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Group Fitness | Performance | Safety / Injuries | Strength Training

9 Foam Rolling Secret Benefits Everyone Should Know

Foam rolling and other types of self-myofascial release are a common part of any trainer’s toolbox. But, there are some key secrets the best trainers know when using SMR in client programs--learn 9 of these secret benefits of foam rolling from our experts to set yourself apart from other trainers.

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Nutrition | Performance | Strength Training

Best time to Consume Protein?

There’s no question that adequate protein intake is essential for building and strengthening muscle tissue. But, is timing of protein intake important for maximizing these gains? Experts don’t always agree on the question of whether hypertrophy and strength can be affected by precise timing of protein (before, during, or after training). In 2013 a group of sports science researchers gathered the best existing research on this common question. We review this analysis here.

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Strength Training | Training Tips | Performance

DOMS - Why Some People Suffer More Than Others

DOMS, we all get it sometimes, but have you ever noticed that some people suffer more than others after an intense workout? Researchers are hard at work trying to figure out why some people are more prone to post-exercise muscle soreness than others. We’ll update you on the latest findings about gender, genetics, and DOMS so you can better help your clients work out pain-free.

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Performance | Training Tips

Pick up a Kettlebell, Change Your Life

Have you tried kettlebell training yet? Have you introduced your clients to it? Let me share with you the five most important reasons I love kettlebell training and why I love to convert others to the philosophy of the kettlebell workout. Find out why this type of training is perfect for your clients who have less time to work out, new mothers, older clients, and really anyone else on your training list.

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Performance | Sports Psychology

Why You Should Choose Intensity over Duration

Do your clients understand that less is more according to the latest research science? Do they know that pounding it out for hours on the treadmill is not the most effective way to burn calories and build muscle? If your clients want results fast, you need to convince them to ditch the extra workouts and stick to short, intense routines. Here’s how to make your case.

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Sports Psychology | Performance

Exercise and Growing Connections in the Brain

What are your training sessions doing to your client’s brain? Only good things research tells us.  According to sports science, the brain gets a workout every time we challenge our bodies. You can actually train your client’s brain to learn better and improve the willpower when training the body.

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Performance | Safety / Injuries

Is Your Warm Up Routine Sabotaging your Training?

With a diversity in warm-up strategies, your client may ask if one warm up strategy superior to others at preparing the body to receive maximal benefits from the training session.

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Performance | Strength Training | Training Tips

Ideal Number Of Times Your Clients Should Train

With so much conflicting advice bouncing around gym walls, it’s mentally (and physically) draining to separate fact from fiction and actually lead your client to the holy grail of rapid, lean muscle growth.  One such area in need of major demystifying?  Training frequency - What’s the ideal number of times your clients should train?

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Performance | Training Tips

Does Balance Training Improve Speed?

In the world of sports, speed is king. Athletes, parents, coaches and trainers always ask me if different forms of balance training actually create noticeable improvements in running speed? And rightfully so, with all the information out there, that’s a great question.

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Performance | Training Tips

What You Need to Know About High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training, while around for nearly 100 years, has had a major resurgence in gyms everywhere over the past 10 years, owing in large part, to a veritable blizzard of research papers extolling its benefits. Let's take a look at the history and what you need to know about High Intensity Interval Training.

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Performance

Improve Muscle Balance and Stability Part 3

Welcome back for this third installment of the article series. If you have read up on the previous topics and applied what you have learned, you should notice a few results already starting. Your clients should be much more aware of their posture, their weaknesses should be improving, and if your new found expertise has caught on, you have a few new clients who are impressed with your knowledge.

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Performance

Improve Muscle Balance and Stability Part 2

Welcome back for the second installment of my three-part series on muscular imbalance and its effects on performance. I hope you took the opportunity to read the first part of this article and perform the assignment. Did you take a look at the postural alignment of your clients? Did you notice the faults that I had mentioned? See anything common amongst them?

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