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Is Spot Training Real?

“Spot Fat Reduction” is one of the most requested goals I work with daily. - Josh Russell, BCPTI Instructor I hear many people talk about one or two specific places on their body that they would like to lose fat from. I understand the motivation for six-pack abs or toned arms, and there are plenty [...]

By | December 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Overcoming Adversity & Creating a New Life

#GradSpotlight Nicci Clark: "Ever since being rear ended in a car accident in August of 2014 and receiving multiple injuries to my neck, back, ribs, shoulders and hips, I have been on a furious and seriously dedicated mission to gain new strengths in an attempt to replace weakness and to find ways to cope with [...]

By | January 12th, 2018|Student Spotlights, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hyper-Mobility, Performance & Recovery: Nervous System-Based Activation & Deactivation

The sitting disease and automation are killing our nervous systems, proprioception, function, metabolism, and mobility. Today more than ever, clients walk in the training door deactivated. Even those who work out regularly spend most of their day in low nervous system activation. In this 3 part series, you'll learn how to use foam rolling & [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|Mobility & Movement, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cardio (FITTER) = Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type, Enjoyment & Recovery

The #1 FITNESS predictor of a longer, more productive life is your cardiovascular fitness http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/107/1/e2 . Yet, when I ask client’s or students if they regularly perform cardio, the response is 50% I hate cardio - 50% I love cardio. Whether you love cardio or not, are training for sport, calorie deficit, recovery or health, [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Athletic style workouts for Fitness, Fascial health, and Performance increase that’s transferable to Sport and Function

I had just retired from playing professional hockey after 8 years and had no real clue what I wanted to do with my career. How had I become a professional hockey player? I worked harder than anyone and I did whatever was necessary to win. By doing whatever was necessary, I became the fittest athlete [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Developing & Maximizing Your Trainer Educational Toolbox

One to two times per week, a trainer will ask me, “What courses, books or resources are best suited to help me achieve my fitness and/or career goals”. Fitness education & CEC’s can be a difficult monster to slay, particularly for those considering a fitness career or are brand new to the industry. [...]

By | January 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Practical Research Review

MacDonald et al. (2013). An Acute Bout of Self Myofascial Release Increases Range of Motion Without a Subsequent Decrease in Muscle Activation or Force. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 27(3): 812 – 821. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts all around the world use self-myofascial release techniques to improve range of motion and recover [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Proper Strength Training Progression

To do or not to do, this is the question of the day. I get a lot of questions about exercises you should or shouldn’t do – call them contraindicated if u may. Some of the most popular contraindicated exercises are: Good Mornings Crunches / Sit-ups Behind the Neck Press I can biomechanically explain why [...]

By | November 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A 6 Min Full Body Mobility & Flexibility Sequence Nearly Everyone Can & Should Be Doing

Chad Benson, MSc, CSCS, PT There are several video links inside this document but this one is a 20 min comprehensive (more exercises) version of the sequence below. Some of favorite flexibility drills and is a great adjunct to the exercises below. Next week, I am going to post a 6 min [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coach Your Way to Personal Training Success

At Steve Nash Fitness Clubs & BCPTI, our training staff may have the title “Personal Trainer” but through our nashFIT program, every trainer is instructed and given the tools to become effective coaches. The best way to sum up the difference between a coach and a trainer / motivator is this video clip from Brad [...]

By | October 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments