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How to Maximize Results from Kickboxing Workouts

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Aug 24, 2015 9:00 AM

Knockout body? Check. Massive endorphin release and high-intensity intervals? Double check. Do you really need another reason to pick up your gloves? If you do, kickboxing delivers a fresh, fun and thrilling workout where throwing punches and using the impact of your foot are the focal points of each session. The sport that capitalizes on preparing you for danger is now all the rage for getting you in insane shape.

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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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Finding Morning Workout Motivation Through Pinterest

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Jun 8, 2015 9:00 AM

Let's face it, not everyone loves getting up at the crack of dawn to squeeze in a workout before the day begins. But if your client is a chronic snoozer, the issue is not the alarm clock, it's your client. Despite what your clients may think, the trick to exercising in the morning is all about developing the right habits and finding a little motivation.

What better way to hone that morning motivation than with social media? Social-media platforms, such as Pinterest, are one of the most accessible motivational tools to date. The reason? Pinterest is a visual discovery tool where "pinners" can find inspiration and try out new fitness trends. And part of leading a healthy, active lifestyle starts by switching your mindset to make healthier choices that are beneficial to your well-being.

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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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What is the Correct Form for Squats?

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

As a personal trainer you have a unique opportunity to help people become healthier and influence those individuals in a positive way. However, you can't effectively accomplish that goal if you can't provide your clients with clear instructions for performing a movement, such as a squat. Not to worry, we have you covered on this compound, full-body movement. Let's take a closer look:

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4 Popular Prenatal Workouts for 2015

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Feb 13, 2015 9:00 AM

As soon as one of your female clients finds out that she is pregnant, she will likely come to you with dozens of questions—Do I have to stop running? Will strength training cause injury? Can I still work my abdominals? While it's safe for many (but not all) to continue to work out during pregnancy, you'll have to make some modifications to your client's regimen in order for her to stay safe, while still gaining the benefits of training. 

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Keeping Clients on Track With a Holiday Workout Plan

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Dec 15, 2014 9:00 AM

Ah the holidays, they're officially here! Tis the season of joy, celebrations, loved ones, giving, and of course, indulging—because let's face it, it wouldn't be the holidays without office parties, cocktail hours and feasting! While you should never discourage your client from treating themselves once in a while, it's important that they keep their goals in the back of their mind when they go for seconds. To avoid weight-gain and that sluggish feeling during the holiday season, (and into January), use these helpful tips to keep your clients on track and motivated all season long.

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The Best Workout Program for your 'Lazy' Clients

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Nov 28, 2014 8:00 AM

When one of your clients is brand new to eating clean and training hard, what is exactly going through their mind? We can venture a guess to say it's a multitude of things, including:

  • This is a lot more work than I thought it would be (in fact, it's extremely challenging).
  • I don't have time for this because frankly I'm way too busy (Is there a quick fix?)

Whether your client is feeling discouraged or they are lacking motivation, simply remind them that reshaping their lifestyle doesn't have to mean hours at the gym. In fact, there are a number of different ways your client can start working out smarter, not longer. Share today's post with your clients so they can start feeling motivated and excited about working towards their fitness goals.

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How to Make Home Workout Routines for YouTube

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Nov 20, 2014 8:00 AM

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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How to Create Fun Workout Routines for Women

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Nov 13, 2014 8:00 AM

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, the workouts we put together 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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