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Fitness Tip#273 - December 19th, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Some Of The Smartest Fitness Trainers You Might Not Know (Part 3)

John Romaniello
Romaniello comes from a bodybuilding background and uses his knowledge of that field to help clients shred fat and build muscle. His approach is unique, using body part specialization and hormonal training techniques, and extremely effective. A self-professed nerd and pretty boy, Romaniello has a big personality and believes that training discussions don't need to be dry and sterile. As a result, he’s been featured in several fitness publications and received face time on Good Morning America.

Martin Rooney
Physical therapist? Check. Olympic Bobsledder? Check. Trainer to the world’s top athletes in every sport? You name it, and Martin Rooney has done it - or is well on his way to making it happen. For more than 20 years, Rooney has lived and breathed fitness, spreading his passion across the globe as a dynamic and inspiring speaker. Rooney has traveled to over 20 countries, studying the culture and training customs of each while formulating his own unique 'Rooney Rules' to help push people, both mentally and physically, to new heights. He’s also the author of several books, including Train To Win, Ultimate Warrior Workouts and Warrior Cardio.



Fitness Tip#272 - December 18th, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Some Of The Smartest Fitness Trainers You Might Not Know (Part 2)

Ross Enamait
When fighters want to go into battle firing on all cylinders, Enamait is the man that they call. A former boxer himself, Enamait turned his passion for the sweet science into a thriving career. Ross is known for his machine-like levels of endurance and simplified approach to strength training. Ross has created several training manuals, ranging from conditioning and strength programs for fighters and fitness enthusiasts to a complete low-tech guide to total body training with minimal equipment.

Ben Bruno
Bruno is a strength coach and writer trains out of Michael Boyle's Strength & Conditioning facility, located in Boston, who’s gained notoriety for his giving nature. Need evidence? Check out the library of excellent (and free) video content he’s posted online of unique and challenging exercises. Bruno is also a curator of information, gathering the best blog posts, videos and articles from around the net and distributing it to his list of subscribers on a weekly basis.


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JAN155 12/18/2012 4:29PM

    Thank you for sharing this and yesterday's posts!! I need to look these folks up to be sure.

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Fitness Tip#271 - December 17th, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Some Of The Smartest Fitness Trainers You Might Not Know (Part 1)
Leigh Peele
When you want to lose fat, see Leigh Peele. She’s simply one of the best at what she does, which is help people shed flab. Based out of Greensborough, N.C., Leigh takes a no-nonsense, get in, get out and get on with your life approach to training, and is highly sought after speaker because of her wealth of knowledge and her unique approach. Peele also focuses on more than just calories and exercises, she helps her clients with the less-talked-about-but-equally-important mental side of training and nutrition.

Jon Goodman
You'll be hard pressed to find someone more dedicated to the advancement of personal trainers than Jon Goodman. Goodman parlayed his career as a successful personal trainer into Toronto into a thriving community – the Personal Trainer Development Center – with contributions from the world's foremost expert trainers and strength coaches. Jon's recent book, Ignite the Fire, is gaining a reputation as the go-to guide for up and coming personal trainers, teaching them not only how to survive, but thrive in the fitness industry, and make a living by changing people’s lives for the better.


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Fitness Tip#270 - December 14th, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

What You Need to Know to Be a Fitness Trainer

Personal trainers are people who work best in interpersonal, one-to-one or small group settings. Their clients are often older people or people with weight problems, injuries or motivational issues. Thus trainers may require more medical knowledge than group exercise instructors. While the social aspects of a group exercise class often keep people motivated and compliant, personal trainers do not not benefit from group energy, so they must find other ways of intrinsically motivating their clients. If the client becomes too attached to a trainer, the motivation may be extrinsic, meaning that the client is getting in shape for her trainer, not herself. Basic knowledge of psychology is helpful. Personal trainers usually work in the weight room so they must understand program design, which includes setting the proper weight and prescribing the appropriate sets and repetitions. They must also learn the testing and screening procedures.

Most certification exams require you to identify the major muscle groups of the body, their primary movements and their planes of motion. Examples of primary movements include flexion or bending, extension or straightening, abduction, which is moving a limb toward the center of the body or adduction, which is moving the limb away from the body. You will also be tested on the planes of motion. The sagital plane is associated with forward and backward movement, the frontal plane is side-to-side movement and the transverse is rotational movement. The energy systems segment of the exam is often the most complex.
Personal trainers can expect to spend at least a few hundred dollars a year on certification and continuing education, so their salary must justify their expenses. Fortunately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a "much faster than average" growth in this profession, which, according to their website, implies a 20 percent increase in fitness trainer jobs between 2008 and 2018. The results of the 2010 American Council on Exercise Salary Survey indicate that full-time personal trainers earn an annual average of $53,323, while part-time trainers, working about 16 weekly hours, earn $18,650. Full-time trainers with advanced certifications earned $55,771, and part time trainers with advanced certifications earned $20,588. Highest salaries were in the Northeast, and lowest salaries were in the Northwest. These salaries represent a 19 percent increase since 2005.

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Fitness Tip#269 - December 13th, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Dynamic interrupts are low-intensity activities, like jumping jacks, that you perform between sets of your normal exercise routine to keep you moving and burning extra calories without interfering with the primary exercise.

Sample dynamic interrupt

1) One set of back squats.

2) Rest until your heart rate hits the low end of your target heart rate zone.

3) Perform 30 to 60 seconds of jumping rope.

4) Rest until your heart rate hits the low end of your zone.

5) Repeat 1 through 4 for the desired number of sets.

Follow this pattern for all of the exercises in your workout in order to maximize effectiveness. As you progress, your goal is to recover quicker from each set and become more efficient. That way, you’re able to do more total work (reps and sets) in less time, which will help you get back in shape. If you start moving especially fast, you can always add more sets and reps, and then try to improve on your recovery time with the added work.


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