We all know that our clients are doing good things for their bodies while we are with them, but probably not during the other hours of the week. Especially the prolonged time they potentially spend sitting, now considered detrimental to overall health. We see the effects of this everyday in the form of poor posture, and we continue to overlook it as something benign that naturally occurs over time without consequences. According to the American Journal of Pain Management “Posture effects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.” 1 There is also evidence that poor thoracic posture shows “a trend towards greater mortality” as discussed in a study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2
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.
Playful exercise can be something as simple as a game of tag. While that’s fun, it probably won’t target all of the areas a client needs to work on. To do that, you’ll need to find ways to combine playfulness with exercises that will help your client reach their goal.
A high school athlete walks through our doors and we can see their strength, stability and biomechanical control deficits from their gait pattern. We’ve also had collegiate and professional athletes come to our facility with the same issues. The only differences between that young, beginner athlete and the older, elite athlete is that the elite athlete has typically maximized and benefited from their gifts and masked or hidden the compensations and weak links much better. The result is that we often get athletes coming to us because they can’t figure out why they got injured.
Desk-bound employees can develop a hunched posture that saps energy and strength. Here’s a safe-for-the-office workout that can help.
There are few training tools in the fitness mainstream that pique interest and create more discussion than the kettlebell. For some, an intimidating ball of iron, for others a versatile piece of equipment that with proper training can transform your body. While kettlebell swings, cleans, jerks, and snatches offer unique challenges in terms of proper skill and execution, the Turkish Get-Up (TGU) is, without a doubt, one of the more complicated lifts to master. The TGU, however, is unique in that it has multiple parts that can be practiced as stand alone exercises, then put together for safe, seamless execution.
The biggest excuse people give for not working out is, “I don’t have time!” Of course, as a fitness professional, you know that time is not a viable excuse. We have to make time to keep our bodies healthy. People are busier than ever today, and to be honest, fitness is not a priority in most people’s lives. As fitness professionals, we have to educate people on the benefits of exercise and teach them how they can maximize their overall health in a minimum amount of time.
Today is World Lupus Day! Lupus is just one of 80 different autoimmune diseases in the UK which affects hundreds of thousands of people, including personal trainers and their clients. Here are 5 safe and effective exercises for clients with chronic illnesses. Add them into your next exercise program and complete 3 rounds with one minute rest bewteen: