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    How Do I Become a Certified Pilates Instructor?

    Pilates is one of the most popular methods of exercise in the world, and for good reason. Since its creation in the early 20th century, Pilates has become a favorite workout for health-minded individuals who want to build strength, lean muscle tone, and flexibility—all with a focus on the core. In 2017 alone, more than 9 million people were participating in Pilates training.

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    The Education You Need to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

    If you’re stuck in the daily grind of your nine-to-five desk job and you find yourself dreaming about helping others achieve their health and wellness goals, it might be time for a career change. With your passion, drive, and commitment, now is the best time to pursue an education to become a personal trainer and start changing lives.

    Here are four things you need to know as you explore personal trainer education and certification and work toward your end goal of helping others achieve health and fitness.

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    Personal Trainer Legal Forms: Paperwork That Will Keep Your Business in Shape

     

    Nearly every personal trainer is passionate about fitness. If you choose this as your profession, odds are you want to help others get in shape and live healthy lives. However, being a successful personal trainer can also mean being diligent about required paperwork. It may make things a little less enjoyable, but for any personal trainer, paperwork is essential.

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    The Up-and-Coming Personal Trainer Instagram Accounts We’re Loving Right Now

    You’ve probably heard by now that social media can grow your personal training business. But what about using Instagram for fitness and workout inspiration? If you ever feel like you’re stuck in a workout rut, try following some fitness trainer accounts to help spark creativity for you and your clients.

    Here are 10 up-and-coming fitness accounts we’re loving right now: 

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    Q&A with AFPA Graduate: Kevin Hughes, Personal Trainer

    We are excited to share the stories of some of our past AFPA graduates, such as Kevin, in our “Find Your Inspiration” blog series.

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    What Is a Personal Training Certification?

    If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in health and fitness, a personal training certification will open doors to working in a fitness facility, coaching clients, and helping people live active and healthy lives. What is a personal training certification? This professional credential will set you apart as an expert who understands health, fitness, nutrition, and training strategies designed to help people achieve their goals.

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    The Future of Personal Training: 2018 and Beyond

    While working with personal training clients, looking ahead can help you make decisions when creating a program that meets your clients' needs and helps them accomplish their goals.

    Whether you’re a personal trainer at a big box gym or have your own studio, looking ahead is also necessary to stay competitive for your business. Let’s explore a few trends that you should know for 2018 and beyond.

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    How to Legally Give Nutritional Advice as a Personal Trainer

    Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand when it comes to health, so it makes sense that many personal training clients may have questions about food choices, meal plans, and supplements that can complement their training.

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    How to Specialize in Youth Fitness and Strength Conditioning

    Inside the Mount Hood Athletic Club near Portland, Ore., a group of 20 kids weaves through a series of cones dribbling basketballs. When personal trainer Trevor Hayward blows a whistle, the kids go from dribbling to passing, and move in for layups.

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    Functional Training Tips for Certified Personal Trainers


    Want to fit functional training into the programs you design for clients as a
    certified personal trainer?

    If you have a client who needs to develop balance, improve coordination, or increase strength and endurance, functional training can help. And it’s even more effective when you choose exercises and activities designed to help make your client’s daily life easier and reduce the risk for injuries.

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