Considerations for Training Sedentary Populations

by Gary Stebbing, PGDIP, CSCS
Personal Training Quarterly August 2023
Vol 10, Issue 2

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This article identifies considerations and practical training ideas for training sedentary populations.

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This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »



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Gary Stebbing is based in the United Kingdom. His primary areas of interest are building excellence and human performance design. He studied Sport and ...

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