Challenge Both Body and Brain With Task-Oriented Exercises

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Challenge Both Body and Brain With Task-Oriented Exercises

Playful, purpose-driven exercises can push clients to work especially hard, but with an air of mental levity because they’re so focused on completing the task at hand. In this article, you’ll learn why task-driven exercises work so well and important ground rules to keep in mind, and access a round-up of trainer-tested drills you can use in your own training sessions or fitness classes.

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Exercise Recovery on the Rise: Is It Part of Your Programming?  

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Exercise Recovery on the Rise: Is It Part of Your Programming?  

“Recovery” is one of the fitness industry’s latest buzzwords, and there’s a growing trend toward taking actionable steps versus simply taking time off. In this article, learn how experts in the industry integrate exercise recovery strategies, including foam rolling, stretching, light activity, sleep and more, into their clients’ workout programs to achieve better results in overall performance and health.

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Plyo Progressions for Personal Training

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Plyo Progressions for Personal Training

Plyometric exercise is a great way to add variety and intensity to a workout, but it’s not something every client should just, well, jump into. In fact, while many clients and some health and exercise pros might think of plyometrics as any exercise that involves jumping, it’s more than that. This article explains what plyometrics actually are and how to know when your client is ready to progress to more challenging exercises, and presents three exercises to try, each with multiple progressions

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High-intensity Interval Ideas for Your Classes and Clients

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High-intensity Interval Ideas for Your Classes and Clients

There is no question that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are both popular and effective, which is why it is so important that you know how to deliver the best and safest programs to your clients. This 20-minute HIIT workout, excerpted from The HIIT Advantage by Irene Lewis-McCormick, can be used with your personal-training clients, incorporated into your group fitness classes or even included in your own workouts.

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Successful Subbing in Group Fitness

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Successful Subbing in Group Fitness

Whether you love subbing or hate it, it is a necessary part of any group exercise program. Of course, the last thing anyone wants is for a sub to feel as if he or she is being “thrown to the wolves” in an unfamiliar, unreceptive environment. The smoother the subbing process, the better the outcome for everyone—sub, regular instructor and participants. Here’s how to make it work.

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4 Ways to Make a Good First Impression as a Group Fitness Instructor

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4 Ways to Make a Good First Impression as a Group Fitness Instructor

As a group fitness instructor, you only have a few crucial minutes at most to create a great first impression. But, if you can win participants over early, they’ll be more likely to trust you and keep returning to your class. Here are four simple ways (and one bonus tip) to make a stellar first impression at the start of every class you teach.

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Social Media: A Simplified, Less-is-more Approach

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Social Media: A Simplified, Less-is-more Approach

If you’d rather be training clients, but feel an unpleasant pressure to do everything there is to do on social media, you put yourself in jeopardy of getting little accomplished. A better approach: making highly strategized choices about how and where you use social media for business. Here’s how to make the best use of your time without becoming overwhelmed by the constantly emerging choices and new directions.

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Moderate-intensity Exercise: Where it Fits in Today’s Fitness Industry

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Moderate-intensity Exercise: Where it Fits in Today’s Fitness Industry

High-intensity interval training is both popular and effective, but has the fitness industry lost sight of the joy and benefits of moderate-intensity (and even light-intensity) exercise? This article explores how and why our industry might have tipped the balance to favor a high volume of high-intensity exercise at the detriment of also doing light and moderate exercise. But here’s some good news: There’s a place for all of it.

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Can an “Instructor Persona” Improve Your Fitness Classes?

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Can an “Instructor Persona” Improve Your Fitness Classes?

When you teach a group fitness class, do you present yourself the way you would at home? Or do you play up certain aspects of your personality to create a public identity or instructor persona? Refining your unique instructor persona can improve your skills as an educator and motivator, allowing you to strongly connect with participants and bring your teaching to life. Here’s how a roundup of successful instructors describe it.

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Are You on the Road to Chronic Injury?

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Are You on the Road to Chronic Injury?

As a health and fitness professional, your body is arguably among your most valuable tools, so it’s essential to take steps now to veer off the road to injury or sidestep that ill-fated path altogether. Learn how to manage and hopefully avoid the effects of chronic injury, and hear from several health and fitness pros who’ve bounced back from injury feeling both stronger and wiser.

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Develop Your Staying Power: Keys to Extending Your Career As a Group Fitness Instructor

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Develop Your Staying Power: Keys to Extending Your Career As a Group Fitness Instructor

While your love for group fitness might make you a great instructor, it won’t protect you from common perils of the profession, such as overuse injury or burnout. Fortunately, whether you’re new to teaching or a seasoned veteran, heeding these words of wisdom from four veteran fitness leaders can help ensure you’re able to continue teaching for years to come.

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High-intensity Interval Ideas for Your Classes and Clients

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High-intensity Interval Ideas for Your Classes and Clients

There is no question that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are both popular and effective, which is why it is so important that you know how to deliver the best and safest programs to your clients. This 20-minute HIIT workout, excerpted from The HIIT Advantage by Irene Lewis-McCormick, can be used with your personal-training clients, incorporated into your group fitness classes or even included in your own workouts.

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Social Media: A Simplified, Less-is-more Approach

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Social Media: A Simplified, Less-is-more Approach

If you’d rather be training clients, but feel an unpleasant pressure to do everything there is to do on social media, you put yourself in jeopardy of getting little accomplished. A better approach: making highly strategized choices about how and where you use social media for business. Here’s how to make the best use of your time without becoming overwhelmed by the constantly emerging choices and new directions.

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Can an “Instructor Persona” Improve Your Fitness Classes?

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Can an “Instructor Persona” Improve Your Fitness Classes?

When you teach a group fitness class, do you present yourself the way you would at home? Or do you play up certain aspects of your personality to create a public identity or instructor persona? Refining your unique instructor persona can improve your skills as an educator and motivator, allowing you to strongly connect with participants and bring your teaching to life. Here’s how a roundup of successful instructors describe it.

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A Medicine Ball Workout for Your Clients

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A Medicine Ball Workout for Your Clients

Medicine ball training is versatile, cost-effective and simple to teach, and it's time-efficient because it requires multiple body parts to work in harmony. Using just one weighted ball, this incredibly effective eight-exercise workout can help your training clients or class participants improve fitness, strength, posture, movement mechanics, athletic skills and more.

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How You Can Continue to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

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How You Can Continue to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now is the time to set a precedent for success in keeping your fitness-related New Year’s resolutions. You simply have to accept that getting and staying in shape won’t always be easy. But the numerous rewards are worth it. To that end, consider these tips for how you can continue to stick to your New Year’s resolutions all year long.

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Are You on the Road to Chronic Injury?

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Are You on the Road to Chronic Injury?

As a health and fitness professional, your body is arguably among your most valuable tools, so it’s essential to take steps now to veer off the road to injury or sidestep that ill-fated path altogether. Learn how to manage and hopefully avoid the effects of chronic injury, and hear from several health and fitness pros who’ve bounced back from injury feeling both stronger and wiser.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Activity Trackers, But Should 

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Activity Trackers, But Should 

Think you know everything you need to know about wearable activity trackers? Technology changes so fast that it can be hard for even the most diehard techies to keep up. Here are five things you might not know about activity trackers and their metrics. Share this info with your clients who wear trackers and see if it makes a positive impact on their health and fitness goals.

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Get Inspired With These 4 Fun and Engaging Circuit-training Formats

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Get Inspired With These 4 Fun and Engaging Circuit-training Formats

While high-intensity interval training seems to get all the attention these days, circuit training has never really gone out of style. In addition to being versatile, circuits are the perfect solution when you don’t have a wide range of equipment from which to choose. Here are four fun, expert-recommended circuit workouts you can instantly apply to your training sessions or classes.

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HIIT Workouts Starting to Feel Stale? Try These Innovative Ideas for Making HIIT Workouts Fun Again

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HIIT Workouts Starting to Feel Stale? Try These Innovative Ideas for Making HIIT Workouts Fun Again

While any unskilled trainer can assault clients with exercises that are over-the-top challenging, educated fitness pros know that programming safe, effective high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts requires forethought and purpose. Read on for expert-tested ideas and inspiration for keeping HIIT drills fresh without compromising the basic tenets of intelligent interval exercise.

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Instagram Accounts to Motivate You and Your Clients

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Instagram Accounts to Motivate You and Your Clients

Looking to fill your Instagram feed with real-life, motivating health and fitness pros and brands? From ACE Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors to fitness influencers with something smart to say and companies making a positive difference in the industry, here’s a shortlist of folks who post eye-catching Insta-pics, motivational messages and inspiring exercises you won’t want to miss.

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Develop Your Staying Power: Keys to Extending Your Career As a Group Fitness Instructor

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Develop Your Staying Power: Keys to Extending Your Career As a Group Fitness Instructor

While your love for group fitness might make you a great instructor, it won’t protect you from common perils of the profession, such as overuse injury or burnout. Fortunately, whether you’re new to teaching or a seasoned veteran, heeding these words of wisdom from four veteran fitness leaders can help ensure you’re able to continue teaching for years to come.

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How to Write a Fitness Blog Post Worth Reading

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How to Write a Fitness Blog Post Worth Reading

Are you a health and fitness blogger looking to expand your reach? Today’s fitness blog environment is competitive, so going the extra mile to make your blog look professional and read well can help you stand out and successfully market your brand to a wider audience. Here, three expert fitness bloggers share their tips for making any fitness blog worth coming back to, again and again.

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4 Career Questions Every Health and Fitness Pro Should Be Asking

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4 Career Questions Every Health and Fitness Pro Should Be Asking

Do you know where your career is headed? Are you satisfied with where you’re going? Staying happy and feeling successful in the fitness profession involves periodically “auditing” your own career. Whether you’re self-employed or working for someone else, here are four fundamental questions that you should ask yourself from time to time to help keep you on the right track.

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How to Write a Fitness Blog Post Worth Reading

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How to Write a Fitness Blog Post Worth Reading

Are you a health and fitness blogger looking to expand your reach? Today’s fitness blog environment is competitive, so going the extra mile to make your blog look professional and read well can help you stand out and successfully market your brand to a wider audience. Here, three expert fitness bloggers share their tips for making any fitness blog worth coming back to, again and again.

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