Recent Posts by Amy Occhipinti, M.S.

    How to Become a Certified Group Fitness Trainer

    If you're passionate about the health and fitness industry and are looking to inspire others to lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle, group fitness training may be exactly what you're looking for in a career. Whether you have always been excited about attending your Monday night Indoor Cycling class or you're looking for a more fulfilling career path, a group fitness certification can not only help you to stay in shape during the chaos, but can help you add diversity to your career.

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    Personal Trainer Job Description & Salary

    Have you been dreaming about a career in fitness but are not sure where to start? Maybe you don't think you have what it takes? We feel confident that you do; all you need is the right resources to get started! 

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    How to Get Started with a Career in Nutrition Counseling

    If you have been considering a career in the health and fitness industry there is no better time than the present! At AFPA, we are becoming more conscious than ever about what we eat and where it comes from, especially with increasing trends towards organic, sustainable or locally grown food.

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    How to Grow a Family Fitness Program at Your Gym

    A family fitness program is a great way to encourage families to live a healthy lifestyle. It can be an excuse to have fun together and nurture a deeper family connection. Children learn from their parents, so it's safe to say that a child from a family of marathon runners is probably going to lead a more active life then a children from a family that does not exercise regularly. It's important for children to learn by example, but running on a treadmill is probably not an 8 year old's idea of a good time...at least not for more then five minutes. So how do you find activities that the whole family can enjoy together while staying active? It's easier than you think!

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    10 Things to Avoid in Your Strength Training Workouts

    At AFPA we truly believe that there is a science behind everything; especially when it comes to fitness, or more specifically, strength training. To get the most out of any workout you need to focus on form, posture and what each individual body can handle. If you're looking to improve strength training for you or your client, than this post is for you! In today's blog post we will delve a little deeper and look at 10 things you should avoid during your strength training workout.

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    5 Crash Diets That Will Derail Personal Training Efforts

    Crash diets have always had a huge appeal to people who are looking to drop pounds and drop them quickly. Unfortunately, they are not always the ideal way to go when you're working on a long-term weight-loss goal, but we can't deny they provide substantial results. 

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    10 Food and Nutrition Habits for a Healthier Happier You

    “A healthy lifestyle” is an all-encompassing term that has expanded over the years as we gain more insight into the different elements that play into holistic health. 

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    10 Outdoor Fitness Ideas You Can Enjoy This Weekend

    Between late-night BBQ's, afternoon summer cocktails and lounging on the beach, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of year-round fitness - but the fix is really simple.

    With all of the great workouts you can enjoy this weekend, there is still time to find the perfect balance between staying healthy and treating yourself. Check out our outdoor fitness ideas below.

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    Top 5 Running Injuries and How to Prevent & Treat Them

    Top 5 Running Injuries and How to Prevent & Treat Them

    While running is a popular activity that presents a number of important health benefits, it’s not without its risks. Running injuries can affect anyone, from experienced runners who push treat them themselves hard to beginners whose muscles are not used to running. Many runners experience an injury at some point or another, due to overuse, improper technique, or another similar factor. So what are some of the most common running injuries? Below we cover five of the most common running injuries and how to treat them.

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    Looking for Skinny Summer Cocktail Recipes?

     

    Looking for Skinny Summer Cocktail Recipes?

    Mixers, syrups, and sodas really get people into calorie trouble, because most drinks start with 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits that only have around 96 calories, but mixologists can easily turn that into a drink with hundreds of calories.

    Also, consider that whether you're drinking a

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