How To Build Programs That Bring Clients Outdoors

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After a few dark, chilly winter months, PTs and their clients can’t wait to inject some variety into their workouts and get some much-needed fresh air. If your clients are as tired of being confined to the four walls of a gym as you are, why not replace it with the fresh air and beauty…

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7 Tips to Avoid Injury When Returning to Exercise

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After a period of inactivity, or simply when following an entirely different routine, the absolute last thing you want to do is to invite injury by being too ambitious. As with anything else, planning matters: Give it time.Plan to give yourself six workouts (or a week) to get back into the groove. That way you…

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A Safe Return to the Gym

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For many, the prospect of returning to the gym is accompanied by mixed emotions. Aside from the obvious concerns over invisible viruses anxious to make us their next hosts, we now have to get used to exercising in a public setting all over again. Even people who have applied themselves to a light-to-moderate exercise regimen…

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Exercise Modifications to Stay Motivated

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By Claudiu Popa, PTS, OAS Few natural cycles are as predictable as the January gym rush and its inevitable cooling period a few weeks later. For many professionals, this is a rite of passage. If only there was a way to motivate clients to stick to their workouts for a few more weeks, or spark…

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Gym Etiquette

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8 do’s and don’ts to make the gym a more enjoyable place for everyone By Claudiu Popa, PTS, OAS If going to the gym feels a lot like the awkward club scene of your late teens, you’re not alone. According to a recent Ipsos study, 40% of Canadians feel intimidated by the gym. The most…

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A Spring Clean for Your Workout

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By Claudiu Popa, PTS, OAS Seasonal changes bring with them the opportunity for different exercises and exciting new sets of activities. Whether you’re approaching an exercise plateau or are just about done with a particular workout plan, a seasonal transition is an opportunity to celebrate new routines and revisit old favorites, whether they are particular…

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Sometimes the Best Advice is What Not to Do


By Claudiu Popa, PTS, OAS Every fitness professional takes pride in fine tuning expert advice and making to-do lists for discerning clients to follow in a bid to improve, as effectively as possible. From exercise techniques to nutritional strategies, Personal Trainers are valued, trusted advisors whose continued success rests on their ability to deliver that…

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Managing Expectations and Planning Outstanding Workouts

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The winter months can be a difficult time for clients and trainers alike, as the motivational techniques used throughout the year can seem less effective. Whether it’s the grey skies, full schedules or the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), humans tend to respond to environmental changes with reduced passion, energy, and discipline. While these…

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Be Memorable: Sharing knowledge with clients increases their success

Sharing knowledge with clients increases their success

By Claudiu Popa, PTS, OAS As certified personal trainers, we all have our individual notions and even catch phrases that clients associate with the pursuit of fitness. Chances are, you even make a point of repeating some of these at the start of a new session or before delving into a new exercise. If so, keep…

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