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    Low Back Pain—The Mobility-Stability Continuum
    Nearly all fitness professionals are forced to address low back pain (LBP) to some extent, regardless of the age or population with which they work. The purpose of this article is to shed light on contemporary research surrounding LBP.
    From Successful Trainer to Gym Owner—9 Steps to Open Your First Facility: Part 2
    Before opening a facility, fitness professionals should perform the proper due diligence of researching and obtaining all the required documents to legally operate in a given municipality, learn the different types of commercial property, and build an equipment list that is in alignment with their business model.
    Back to Basics: 3 Steps of the Initial Consultation
    Developing a truly successful program involves several layers that the personal trainer must address with time, competence, and critical thinking. A thorough and complete initial consultation can ensure that the personal trainer has all the data that they need to design a program that is time-efficient and successful.
    The Role of Exercise in Anxiety and Depression: Background and Practical Considerations
    Evidence suggests a positive relationship between physical activity, exercise, and mental health. Exercise as a treatment modality is now being considered alongside psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches, and the role of specifically trained exercise specialists and personal trainers is an important component of the multi-disciplinary team.
    Strength Training for the Older Client—A Blueprint for Program Design
    This article provides a blueprint and “mini-macrocycle” that will assist the personal trainer in creating a program design for older adults by offering organized templates, direction in selecting exercise components, and the creation of volume controls specific to the client’s needs.
    Simplifying the Rules to Programming for Special Populations
    By reviewing this simplified process of obtaining a client’s health history and physician release, designing an exercise routine with modified exercises, and providing exercises for paid clients versus general members, NSCA-CPTs can be confident prescribing a routine for those who suffer from chronic or temporary health issues.
    The Undervalued Lunge
    Learning to lunge correctly can strengthen the lower body musculature, improve core stability and balance, enhance hip flexibility, and increase functionality. There are a plethora of modifications and progressions to consider.
    How to Improve Your Sales Skills and Get More Clients without Compromising Your Values
    If you want to have control of your earning potential as a personal trainer, it is important to master the art of the sale. With the help of this sales process and closing system, you will be able to confidently close more sales and help more clients.
    Examining the Efficacy of Common Fitness and Movement Tests—Personal Perspective
    In the push for personal training sales, many gyms will use assessment protocols as a way to prove to clients that they can indeed benefit from personal training. This article examines the merits behind this concept.
    Common Practice for Personal Trainers that Should not be so Common: Examination of Common Practices
    Starting into the personal training business is a very exciting endeavor full of great potential, possibilities for success, and endless opportunities to help others. However, many of the “common practices” found in today’s personal training industry are not the most effective tactics to implement.