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About Joshua Russell

Joshua is BCPTI's Lead Instructor and loves both teaching classes and getting out into the community to connect with aspiring fitness professionals and our program graduates alike. As a young athlete and then also a minor league football coach, finding a career in fitness was an easy choice and he has worked in many roles - personal trainer, group instructor, club manager, educator & mentor.

Trainerize: The Future of Personal Training

The fitness industry is infamous for its notoriously quick pace of innovation. Jazzercise took the industry by storm in the '80s; Richard Simmons caught the attention of daytime television in the '90s. In the 2000's Yoga, spin classes, circuit workouts, and kettlebell training earned their places in regularly scheduled fitness classes, while the 2010s saw [...]

Overhead Mobility: Lengthening Techniques

The main objective of stretching within a Corrective Exercise Continuum is to restore or improve "length-tension relationships" (the net resting tension at a joint; too many biceps curls results in "bodybuilder's elbows" - perma-flexed elbows). Now that the length-tension relationships are improved, [...]

The BCPTI Practicum – a Review

The BCPTI Practicum - a Review by Jamie Bagoly and Eve Chan Picking your Personal Training Certification can be tough. There are so many options, and when you are shopping online, you are only given so much information about each certification. There are few schools around that teach these complex certifications, and as a [...]

Overhead Mobility: Inhibitory Techniques

Welcome to a 4-part mini-series on the Corrective Exercise protocol for Overhead Mobility. In this series, I will break down the 4-stage Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEC) for the "arms fall forward" movement-compensation observed in an Overhead Squat Assessment (OHSA). Using this CEC will help participants improve overhead mobility, kyphotic posture, and upper body strength [...]

Avoid Stress-Related Injuries this Summer

 Who doesn't love a good morning run through the forest? Or perhaps a beautiful summer hike with family and friends. On rare occasions, fewer things are more cathartic than floating on a lake or through a river in a kayak, soaking up the sun and inhaling the freshest of fresh air. While used mostly [...]

Reflecting On A Pandemic Year – Josh

As I reflect and write this article, it has been a full 365 days since COVID-based restrictions shut doors in most communities. Initially, it was a fearful time for many. But, as it normally goes with stressful experiences, we all adapted in one way or another. For many of my previous co-workers, it meant flexing their entrepreneurial [...]

A New Take on New Year’s Resolutions

    December is almost over and, with it, another year concludes. 2020, for many, was the most challenging year full of unprecedented challenges and delayed plans. Personally, my wife and I had to cancel our honeymoon days before our departure date. I lost my job and had to adapt my approach to my clients’ new “quarantine [...]

By | December 30th, 2020|Habits, Motivation|1 Comment

16 Exercises for Building an Awesome Ankle

Hello, and welcome to the first of many Corrective Exercise Continuum protocol guides; pronation of the ankle. This article's purpose is to provide the extra rationale for recommended exercises, provide videos demonstrating good form and good coaching, and create a library for your clients to study. In today's protocol, we will be looking at one [...]

Foam Rolling and the Cumulative Injury Cycle

We all begin our lives in much the same way. As infants, we were subject to a simple summary of forces: gravity, our body weight, and whatever we could hold in our hands. We spent most of our time rolling on the floor, crawling from room to room, and trying to figure out how to [...]

By | October 7th, 2020|Mobility & Movement, Warm Up|0 Comments

Meet the Team: Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell is a Corrective Exercise (NASM) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), whose training style adapts to any client he works with, prioritizing enjoyment of exercise and adherence to the program above all else. Hilltop Academy is where Joshua received his first of many Personal Training Certifications. He graduated with honors and was eager to [...]

By | September 30th, 2020|Instructor Spotlight|0 Comments