Personal Training Blogs

  • Supplementation

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on November 30, 2018

    Supplementation Brittany L. There is value to supplementation and, also, there are precautions that need to be taken when looking into supplements. Some people who are searching for a quick and easy fix to lose weight look directly to taking a supplement to reach their goals. Athletes and gym-goers alike, also, search for additional assistance […]

  • Creatine

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on November 21, 2018

    Creatine By Brittany L. Why is creatine the number one supplement for improving exercise performance? Studies have proven time and again that creatine can increase muscle mass and strength in addition to improving cell function, and also, protect against neurological disease. It is one of the world’s most tested supplements and is beneficial for both […]

  • Time Under Tension

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on November 15, 2018

    Time Under Tension By Brittany L. What is “Time Under Tension”? Time Under Tension refers to how long a muscle is under stress during a set of weight lifting. The number of seconds it takes you to complete a set is your total time under tension. It is directly related to the tempo you are […]

  • Why Olympic Lifting and Should You Integrate it Into Your Training? By Brittany L There has been a rise in Olympic Weightlifting, and you will see many gyms adding it into their training regimens. What exactly is Olympic weight lifting? Is it meant to be practiced by everyone? Why would someone add these exercises into […]

  • The Importance of Your Heart Rate

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on October 26, 2018

    The Importance of Your Heart Rate By Brittany L. What is the importance of your heart rate? You have the new fit bit or watch that calculates your heart rate and tells you your pulse. It certainly looks cool, and you know—at least you think you know–that when you work out, it’s good for the […]

  • Why Caffeine?

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on October 22, 2018

    Why Caffeine? By Brittany L. Caffeine has been shown to stimulate fat loss, assist in weight management and improve performance exercise. But How? Caffeine is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, peaks about 90 minutes after consumption, and the levels remain high for about three and half hours. Caffeine affects cells throughout the body including those […]

  • What Are Macronutrients and Why Are They Important? By Brittany L. Strength and conditioning can only get you so far in your attempt to lose fat and gain muscle mass. The rest of the work is done through proper nutrition, that is, through fueling your body in the most efficient way possible. Proper nutrition plays […]

  • Why Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on September 17, 2018

    Why Every Athlete Should Practice Yoga By Brittany L. There is a stereotype that has been associated with practicing yoga that many people no longer seem to believe. The players of many professional sports teams are adding yoga to their workout regimen. Yoga serves not only as a physical aid for flexibility, mobility, and strength, […]

  • The Significance of Weight Training in Relation to Weight Loss By Brittany L. Humans have this innate and natural tendency to pursue what will be the most gratifying to themselves, and to produce the best results for that present moment.  We hear the words, “more for the moment,” and we are immediately sold on the […]

  • Planes of Motion: Exercising for Success!

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on August 17, 2018

    Planes of Motion: Exercising for Success! By Daniel F. When creating a workout, it is imperative to ensure that you are designing a workout that encompasses all of the needs of a specific client. There are a few things to consider when choosing appropriate exercises. Most people will likely focus on the muscles, but what […]

  • Sugar, Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on July 27, 2018

    Sugar, Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols By Daniel F. One of the most controversial topics in the health and wellness industry is the use of artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes. First, it is important to understand what exactly we are talking about here. The term “sugar substitute” is an umbrella term that covers everything that can […]

  • The Client-Trainer Agreement

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on July 16, 2018

    The Client-Trainer Agreement By Dan F. The best trainers can–and should–be measured by the success of their clients. The only thing a trainer should ever sell is results. There are many modalities to achieving them, but in the end, it is results that clients are looking for. What sets one trainer apart from another is […]

  • Tapping to Success

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on July 11, 2018

    Tapping to Success By Dan F. What does tapping actually mean? With the current popularity of mixed martial arts, tapping essentially refers to “the act of giving up” in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So how can giving up lead to success?  Well, giving up is a little misleading for this definition. Any practitioner of […]

  • Alcohol and Weight Loss

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on June 11, 2018

    Alcohol and Weight Loss By Dan F.   As the temperature warms up, and we move into Summer, people are going to start spending more time outside! And what goes better with a cookout or a weekend at the beach? That’s right, a nice cold drink! Everyone has been working their butts off during the […]

  • Change of Direction; Skills of an Athlete By Daniel F. When training athletes, one of the most important skills to teach—and for athletes, to learn– is change of direction. With the exception of track and field events, the majority of sports requires the ability and agility to change direction. Not only is changing direction a […]

  • Goblet Squats

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on May 18, 2018

    Goblet Squats By Daniel Fischman   Want to learn how to squat properly? Then guess what you need to do.  You need to squat! Squatting is one of the fundamental movements that the body is naturally designed to perform. It is also one of the few imperative exercises that other exercises are designed upon. While […]

  • Corrective Exercises

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on May 11, 2018

    Corrective Exercises By Dan F.   What exactly are corrective exercises? One of the more recent trends in the fitness world has been the implementation of corrective exercises, mobility work, stability work, and self-myofascial release. Luckily, this is one of the few trends that I can fully get behind and support. Unfortunately, like most trends […]

  • Better Fat Burn with “Complexes”

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on April 25, 2018

    Better Fat Burn with “Complexes” By Daniel F. Want a better Fat Burn? Two things that most people look for in a workout is efficiency and efficacy. Essentially, people want results, and they want them as quickly as possible.   In my many years as a personal trainer, I have found that most people have […]

  • When are Shin Splints Not Just Shin Splints By Dan F. Shin splints have, over time, become a generic term for all lower leg pain experienced during exercise. Unfortunately, the generality of this term has led to many dismissing this pain as something that is not very serious. Shin splints can be attributed to muscle […]

  • Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes By Dan F.   Most athletes are aware of the danger of injuries, and one of the most debilitating sports-related injuries is a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. The ACL is one of the four main ligaments of the knee, and when torn, it can absolutely sideline even […]

  • Why It Should Never Be Easy

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on March 15, 2018

    Why It Should Never Be Easy By Dan F. In my experience, one the biggest misconceptions of a new exerciser, and one that I often hear people say, is that “It will get easy.” Unfortunately, this is the wrong mindset to have. It should never be easy. Here’s why: The foundations of strength training are […]

  • Bulgarian Split Squat as an Alternative to the Back Squat By Dan F. Over the last 10 years as one of Connecticut’s top personal trainers, I have seen many trends and exercises come and go. One exercise that is often a key component to most exercise programs is the squat. The squat is often held […]

  • Training for Mountain Bikers

    By Michele S. | In Personal Training Blogs | on February 19, 2018

    Training for Mountain Bikers By Dan F. Just like with any sport, recreational or competitive, Mountain Bikers can improve their performance with proper strength and conditioning specific to this sport. When talking about mountain biking, it is important to differentiate between cross country versus downhill racing. While the two may seem similar, the actual physiological […]

  • Try Skiing or Snowboarding to Complement Your Fitness Routine! Skiing and snowboarding are two activities for the brave-at-heart. While so many people dread being outside during the cold winter months, many of us have not forgotten all of the wonderful benefits that we gain from the crisp, fresh air and the heart-pounding nature of outdoor […]

  • Geriatric Personal Fitness Training

    By hptadmin | In Personal Training Blogs | on January 11, 2018

    Geriatric Personal Fitness Training in CT We all know that with age comes many pros and cons. Unfortunately, time and age are something that we have zero control over. For hundreds of years, explorers and scientists have been looking for the fountain of youth. Whether that fountain of youth is a physical spring of life-enhancing […]

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