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Senior Fitness Certification

The fastest growing demographic joining health clubs today are those over the age of 60. Many seniors want to improve their quality of life but may feel intimidated by the health club scene. You can capitalize on this growing demographic by becoming an ASFA® Senior Fitness Instructor.

Take the fear out of fitness for this older generation by guiding them on a well designed fitness program. Strength and balance training are two of the main ingredients to help this age group enjoy a better quality of life. Arthritis and osteoporosis are of main concern and strength training can help both. Arthritic joints become more mobile and pain free with the right kind of exercise but most seniors are afraid to use weight training for fear of causing injury. This is where a certified ASFA® Senior Fitness Instructor comes in. You can help get them started on an age appropriate exercise program that is safe and effective.

Read the following information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

“Tufts University recently completed a strength-training program with older men and women with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. The results of this sixteen-week program showed that strength training decreased pain by 43%, increased muscle strength and general physical performance, improved the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease, and decreased disability. The effectiveness of strength training to ease the pain of osteoarthritis was just as potent, if not more potent, as medications. Similar effects of strength training have been seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

As people age, poor balance and flexibility contribute to falls and broken bones. These fractures can result in significant disability and, in some cases, fatal complications. Strengthening exercises, when done properly and through the full range of motion, increase a person’s flexibility and balance, which decrease the likelihood and severity of falls. One study in New Zealand in women 80 years of age and older showed a 40% reduction in falls with simple strength and balance training.”

Senior Fitness Certification

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Master Trainer Certificate Update!

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Due to increased demand, ASFA® has taken another step towards improving your marketability and credentials by creating the Master Trainer certification!

Nothing brings more credibility to your abilities than the title of “Master Trainer”. You could be able to increase your client base by 10 to 20 percent or more! As an ASFA® “Master Trainer” you will be able to submit blogs and fitness articles to ASFA® for publication. Imagine the look on your clients faces when you tell them you write nationally published articles! How many more clients will you be able to book when it’s known that you are an ASFA® Master Trainer? The Master Personal Training certification is a must have for any experienced trainer ready to take the next step in their fitness career!

One of best ways to advance your fitness career is to find a niche market. ASFA® has created many niche market certifications to help you differentiate yourself from all the other trainers at the gym. Take ASFA® “Golf Fitness Instruction” for example. How many golfers do think there are in your gym that would love to add a few yards to their drive? Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America. How about the ASFA® Youth Fitness Instruction Certification? Tackle the hard-hitting problems of fitness by specializing today!

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic joining gyms today. They want to improve their quality of life and you can answer that demand as an ASFA® “Senior Fitness Instructor”. These are just a few of the ways ASFA® is striving to improve your bottom line by helping to make you more marketable.

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Solutions for Exercise Induced Back Pain

Running Fitness Instruction Certification

Back pain can often put a crimp in your running exercise program. It can also be an indication of more serious problems. You may see some possibilities in the article: Solutions for Exercise – Induced Back Pain by Dr. Marybeth Crane. The following in an excerpt:

“Back pain can be an indicator of a serious problem and can lead to a cascading injury that slows your running to a complete halt! Muscular back pain is the most common and can be annoying and complicated to treat due to the myriad of causes. If you have severe pain, seek medical attention immediately. If your pain is mild and seems to be directly related to your running, look to your feet as a possible contributor to you pain.”

Have you had clients that have experienced back pain after running? Perhaps their gait is off. Maybe their stride is incorrect. Can you identify the problem? Check out our Running Fitness Certification today and learn how to improve run economy, gait, posture, identifying running errors and more!

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New Year's 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 fitness 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 ASFA's 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

Sport Specific Training Certification

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 as a 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!

Youth Fitness Instruction 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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All 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 common energizers that can improve your energy and daily productivity! 

Excerpt from "Power Your Day With Natural Energizers", written by Darrell Miller, VitaNet Online Author

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.

Ribose can be found in both plants and animals, including beef and poultry, milk, cheddar and cream cheese, eggs, and yogurt.

Bee Products--Bee products provide sugars in a natural form and are excellent and natural energizers for your whole body. Whether you use royal jelly, honey or any other of the bee products available as supplements, they will not only increase your energy levels but also provide you with many other health benefits.

From treating athlete’s foot to healing wounds and alleviating stomach ulcers, honey has many medicinal uses. It is an antioxidant and antiseptic and can heal you of many conditions from head to toe, inside and out. Bee products are a must in any restorative or energizing tonic and are completely safe with no known side effects.

Interested in learning more about nutrition and its impact on fitness performance, health and wellness? ASFA® offers Sports Nutritionist Certification for those seeking to advance their personal training careers. Click the link below to learn more today!

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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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