Posts Tagged ‘personal trainer’

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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How to Stop "Text Neck" From Killing You

Are you looking down at your phone right now to read this article? “Text neck” is no longer an isolated phenomenon. It is a real problem that is not only killing your manners and your mood; it’s also killing your neck. A recent NYTimes article focused a good deal on the social implications of text…

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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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The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Personal Trainer – Part II

As evident from the first part of this guide, finding a personal trainer in a saturated marketplace like New York City can be quite the challenge. With such a low barrier of entry for fitness professionals, trainers, and coaches, it’s more than likely that if you were to hire one, you wouldn’t know what exactly…

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The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Personal Trainer – Part I

When it comes to your personal health & fitness, there is a good chance that you’re dissatisfied in one way or another. Maybe you don’t like the way you look. Maybe you don’t like the way you feel. You feel tired when you get up in the morning and can hardly get out of bed.…

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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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The Dark Side of Getting Strong

I’m about to tell you something that you probably don’t want to hear. First and foremost, when people say that they want to lose weight and get fit, whether they know it or not, to some extent they actually want to get strong, too. The fact is that strength training is a crucial component of…

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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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