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New Years Resolutions!

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We all know how everyone makes the New Year Resolution to lose weight. But how many actually follow through? As a trainer this is our prime opportunity to make the right impression on potential clients. Especially in our current economic condition, people need to know they’re getting their money’s worth. As a trainer you need to be prepared to meet the clients needs. These needs could vary widely. Take the time to improve your skills and marketability by adding specialized certifications to your credentials.

Niche marketing is an excellent way to set yourself apart from the average. There are many special populations that need certified trainers to meet their needs. Baby boomers are one of the fastest growing segments that are finding their way to fitness. For example many will be looking how to improve their golf game or get involved in water aerobics. Find a niche and what interests you and you may find your path in the fitness industry.

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Perfect Push-ups Anywhere

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The push-up has always been used as a strength test for upper body fitness. The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times, An Enduring Measure of Fitness: The Simple Push-up

“The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one’s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.”

Perhaps the push-up is already part of your sports regimen.  ASFA® Sport Specific Trainer exam helps trainer specialize in the niche market of sport training.  With the prices of tuition going up, there is a large demand for sport specific trainers to help hopeful athletes win scholarships.  Capitalize your niche marketing with Sport Specific Trainer. 

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Fat Consequences in Children

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As childhood obesity is on the rise, some studies suggest that almost 45% of childhood diabetes is now type 2. The prolonged consequences of the child obesity problem are examined and discussed by Mark Kimathi, in his article: Fat Consequences in Children

The following is an excerpt:

"As the world battles with an epidemic that is proving difficult to 
manage and showing signs of becoming a costly affair, our children are getting
caught in the cross fire. Adult onset diabetes, weight loss surgery and weight
loss medication for children is not exactly what parent had in mind when
planning for their posterity."

An article by Kids Health highlights some report that shows that as many as 45% of U.S children newly diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. One of the main
causes is pointing towards obesity in children and teens.

Type 2 diabetes was formally considered to occur exclusively in adults hence its previous long time name Adult Onset Diabetes, as opposed to Type 1 diabetes
which was referred to as Juvenile Diabetes.”

As obesity rates rise, some of the most affected are children.  ASFA® offers niche marketing and continuing education credits helping your attain and keep the qualifications required to help tackle this problem.  Specialize in youth fitness with ASFA's youth fitness instructor certification.
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Workout Myths

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A common workout myth is that lactic acid build up makes muscles fatigue. We now know that lactic acid has little to do with muscular fatigue. We are not sure of the cause, although calcium depletion might be indicated. Please refer to this article in the New York Times. Included are references to recent studies.

The following is an excerpt:

“For decades, muscle fatigue had been largely ignored or misunderstood. Leading physiology textbooks did not even try to offer a mechanism, said Dr. Andrew Marks, principal investigator of the new study. A popular theory, that muscles become tired because they release lactic acid, was discredited not long ago.
In a report published Monday in an early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Marks says the problem is calcium flow inside muscle cells. Ordinarily, ebbs and flows of calcium in cells control muscle contractions. But when muscles grow tired, the investigators report, tiny channels in them start leaking calcium, and that weakens contractions. At the same time, the leaked calcium stimulates an enzyme that eats into muscle fibers, contributing to the muscle exhaustion.”

ASFA® offer certifications to help advance the career and education trainers.  Enhance your knowledge base and marketing today by taking ASFA's Advanced Personal Trainer test. 

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Natural Energizers

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In today’s busy world, it is easy to get behind and become fatigued. However, there are many natural herbs, vitamins, and supplements that can counter this effect! The following is an excerpt from an article that points out several common energizers that can improve your daily productivity!

Power Your Day With Natural Energizers was written by Darrell Miller.

Ribose

D-ribose is found in all living cells. It is an essential building block of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid). DNA, of course, is essential to life while RNA is used in DNA replication. Ribose is responsible for providing energy to every cell in your body, and without it you would not exist. Athletes in particular believe that a ribose supplement increases stamina and endurance, and it is used to help speed up recovery of the heart after surgery and after heart attacks.

Ribose seems an excellent candidate to be included in any energizing tonic due both to its ubiquitous presence throughout the body and also because it is a sugar, a monosaccharide in fact, and hence simple and easily absorbed by the body.”

ASFA® offers Sports Nutritionist certification for those seeking to advance their personal training careers and complete a niche marketing/continuing education certification in Sports Nutrition. 

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The Biggest Reason to Get in Shape and Lose Weight

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Whether your goals are general health and well-being or purely cosmetic, there are many reasons why starting a physical fitness regimen will improve your quality of life! The following is an excerpt from an article written by Kevin Sinclair.

Incentive to lose weight Tip #1 – Longer Life

The truth has been found out. People have longer lives when they are in shape. This is fantastic news, particularly for those that are having a difficult time getting rid of every little bit unwelcome weight. It’s the inactive way of life hurts you more than anything.

It doesn’t matter if you are in shape, not in shape or even extremely overweight, even the slightest of changes can make a difference. Simply adding foods that are healthier and more physical activity such as a short walk after dinner can change your life.”

If helping people is your calling and you are already a qualified fitness professional, expanding your career with niche marketing certifications is the ideal choice to help assist with your clients' needs.   

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