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Entries in Personal Training (20)


Trade show profile: NASM

In addition to industry products, equipment and software the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show also showcases training opportunities. 

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) will again be on the trade show floor for the middle two days of the March 19-22 event (at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas). It will show attendees its personal trainer certifications, sports performance specialization and more.

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Personal training educational session at Convention will be beneficial to everyone

Just this week Brendan Crotty talked to a fellow Houston fitness director who was seeking some guidance. The colleague was having troubles with different aspects of his personal training department. 

As the director of Fitness at River Oaks Country Club, Crotty was able to give him some pointers and advice. Had the call come in five weeks later, however, most likely he would have been able to talk his ear off. 

Crotty plans on attending Scott Lewandowski’s educational session, “Maximize the Effectiveness and Profitability of Your Personal Training Team,” which is on Tuesday, March 19, at 3:45 p.m., at the IHRSA 32nd Annual International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. 

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Next webinar to assist with personal training sales

Who better to get ideas and tips on increasing your personal training sales than someone who was named as one of the top 100 personal trainers by Men’s Fitness? 

Cecil Hightower, director of Personal Training at TELOS Fitness Center in Dallas, will moderate the next IHRSA webinar, "Strategies to Increase Personal Training Sales," on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST. The seminar is sponsored by Cybex. 

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Benefits of changing your routine are far-reaching

There are many people who go to the gym and do the same thing over and over until they get bored with it. It may be only lifting weights or the only reason they have a membership is to attend a spin class. A few months down the road they may try something else, only to repeat the cycle. 

Another group are the ones who are afraid to try something new. Maybe they fear embarrassment of looking silly when they do it incorrectly, or don’t want to ask someone how to start. 

Then yet another gym population sticks with the same thing because of what they have heard or been told. Often this is women who fear that lifting weights will add bulk to their feminine bodies, or the men who want to get bigger and are afraid to take time away from that by delving into something else. 

Most in these three groups are not only missing out on working another part of their body but it may be hurting them. For example, runners need to work the certain muscles in order to not only improve times and distance but also to avoid injury. Those who only want to get bigger by only lifting weights could improve their results after doing aerobic work that will improve lung capacity. 

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Train like an Olympian

PHOTO COURTESY 24 HOUR FITNESS - Kerri Walsh shows her side planks workout on the 24 Hour Fitness "teamusa" blog. Which Olympic athlete’s body do you want yours to resemble? What sport do you aspire to compete at a higher level? Do you want to be in the same shape as those you are seeing in London? 

Regardless of the answers to those questions, you can at least train like a world-class athlete. 

A quick Google search of “Olympians training regimen” will bring up pretty much any sport currently in London competing in the Olympics – track & field, fencing, water polo, beach volleyball, and more. 

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