Can You Do Hang Cleans?

The hang clean is an incredibly effective exercise that will strengthen everything from your fingers to your toes, and clients of all ages and ability levels will benefit from learning and performing this movement.  Whether or not you work with a personal trainer you should be able to perform hang cleans. These guidelines are provided […]

What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

Good personal trainers don’t grow on trees and aren’t bodybuilders.  There are a lot of qualified and experienced fitness professionals out here looking to help people.  You all just need to know what you’re looking for and how to find them.  So here’s my take on what people should look for when hiring a personal […]

Speed Not Enhanced by Whole Body Vibration Training

A review of research prompts New Zealand-based researchers to conclude WBV training doesn’t increase athlete’s speed. In a review of existing studies researchers from the Institute of Sport and Recreation Research, Faculty of Health and Environmental Science and Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand conclude that whole body vibration training does not increase speed […]

Training for Combat Activities and for Real Life

It’s apparent to top level strength and conditioning professionals and personal trainers that the most efficient and effective method for training people is to treat them like they are athletes – whether or not the are athletes.  Gone are the days where a “reductionist” – or bodybuilding – style of training is accepted as a […]

Does Your Personal Trainer Have You Squat in the Smith Machine?

Personal trainers who have clients squat in the Smith machine are lazy, ignorant or an unflattering combination of both. The squat is the king of exercises and I have written about the importance of working with a personal trainer who knows how to teach this exercise.  There is a reliable progression trainers must follow and […]

Bad Fitness Advice – Don't Do this

There’s a lot of bad fitness advice out there and you need to look no further than the June 24th edition of the New York Post to see what I’m talking about. When it comes to getting reliable health and fitness advice the vast majority of people are getting a bum deal. You fine folks […]

Bodybuilding Doesn't Have Anything To Do With Fitness

Thirty-five years ago the term “body building “ was synonymous with fitness.  But in 2008 these terms are mutually exclusive.  If your personal trainer is a bodybuilder, you should move on. Back in the halcyon days of the mid-1970s bodybuilding rode into the public eye on the muscular back of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie […]

Certified Personal Trainers in Demand for 2008

According to the results of an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) survey, the limited availability of qualified personal trainers with a personal training certificate will make these fitness professionals’ careers the hot trend for 2008. The ACSM has also found that careers in personal training will be a popular service this year, reflecting the […]

Exercise Helps Women Deal With Certain Symptoms of Menopause

A new study has found that exercise relieves some menopausal symptoms.  Walking and some basic strength training can do the trick. Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia have found that physically active post-menopausal women handle stress, anxiety and depression better than their non/less-active peers.  The researchers did not find a link between increased physical activity […]

Strength Training With Your Personal Trainer

If you employ a personal trainer, make sure that they are including enough strength training exercises in your regimen. Personal trainers have different philosophies.  Depending on the certifying organization from which a trainer has their certification, trainers can emphasize different methods.  If your trainer doesn’t have a certification, you should find out why this is […]