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Train Your Clients to Get Down and Dirty

By Pete McCall, M.S.

Mud runs and obstacle-course races are hugely popular and attract a wide range of participants. Learn how to capitalize on this growing trend by offering profitable small-group training programs designed to help clients train for specific events throughout the year.

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Training Recovery: The Most Important Component of Your Clients’ Exercise Programs

Lance C. Dalleck, Ph.D.

You know that adequate recovery between workouts is absolutely essential to your clients’ performance and continued improvement. But exactly how do you determine the optimal amount of recovery time for each client? Learn the science behind recovery and how to apply these principles.

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How to Overcome the 4 Most Common Challenges Faced By New Personal Trainers

By Carrie Myers

Top-level personal trainers offer their professional opinions on the most common challenges new trainers are likely to face and, more importantly, how to successfully overcome them. Here is your opportunity to learn from their experience and, hopefully, avoid some of the mistakes they made early in their own careers.

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A Calorie Is Just a Calorie…or Is It?

Conventional wisdom says that losing weight and keeping it off is simply a matter of consuming fewer calories than we expend. A new study, however, challenges that nutritional dogma and suggests that the type of diet we follow may have a profound effect on the number of calories we burn each day.

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What the Pros Know: How to Keep Your Clients Coming Back for More

By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D.

Do you find yourself struggling to keep your clients motivated to continue their programs? Here is a pragmatic, levelheaded and real-world approach that can help you inspire even the most adherence-resistant clients.

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Not Just Another Course: How Continuing Education Can Impact Your Business

ACE Exercise Physiologist Pete McCall weighs in on how continuing education impacted his career. While many personal trainers may view courses and workshops as another expense, it’s more reasonable to think of it as an investment in business. Check out one trainer’s story of how it directly impacted his business’ growth.
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Three Exercises That Double as Homework Assignments Between Sessions

You may only see your clients once or twice a week, so encouraging them to keep up their activity outside of sessions can be a challenge. Give them ideas on how to create a circuit workout that suits their fitness needs by simply using equipment they can find in their homes or neighborhoods.
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Where Do I Start With My Obese Clients?

Personal trainers whose everyday lives revolve around health and fitness may find it difficult to relate to clients who struggle with their weight. If you’ve found yourself in that category, check out these five strategies you can use to build rapport and connect with obese clients. Dr. Michael Mantell, ACE Senior Consultant for Behavioral Sciences, explores five steps you can start using now.
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