You Are What You Eat: The Chicken and the Egg Part 1

This part of the series covers various types of poultry, not just chicken, as well as what they lay — eggs. All too often, people limit their fare to the point where what they eat is so boring that they either become compulsive, binge, or give up altogether. There is more to life than boiled, skinless chicken breast.That said, allow me contradict myself immediately by saying that every fitness foodie’s freezer should contain a large bag of flash-frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts! As long as you know how to prepare them properly, they’re easy, quick and delicious, but don’t limit yourself. Live a little and enjoy Nature’s bounty.

Chicken – Since we’re on the subject, let’s start with the most common form of poultry in the United States. Like beef, there are several different varieties, such as capons (a castrated rooster – the same idea as a steer), roasters (usually large), fryers (the most common) and stewing hens (old layers used for making soup). Because of the demand, you can purchase either a whole chicken; what’s often termed “best of fryer” which leaves out the bonier parts; or only one part, such as drummettes, which are often prepared with a hot sauce for messy, albeit delicious, appetizers.

Keys to Being an Excellent Fitness Coach

In the industry of wellness and fitness, it is hard even with this economy to compete with the vast array of fitness coaches that make part of our industry. But at times, there are a few that shine above the rest. Do you want to be that coach? Here are some ways that you can stand out and be the person whomakes a difference in someone’s life.
First, a coach has to motivate his athletes.
If athletes believe in themselves, they are apt to play and do their best. This can happen as a result of positive talk and messages from their coach. The coach’s goal should be to motivate their player to come back and be excited to play that particular sport again. A good coach must like people and have lots of enthusiasm. This is why people are drawn to a great coach.

What is Bad Posture and How Do You Correct It?

Integrating successful corrective exercise strategies into client programs to alleviate their aches and pains is easy if you have a good understanding of posture. This article provides a brief explanation the most common postural imbalances and exercises you can use to correct them.

The downward pull of gravity places a tremendous amount of stress on your feet. If your feet are deconditioned (and most people’s are), they tend to flatten in response to this pressure (i.e., overpronate). When your foot overpronates, your ankle rotates inwardly over your foot toward the middle of your body. Your leg follows your ankle, causing both your lower and upper leg to rotate inward. These imbalances of the foot and leg cause the knee to shift inward also (i.e., medial knee displacement). Over time, these compensations can lead to excessive pressure on the knee and ankle joints, causing discomfort and dysfunction in these areas (see Image 1).

Attention All Personal Trainers: Guess, Do Not Assess!

Much like my dietary advice this article will go against the grain, so to speak. Every personal trainer is taught that they must go through a thorough assessment with their clients. The more information they gather, the better. Well, after 17 years in this business, I do far less assessing and far more guessing – not to be different, but to be efficient. I have found many similar patterns that exist among individuals, and through the years I have developed systems of training that produce “reproducible” results. Where the client fits into these systems depends on their individual needs and goals. Often, assessments can be conducted through the training process, rather than a separate entity on its own. This can save the client time and money and can actually lead to better results.

Wood Chop + Standing High Cable Pull – a superior combination for maximal safety and efficiency

I have a stupid question for you.

Do you want to make the most of your training time? Are you interested in burning the maximal amount of calories and while stimulating increases in muscle mass, all in the shortest possible amount of time?

I am sure your answer those questions are yes.

Well, so called combination exercises fits the bill. In a combination exercise you combine (hence the word) to or more exercises in a smooth sequence.

7 Extraordinary simple, hard exercises on the floor

In the pursuit of world class strength, power, speed or endurance, we can afford to leave no potentially beneficial training method on the table. The best strength coaches and personal trainers embrace the whole spectrum of training methods from extremely simple, no equipment methods, like bodyweight exercises on the floor, to high tech measurement tools like myo test (www.myotest.com).

This article is about one of the simplest, yet most effective, new bodyweight exercises on the floor.

When I teach new personal trainers, I always say that regardless of their background and their personality, there is at
least some part of the personal training process, where their strength’s come in to play.

Is Age Just A Number: Training with older clients

As one of the largest populations, the baby-boomer generation will have an undeniable impact on the world. The over-65 crowd will almost double in size by the year 2030. Not to mention people are living longer and more health-conscious than ever, setting the stage for a generous influx of senior citizens seeking personal training services. Exercise is beneficial for every age group, but must be tailored accordingly for this population.

Before actually delving into any specific workouts, educate the client’s family about what type of program you offer. Print out your routines that you have planned and instruct the family so they may offer the best support possible. Ask your client and their family members what types of activities they currently engage in as well as possible activities they wish they were able to take part in. This will inform your workout program, focusing on exercises that are representative of your client’s most common activities.

3 Tips to Storing Your Fitness Equipment

If you run a fitness business or have your own private gym in your home, then you know how much space and hassle fitness equipment can cause. Although the preferred use of this equipment would be for you or your clients to break some serious sweat with it, it is important to be realistic. You need to recognize what fitness toys you are not using but are just taking up too much space. Parting with your equipment is probably a little daunting and too permanent, so why not settle for moving some of your unused fitness tools into storage? Here are 3 tips on determining whether or not you should move your equipment into storage.

Tips to Encourage Workouts at Home

It has been a while since many of us made our infamous New Year’s resolutions to be a healthier individual. Some of us or our clients might be struggling with reaching these goals for a multitude of reasons. While there are a zillion excuses to not workout, there are plenty of critical reasons why we all need to make exercising a priority. With summer fast approaching, let the warmer weather be a perfect motivation to get your clients healthier while obtaining the body they desire. If you are still struggling with motivating your clients (or yourself!), below are some quick tips to make workouts happen without needing to leave the convenience of home:

1. Create a Sacred Space – Exercising is personal–it’s about you! So, push aside those storage bins in your basement or create a corner in your home where only you can exercise. This space is designated only for creating a healthier body for you!

2. Make Some Noise – Music can be a powerful motivation tool! Therefore, pump up the volume and listen to your favorite artist while you break a sweat. Let their voice motivate you, especially towards the end of your workout when your energy levels may run low.

Pre and Post Workout Snacks

Looking to maximize your workout? Follow these steps to best nourish your body before working out and to launch recovery mode after a great workout.

Step 1: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Although it seems like a simple task, it is absolutely essential! The body needs to be hydrated in order to process calories and have energy available for use. Without being hydrated, there is little your body can do to produce fuel.

Step 2: Pre-Workout Snack
The main goal of your pre-workout meal is to provide energy for your muscles to use. When it comes to fueling your body, timing, and consistency of your meal are the two most important things to focus on. So the best advice is to consume foods that are easy to digest and to allow the proper amount of time to digest.

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