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Are Your Hamstrings Actually “Tight?”

by Meaghan posted November 14, 2014

Not sure exactly why but lately I seem to be fielding inquiries regarding this question even more so than usual. This is usually how the conversation goes:

New trainer: “My client says her hamstrings are tight but when I go to stretch them, they aren’t tight AT ALL.”

whats up with that

Me: “OK, let’s think back to what we talked about in class regarding lower cross syndrome. Does she have a bit of an anterior tilt in the pelvis?”

New trainer: “Yeah…”

Me: “OK, so what does that mean for the hamstrings?”

New trainer: “Ohhhh… Got it!”

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Filed under: exercise Q&A, stretching, tips for trainers, workout tips

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More PRs for the Focus Powerlifting Team!

by Meaghan posted November 4, 2014

Congrats to all the runners who competed in this weekend’s New York City Marathon!

While the FPTI Running Club didn’t send any competitors this year, our Barbell Club did send a small team to last weekend’s October Iron Fest Strength Meet at CrossFit Gantry in Long Island City. Big congrats to Brent Carter, Luis Tejada and Ryan O’Connell-Peller for their outstanding efforts! And thanks to all the FPTI faculty, students and alumni who came to cheer them on. It was great to have so many faces in the crowd for support!



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Filed under: strength training

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Employer Spotlight: Jorge Unigarro, Equinox

by Meaghan posted November 3, 2014

For all of our students, potential students and student alumni, today we have a quick Q&A with Jorge Unigarro (left), Personal Training Manager at Equinox, 33rd and Park, NYC:



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Q&A: What Do I Do When My Clients Ask for Things They Can Do “On Their Own?”

by Meaghan posted October 24, 2014

I want to thank two exceptionally inquisitive students in our current Theory and Application class for inspiring me to write about this. Jennifer and Juan, thank you!

Thank you because I think this is a common concern for many trainers and isn’t always handled in a manner that serves anyone’s best interest – as we discussed yesterday – and this gives me a chance to offer some advice on the matter.

SO, what does it mean and what do you do when your client says, “Can you give me some things I can do on my own?”



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Filed under: fitness commentary, psychology and behavior change, tips for trainers, Uncategorized

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4 More Beneficial Things You Could Do in 4 Hours and 26 minutes Than Plank

by Meaghan posted October 9, 2014

I’m sure we’ve all heard by now about the new world plank record set by Mao Weidong: 4 hours and 26 minutes.


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Filed under: core training, fitness commentary

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5 Essential Interview Tips

by Meaghan posted October 3, 2014

Getting ready for an interview and need some advice? Here’s what Focus Integrated Fitness employers, Joe Masiello and Gabe Valencia, and FPTI Placement Coordinator, Brent Carter, suggest to prepare for your interviews:

1. Make a good first impression. Your potential employer is assessing whether you are a good candidate before you ever open your mouth. What does your posture say about your confidence? Do you have a warm smile? Are you dressed appropriately? Do you have a firm handshake? Make sure you start off on the right foot by asking yourself these questions.

2. Do your research. Do some digging and find out about the company. This not only shows initiative but attention to detail. It says you have a vested interest in the company and are likely to work hard for it.

3. Be concise. Listen to the questions and answer thoughtfully in a quick, honest fashion. There are few things worse than an interviewee who goes off on a tangent and rambles about things that are not relevant.


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Goodbye Comfort Zone

by Meaghan posted September 30, 2014

It’s been a busy few days at FPTI. On Friday we graduated an AMAZING group of students, one of whom left us without a dry eye in the room… Thank you, Dan Heenan, for speaking so kindly about our Faculty and your peers. You guys really were a special class and you’ll go far in this field!

summer 2014 master class

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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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Filed under: tips for trainers, Uncategorized

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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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Filed under: education events

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