Certified Personal Trainer

The NASM-CPT Podcast: Stabilization Endurance Training – Workout Fitness Article

The NASM-CPT Podcast: Stabilization Endurance Training This episode discusses the Stabilization Endurance Training phase of the OPT™ Model. In this session, there is a discussion about all the components leading up to resistance training which include: Flexibility (SMR and static stretching)CoreBalanceReactive training SAQ Rick Richey answers questions such as: “Why does NASM suggest flexibility to be done before the workout?” and “Why is core done at the start instead of the end of the workout?” Then, we discuss horizontal and…

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The COMPLETE Personal Trainer – NASM Blog – Workout Fitness Article

The COMPLETE Personal Trainer – NASM Blog Originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of American Fitness Magazine. After “James” earned his exercise physiology degree, he was eager to get certified as a personal trainer and begin his career. A college athlete, he had dreams of putting clients through rigorous programs that yielded results, and he envisioned owning his own studio within 5 years. Two years into his personal training career, however, James realized he needed to add more tools…

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Certified Personal Trainer Q&A: Shane Lee – Workout Fitness Article

Certified Personal Trainer Q&A: Shane Lee Each month, we’ll shine the spotlight on a different NASM Certified Personal Trainer who’s making a difference in their community. For December, we spoke with Shane Lee, a race car driver who was recently certified as an NASM personal trainer.  Here’s what Shane had to say about life in the fit lane. Shane, tell our readers a little bit about yourself. My name is Shane Lee. I am 26 years old, and I live…

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The Listener Question Episode – NASM Blog – Workout Fitness Article

The Listener Question Episode – NASM Blog In this episode, Rick Richey doesn’t just focus on one topic but covers several questions that listeners have submitted over the past few months. Here are a few questions that get addressed during this episode: “Help me better understand the planes of motion?” “If a client shows knee valgus, do I have them SMR the overactive muscles before heading into the workout and before the beginning of each session?” “Do you think it…

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Stand Up To Childhood Obesity: How Fitness Pros Can Impact The Future – Workout Fitness Article

Stand Up To Childhood Obesity: How Fitness Pros Can Impact The Future Learn the science behind the sources of this troubling trend, its sobering effects on children’s quality of life, and the steps you can take to help set up youth for lifelong health. Originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of American Fitness Magazine. Lack of physical activity and an increase in sedentary behaviors are leading an overall upward trend in obesity, but the effects on children and adolescents…

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Keys to a Successful Personal Training Business – Workout Fitness Article

Keys to a Successful Personal Training Business Some personal trainers have an impressive list of credentials but a small client base, while others aren’t as educated but are always booked. What’s the difference between them? In this episode, Rick Richey discusses how to find the balance between these two types of trainers. Learn what it takes to run a successful personal training business, including: How Rick built his own businessYour attitude and interaction skillsWhat your clients really wantAsking for the…

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Planning Training Around One’s Own Biological Clock for Peak Performance – Workout Fitness Article

Planning Training Around One’s Own Biological Clock for Peak Performance The expression “training around the clock” has more scientific merit than many would expect. Typically, it’s used to refer to the daily grind of balancing training with work, meal preparation for training, and finding time to recover.   For sleep scientists, we think of training around the clock as the literal biological clock, a unique series of biological factors that determine when we release certain wake-promoting hormones, recovery-promoting hormones, and sleep-promoting…

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The One Where We Talk HIIT and SIT – Workout Fitness Article

The One Where We Talk HIIT and SIT In this episode, Rick discusses the differences in Sprint Interval Training (SIT) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and the benefits of both including: Time efficiencyHealth and fitness benefitsAerobic and anaerobic performanceBetter fat oxidationLower blood pressureIncreased insulin sensitivityOptimized hormonal responsesWeight lossDecreased in abdominal weightIncreased EPOCThat’s an impressive list and by no means exhaustive.  HIIT work to rest ratio is often seen as 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3. Sprint interval training involves an all-out effort…

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One Thought-Provoking Question to Ask Clients to Help Them Change Behavior – Workout Fitness Article

One Thought-Provoking Question to Ask Clients to Help Them Change Behavior Most personal trainers, at some point, will have a consultation with a client who has a weight loss goal. For a few weeks, I had one of my clients message me everything they ate along with their exercise routine outside of the gym. We’re talking times, foods, estimated caloric consumption, time spent doing exercise along with daily weigh-ins. When you do this, you start to notice habits and patterns…

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Do Personal Trainers Need Insurance? – Workout Fitness Article

Do Personal Trainers Need Insurance? Get the Basics… It is recommended that all personal trainers, fitness trainers, and group exercise instructors are covered by a liability insurance policy. Liability insurance does not protect personal trainers from a lawsuit, but it does protect against financial loss in case of a lawsuit. The price of liability insurance for personal trainers varies on the amount of desired coverage. Some professional fitness organizations have partnerships to offer liability insurance at a discounted rate to…

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Even More Periodization and Programming – Workout Fitness Article

Even More Periodization and Programming Periodization and programming are not necessarily the same thing. Periodization is the cycles of training that take place. Often, we talk about macro, meso, and micro cycles. In sports, the periodization may include those concepts, but change based on the season: off-season, pre-season, in-season, and hopefully … post-season. Off-season may have several different training cycles. Early on it will be focused on recovery! After a progressive lead-in (a long micro-cycle or a single mesocycle) the…

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Introducing NASM-CPT EXAM PREP, available exclusively on the NASM EDGE App – Workout Fitness Article

Introducing NASM-CPT EXAM PREP, available exclusively on the NASM EDGE App Getting ready for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer Exam? Running out of favors asking your significant other/roommate/relative/friend/all of the above to help you with exam prep? Reached both ends of the Internet searching for study tips and tricks?  Here’s great news: The NASM EDGE App now comes with NASM-CPT Exam Prep. This robust function contains just about all the study tools you need to get you ready for the…

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Fitness Tech: It’s Time to Make It Your Business – Workout Fitness Article

Fitness Tech: It’s Time to Make It Your Business As an early adopter of fitness technology, Ted Vickey, PhD, once conducted a survey of about 200 fitness professionals. “The thing that I found most shocking was that trainers use technology for themselves, but they don’t yet use it for their clients,” he says. “And my thought process is that they have never been taught how.” This is not their fault, notes Vickey, founder and CEO of FitWell, a fitness technology…

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Certified Personal Trainer Q&A: Renee Pickett – Workout Fitness Article

Certified Personal Trainer Q&A: Renee Pickett Each month, we’ll shine the spotlight on a different NASM Certified Personal Trainer who’s making a difference in their community. For November, we spoke with Renee Pickett, a Health and Fitness Motivational Speaker, a STRONG by Zumba Master Trainer, and Zumba program developer, as well as a fitness model, and a mom to boot. She’s also in the final stages of becoming an NASM Certified Personal Trainer. But wait, there’s more! Renee is also an…

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Can Vitamin E and Exercise Help Kids Learn? – Workout Fitness Article

Can Vitamin E and Exercise Help Kids Learn? One hundred twenty adolescents in Saudi Arabia ages 15–18 were assessed by scientists who were curious to discover if a link exists between vitamin E intake, school performance and exercise. Told not to alter their eating or activity habits, the teens were divided into three groups according to their activity level: mild (<500 metabolic equivalent minutes per week), moderate (500–2,500 MET/min/week) or active (>2,500 MET/min/week). Blood samples were collected at regular, consistent…

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How to Use NLP to Help Clients Overcome Obstacles – Workout Fitness Article

How to Use NLP to Help Clients Overcome Obstacles It’s an hour before your session starts, and you get a text from your client Kelly, a 33-year-old mom of two who is 50 pounds overweight, has just been diagnosed as being prediabetic, and is trying to change her lifestyle. She’s late again. This is not the first time Kelly has been late, and you’ve had “the conversation” with her about your cancellation policy. However, your gut tells you that something…

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Recovery and the NASM OPT™ Model – Workout Fitness Article

Recovery and the NASM OPT™ Model Getting the most out of each workout requires more than just following a great training program. Consistent performance also requires an optimal balance between training and recovery. Mention the subject to most clients, though, and you’re likely to meet with disinterest or even resistance. Clients rarely think of recovery as a planned activity, and others go so far as to believe that time spent recovering will interfere with goal achievement.   So, in addition to all…

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Arlo Doyle: The Kilted Comeback Kid – Workout Fitness Article

May is National Military Appreciation Month. We asked our NASM-CPTs who served in the armed forces to tell us their stories. Here’s one of them. Arlo DoyleThe Kilted Comeback Kid In April of 2001, Arlo Doyle joined the army. He needed a way to support his wife and newborn daughter, and the benefits the army offered were numerous. Before he knew it, he was attending training just outside of Washington, D.C. Just a few months later, 9/11 happened. Arlo was…

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