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How To PIck A Fitness Trainer
By: Sheldon Gerard Ginsberg

There is nothing like having your very own personal trainer!

Where else do you get the opportunity to consistently meet with someone and every moment of every session its - all about you? Where the purpose of every session is help you not just to look better but also to feel better!

Picking the right trainer for you and your health needs requires some basic knowledge of the fitness field. Both the American College Of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) are national organizations that provide instructional resources and continuing educational requirements but stipulate that each candidate must possess a health degree before being applying for certification.

While others like the American Council On Exercise (ACE), National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) or The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPF) are a lot less stringent for their certification requirements.

Education and experience are important aspects of trainer qualification and selection so ask and find out which credentials your prospective trainer holds however, I believe there are several factors beyond certification, which the informed consumer needs to be aware of to ensure customer satisfaction:

1.Does Your Trainer Have A Vision? – I believe every trainer should have a vision of what exercise can be for each of his or her clients. What is their mission statement? How much time and thought have they devoted to the “art of fitness instruction?” What do they see possible for you?

What you are really investing in is their vision of how they will be applying exercise to your life to improve its quality. The tools of exercise are the myriad forms of resistance and endurance training (I.e. Functional training, free weights, weight machines, balance boards, treadmills, stationary bike, versa climber etc…) along with stretching and relaxation techniques.

It is how your trainer utilizes these tools as part of his or her vision that is of interest here.

Interviewing Trainer Questions – “What is your vision of exercise and how will you apply it to my life?”

2.Is Your Trainer Capable Of Objective Observation? – A professional trainer views you, your body and your goals objectively. They are always considering your needs of the moment with the possibilities and potentials of exercise under the umbrella of your goals.

Training others is an art that requires the fitness professional to wear many hats. Things that need to be considered during a session are:

·How the client feels standing in front of the trainer?
·What has happened during the client’s day?
·How much stress is the client consistently under?
·What are their usual patterns of positive and negative daily health behaviors?

Interviewing Trainer Questions – “How do you assess me before each session?”

3.Can Your Trainer Adapt? – Whether you are in a crowded gym setting or a home gym environment your trainer must adapt your personalized exercise session to the particulars of your body, the moments needs and your long term goals. At any time he/she may need to vary weights, reps, sets, exercise, or movements based upon these ever-changing criteria. Client injuries, interruptions, distractions, mental meanderings and fatigue all play a role in each session. Does your prospective trainer have what it takes to manage you and the environment and keep you on track? After all, this is what you are paying for.

Interviewing Trainer Questions – “How will you deal with me and my program when things don’t go as you have planned?”

If you have decided to invest your time, energy and money into a health program make sure you are committing to someone who truly can deliver what you know you need as well as providing what you don’t know you need. A professional trainer is one who provides both.

About the Author

Mr. Sheldon Ginsberg President of FitPath Health Services holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, he has obtained advanced certification as a Strength and Conditioning Coach from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he is also a 12th level Reiki Master Teacher. To learn more you can visit or call 786-276-6143.

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape


Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.

Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:

Dave Snape

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