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    This article is intended to help you take a look at another way to help your female clients get in great shape. Learn more about this and how PowerFitness can help women get more results in less time.

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  • Focus On Fiber: How Much Is Enough?

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  • Nutrition Know-How: Seven Simple Ways To Eat Healthier!

    The key to better health is learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy nutrients. See the brief list I have put together here for a clear understanding of healthy nutrients.

  • Ab-solutely Excellent Crunches!

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    Rest is an often overlooked part of training, yet it can make or break you. For now I will share with you information regarding athletes and rest intervals while training.

  • A Simplified Anabolic Burst Mass Gaining Program.

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  • Staying Power: A New Method Of Training Endurance Athletes!

    One of the biggest problems with strength training for endurance athletes is the following: should I train like a strength athlete, like an aerobics instructor, or do I just skip the weights altogether?

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  • Following Your Own North Star!

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  • Pass The Salt!

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  • Football & Rubber Bands: How Can They Help You?

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    Several research projects directed at unearthing these mechanisms have been undertaken over the years, and some valuable insights have emerged from the sludge. Find out what the Satiety index is and how it can help you!

  • Training Perspective: In The Warzone... GI Bears The Loads!

    No, GI fans, it is not necessary to call the fight just yet. The cagey veteran may have given up a couple of rounds, and he may at this time have his back against the ropes...

  • Reaching Your Goals!

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  • Contributing Factors To Client Success!

    It is important to keep the best interest of the client top priority at all times; even at the cost of lost revenue, thereby earning the client's trust with genuine interest and caring!

  • Get In The Kitchen And Cook Yourself A Nice 6-pack!

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  • Travel & Vacation Workouts!

    How many times have you gone on a business trip or a vacation and wanted to workout, but did not? I have some advice for those who know how to workout and are not too lazy to slip in a few workouts (not at a gym or fitness center) while gone.

  • 4 Weeks To MONSTER MASS!

    If you have been looking to put on some serious mass, then this is the plan for you. In just four weeks one of my clients has put on 6 pounds of mass without gaining any in the waist. Try this 4-week mass plan and let us know what kind of gains you make!

  • Spot Reduction Or Spot Of Lies?

    Spot reduction is not possible! So forget those vibrating belts and always remember that if these products were so infallible there would not be a single out of shape person walking this earth!

  • Making New Year's Resolutions!

    Every year we see the same tips on how to keep those resolutions. And every year it's the same adage: A New Year... A New You! We hear this from the sales people in the health clubs, and from the trainers. Learn why!

  • Ephedra: Healthy Supplement Or Health Hazard?

    The herbal supplement ephedra (also known by the Chinese name of Ma Huang) has become one of the top news items of recent years. Some in the general public will agree with the decision, others will not.

  • Trade In Your Six-Pack For A Set Of Functional Abs!

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  • Amino Acids: Your Body's Building Blocks!

    We hope that the information in this article will serve as a beacon among the sea of misinformation about protein and amino acids.

  • Can Sugar Make You Sick?

    Sugar improves the flavor of foods and also widens the range of foods we eat. Without sugar for example, many high fiber breakfast cereals providing important nutrients would taste like cardboard, and be quite inedible.

  • Exercise Program Recommendations For Trainers And Clients.

    Fitness enthusiasts demand more options, less monotony, and a great work out. Unfortunately, many fitness trainers have not risen to this challenge.

  • Stay Healthy By Building Strong Bones!

    uilding and maintaining strong healthy bones is a lifelong concern because our bones are living tissue in a constant state of renewal. Most people believe thin, weak bones are inevitable. They aren't!

  • The Myth Of The Bench Press: Part II.

    Bench pressing, on its own accord, cannot stand as a main staple athletic weight training exercise. Learn why here!

  • Sculpt That Body: Train For You Body Type!

    If you have been exercising for 30 days or more with the goal of LOSING WEIGHT with NO visible results (your measurements/body fat/weight) chances are, you are not working according to your body type. Learn how to train for your body type!

  • The Myth Of The Bench Press: Part I

    The most common asked question in most weight training circles is, how much can you bench? Learn why you often hear answers of exaggeration.

  • Unleashing Plyometrics!

    The ability of plyometrics to develop speed and power above and beyond traditional weight training is what makes this style of training a crucial variable in almost any successful sports conditioning program, from football to ping pong!

  • Are You Working Too Hard?

    If you think that spending more time in the gym will give you better overall results, think again. Excessive exercising can quickly lead to overtraining, an imbalance between training and recovery. Learn why and how to prevent it!

  • Controlling Muscle Breakdown

    The hormone cortisol is definitely one of the least understood, but most crucial hormones to consider during a training program. Learn more.

  • All About Antioxidant Supplementation!

    I have collected a series of articles form various publications that collectively summarize many of the most current perspectives on supplementing antioxidants.

  • Organizing Your Workouts!

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  • All About Muscle Fatigue.

    I hope that this article provides you with a possible short-term remedy and does not confuse you more but rather makes you more aware of what is going on when your muscles become fatigued.

  • Effective Back Training: The Latissimus Dorsi.

    Back training has long been an area of controversy in strength training. In an effort to keep this article as simple and reader-friendly as possible, it will concentrate on the realm of the latissimus dorsi muscle, or the lats.

  • Designing Effective Fat Loss Programs!

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  • 3 Sets Of 10: Mainstay Or Myth?

    Everyone has something that annoys them about the fitness industry. For me it is program design. The 3 sets of 10 reps program got its start in the '40s and '50s in some early strength training experiments...

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    When you consider that most people spend only 4-10 hours a week working out, you can see that the vast majority of our time is spent in the rest and recovery phase. Several factors effect recovery rate. Find out what they are and how they can help you!

  • Killer Quad Day: Redefining Intensity!

    An important note here is that the workout below is intended for advanced clients, not the beginners, unless your intention is to scare them away for good. Also, you might want to mentally prepare yourself BEFORE you start this workout!

  • Stretch & Grow!

    In almost every activity or sport, stretching has always been a typical way to warm up the body and get it ready for action. However, you do not have to be an elite athlete to reap the rewards. Learn the benefits of stretching and how to. Bonus: Brenda

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  • Training Tips For Building Your Pectoralis Major!

    The pectoralis major is without question one of the most frequently trained muscles in fitness and sport. Despite it's popularity, few people know much about the anatomy and kinesiology of this important muscle. Learn it here!

  • Avoiding Fat Traps During Summer Travel!

    Time spent in cars, campers, planes and hotels can compromise all the hard work and sacrifices you have made preparing for summer. Here are a few tips to consider when traveling on the road.

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    Most athletes use alcohol for reasons aside from competition. Alcohol stimulates a feeling of well being and euphoria, and can eliminate social inhibitions. Learn how it effects your performance and what alcohol does to your system!

  • Nutrient Ratios & Caloric Needs!

    Laying the foundation for an effective diet can be a complicated process. Learn why and let's get back to the basics. We will simplify calculating caloric needs and nutrient ratios in this article.

  • Romanian Deadlifts: Training The Other Half Of Your Leg!

    One of the most effective, most overlooked, and on the rare occasion it is performed, most poorly executed exercises for this purpose is the Romanian Deadlift (RDL). Learn how to perform it and why it is so effective!

  • All About SAMe - Part 2!

    In part II of this two part series, you will learn about how SAMe works to treat depression, fibromyalgia and liver disorders. You will also find some guidelines on taking SAMe supplements, and the comprehensive scientific reference section.

  • Imagery In Sports Training.

    Imagery alone will not make a champion. Athletes still have to spend hours in the gym and on the field and also employ some of the other psychological techniques at their service. These are now an integral part of their training regimen.

  • All About SAMe!

    In part I, I review the basics about SAMe and its effectiveness for treating osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, with some information to consider concerning exercise for sufferers of arthritis.

  • The Outdoor Summer Fun Workout!

    Need an outdoor summer fun workout? Here it comes! This workout is for people who want to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time with their own outdoor circuit training.

  • All About Carnitine - Part 2.

    Learn what carnitine is, how it can help you lose weight and everything else about it!

  • Fitness Trainers: The Future Of Senior Healthcare!

    Abundant information is available on the benefits of exercise and successful aging, yet older adults are not receiving this vital information. Get it here!

  • Five Tips To Improve Your Training Efficiency!

    The following suggestions enabled me to help a 37-year-old increase his lean body mass by over 20 pounds during a 15 week training cycle.

  • Balancing The Use Of Carbohydrates & Fats.

    Fat loss is one of these topics and will continue to be a highly debated issue for fitness enthusiast. We will discuss the effects of fats and carbohydrates on exercise.

  • Making Your Workout More Exciting!

    Many people tell me they hate to exercise. For the most part, these people do not think exercise is fun, it's a chore. Learn how to make it fun with these 7 great tips!

  • A Synergistic Approach To Fat Loss.

    In this day and age everyone has a set idea of what they want to look like, but have difficulty obtaining it. Whether it is those annoying love handles or a little excess fat on the thighs, cutting calories can help...

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    Learn what carnitine is, how it can help you lose weight and everything else about it!

  • Q & A With James Wilson # 4.

    Learn how to determine your 1 rep max, how to make your client get a better pump, what cardio equipment targets the glutes and hamtrings and a great routine for women to bulk up their upper body and tone their lower body.

  • Q & A With James Wilson # 3.

    Find out what books are best to help improve your training routine, what exercises would be best for someone with not meniscus, how to determine if you have carpal tunnel and an inside look at the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainers book.

  • The Performance Based Diet.

    What if I told you that your diet might be robbing you of performance in the gym or in your sport? Most people familiar with trends in the nutritional aspect of the fitness field have seen a shifting of views regarding carbohydrates. Learn the truth!

  • Training A Soccer Player: The Basics.

    Soccer, or football as it's called outside of the States, is the number one sport in the world. Since the majority of the game is played without the ball, we will focus our discussion on training without possession...

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    What got you into bodybuilding? Was it seeing a bodybuilding show? Learn how to get motivated and stay motivated because the more you focus on what you're working to achieve, the less distractions enter your awareness.

  • Got Balls: A Look At The Different Types Of Medicine Balls!

    As professionals in the fitness industry our duties are manifold. Most of us encounter clients of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. In this article we will be talking about various types and applications of medicine balls.

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    Fiber for fat loss, are you crazy? That's right folks, fiber can actually help you lose fat. We all know that fiber will help fight against heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes and colon cancer, but it also plays a role in fighting obesity.

  • Insulin & Bodybuilding.

    This article will discuss the different classifications of carbohydrates, and how the body regulates blood glucose levels. Practical applications to bodybuilders will close out the article.

  • Fats For Your Health

    The body needs a certain amount of fat in the diet. It stores fat to serve as a quick energy source and to protect important organs. While fat is necessary and essential for proper health, some types of fats are damaging to the cardiovascular system.

  • A Call For Swiss Ball Sanity!

    Go into just about any gym in the United States, and you will more than likely see them; big, beachball-looking objects, usually scattered around the area set aside for stretching and abdominal training.

  • Sports Training 101: Mountain Biking

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    Hopefully this article will introduce some people who would not have otherwise thought about it, especially personal trainers, to the wonderful experience of having an in-home gym.

  • Personal Trainers: Meeting With Your Client For The First Time.

    You've gotten your business up and running. You've identified a great title for your operation, and a great logo as well. Your first meeting is today and you don't know what to say, wear or how to approach them, learn it all here!

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    When most people hear soy, they usually think of tofu and soymilk. Soon tempeh will be one of the first soy products to come to mind.

  • The Frontiers In Body Awareness.

    Unless you are a competitive powerlifter or Olympic-style weightlifter, you are not being judged on how much weight you can throw around in the gym. Remember that you should strive to work smarter, not harder.

  • All About Ribose.

    A new dietary supplement ingredient, ribose, claims to increase ATP and energy levels, based on scientific research. Learn how it can help you!

  • Time Under Tension In Your Training Program

    Well-known strength coach Charles Poliquin suggests monitoring the actual time that a muscle is 'under tension' during an exercise by using a clock or stopwatch, and recording this parameter in a the training log via a numerical system.

  • Exercise And Women's Health: A Critical Part Of Overall Health.

    Women's health issues will play a more prominent role in today's and tomorrow's health care system. By promoting exercise and healthy diets to women during childbearing years, they can reduce the risk of acquiring many diseases.

  • Strong Legs For Living Life.

    The effects of exercise and disuse are well documented. The deterioration of the lower body is cyclical. Squatting may be more than a means to maintain a strong lower body, it may be a means to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • The What And Why Of Yohimbe And Yohimbine

    In recent years, Yohimbine has been the subject of some heated debates among fitness enthusiasts and industry insiders alike. Find out all about Yohimbe and what it can do for you!

  • Arthritis: The Six Most Frequently Asked Questions.

    This article is designed to address the most frequently asked questions about exercise and arthritis. Find out what the six most common questions on arthritis are!

  • Recovery Period's Effects On Strength.

    Strength coaches and other fitness professionals have long debated the causes of decreased performance as a result of fatigue during strength training, and the best rest intervals to reduce that fatigue. Find out what is best based on research!

  • Q & A With James Wilson # 2.

    Are you trying to find out what aerobics are better for burning fat or if yoga has serious benefits? Find out here!

  • Knee Surgery & The Road Back

    On Wednesday, October 13, I had my left knee operated on arthroscopically. Find out what I did in the first 10 days to have a speedy recovery!

  • Q & A With James Wilson!

    Check back each month as I will be adding more and more questions and answer from our viewers!

  • Breaking Through Plateaus.

    You need to assess your current program as far as your nutrition and training if you want to break through your training plateaus.

  • Setting Goals For Fast Results.

    Follow these suggestions exactly as they are laid out and see how focused you become and how much faster you progress toward your desired goal.

  • Optimizing Your Biceps Potential.

    Whether in a short-sleeved shirt or a tank top, the arms are a very visible body part. Through this article we will outline the specific functions of the biceps and how to properly train them for optimal result.

  • Manipulating Hormone Release Naturally With Resistance Training!

    Only resistance training that is high in intensity, utilizing 8-10 repetitions, heavy resistance and a maximum of one minute rest between sets will maximize serum testosterone and growth hormone levels.

  • Atkins Vs. Pritikin: The Debate Rages On!

    The battle lines have been drawn and everyone has taken sides. It is by far the most heated subject in nutrition, and self-proclaimed gurus have crawled out of the woodwork to weigh in with their opinions on the high carb diet vs. low carb diet debate.

  • The Benefits Of Yoga!

    Yoga has become very popular over the last decade. Why are so many people doing it? What are the benefits and what is the commitment?

  • Considerations For Summertime Fat Loss!

    These tips will help an individual design a safe and effective plan for weight loss. Although summer is just around the corner, there is no better time to draw into the fitness lifestyle.

  • Pectoralis Development Through Proper Biomechanics.

    By having a stronger comprehension of the proper biomechanics of the pectoralis muscles, as well as correct methods in which to stretch this muscle, you can successfully design a program in which you can optimize your pectoralis muscle potential.

  • Are All Calories Created Equal?

    Gauging your caloric consumption without having an awareness of your energy expenditure is useless in gaining or losing body weight.

  • The Lost Art And Science Of Weight Training!

    Will it ever come to pass that platforms make a comeback in the gym? Find out along with Dr. Squats opinion on machines verses free-weights.

  • Does Fruit Make You Fat?

    Fruit is healthy, full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and low in fat and calories. Learn the truth about fruits and the myth that it will make you fat!

  • Disa Hatfield's Powerlifting Q & A!

    Disa Hatfield is a California State powerlifting champion! Should children powerlift? How should a belt be worn? Get the answers to your questions and more!

  • Building Your LATS Through Proper Biomechanics!

    Learn how to optimize your Latissimus Dorsi workout! Exercise and biomechanics guides now available.

  • Resistance-Training Programs For TOTAL Beginners!

    There is a lot of confusion as to the right steps to take in starting a resistance training program. The following is for those people who have their aerobic workouts, but do not have an anaerobic workout! Here are 25 full programs with tips!

  • Depression And The Bodybuilder

    It's both axiomatic and paradoxical that bodybuilders preparing for competition are malnourished. Learn the truth about depression!

  • Is Swiss Ball Training For You?

    Find out if swiss balls are right for you and how to use them properly!

  • The Advantages Of Two-A-Days!

    Try this great way to mix things up, stimulating unprecedented muscle and strength gains, while helping to slash bodyfat.

  • What Makes Muscles Grow?

    If you want to develop more muscle, then you better get ready to do some hard work and prepare for slow gains. Learn about resistance training, diet and rest.

  • Deltoid Development Through Proper Biomechanics!

    Whenever we engage in a lifting movement, we utilize the deltoid muscles. Learn how to get well-developed deltoids with biomechanics!

  • The Glycemic Index!

    The varied use of low, mid and high glycemic foods are also being studied and integrated as part of good sports nutrition and enhanced performance. Learn why it is so important!

  • Protein Supplements Vs. Protein Foods!

    The biggest advantage of protein supplements is not that they can build more muscle, the biggest advantage is convenience. Learn why!

  • You Are What You Eat!

    Since fat is such a concern, it's best to discuss it and get it over with; to extract truth from myth. Learn the four so called facts and why people deserve to know the truth!

  • How To Make It As A Certified Personal Trainer In A Small Town!

    As a certified personal trainer myself, I have noticed over the years how hard it is for a certified personal trainer to make it in a small town/city. Learn how to make it in your small town!

  • Seeking The 6-Pak!

    We must not neglect the serratus anterior muscles and the external obliques which make up the lateral portions of the “6-pak”. Learn the secrets on how to target these muscle groups right here...