Looking for ways to boost your metabolism? Try a biohack! Here’s 5 simple biohacks to get your body’s engine revving! From the power of sleep, to diet and exercise, see how easy it can be.
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:
Had it not been for an ACL tear, would the NASM Optimum Performance Training™ model exist? Fortunately, the world of human movement science will never know, because that college-football injury changed the career trajectory of Micheal A. Clark, MS, DPT, now known as the creator of the NASM OPT™ model.
Do you ever give blood? According to the Red Cross, we need over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England which is why there’s always a need for people to give blood.
Training youth in sports and other physical activities has never been more important. Childhood inactivity and obesity keep rising, while access to physical education keeps falling. Trainers can turn that around, becoming fitness mentors who put children on a path to staying active and healthy for life.
Looking for a fun workout that incorporates the TRX Suspension Trainer into an Premier Global NASM Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) Phase 1 program? We’re sharing this OPT Phase 1 Stabilisation Endurance program with you – it’s great for the generally fit and healthy client with knees that may move inwards during an overhead squat assessment. Be sure to modify to best meet your client’s needs with appropriate progressions or regressions.
Curiosity about the connection (or lack thereof) between muscle hypertrophy (size) and strength has been around since as early as 1955. Though many people believe that long-term adaptations in strength depend upon gains in size, there is remarkably little evidence to support that. When a team of researchers examined the evidence last year, they found a weak correlation between changes in muscle size and muscle strength after training. That's not so surprising when you consider that muscle mass is lost during detraining, while strength often remains steady. Further, low-load and high-load resistance training each can trigger similar growth in muscular size, though the strength gains from each of these differ.
For many of us, working with individuals with tight/overactive hip flexors is a common occurrence. Learning to properly assess and address overactive hip flexors is a powerful skill in helping today’s client move more efficiently.