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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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Filed under: fitness commentary, news, sports

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:

Filed under: exercise instruction, tips for trainers

Useful Tools or Just More Toys?

by Meaghan posted April 11, 2014

Founders of FocusNYC and Focus Personal Training Institute, Joe Masiello and Gabe Valencia – curious to see what the fitness industry has in store for us next – were lucky enough (kind of…) to make it out to San Diego last month for the annual IHRSA trade show. According to them, a Hungarian line of cardio equipment called Infrashape takes the cake for most useless, er…innovative equipment. Here are a few of the highlights:


A new twist on vibration training, this infrared total body vibration machine apparently also either tans you or melts away your fat with UV light (we can’t tell which.)



You may have heard foam rollers referred to as ‘the poor man’s massage;’ well, this is ‘the lazy man’s foam roller.’ Motorized and all. You just sit there.

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The BEST Piece of Prospecting Advice I Can Give

by Meaghan posted March 20, 2014

As yet another semester winds down here at FPTI, we teachers are making extra efforts to get our students/soon-to-be personal trainers up to speed on how to gain a clientele quickly. Yesterday, we did a little role playing in attempt to hone the skill that new trainers dread the most: Prospecting.

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Effective Exercises: The Deadlift

by Meaghan posted March 11, 2014

The other day, one of my students asked me what my favorite exercise was. My response? The deadlift, hands down. (Not to be confused with the Romanian deadlift – or “RDL” – where the bar starts from a hang position and never touches the floor, and is predominantly a single-joint hip extension exercise rather than a multi-joint lift like the conventional deadlift).



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Filed under: exercise instruction, exercise programs, fitness-related injuries, strength training, tips for trainers, workout tips

Carb-dense Foods at Most Meals?

by Meaghan posted February 20, 2014

If there is one consistent point of controversy in the health field right now, it’s carbohydrate intake. Read opinions found in major media publications or headlines like ‘Learning to Cut the Sugar,’ and you’ll probably find yourself on the low-carb bandwagon.


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Filed under: fat loss, health, news, nutrition, recommended resources

4 Tips For “Selling” Personal Training

by Meaghan posted February 7, 2014

Ask 100 personal trainers who work (or have worked) in the commercial gym setting what they like least about the job (or why they left) and they’ll probably all tell you the same thing: Too much focus on sales and not enough value placed on good training. And to a certain extent, personal trainers do have to be able to convince potential clients to train with them. But that doesn’t have to mean sounding like a used car salesman.

Here are four ways to get around the pressures of “selling” when you’re a trainer:

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2014 Fitness Trends

by Meaghan posted January 28, 2014

Now that we know who won the Grammy Awards, let’s look at what’s topping the charts in fitness these days.

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine publishes predicted fitness trends for the upcoming year, and at the top of the list for 2014 is high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T).

We recently talked about the benefits of H.I.I.T. HERE.

The top 10 trends for 2014 are as follows:

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Planet Fitness At Its Finest

by Meaghan posted January 19, 2014

The other day, we posted about an unfortunate incident that happened at CrossFit and some of the controversy that resurfaced as a result. Well, there is also another gym that’s been taking some heat lately, and for good reason…



I suppose a slogan like that is warranted for a gym that removes squat racks for being ”too intimidating” yet has men with knives getting tased on the training floor:

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Filed under: fitness commentary

Please Keep Kevin Ogar in Your Thoughts

by Meaghan posted January 14, 2014

As you may have heard, a man by the name of Kevin Ogar suffered a spinal cord injury doing a snatch at a recent CrossFit competition.

Reportedly, Ogar dropped the bar on his back, separated his T-11/T-12 vertebrae and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He will need at least one surgery and surely has a long rehab process ahead of  him, and the competitive CrossFit life he once knew is likely over.

Moreover, like many fitness professionals, Kevin is uninsured and is going to need a lot of help paying for his recovery. You can make donations to his cause HERE.

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Filed under: fitness commentary, tributes