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ProSource: July 2014

ProSource: July 2014

Muscle Up! Evidence-based Solutions for Maximizing Muscle Growth

By Pete McCall

While the fitness world has largely been focused on functional fitness for some time, there are still plenty of people whose fitness goals are more about getting big and strong. Fortunately, there is a considerable amount of research available to determine the best way to train your clients for maximal muscle growth. Here’s what the science says and a sample program to get you started.

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Train Like A Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

Given its popularity, it is increasingly likely that you will encounter clients seeking to emulate the training of a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. After all, these athletes are incredibly fit, using a wide range of training techniques that develop high levels of cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, agility, power and balance. Check out these challenging MMA-inspired moves employed by elite athletes that are guaranteed to help your clients improve their skills while they work up a sweat.

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Is Self-sabotage Turning Your Clients Into Their Own Worst Enemy?

By Carrie Myers

Do you have clients who seem impossible to motivate and keep on track with their workouts? While you can’t force someone to change, there are some tactics you can employ to help your clients overcome their self-sabotaging tendencies. Whether they skip workouts, over imbibe or can’t stick to their diets, here are some solutions to help keep your clients moving toward their goals.

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Overcoming and Eliminating Rotator Cuff Injuries

By Justin Price

One in five people will experience a rotator cuff injury at some point in their lives. While it is not within your scope of practice to diagnose or treat rotator cuff injuries, it is important that you understand what they are, the common causes and what you can do to address your clients' underlying musculoskeletal problems to help alleviate their painful symptoms.

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Are Celebrity Trainers Making People Fat?

By Amanda Vogel

Wild claims and outlandish promises about health and fitness are nothing new, but the rise of social media has made it a lot easier for celebrity-endorsed programs to reach the public. As a fitness pro, it can be a challenge to make sure your clients know the real truth. Here’s how you can respond to sensational claims and inaccurate reporting about exercise in the mainstream media.

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GOAL! Study Proves You’re Never Too Old to Bend it Like Beckham

Need some extra inspiration to help keep your older adult clients committed to their programs? New research suggests that untrained elderly men can get markedly fitter and healthier by playing soccer a couple of times a week. Just in time for the 2014 World Cup, learn what researchers discovered and how you can use these findings to help motivate your clients, no matter what their ages.

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Nutrition Programs Enhance Exercise Effects on Body Composition and Resting Blood Pressure

This study examined the effects of exercise alone and exercise combined with specific nutrition programs on body composition and resting blood pressure rate. These findings suggest that a higher-protein nutrition plan may enhance the effects of exercise for increasing lean weight and decreasing diastolic blood pressure rate. The findings further indicate that a higher-protein and lower-calorie nutrition plan may enhance the effects of exercise for decreasing body weight, BMI, percent fat, fat weight, waist circumference and blood pressure, while attaining similar gains in lean body mass.

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Approach to the Active Patient with Chronic Anterior Knee Pain

Managing chronic anterior knee pain can be hugely frustrating for active individuals. Pain is most often caused by repetitive overuse and is typically felt during weight-bearing activities that involve significant knee flexion, such as squatting, running, jumping and walking up stairs. Treatment typically includes activity modification, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, supervised physical therapy, orthotics and footwear adjustment. Individuals must to be aware of and avoid aggravating activities that can cause symptom recurrence.

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