Personal Training

Suspension Trainer Product Review | KIPS – Workout Fitness Article

Suspension Trainer Product Review | KIPS by Vincent Metzo, MA, LMT, CSCS In this video, we review the main suspension training products on the market based on their ease of use, features and unique selling propositions. Below the video is a product guide and resources for buying suspension trainers. The Blast Straps from Elite FTS were the first suspension trainer I used. They are rated for very heavy loads and have a very convenient metal clip that is used to attach them…

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Strength Train to Lose Weight – Fitness Article

Strength Train to Lose Weight If your number one goal is to lose weight, don’t be afraid to strength train. Many gym-goers believe that lifting weights is only to increase size in the form of bulging muscles and cardio is the way to burn fat. According to Penn State University, lifting weights is the secret to fat loss. Researchers put overweight people on a reduced-calorie nutrition plan and divided them into three groups. One group did not exercise, another did only…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Robin Richard – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Robin Richard – State of Fitness Hometown I grew up in Louisville, Ohio. Lived in Athens, Ohio, Dayton, Cleveland, and Canton. Moved to Okemos twenty-seven years ago and will more than likely remain here. Age 65 Occupation Retired nurse What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? I love bike riding, hiking, quilting, shopping, and day drinking. What is one of your favorite books/series? I read all genres. What was your favorite concert ever attended? I…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Rick Audas – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Rick Audas – State of Fitness Hometown Grew up in Saginaw, but been East Lansing since 1976. Age 61 Occupation Semi-retired (normal day: gym, office, lunch, golf). I have been working in financial planning and involved in real estate for over 38 years. What are your interests, hobbies, talents outside of SOF? Golf. I usually play at the Country Club of Lansing or Forest Dunes. Keeping up with an 11-year old son and a 2-year old grandson.…

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Trainer’s Guide to Workout Templates – Workout Fitness Article

Trainer’s Guide to Workout Templates Get the Basics… Organizing your training into templates saves time without compromising effectiveness. Follow the basic principles of program design when creating or choosing a template to use. Choose from the provided templates based on your personal style and who you train. See how Exercise.com’s workout creation software can help you deliver the best service to your clients. As personal trainers, our biggest task and time-cost outside of actual client sessions is background work like…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Liz Flechsig – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Liz Flechsig – State of Fitness Hometown. Born in Grand Rapids. Live in Brighton Age. 62 Occupation. Retired!!!! What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? Fishing, reading, hiking, horses, walking my pup Addie. What is one of your favorite books/series? Janet Evanovich book series-they make me laugh! What was your favorite concert ever attended? The Piano Guys at Red Rocks in Colorado-it was magical!! Who’s in your main posse outside of SOF? Friends from…

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Slosh Pipe Basics and Benefits – Workout Fitness Article

Slosh Pipe Basics and Benefits by Vincent Metzo, MA, LMT, CSCS Strengthening the trunk muscles and the body’s core has become a prevalent subject over the last 20 years. When we look at the use of unstable surfaces (physioballs a.k.a. Swedish balls, balance disks/platforms, Bosu balls, etc.) and the use of unstable objects to lift (slosh pipes, slosh balls, weights suspended from bars, etc.) the topics of upper and lower extremity strengthening, and that of stabilizing muscles at the shoulder…

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Is The Step-Up Really The Best Lower Body Exercise? – Fitness Article

Is The Step-Up Really The Best Lower Body Exercise? July 10, 2019 All of my clients do step-ups – whether it’s bodyweight onto a smaller step, with dumbbells onto a box, or even a barbell onto a high box – and almost all of them dislike the exercise. Vehemently. So why would I have them doing an exercise they dislike so much? Is it because I love doing step-ups, so feel I should spread the love? Actually, I hate them…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kaeyt Rudawski – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

Name: Kaeyt Rudawski Hometown: I grew up in DeWitt, moved to Chicago for a while and now live in East Lansing. Age: 32 Occupation: Marketing Coordinator at Douglas J Aveda Institutes & Salons What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? Puzzles! Specifically, 1,000-2,000 piece Charles Wysocki ones. I constantly have a puzzle going at home on my puzzle table. Also, I love cooking, traveling and binge-watching true crime shows & podcasts. What is one of your…

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Holly Raeside’s Fitness Journey – Womens Fitness Club – Fitness Article

Feeling good is at the heart of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for 28-year-old Holly Raeside, who first joined Womens Fitness Pickering at the age of 14. In her time at WFCC, Holly has uncovered everything from a passion for spin to meaningful connections with her fellow gym buddies and personal trainer, Amreen. We had the pleasure of sitting down with her to learn more about her fitness journey and experience at WFCC.   The spark that started it all “I used to…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Hart – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

Name Eric Hart aka Rusty Shackleford Hometown East Lansing Age 28 Occupation IT Manager What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? I’m an exceptionally mediocre disc golfer What is one of your favorite books/series? His Dark Materials (excited for the HBO series!!) What was your favorite concert ever attended? Breaking Benjamin (acoustic) Who’s in your main posse outside of SOF? Engineers and political nerds What days/times are you normally at SOF? M-R Tell us about your…

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Fast Fitness Form: Forearm Plank 101 – Fitness Article

Love them or hate them, planks are a go-to for anyone looking for a transformative, full body workout. When done correctly, they can effectively engage not only your core, but nearly your entire body! This full body workout in a single move doesn’t come easily. In order to reap the full benefits, proper form is key.  Here are a few helpful tricks to keep in mind the next time you drop it down for a forearm plank… PLANK DON’TS -Droopy…

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Effectiveness and Efficacy of Suspension Training – Workout Fitness Article

by Vincent Metzo, MA, LMT, CSCS In this blog post we’ll examine the effectiveness and efficacy of suspension training. Efficacy is defined as the ability to produce a desired or intended result, for example “there is little information on the efficacy of this treatment.” Conversely, Effectiveness is defined as being successful in producing a desired or intended result, “effective solutions to environmental problems” for example. However, when it comes to science and research the two words have more specific meanings. Efficacy…

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Everything You Need To Know About Our HIIT 45 Classes – Fitness Article

Everything You Need To Know About Our HIIT 45 Classes HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training which is short bursts of exercise done with the highest intensity of vigor that is safely possible. Every set requires that you push your body’s limits and challenge yourself. HIIT 45 is known for packing an effective punch in a short window of time –making it a quick favourite amongst busy “WFCC-ers”. Another stand-out of any HIIT routine is its unique ability to…

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5 Mistakes Entry Level Trainers Make – Workout Fitness Article

by Tyler Valencia, MS This is an updated version of a post originally published in 2017. The concepts are the same but the information has been updated to reflect the current trends. Hopefully keeping this information up-to-date can help trainers entering the industry get a head start. Feel free to add to the conversation in the comments. When we all start our first personal training job we are bright-eyed and ready to train clients. We just got our personal training…

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Innovative Fitness | Travel Well: How to Stay Healthy On The Road – Fitness Article

As a coach, we weep a little inside when a client mentions a business trip. “So I’ll be back in about ten days, nothing special. A board meeting on the east coast then on to Paris for a few days, meeting a new client in London before heading back to Toronto then home.” Of course work must take priority. But one trip like this, including multiple flights and hours of seated meetings, can take an immense toll on one’s health…

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Everything You Need To Know Before Setting Your Running Goals – VIDA Fitness – Fitness Article

Everything You Need To Know Before Setting Your Running Goals – VIDA Fitness By Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor/member Jeff Horowitz You don’t have to be a runner to have running goals. For many people, just getting started can be half the battle. Fortunately, Jeff Horowitz, personal trainer at VIDA Fitness U Street, is here to help. To say that Jeff enjoys running would be an understatement — he has completed nearly 200 marathons in his lifetime! If anyone can get…

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Innovative Fitness | Mental Benefits of Exercise – Fitness Article

A quick Google search for the mental benefits of exercise will yield you an exhaustive list of articles and other resources on the subject. It can be difficult to find time and motivation to fit in exercise and personal training while juggling the many demands of modern life! Many of our clients are busy working professionals juggling their fitness regimes with work, children, hobbies, and a host of other activities. Mental Benefits of Exercise We like to remind people that…

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Innovative Fitness | GIVING BACK: Train the Trainer 2018 – Fitness Article

Innovative Fitness | GIVING BACK: Train the Trainer 2018 With over $106,000 raised company-wide in 2 hours at our annual Train the Trainer event, we’d say this event was nothing short of amazing! Train the Trainer (TTT) is a night where clients donate money to a chosen charity in order to have the opportunity to get payback on their trainer for what they’ve endured this past year. As one of our core values, we pride ourselves on the #LEGACY we…

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Innovative Fitness | RECIPE: Chocolate Mint Energy Bites – Fitness Article

Innovative Fitness | RECIPE: Chocolate Mint Energy Bites Looking for a quick and easy on-the-go snack idea? Try out these chocolate mint energy bites; you won’t regret it! Prep Time: 5 mins Servings: 24 balls, approx. Ingredients: 1 cup walnuts 1 cup pitted dates 1/3 cup cacao powder 2/3 cup shredded coconut + extra for coating 2 Tbsp almond milk (or coconut milk or your favorite dairy-free option) 1-1.5 tsp peppermint extract Instructions: Put the walnuts in your food processor and pulse…

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Innovative Fitness | COACH SPOTLIGHT – Fitness Article

Innovative Fitness | COACH SPOTLIGHT   How long have you been with Innovative Fitness? I started with IF TELUS Garden in May 2017 – just after moving to North Vancouver. Tell us about yourself: I grew up in the Maritimes and went to school at Dalhousie University for my Kinesiology degree in Halifax, with an exchange at University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ. It’s probably easier to say what sports I don’t play, as I currently trail run, climb, play…

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Innovative Fitness | Combating the North American Posture – Fitness Article

Innovative Fitness | Combating the North American Posture “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Truer words have never been spoken in reference to fighting the good fight against bad posture.  Many people have fallen victim to what has become known as the “North American Posture,” which is characterized by excessively rounded shoulders and a pronounced forward head position, or an excessive lumbar curvature and protruding abdomen.  The technical definition of the “North American Posture” falls under…

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How to Build an Online Business as a Personal Trainer – Fitness Article

How to Build an Online Business as a Personal Trainer I’m not pivoting from #momfitness, but in my former career, I was a Fitness Manager. I hired and helped dozens of trainers, and helped them build a 6-figure business in the gym. So, I’ve been asked A LOT lately how to translate those skills online. Here are the 5 fundamental and essential steps on building an online business. 1) Who Do You ServeSpend sometime getting crystal clear on who your…

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4 Ways To Get Back On Track – Fitness Article

After a hectic summer, September is often viewed as a time to refresh. It’s a time to get back into a routine, to set new goals and work towards accomplishing them. It’s also a great time to give back to yourself. We get it, life happens. In the summer, our fitness goals seem to fall by the wayside. Maybe even a stressful day at work or a weekend of indulgence can throw a wrench in your plans. If you’ve lost sight…

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