Archive for exercise Q&A, interviews

Training For Parenthood: Part 3

by Meaghan posted May 31, 2011

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend.

So far, Ilene has talked to us about both lifting and cardiovascular modifications for parents. But there’s an equally important consideration when it comes to exercise programming for new moms and dads: Sleep (or lack thereof).

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Training For Parenthood: Part 2

by Meaghan posted May 27, 2011

In Part 1 of our interview with Ilene Bergelson, Ilene discussed lifting considerations for pregnant women and people with excess abdominal weight. Today, she adresses the necessary adjustments in cardiovascular programming for these populations.

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Training for Parenthood: Part 1 with Ilene Bergelson

by Meaghan posted May 24, 2011

If you missed our introductory Q & A with Ilene, be sure to check that out first here. Today, we talk with her about some specific lifting considerations for pregnant women and people with excess abdominal weight.

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Training For the Sport of Motherhood

by Meaghan posted May 13, 2011

Jillian Michaels adopting a kid from the Congo might be the scariest news I’ve heard in a while… When it comes to moms in training, I’d rather turn to someone like Ilene Bergelson for advice.

You may recall Ilene’s past posts on peri-natal core training here and here; now, she’s back to share her philosophies on training to keep up with a growing child.

Ilene will be giving a workshop on June 17th at FPTI in NYC called Training For the Sport of Motherhood. Here’s a brief glimpse of what she’ll be covering (fast forward to about the 1:30 mark, in particular):

The EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS Wednesday, May 18th, so be sure to sign up soon if you plan on attending. And if you can’t make it, stay tuned for some great information. There will be more to come, but since I promised my good friend and new mom Wendy some expert training tips, here’s a little Q&A to start:

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Industry Interview: Ilene Bergelson

by Meaghan posted March 10, 2011

As promised, today we’re back talking with Ilene Bergelson about her views on core training. (If you missed her guest blog on understanding the core, you can check it out here.) Brace yourselves (pun intended); we’ve got some fantastic information here!

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Finally Understanding The Core

by Guest Contributor posted February 22, 2011

Core training takes many forms these days – some good, some bad and some just plain ugly. While there’s always room for debate in exercise, the main reason for the disconnect is that many people don’t really understand the core. Today, we have a guest post from someone who does: Core-training expert Ilene Bergelson.

Ilene is Founder of LifeMoves Health, and she has over 20 years of experience training and teaching in the industry. One of her specialties is perinatal core training, and she has uniquely taken this background and combined it with the most up-to-date research to develop safe and effective core conditioning programs for…well, anyone with a core.

The great thing about Ilene’s approach is that it’s grounded in fundamental principles that really apply to everyone. She’ll be giving a workshop on March 23rd at The Focus Personal Training Institute discussing her techniques, and you’ll get a DISCOUNTED RATE if you REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 28th.

Here’s a little more about Ilene, her views on the core and how to train it, and a glimpse of what to expect from the workshop:

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Industry Interview: Nick Tumminello

by Meaghan posted February 14, 2011

One of my goals this year was to get more interviews up on this blog. A couple weeks ago we had a great one from Chris McGrath (whose FMS workshop this past weekend was FANTASTIC), and today we have another from leading trainer and strength coach Nick Tumminello – so I guess I’m right on track!

Nick is the owner of Performance University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has written for several fitness magazines – including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Muscle & Fitness and Oxygen – and has a number of instructional DVDs available, including his latest, Joint Friendly Strength Training.

Nick has also made quite a name for himself as an international educator in the fitness field. He will be presenting at the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute in Virginia this coming weekend, in Iceland the following week and again at the Arnold Classic the first week in March. If you can attend any of Nick’s events, I highly suggest you do. Here’s what he’ll be covering at his Vancouver workshop in November:

Now, on to the interview!

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Industry Interview: Chris McGrath (Part 2)

by Meaghan posted February 3, 2011

In case you missed it, you can find Part 1 of this interview here. Now, onto Part 2!

Which corrective techniques have you found to be most effective?

It really depends on the issue. One of the first questions we ask is whether the movement impairment is a mobility or stability issue. In the absence of stability, the body will give up functional mobility, but not necessarily passive mobility. Someone may appear tight through movement, but when we check their range of motion (ROM) in an unloaded position, they aren’t actually “tight.”

For example, we see a lot of squats that have a very limited range of motion when screened. But when we unload the person, they are perfectly capable of assuming a deep squat position. Their problem isn’t with mobility; it’s actually a lack of stability. In this case, stretching is not the appropriate corrective strategy.

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Industry Interview: Chris McGrath (Part 1)

by Meaghan posted January 31, 2011

Today’s post is the first part of a fantastic two-part interview with industry leader Chris McGrath, MS, CSCS of Movement First.

Chris is a personal trainer, fitness educator and consultant in New York City with more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. Among other events, he will be conducting a Functional Movement Screen and Corrective Exercise Workshop February 12th-13th at Focus Integrated Fitness in NYC. Having previously attended one of Chris’s presentations, I guarantee he’ll have some great information to share. You can register here if you’re interested.

For those who don’t know, the Functional Movement Screen is a seven-part test designed by renowned physical therapist Gray Cook to identify movement impairments so we don’t “put fitness on top of dysfunction” and get injured when we train. To learn how Chris assesses and improves movement, read on…

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Industry Interview: Chris Kelly

by Meaghan posted May 21, 2010

Today’s post is an interview with Chris Kelly, Owner and President of Peak Fitness in Lakeland, Florida.

Chris is an up-and-coming leader in the fitness industry and will soon be a contributing blogger here at FitnessMASH. Stay tuned for some GREAT posts from Chris, including one next week about the always HOT TOPIC of core training. 

In the meantime, we thought you’d like to know more about him. So, we did a little Q&A to give you a bit on his background. Here’s what he had to say:


Q. How did you get started in the fitness industry? 

A. My interest in fitness began at around age 13 when I was learning to lift weights in my garage with my Dad. A former college football player, he was always a role model to me as an athlete, so working out together seemed like the coolest thing in the world. (Now, if I could only get him to come to my gym and train!)

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