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ProSource: February 2014

ProSource: February 2014

Upper-body Causes of Back Pain (and How to Fix Them)

By Justin Price

Do your clients look to you to help them find relief for their persistent back pain? Fitness professionals properly trained in corrective exercise are well positioned to help their clients address the muscle imbalances and postural issues that contribute to their pain. This second article in a two-part series explores possible upper-body causes of back pain and offers corrective exercise solutions to integrate into your personal-training business.

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Strongman Training for Your Clients

By Pete McCall

Carrying kegs, lifting logs, picking up stones, flipping tires and pulling cars have been a staple of strongman competitions for years, but are these exercises safe or effective for the average person? More importantly can you—or should you—consider adding some of these challenging exercises to your fitness toolbox? Here’s what the research has to say about the efficacy of strongman-type exercises.

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Reality Check: Are Planks Really the Best Core Exercise?

By Jim Gerard

For the past several years, planks have been the undisputed go-to exercise for strengthening the core. Recently, however, a few voices have been quietly questioning whether fitness pros may be over-relying on it in core training or not properly integrating it into clients’ overall workout regimens. Here’s what the experts have to say about the merits—and drawbacks—of the almighty plank.

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Goal Achieved! Now What?

By Daniel Green

While most people can lose weight via short-term caloric restriction, the vast majority regain that weight (and sometimes more) over time. With so much focus on weight loss in popular media, too few people recognize the long-term challenges associated with weight-loss maintenance. Learn how you can educate the public and expand your business by broadening your focus to include weight-loss maintenance.

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Is Breakfast as a Weight-loss Strategy Off the Table?

By Karen Asp

Could Mom be wrong in saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it comes to your waistline? Here’s what you need to know about the morning meal.

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Healthcare Costs Rise With BMI

There has never been a better time to consider expanding your career by offering corporate wellness programs. New research suggests that obesity-related illnesses represent a significant portion of healthcare costs, which means employers have never been more motivated to help curb costs by helping their employees maintain a healthy weight.

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