I have recently made a employer change for the better. I have received a great opportunity to work with an increased number of clients from all walks of life as well as interact with other trainers on a more frequent basis. I have also gained the new experience of taking on clients from a previous trainer allowing me an insight into another trainers methods. This move has been great for my development as a person and a professional. I have observed more trainers interacting with their clients then ever before and while doing this I cannot help but evaluate the trainers from a professional peer standpoint. I have also had the privilege to talk with clients about previous trainers methods and ideals. All of this new and valuable experience has led me to ponder questions about personal trainers, our profession, and our methods. In addition it has brought me to very frustrated realization about the current state of the personal training. I make this evaluation based on my own ideas, experiences, and knowledge and I realize this will lead to some subjectivism, but I will be objective as possible even criticizing myself.

The main topic for this blog is to address the amount of distance we as trainers have placed between our programs and the basics. By basics I am referring to very principles that govern strength and conditioning. I am so sad to say that we in trainers have become to focused on client approval. Yes I agree that client satisfaction is important, but we as health and fitness professionals can not allow our methods, programs, and systems we dictated by the clients wishes. We must simply included the client's wishes with our existing methods. I believe clients have been poisoned by media and advertising. They feel this instant need to come into the gym and get started immediately doing deep squats on top of a bosu ball with an overhead grip. Why? This is because the websites, magazines, and tv shows the general population is being exposed to our pushing fad exercises and fad products. Then I see these poison-minded clients come to work with a trainer and the trainer puts them right to work doing these novelty workouts. I believe this isn't because the trainers are dumb or incompetent. I believe it is because they are to wrapped up in satisfying their clients wishes. It is our job as professionals to present a united, sound approach to health and fitness. We are the experts and we should dictate to our clients what is the proper procedure when dealing with health and fitness. No client is ready for such complex and dynamic exercises advertised until far into their training program. This is why I strive to communicate to clients that health and fitness is a long-term commitment where each day builds upon the latter. We cannot skip parts of the progression in order to keep clients and make money we must maintain our integrity or we cannot call ourselves professionals.

So since so many trainers have strayed so far from the fundamentals in lue of doing bosu ball squats, one arm kettle bell hang cleans, and hanging leg raises (which by no means am I trying to say these are poor exercises I am simply meaning these are poor exercise choices for most clients, especially beginners) we must reconsult the basic fundamentals which guide proper and effective exercise. For me I believe in the Big Three. That is I hold the principles of intensity, movement, and progression above all else. These three principles will guide any program to producing quality results. The key word there is quality results not quantity of results.

If we as professionals can remember these fundamentals and get back to focusing on these rather than the next great modification to an exercise to improve its effectiveness we will become much more effective in what we do. This is a call to all trainers to forget the frilly stuff. Get your clients working on basic exercise form and tempo. Teach them how to properly move and control their bodies. Progress them through each stage do not rush or skip a progression because the client is becoming impatiences and wishes for more aesthetically pleasing results. Progress must be made in a inside out manner. Last of all get your clients working at the right level of intensity too many of us are either pushing our clients beyond their level or severely under shooting it. The right level of intensity will create the needed stimulus for adaptations desired.

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Wow can't believe another year is coming to an end, but what a great year it has been. And as always with the end of the year brings the holiday seasons meaning me, my clients, and all of America is going to be facing every threat you can think of towards our health. Holidays bring with them massive amounts of food adding to most of america's already hyper-energetic diets, increased free time often spent relaxing and sedentary, and increased alcohol consumption. Due to these factors most fall into the holiday slump and end the year on a terrible note in regards to health and wellness. But we can negate this factors or at the very least minimize their effects through awareness and preparation. To get my top ten holiday weight-gain prevention tips sign-up for our free newsletter. Simply click on 
 
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A simple exercise, but yet often forgotten as one becomes more and more involved in weight training. Today I thought I would offer I simple refresher and reminder of how great the push-up actually is in spite of how simple it is.


The push-up is a great exercise because of it's simplicity it requires nothing more than your bodies length of room and a little effort making it the perfect exercise when traveling or gym access is limited. It is also great in activating a large amount of muscle fibers recruiting the triceps, deltoids, and pectoralis major. But one of the most common unknown fact about the Push-Up is that it also recruits core stability. 

One problem though faced when performing push-ups is the ability to gauge the correct intensity and volume. But recent research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has shown that an individual performing an exercise is using about 65% of their bodyweight. This means one can accurately set a target amount of reps based on their bodyweight. 

You can incorporate push-ups into your program in any way you like, but I prefer to use them at the end of a workout as a finisher exercise making for a great final pump. I use extended sets doing several different variations of the push-up consecutively to failure. 

Most importantly don't look down on push-ups they are not inferior to any other exercise just another alternative exercise one can incorporate into their exercise arsenal.