger butt, glutes or backside? It’s what most women want, and you can achieve it through targeted, specific training. Here’s how.

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