Recent Posts by Amy Occhipinti, M.S.

    How to Make Home Workout Routines for YouTube

    Lately, more and more people are turning to YouTube to get in optimal shape and try out new activities. Whether someone is looking to squeeze in a quick, but highly-effective workout, can't afford a gym membership, or doesn't feel comfortable enough with their self-image - working out with a fitness YouTube channel is becoming a more desirable option. Let's face it, not all of us can afford to spin for thirty dollars a class, and not all of us feel confident enough to work out in a room full of physically fit people. And that's okay.

    So if you're in the market for a new goal that challenges you physically and mentally, while inspiring others in the process, why not hop on YouTube and create a channel that pushes your audience to burn fat, sculpt muscle and increase their energy - all from the comfort of their own home.

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    Healthy Meal Plan Ideas & Fitness Motivation for Trainers

    As a personal trainer, you aren't just responsible for motivating your clients to be their best possible self, you have to do the same for yourself. Leading by example is one of the strongest, most powerful motivational tactics you can use when you work in the health and fitness industry. Think of it this way: To your clients, your role as a personal trainer is to inspire the people around you to push themselves and, in order for you to do that, you need to push yourself before you can effectively inspire and motivate your clients.

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    How to Create Fun Workout Routines for Women

    As a personal trainer, we have all been there: that moment when your client waltzes in the gym and has no interest in today's workout (regardless if they have made it to their appointment slot or not). Whether your client is short on motivation, or they're short on time, we have put together a few of our favorite workouts and tricks for getting your female clients excited about their fitness goals. Plus, these fun workout routines are so effective and energizing that if you decide to jump in and perform them, you'll feel the burn too (bonus!).

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    10 Exercise Tips that Help you Become a Better Fitness Trainer

    If there is one thing your clients are looking for in a personal trainer, it's instant motivation - and as a personal trainer, your clients will turn to you for health and fitness questions, and of course, your evolving expertise. But between new fitness trends, an evolving industry and a variety of different goals and expectations, you'll have to be armed with the knowledge your clients need to succeed.

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    6 Fitness Tips & Tricks to Keep Clients Motivated

    We believe that transforming a person's body will ultimately lead to a transformation of that person's life - and we want to help you make that transformation a reality for your clients. But with millions of tips to cull through on the internet, as well as in magazines and other fitness resources, how can you determine what ones will be the most effective? 

    In today's post we have compiled a list of our top six fitness tips that will help you cut through the noise. The best part? You can share them with your clients today!

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    How to Become a Sports Nutrition Specialist for Your Practice

    Healthcare professionals are often approached as 'thought leaders' and experts in their field. But with healthcare professions ranging from doctors to nurse practitioners and nutrition consultants, everyone has their own area of expertise. If you find yourself challenged with the number of patients that are seeking athletic healthcare advice, it may be time to consider a specialized certificate so you can better serve your patients.

    In today's post we will explore the responsibilities and expectations for becoming a sports nutrition specialist.

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    Mixing it Up: 2 Yoga Workout Plans for Men

    Are you looking to challenge your male clients? Or maybe you're interested in providing more fitness opportunities at your local gym?

    While many people are guilty of associating Yoga as just a way to relax and ease through a workout, it's also very physically challenging. If your client is prone to injury or needs to challenge their body in different ways, we challenge you to incorporate these two beginner Yoga workouts for men into the next session. Or integrate a program at your local gym.

    At AFPA we are huge advocates for leading by example. With that in mind, the best way to guide your clients through a seamless sequence of movements is to practice them yourself. Just like you would test out that new strength training routine, test out these next few Yoga moves.

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    What Can I Expect for an Athletic Trainer Salary?

    Over the past few weeks we have been taking a deeper dive into a few different career options in the health and fitness industry. From a Medical Exercise Specialist to a Personal Trainer; today we are going to take a closer look at what it takes to become an Athletic Trainer and what you can expect to gain financially. 

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    Mix up Your Daily Exercise Plan: Incorporate a Stability Ball

    At AFPA we are firm believers in mixing up your workout routine to keep it fresh and challenging. Not only will it increase your endurance but it will keep you engaged in each workout. Just like anything else, when you follow the same old routine, you are less likely to feel excited about your workout. In today's post, we are going to share a few exercises that can be done at home using a stability ball, and how you can start incorporating variation to your daily exercise plan!

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    3 Weight-Lifting Routines for Post-Rehab Clients

    Anyone who is physically active and has experienced a sports related injury or setback knows that it can feel like the end of the world when they are recommended to rest and wait for their body to recover. When this occurs, muscles are constrained in a cast, or are inactive because of an injury and will begin to reduce in size and strength. 

    Fortunately, there are a number of different exercises your clients, and you, can perform post-rehab in order to retain strength and recover at a faster rate. In today's post we want to break down three different weight-lifting routines that are designed for you to share with your post-rehab clients.

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