Posts Tagged ‘lifting’

Should Your Personal Trainer Be Licensed?

Last week, fellow coach Ross Curtis posed the question of whether or not personal trainers, coaches, and other individuals in the fitness profession should be licensed. The fitness profession has largely operated without any sort of government oversight since its inception. Anyone can call themselves a “personal trainer” or “fitness coach,” even without any prior experience…

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Opinion: For Your Safety, Stop Tracking Your Steps

In the news lately, there have been multiple reports about how the fitness-tracking app, Strava, is revealing more about its users than anyone ever intended. Militaries around the world found that with this app, people could not only track specific routes that important military personnel went about during their day, but could also determine WHO…

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Opinion: Should We License Personal Trainers?

In recent years, many states have begun introducing legislation requiring personal trainers and coaches to obtain state-issued licenses. These licenses would allow them to legally work as fitness professionals and provide services in that category. The industry is full of many certifying bodies, like the NSCA, ACE, NASM, or even CrossFit, that would all define…

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Opinion: Can Wine Help You Lose Weight?

Recently, I came across an article claiming that two glasses of wine before bed can help you lose weight. The article cited a few research articles to make its claim, but I came away from the article unimpressed and unconvinced. Health claims that sound too good to be true weave into and out of mainstream…

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Opinion: Working Out Naked Won’t Make You Look Good Naked

A new workout class recently drew a ton of buzz on the internet because of a new “bare-bones” gimmick–literally. This NYC fitness studio is pushing out a naked, bodyweight fitness class and rationalizing it by touting the “unique” benefits of working out naked. The truth is however, that this is just another hook to try…

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Opinion: Join the Ten Percent

The new year is upon us and so are the endless “new year’s resolutions” that people are so eager to pursue. These days, I feel like everyone picks a resolution to work on just for the sake of it. According to a survey, at the end of this year around 90% of people will feel…

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Why Your Squat Sucks

Previously, I discussed at length why your bench press might suck. Today I’m going to go along the same lines and discuss the squat. Squatting is one of the basic movement patterns that everyone should master in the gym. Truthfully, there is no perfect way to squat, but technique does exist on a continuum that…

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What Matters More: Volume or Intensity?

When it comes to working out, does it matter how MUCH you work, or how HARD you work? These days, it seems like the general consensus among most gym-goers and trainers out there is that working hard in the gym counts for much more than how much you work or how much time you spend…

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Why Your Bench Press Sucks

When it comes to the bench press, I see it almost all the time. Everywhere I go it seems like there is at least one person doing the bench press, or variations of it, all wrong. I’ve seen the issues that I’m about to detail below almost everywhere, from the large commercial gyms where everything…

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Athleticism vs. Skill: Which is Better?

When it comes to fitness, there are two important concepts to discuss that are often at odds with one another. The first is the concept of athleticism and general physical preparedness (GPP), and the second is skill and specific physical preparedness (SPP). Athleticism encompasses the broad spectrum of movement capacity, hand-eye coordination, and proprioception necessary…

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