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Client Assessments – Movement Assessment

December 20, 2019

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This article builds upon two other client assessment tools (breathing and posture, as seen in Personal Training Quarterly Issues 5.3 and 6.1, respectively) and discusses ways to assess client movement.

Personal trainers Client Consultation|Assessment FMS Movement Patterns Trunk Stability

Choosing Exercises—“The Crunch”

April 1, 2017

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Should personal trainers include the crunch exercise in an exercise program? The answer should always be, “it depends;” however, arriving at the best answer requires a process.

Personal trainers Exercise Technique Program design crunch exercise core training crunches

Examining the Efficacy of Common Fitness and Movement Tests—Personal Perspective

June 1, 2017

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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.

Personal trainers Program design Testing and Evaluation PTQ Personal Training exercise assessment sales tactics

Muscle Activation and Strength Training

June 1, 2017

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Periodization of training is based on the principle that different loads (e.g., light, moderate, or heavy) or power requirements recruit different types and numbers of motor units. Recruitment order is important from a practical standpoint for several reasons.

Coaches Exercise Science kinetic select strength and conditioning strength training

Muscle Activation and Strength Training

June 1, 2017

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Periodization of training is based on the principle that different loads (e.g., light, moderate, or heavy) or power requirements recruit different types and numbers of motor units. Recruitment order is important from a practical standpoint for several reasons.

Coaches Exercise Science strength and conditioning strength training

Unbalanced Load Training for Athletic Performance

April 1, 2015

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Integrating unbalanced load training into a strength or hypertrophy phase, or any workout program, can add a tremendous amount of demand on the lateral aspects of the core to help the athlete develop a strong core. Using unbalanced load training may help produce increases in athleticism, balance, and motor coordination without sacrificing strength or explosiveness.

Coaches Exercise Technique Program design unbalanced load training strength training weight training

Balancing Resistance Training with Sport Practice Demands – Appreciating the RDL for In-Season Strength Training

May 21, 2021

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This article examines why the Romanian deadlift (RDL) provides a suitable in-season strength training application, explores the interlinked relationship between the demands of practice and resistance training, and identifies how the RDL functions with other lower-extremity exercises.

Coaches Program design RDL In-Season Resistance Training Variation Range of Motion

Exercise and Persistent Musculoskeletal Pain—A Review and Recommendations for Personal Trainers

October 22, 2018

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Many personal trainers work with clients who are dealing with musculoskeletal pain that has negative consequences both on the client’s ability to exercise and their activities of daily living. This article discusses the different types of pain, and describes targeted approaches for training clients with persistent musculoskeletal pain.

Personal trainers Program design Professional Development Pain Pain Management

Simplicity is Key—Strategies for Improving your Coaching and Communication

September 17, 2018

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Establishing a relationship and communicating with your clients in simplified terms that they can understand is a critical aspect of the training process. If you are not taking the time to do this, start now, and it will make the whole experience better for everyone involved.

Personal trainers Program design Client Consultation|Assessment Communication Personal Trainer Client Interaction Coaching Cues

Anaerobic Training and Electromyography Studies

November 26, 2018

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This Kinetic Select excerpt from the Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition describes the results from electromyography (EMG) studies on the neural adaptations to anaerobic training.

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