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Becoming a Personal Trainer – Advice

There are several ways to get your personal trainer certification. You could do a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or something alike.

But you do not really need it, if you want to be a personal trainer (Bachelor's degree is really an overkill for that goal).

You could get a certification from any organization, accredited by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies).

One important thing to remember, is that you do not need to be a bodybuilder / power-lifter yourself. Of course, you still are a role model for your clients, so be healthy, and eat healthy – but there is no need for huge biceps and triceps.

After you choose your certification, and finished with the education, you can move on to the next stages.

A good personal trainer will also extend his knowledge to some niche. For example, you could specialize in bodybuilding / power-lifting / fitness / health. If you have more advanced knowledge in, say, bodybuilding niche (which does have own own secrets) – of course, your value, as a personal trainer, will be much higher.

Next stage is considering to take first-aid (or a CPR) course. You might not need it, but a client will prefer a trainer with some medical background, that could be used in case of emergency.

Decide what you want to do.

You should weigh your pros and cons, and see whether you want to be a trainer in the gym or start your own private trainer business (In this case, you will need some business advice, like what forms to fill, and so on). Decide, whether you want to start in a small gym or a large one.

A personal liability insurance.

You should definitely research more about it, and get one yourself.Find more information / e-books, explaining about this matter, which can become very serious.

Decide how much you will charge.

This might sound a little strange, but if you think about it for a moment – setting your price tag is not a trivial thing at all. Should you charge $ 15 or $ 50? Should you charge more than other trainers, less, or the same? Usually, personal trainers charge between $ 15 to $ 70 in gyms, and between $ 25 to $ 200 (per hour), while being independent.

Market yourself!

Now, that you're your own boss, you have to find a job for yourself.

One possibility is to ask friends and relatives, whether they need your services, and another good option is to find local gyms. It is always a good idea for a beginner, to work in a gym, for an experience. Every job has its own nuances, and you want to know most of them, before going out there alone.

Constantly keep improving yourself.

There is always something new to learn. While the experience, that you'll be getting will play an important role in your education, you have always to find new information, shared experience, new theories and so on. Internet is … Read More

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Health and Fitness Experts: What Makes Me So Hungry?

You may not be a person that goes out and indulges in a big chocolaty brownie, because you know that you will want to eat the entire batch. In fact, you may be the healthiest, most disciplined person you know when it comes to nutrition.

You may think that the sole reason you have not been able to drop those pounds is due to overindulging and not pushing hard enough in the gym. Well, this is really true, but there is a whole other element that you may be missing.

The root of the problem stems from your body not producing enough grhelin, the chemical hormone in the brain that signals hunger, and a lack of leptin, the hormone that tells us we are full.

Think of your body as a chemistry lab. If you're T4, one of the three thyroid hormones, is too low, it is as a chain reaction for all other chemical hormones. Simply put, when one hormone is off, the entire endocrine system is off.

So what do you do about it?


  • Keep a daily journal or recorded diary to become consciously aware of your thoughts and emotions, and what drives them. Evaluate if you are simply trying to solve the current circumstance or if you are being triggered, by a past event, to react accordingly.
  • Understand the power of "The mind-body connection." This task is so powerful that we literally can not function properly without each being in harmony. There is direct cause and effect signal between the hormones and the body that directly correlates with our thoughts, emotions, energy-levels, fat storage and stress levels.
  • Speaking of stress, the way in which we physically handle stress is a huge factor to why you may be carrying extra belly fat. When we become stressed the brain signals the chemical hormone, cortisol to the abdomen in order to protect itself from famine. The more stressed we feel the more cortisol is sent. This ongoing behavior also known as the, fight-or-flight mode, can ever burn out your adrenal glands which can cause extreme fatigue, hormonal imbalances and in turn weight gain.
  • It is vital that you go get a full hormonal blood panel from your current physician or an endocrinologist. How do you know what to fix if you do not know what's off? The doctor may suggest a hormone replacement like, Synthroid, Armor thyroid, a bio-identical hormone, (still an ingoing research), for women in pre-menopause, or even a natural supplement to help support the brain signals.

Whatever the case, this is no overnight process so remain persistent and diligent in your doctor's prescription and know that this is key to feeling internally energized, motivated and satisfied with your weight. … Read More

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Why You Should Ditch the Scale and Love Your Body

It’s Just a Number:

We’ve all been there. Stepping on the scale and holding our breath. Closing our eyes to delay, just for a moment, the number that awaits us. If you’re like me, you’ve tried every trick to make that dastardly old scale behave a little more nicely. You’ve shed shoes, pants, earrings, headbands-you’d take out your fillings if you could!

And that does not even include all of the hard work that preceded this moment: the endless hours of exercise. The gallons upon gallons of water. The near starvation and the gagging down of all these pills, potions, and magic elixirs that promise instant and enduring results. By the time we reach the scale, we’re more likely to feel like crawling than walking-such is what we put ourselves through in the pursuit of the thin and perfect’ body.

But why are we so obsessed with a few measly numbers on a bathroom scale? Why does this one little household item have so much power over us, and how we feel about ourselves? The simple fact is that the number on the bathroom scale reflects very little on our overall physical health. And it says far less about our beauty. Our uniqueness. Our worth as human beings.

So instead of being taunted by the tyranny of the scale, let’s focus on the things that really mean something, the things that really matter. Let’s learn to treat our bodies right and recognize their beauty-at any weight.

Stopping the Scale Obsession:

Anyone who has ever dieted-and that means pretty much anyone who has ever lived in the US in the last 100 years-knows how quickly an obsession with the scale can develop. Those first few lost pounds are like a drug. They intoxicate. They infuse you with a sense of accomplishment. Of triumph.

But that victory is all too often short-lived. Soon the numbers start dropping gradually. Than they stop dropping at all and as the weight loss slows, the obsession with the scale grows. You may find yourself checking multiple times a day-maybe even multiple times an hour.

You will find that your mood and your self-image are increasingly tied to the numbers that greet you on the scale. If the drop has been sufficient, your day is made and your self-esteem grows. If the drop is not what you expected, than you are a failure. You have not worked hard enough. You did not want it enough. You are not good enough.

This is a vicious and tremendously unhealthy cycle, one that often leads not only to emotional overeating in the desperate attempt to gain some kind of solace, but one which also produces stress-and stress, as we know, causes chemicals such as cortisol to be released into the body. These stress chemicals also promote the development-and the retention-of fat, especially fat around the dreaded midsection.

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