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Guest Post: Interning at Focus Integrated Fitness

by Meaghan posted September 17, 2014

Congrats to all the FPTI Theory and Application students who finished the course yesterday, and to our most recent cohort of Master Course students who are finishing up their internships and graduating next week!

FPTI  MC class


You guys are amazing, and you should all be VERY proud!

Today we have the first of many guest blog posts from our Master Course student-interns at FocusNYC. Here is what Nick Law-Yue (front and center in the picture above) had to say about his time interning with us this semester:

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Q&A: Should I Give My Clients Feedback?

by Meaghan posted August 20, 2014

Student nerves are high this week at FPTI as our Theory and Application class begins the first round of practical testing: Student assessments. Although this will be their first official practical testing grade of the semester, we’re nice in that we let them have a practice run on each other before we throw them in front of real clients next week.

student assessments

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Anthony Renna Comes to Focus!

by Meaghan posted July 29, 2014

Last Friday, Anthony Renna came down to present to the Focus staff and FPTI students on how he trains his golfers.

Most of you probably know Anthony as the voice of the Strength Coach Podcast, but he’s also a very knowledgeable and experienced trainer himself, as well as a really personable guy.

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Focus Powerlifting Team Gets 10 PRs!

by Meaghan posted July 16, 2014

This past weekend, FPTI sent a team of six out to Merrick, Long Island to compete in the RPS Powerlifting meet at CrossFit Strong…and we returned home with a TEAM total of 10 lifetime PRs! What’s even better is that everyone who competed got at least one PR, so it truly was a team effort.

Here are some videos:



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FPTI on the Today Show!

by Meaghan posted June 17, 2014

Check out FPTI featured on TODAY this morning!


And you can find the article HERE.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Getting Ready for Graduation at FPTI!

by Meaghan posted June 13, 2014

Between last week and the week to come, we here at FPTI will be putting our stamp of approval on A LOT of new trainers and sending them out into the field with the trust that they will represent the Focus name well by embodying our mission statement: To educate and develop personal trainers who demonstrate technical proficiency, integrity and professionalism.”

This is the first time in FPTI history that we will graduate THREE cohorts at one time: Both our full-time and part-time Theory and Application students will graduate at the end of this month, as will our full-time Master Course students.


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Effective Exercise CUES: Planks and Side Planks

by Meaghan posted May 15, 2014

You may have seen the ‘Core Challenge’ we recently posted on the FocusNYC Facebook page involving everyone’s favorite core exercises: Planks and side planks.

I’ve said this so many times that I feel like a broken record, but these are great exercises to train the primary function of the core muscles: To RESIST movement, NOT create it.

The standard plank trains the anterior core to resist spinal extension – at least when done correctly. Just this week, I made a point to emphasize an import cue for the plank that is often forgotten: “Squeeze the glutes.” Sure, we all know we’re supposed to “squeeze the abs” or “pull our bellybuttons in,” but when we start to get tired in a plank and gravity begins to force the lumbar spine into extension, thereby tilting the pelvis anteriorly (remember lumbo-pelvic rhythm?!?), squeezing the glutes will help you hold on a little longer by tilting the pelvis back posteriorly to maintain neutral spine in that plank.

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Vibram Pays Back Millions for False Claims

by Meaghan posted May 8, 2014

Remember back a couple of years ago when Vibram got sued for making false claims that their FiveFingers shoes prevented injury and increased foot strength? (If not, you can read about it HERE.)

Well, it looks like the company has finally agreed to pay back millions of dollars to the people – many of whom got injured – who believed these claims and purchased the shoes (although Vibram denies any wrongdoing). Check it out HERE!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so feel free to chime in with a comment.

Personally, I think the idea of minimalist running shoes is a good one, just a little premature. We do have some research supporting lesser impact forces when landing on the midfoot versus the heel, but nothing on the carryover to injury rates or performance. And the real problem arises when one jumps into a pair after having run for years in more supportive footwear and never actually changes his/her foot strike pattern… Other thoughts?

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by Meaghan posted April 22, 2014

As you know, yesterday marked the 118th Annual Boston Marathon. But to the runners, spectators and anyone who has ever called Boston home, it marked a much greater victory. Not only did the community pull together to rise above last year’s tragic bombings that stopped the race short, it came back bigger and stronger than ever.

More athletes competed – some 36,000 even.


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Getting Depth in a Squat

by Meaghan posted April 17, 2014

Anyone who has been around training for any length of time has had (or seen) that client who simply doesn’t go low enough in the squat. Sometimes this is due to restrictions in mobility, and sometimes it’s not – and there’s an easy way to tell. Enter the squat-to-stand.

While great for improving hip mobility and thoracic spine extension, this exercise also serves as an effective assessment: It can tell you whether someone has actual musculoskeletal limitations or is simply just afraid to go lower in a squat – often times for no other reason than that he/she has never been down there before.

Here’s a brief video from Coach Nick Tumminello on how to perform the squat-to-stand:

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