Apart from the more obvious gender differences like pregnancy and some aging-related conditions (e.g., osteoporosis, menopausal changes), how much thought is generally given to the anatomical and physiological differences between men and women when designing programs for female clients? A fair assumption might be very little considering the lack of available information, and the lack of attention paid to these differences.
The plank is one of the best all-around moves to build muscles that protect the spine and prevent lower back pain, and clients tend to like it because it requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. But there’s more than one way to tweak it to shake up a routine and discover new benefits, says Ian Montel, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, an NASM Live Workshop instructor and program supervisor for IntelliTec College’s Personal Training Program. Here, Montel shares six ways you can push the plank for your clients.
The bench press is among the most popular gym exercises, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. “If you’re not using correct form, you can put a lot of stress on the shoulder joints,” warns Mike Fantigrassi, NASM-CPT and Master Instructor. “The shoulder has the most mobility of all joints,” he adds, “which makes it less stable” and more vulnerable to injury. Try Fantigrassi’s tips to make the most of your bench press exercises: