Category Archives: For Fitness Pros

Transverse Abdominis Activation

The transverse abdominis muscle is the deepest muscle in the abdomen and has a tendency to get weak in postpartum women, people with back pain, or any postural dysfunction. In other words, most people. Learning to activate this muscle is the starting point for many of my personal training clients – and it’s surprising how […]

Favorite Fitness Apps For Professional Personal Trainers

So, I finally emerged from the Dark Ages and got an iphone after my 8 year old flip phone decidedly flipped out for the final time (RIP). I already had an ipod touch to use a few apps, but the new iphone reignited my interest in finding more stuff to make running my business and […]

Doctors – Do You Refer Your Obese Patients to Fitness Professionals?

One of the most important things that I have learned as a professional Personal Trainer and business owner over the last 16+ years is that I frequently can’t get my clients the results that they want on my own (beware any Personal Trainer who claims that they can); I need to maintain a network of […]

How to Assess Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Most fitness experts agree that maintaining muscle strength should be the number one concern for older adults. A decline in muscle strength affects people’s ability to do everyday activities such as getting in and out of a chair or bathtub, climbing stairs, getting in and out of a car, carrying laundry or groceries, picking up […]

Row Exercise for Shoulder Strength – Common Training Errors

I include some variation of a row exercise for shoulder strength in almost every exercise prescription that I write for my clients. It’s a great exercise for helping to improve posture, strengthen and stabilize the posterior shoulder girdle, and can be a whole body exercise depending on the variation or equipment being used (ie body […]