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6 Steps to Becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

By AFPA Fitness | Apr 11, 2017 8:00 AM

Are you passionate about physical fitness, training and motivating athletes to excel and improve their performance? Do you already have knowledge and expertise from participating in sports throughout your life? As a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, you can work with a variety of different athletic individuals, from aspiring to professional athletes. If you're interested in a career that is not only fulfilling mentally, but physically, and inspires others in the process; a professional fitness career could be right for you.

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10 Top Strength Exercises for Runners

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Aug 15, 2016 4:33 PM

To be a great runner, you have to take advantage of every opportunity to improve. What many do not realize, however, is that trading some time on the track in favor of a well-structured gym routine could make all the difference. There are multiple reasons why implementing some strength training for runners will improve your running time, but there are also some benefits you might not expect.

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6 Core Exercises for Building Muscular Strength

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Jul 30, 2015 9:00 AM

In today's professional world, it's likely that many of your clients sit for at least eight to nine hours a day. Add another hour on top of that for the commute to and from work, and they're sitting far too much each week. In fact, too much sitting is linked to chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and even premature death.

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3 Tricks for Building Endurance & Stamina

By John D. Binford, B.S. | Jul 8, 2015 9:00 AM

As a personal-trainer, you're always looking for ways to build endurance and help your clients do the same. This, of course, is always easier said than done. For you, maybe you're trying to accomplish your next marathon. For your new client, however, he or she is likely trying to complete their first mile and finish the last set of burpees. Either way, accomplishing the next goal always feels much more like a fantasy until you finally achieve it.

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Want to Burn More Calories? Try These 6 Kettlebell Moves

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Mar 23, 2015 9:00 AM

Kettlebells make a great addition to any workout for two reasons. First, they give you that strong, balanced physique that you and your clients have always sought. Second, a kettlebell exercise combines strength training and cardio, so you can get more accomplished in your workout in less time. And in case you need another reason to add a kettlebell to your workout, maybe this will help: Research shows with a little help from kettlebells, you can burn up to 50 percent more calories than your average strength-training workout. Ready to get started?

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How to Strength Train at Home for Optimal Results

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Mar 19, 2015 9:00 AM

As a personal trainer, we all have our favorite way to get and stay in shape, whether it be going for a run, challenging your core in a Pilates class or working up a sweat in the SoulCycle studio. While all of these workouts seem achievable to you in a day or two, what about your clients? Since they likely don't have unlimited access to the gym or the time in their schedules to book a session with you every day, you may have to guide them in the right direction on your off days.

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What Can I Expect for an Athletic Trainer Salary?

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Oct 14, 2014 9:00 AM

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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10 Things to Avoid in Your Strength Training Workouts

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Sep 16, 2014 9:00 AM

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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What is a Medical Exercise Specialist?

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Sep 4, 2014 9:00 AM

A growing career opportunity for Personal Trainers and Wellness Professionals is becoming a Post Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist or Medical Exercise Specialist.

Between athletes and the average person, everyone always has room for improvement when it comes to their health and fitness levels. A Medical Exercise Specialist dedicates their time to improving health and fitness, as well as specializes in individuals who have various medical conditions. How are they different than a Health and Wellness Specialist or Personal Trainer? - In today's post we will break down the essentials on what sets a Medical Exercise Specialist apart from similar health and fitness professions. 

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15 Outdoor Fitness Ideas You Can Enjoy This Labor Day

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Aug 27, 2014 3:00 PM

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 still enjoy this Labor Day weekend (and before fall and winter arrive), there is still time to find the perfect balance between staying healthy and treating yourself.

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