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Latest Posts By Lawrence Biscontini

Lawrence Biscontini, M.A., creates award-winning group fitness and personal training programming at an international level for clubs and spas, including Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold's Gym International, Bally and Golden Door Spas. As Nutritional Counselor, Biscontini has created complete nutritional menus for spas from Manhattan to Mykonos. He regularly contributes to fitness industry publications, such as AFAA's American Fitness Magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal and Spa Asia. His books include, Cream Rises: Excellence in Private & Group Education, and he dedicates a percentage of his website sales charity, as well as to inspire career wellness development. As a movement specialist, Biscontini trains celebrity clients, including cast members of ABC TV's soap opera "General Hospital," and has made appearances on CNN Headline News and LIVE! With Regis and Kelly.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

Signs of stress can include a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, nervousness, a feeling of general discomfort, nausea, and even irritability. Whether you experience symptoms in chronic or acute form, being able to recognize these signs early sometimes can be half of the battle. After that, two choices exist: management or reduction.

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Monday, November 24, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

From cycling to swimming to yoga, breathing is a common thread that runs through all fitness modalities. ACE Certified pro and renowned mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains several common breathing techniques, which he says can not only deepen one’s sense of relaxation away from the gym, but also enhance focus, visualization, relaxation response and even intensity during workouts.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

Today’s active aging market is the largest growing fitness demographic in the industry, with more than 10,000 people in North American turning 65 years old each day. Scientific research suggests that, of the five types of aging—chronological, functional, biological, psychological and social—exercise can have a tremendously positive effect on four of them. To help kick off Active Aging week, let’s take a closer look at the researched anti-aging benefits of exercise.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Changing Face of Group Fitness

Whether you’re a long-time instructor or just earned your certification, stepping back to look at where the industry has come in group fitness can offers a fresh appreciation for and industry that, arguably, has never been more exciting than it is right now. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini looks at the face of group fitness—then and now.

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Monday, August 04, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Improve Your Balance with These Six Simple Moves

Balance is a learned skill and the adage “practice makes permanent” best summarizes how to hone these skills. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how anyone can improve their balance by performing six simple moves for just minutes a day.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Why You Should Take Time to Meditate

You probably know that meditation offers a wide range of benefits, but exactly how do you get started? ACE Certified Pro and mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains why you should make the time to meditate and how even a few minutes a day can help calm the mind, reduce your stress and dramatically improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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Monday, July 09, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 3 of 3)

In the third and final post of this series on how to become a great Group Fitness Instructor (GFI), you’ll learn how to continue to use a wide range of opportunities to advance your knowledge and skills. Check out how everything from continuing education courses to watching DVDs can help keep your students interested and your classes fresh.

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Monday, June 25, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 2 of 3)

In Part 2 of 3 in our series on how to kick start your career as a group fitness instructor, ACE Senior Fitness Consultant Lawrence Biscontini discusses some tips you can use to lead a great class. From finding mentors in your modality to rehearsing your class script, check out how you can begin to set yourself apart.

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Monday, June 11, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Career Guide for Future GFIs (Part 1 of 3)

Ready to start your career as a group fitness instructor? Let’s get to it. Check out Part 1 of 3 in our series about how you can master the two Ps of fitness – being popular and professional. You’ll need both if you want to set yourself apart from other instructors in the fitness industry.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Get Moving: 15-Minute Cardio Workout

Start your new year on a healthy foot with Lawrence Biscontini's heart-pumping, full-length, 15-minute, step cardio total body workout. Leave the exercise equipment behind, clear some space and start burning fat while improving your balance. Plus, group fitness instructors can download the choreography and music playlist.

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Monday, November 21, 2011 in Exam Preparation Blog

Becoming a Great Group Fitness Instructor

As a group fitness instructor (GFI) today, you have to keep your eye on two main goals – being professional and popular.

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Friday, September 23, 2011 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Biggest Secrets to Group Fitness Success

Far too often, in group fitness and personal training, we take for granted that those we communicate to and teach can hear us. Yes, they hear us, but we don’t often put careful attention into making our cues more succinct and effective. Find out how to be a better cuer.

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