Confessions of a Fitness Club Member

Admit it! You do these things at the gym, too!

It's confession time! Have you ever found yourself doing things at the gym that feel a little bit "naughty" ... and wondered if you are the only one? You do things at a fitness club that you don't do anywhere else ... and act in ways that are uncharacteristic of what happens at work or in your own home. NOT TO WORRY! You're not the only one. In fact, you're most likely guilty of some (if not all) of the following fitness club "worst practices": Planning your … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Importance of Healthy Food and Good Nutrition

food pyramid in pie chart

Importance of Healthy Food and Good Nutrition When it comes to adapting and transforming the body the body through exercise and physical activity there is a four letter word (that starts with the letter "F") that doesn't get enough attention ... F-O-O-D!! No matter what your fitness goal may be (i.e., lose 20 pounds of fat, gain 30 pounds of muscle, run a marathon, have more energy for the activities of daily living, or to prevent the onset of metabolic diseases … [Read more...]

The Power of Visualization

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I often ask people how many hours a week they train their body. Although I get a variety of responses, the answer is usually a number between 1 and 5 hours.  I then ask, “How often do you train your mind?”, and get either a blank stare or a, “Huh?”. At this point I’m going to assume you’re familiar with the powerful effects of visualization (also known as mental imagery), which is “an experience that occurs in the absence of the appropriate external stimuli”. For … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | What is Functional Training?

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What is Functional Training? One of the big "buzz words" in fitness right now is ... functional training. But the majority of people aren't quite sure exactly what it means (including a lot of personal trainers and fitness professionals). What is the difference between traditional resistance training and functional training? When do you use functional training? Is functional training safe and what would this type of workout look like? Why don't more personal … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Equipment for Stability Ball Exercises

You can perform most traditional weight exercises using a stability ball (but be sure to start with a lighter resistance to account for the added instability)

Whatever you decide to call it - "Swiss ball", "physioball", "exercise ball", "fitness ball" or "yoga ball" - the stability ball has proven itself to be a valuable fitness tool in anyone's workout arsenal. After being introduced into the rehabilitation world back in the 1960s stability balls started showing up on fitness clubs more frequently in the 1990s. When it was first introduced it was viewed as another "ThighMaster" or fad exercise device but it has withstood … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Creative Marketing on a Budget

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Creative Marketing on a Budget In this week's episode of Fitness Insight, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( get "creative" and talk about marketing strategies for personal trainers (especially new ones) who are on a budget. Personal trainers don't have to think (or act) like a big business and spend lots of money on marketing to be successful.  Personal training is "personal" and … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Clients Dealing with Cancer

cancer ribbon in outstretched hands

Clients Dealing with Cancer In this week's episode of Fitness Insight, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( take on one of the toughest topics to openly discuss ... cancer. In a fitness environment, where the goal is to remain motivated and positive, the "C Word" isn't something you hear on the weight room floor or in a group fitness class ... but is one that needs to be addressed as … [Read more...]

The Waiting Game – Losing 20 Pounds or More

hourglass with yellow background

With the beginning of a new year, many of us take the courageous leap back on the weigh scale to face the reality of ... our actual weight. If the number staring back at us is much higher than we had hoped, it may lead us to a frenzy of thoughts surrounding losing 20 pounds or more in the next 12 months. Although the number may seem daunting at first thought, small changes in diet and exercise (every single day) can lead to very REAL success! Time is the Enemy - … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | 50+ Fitness and Active Aging

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50+ Fitness and Active Aging In this week's episode of Fitness Insight, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( address questions and concerns around the needs and expectations of the active aging population and what personal trainers should think about when working with these specific clients. They discuss the physical, mental and emotional aspects of exercise and training and their … [Read more...]

Absolute Best Butt Exercises

male and female backside view in jeans

Absolute Best Butt Exercises from TodaysFitnessTrainer Glutes, Buttocks. Booty. Bottom. Derriere. Bum. Backside. No matter what you like to call it ... there seems to be a universal intrigue with the butt (and butt exercises). Whether you like looking at a nicely shaped butt or you would like your butt looked at ... the backside of the body is a focus for anyone who goes to the gym. The idea of a perfect butt is what motivates us to get to the gym and spend hours … [Read more...]