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Regression Strategies: Are your workouts too advanced for your clients?

…such as “why did you choose that exercise for this individual?” or “did you perform an assessment on this client?” Trainers must be experts on exercise technique and what I like to call the Art of Exercise Regression. Sure, it’s really easy to make exercises more difficult. Most educational programs…

Shoulder Pain Prevention

…latissimus dorsi) more than the stabilizers/external rotators of the shoulder (infraspinatus, supraspinatus, teres minor), these stabilizers become reciprocally inhibited (underactive) and fail to stabilize the glenohumeral joint during the throwing motion. Without adequate stability the athlete may develop…

A Practical Approach to Training the Muscle Synergies

stability. Therefore, in order to challenge the muscle synergies of the lateral subsystem it makes sense for exercises to be performed on a single-leg and predominantly in the frontal plane. For example, the Frontal Plane Single-leg Balance Reach (Figure 5) is a prime example of a lateral subsystem exercise.…

Balance Training

Balance Training

…Online narrated presentation with training videos * Printable training manual * Online CEU exam Explore and master more than 100 exercises for optimizing balance and stability of the kinetic chain! You'll learn how to assess balance and in the process discover how to build and implement balance-training…

Price: $49.00

Developing Power in Everyday Athletes with Plyometrics.

…joint stability and range of motion. Plyometric drills may not be suitable for those with chronic or limiting conditions (1,2). Following the NASM Optimum Performance Training ™ (OPT™) model, plyometric exercises progress from stabilization (e.g., squat jump with a 3-5 second stabilization hold on…

I Sit All Day Long and Everything Aches.

…shear forces. Studies have shown that patients with low back pain have altered firing patterns of their stabilizing muscles. The transverse abdominus or TA is known to be the first to fire and stabilize in preparation for movement of the trunk or limbs. (3) It’s been further shown that re-teaching local…

Function Training

…Traditionally, functional training is considered integrated (total body), multi-planar movement that requires efficient acceleration, deceleration and stabilization capabilities. It also involves training in a proprioceptively enriched (unstable, yet controllable) environment. The idea is to train “movements”…

Top Three Postural Problems Caused by Sitting and How to Fix Them

…trapezius and levator scapulae muscles and weakness in the deep cervical stabilizers. Over time, this posture can lead to neck pain and even headaches. Like the two previous distortions, stretching and strengthening exercises can help improve this condition. First, release the upper trapezius and levator…

Spice Up Your Client's Workout

…performed (alternating arms, one arm) can make the exercise more challenging without having to go to the next set of dumbbells on the rack. This is a great for individuals who may not want to bulk up or require improvements in their ability to stabilize themselves before advancing to higher intensity/heavier…

NASM recommends only training in an unstable...

…capabilities and overall conditioning level. Exercises must be regressed if the client cannot perform an exercise with ideal technique. When using balance training modalities (stability balls, wobble boards etc.) maintaining ideal posture and proper exercise technique is most important.

Running Shoe or Minimalist Shoe?

…systematic progression whereby stability and mobility are addressed first, followed by any necessary conditioning (strengthening) training before attempting any explosive activities. Consequently, programming should initially address postural mechanics and corrective exercises as needed (i.e., inhibit, lengthen…

Resistance Training Tips

…to inadequate recovery periods between sets targeting the same muscle groups. * Creates better overall exercise experiences as individuals achieve greater success in competing all selected exercises. As an example to illustrate this approach, a 50-minute workout could be comprised of seven, 6-minute smaller…

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