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Running Coach: Get Certified!

Running Fitness Instruction Certification

Running Economy and Gait Analysis

Running is one of the most popular methods of fitness.  But, just because it is popular doesn't mean that people do it correctly.  Some of your clients might immediately say, "what's so hard about running?"  The question you should ask them is, "How many people do you know who used to run and now say they can't because of bad knees, back or hips?"  The reality of running is, like any fitness method, it can cause chronic and acute injury if done in improper form.  Your clients wouldn't say that anyone can powerlift or do plyometrics without training - so, why running?  

Understanding how to optimize run economy to improve performance and perform gait analysis for safety and efficiency are essential tasks for a Running Fitness Instructor.  Something so minor as changing shoe selection can dramatically impact a runner's life over years of activity.  And, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you are the one who made that difference in someone's life.  Becoming a Running Fitness Instructor is a great way to continue your fitness education and at the same time help your clients stay fit and safe!

Running Fitness Instruction Certification

Holistic Nutrition and Sports Performance

Sports Nutritionist Certification

Sports Nutrition - The Whole Picture

      Sports nutritionists study nutrition as it pertains to sports performance.  However, sometimes they don't see the whole picture.  Just like personal training, sports nutrition is individual to the client.  A holistic approach should be implemented to ascertain optimal results.  For example, if you just put on a new client who was going to run a marathon tomorrow or the next day... you might recommend carbohydrate loading to optimize performance.  That is...  until you realized that he/she has a gluten allergy.  Or, what about the middle aged woman who is training to improve bone density.  You might recommend an increase in dairy consumption...  until you realize that she is lactose intolerant.

     It's just too easy to fit everyone into the same mold.  Too many sports nutritionists just analyze the best nutrition for sport performance without considering the consequences to their clients.  Taking a holistic approach and considering your clients' work schedules, as well as dietary tolerances is a requirement and responsibility that every sports nutritionist should take seriously.  To continue your fitness education and become a certified Sports Nutritionist, click the arrow below.

Sports Nutritionist Certification

PNF Stretching Techniques

Stretching and Flexibility Instruction Certification

Phases and Techniques of PNF Stretching

1.)  Hold then Relax

2.)  Contract then Relax

3.)  Hold then Relax Then Contract

PNF stretching can utilize active or passive stretches - depending on which technique above you are using.  To learn more about isometric contractions and PNF stretching as well as active, passive, dynamic and static stretching, check out of Stretching and Flexibility Certification today!

Stretching and Flexibility Instruction Certification

Sports Conditioning Specialist: When Every Second Counts

Sport Specific Training Certification

Sport Specific Training and Conditioning...

Playing a sport is one thing, understanding the fitness and conditioning that optimize an athlete's performance is another.  Just because you have played a sport doesn't mean that you know how to optimize physical performance for that sport.  Maybe you were a gifted athlete.  Perhaps, you responded to a motivational style that your clients wouldn't react to.  Maybe it is time that you really learned what goes into making an athlete.

Sport-specific conditioning instruction requires you to advise your client on correct workouts, nutrition, technique, and all sport-related aspects of physical performance.  You know what worked for you, but do you know what works for your clients?  Your instruction could make the difference in a youth's self-esteem.  Your instruction could make the difference in whether a high school student gets a scholarship or not...  You better bring your A game!  Learn the fundamentals of sports conditioning today and become a Sport Specific Trainer.

Sport Specific Training Certification

Improving Speed and Quickness

Speed and Agility Instruction Certification
Here are four exercises commonly used to improve speed and quickness:

 

1.)  Box Jumps

2.)  Shuttle Runs

3.)  Rocket/Star Jumps

4.)  Agility Ladder Runs

To learn more about Speed and Agility Instruction including safe Plyometric exercises, check out our Speed and Agility Instruction Certification today!

Speed and Agility Instruction Certification

Martial Arts Conditioning – Get Certified!

Martial Arts Fitness Instruction

Rank Doesn't Mean You Know How to Instruct

Having a black belt alone does not mean that you know how to instruct.  Mastering the basics of a martial arts style is one thing.  Mastering how to teach it to others is another.  Think back through your martial arts days.  How many times have you seen a new black belt ordering around his/her students and making them do dangerous exercises?  How many times have you seen an instructor have a student do something that is dangerous to that student and the others and say that "it is good for him."  

Just like being good at a sport doesn't mean you will be a good coach, being a black belt doesn't mean that you understand martial arts fitness and conditioning.  What are the safest ways to improve dynamic strength and movement?  What is the best form of stretching to complete prior to speed and agility drills?  What footwork and hand-eye coordination drills are most beneficial for martial arts training?  You can find out today by taking our Martial Arts Fitness Instruction certification.  This certification is a must-have for fitness professionals trying to expand into martial arts conditioning and martial arts instructors trying to learn martial arts specific fitness fundamentals.  

Martial Arts Fitness Instruction

Simple Self Defense Techniques

Self Defense Instruction

Here are a Few Simple Self-Defense Techniques

1.)  Strike to the eyes with fingers or thumbs.

2.)  Strike to the throat.

3.)  Kick to the shin or knee.

4.)  Knee to the groin.

Everyone knows that striking vitals areas is essential to evade an attacker once you have been accosted.  But, what you know now and what you will know when you are nervous are terrified are very different.  So, try to remember to make as much noise as possible, impact vital areas and evade your assailant.  Situational awareness is very important.  Using self defense should be a last resort.  Not being in a situation where an altercation might occur always provides the most ideal outcome.

Self Defense Instruction

Core Balance Exercises

Balance and Stability Instruction Certification

Here are a Few Core Balance Exercises That You Can Do At Home:

1.)  Stability ball crunches

2.)  Stability ball hyperextensions

3.)  Sit in the boat position

4.)  Medicine ball wood choppers

5.)  Supermans

If you are a fitness professional that is looking for more in-depth information about Balance and Stability Instruction, you can check out our certification by clicking the arrow below.

Balance and Stability Instruction Certification

Golf Workout Program: Swing Dynamics

Golf Fitness Instruction Certification

Here Are a Few Fitness Tips to Help Improve Your Golf Swing:

1.)  Emphasize exercises that require shoulder depression. 

2.)  Emphasize exercises that require core rotation.

3.)  Emphasize balance exercises.

4.)  Emphasize hand-eye coordination exercises.

Everyone that golfs knows that for a great drive, you will need to keep your shoulders depressed, rotate your core, stay in balance and utilize hand-eye coordination from grip to impact point.  Still, many golf fanatics go to the gym and do set after set of shoulder elevation and retraction exercises.  They think that they are making their backs stronger and that should help their swing.  The reality is that it will hinder their efforts and be counter productive to their game.  This is just one example of a common mistake made by golfers in an attempt to improve their drives.

If you are a fitness professional and want to understand more about golf, a Golf Fitness Instruction certification might be the right continuing education for you.  What are the best core rotation exercises?  What hand-eye coordination exercises are most effective for golf?  What balance exercises can best improve a golfer's swing?  If these are questions that interest you - then, start learning and take our Golf Fitness Instruction certification today!

Golf Fitness Instruction Certification

Sports Conditioning Training: Be the Top at Your Game

Sport Specific Training Certification

Sports Conditioning...  Training an Athlete

Sport-specific training of athletes can be very challenging, but is a rewarding endeavor.  People compete in athletics for many reasons.  So, your training style needs to change in accordance to the motivation and age of the athlete.  If the athlete is a youth, positive motivation is essential.  If the athlete plays professional sports - you might want to be more forceful and demanding.  Take the approach that works best for your client.  Many times, personal trainers and fitness professionals like to take the approach that worked best for them.  Just like those same fitness professionals like their clients to do the same exercises that they like to do.  But, it isn't about the trainer.  It is about the client.  It is about getting that client his/her desired results.

Sports conditioning obviously varies by the sport.  Contact sports might require body-hardening and impact readiness training.  While other sports involve more agility and flexibility work.  Still, one aspect of sports conditioning that is universal to all sports is footwork.  Understanding the basics of weight shifting and momentum generation through correct movements and stances is essential to all sports.  Even water sports require footwork.  Have you ever seen a swimmer not use his/her legs?  So, if you are looking to training athletes and want to understand more about sport-specific training, you should take a look at our sport-specific training certification.  Knowing how to play a sport and knowing how to fitness train and athlete that is preparing for it are two different things.  Are you ready for the challenge?  Are you ready to become a Sport Specific Trainer?

Sport Specific Training Certification
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