Recent Posts by Amy Occhipinti, M.S.

    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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    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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