Fitness Insight Podcast | The Great “Personal Trainer vs. Fitness Instructor” Debate


The Great "Personal Trainer vs. Fitness Instructor" Debate In this week's episode of Fitness Insight, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( dive into the relationships (or lack thereof) between personal trainers and fitness instructors in traditional fitness clubs.  Although they may be under one roof, it doesn't mean they get along and help each other become successful within those … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert – Women’s Health and Fitness (Part Two)

Exercise during pregnancy is beneficial but it is important to know what (and how much) is best

In part one of the "Ask the Expert - Women's Health and Fitness", Cassie Findley answered questions regarding breast cancer, coronary heart disease, menopause (and perimenopause), chronic depression, and why women gravitate to group fitness.  This week she continues to answer your questions as it relates to women's health and fitness issues. 6.  There are many concerns regarding exercise and pregnancy through different trimesters.  What are the concerns and … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert – Women’s Health and Fitness (Part One)

Women have different needs, expectations, and motivations when it comes to fitness and exercise

Men are from Mars.  Women are from Venus. Although they are both from the same species, their thoughts, desires, wants, needs, motivations, and expectations are very different.  Although John Gray (the author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus") shed light on how men and women differ in relationships there are also significant differences when it comes to both health and wellness.  Over the last two decade, there has been an increased awareness of women's … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Fitness Certifications

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Fitness Certifications Fitness certifications have been around for quite some time ... but what value do they bring to personal trainers, fitness clubs, or personal training clients?  In this week's Fitness Insight podcast, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( look at fitness certifications, their value to fitness professionals, and the business opportunity it provides for the … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Technology, Gadgets and Gizmos

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Technology, Gadgets and Gizmos Fitness is nothing like what it was back in the 80's!  All you had to do was put on your generic sneakers, Adidas running shorts and cotton t-shirt and you were ready to go!  With the release of new technologies like the Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch, the anticipation of the Apple Watch, clothing that tracks activity and movement, and a growing field of technology tools available to the consumer (to track and motivate us to exercise), … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Backhanded Compliments

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Backhanded Compliments Although fitness has been recognized to have numerous physical, mental, emotional benefits ... there is also a negative side. Backhanded compliments (and sarcastic remarks) tend to find their way into conversations between people who are dedicated to their fitness and health and those who choose not to participate. In this week's Fitness Insight podcast Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh … [Read more...]

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

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September is National Cholesterol Education Month and it seemed fitting to take the time to review the basics of cholesterol as it relates to heart health. What Is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance that comes from two sources: that which is made by the liver, and that which we ingest through dietary intake. The liver makes all that is needed for the human body to function properly (and it doesn’t take much cholesterol at all for our body … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Importance of Rest and Recovery for Clients (and Athletes)

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Importance of Rest and Recovery for Clients (and Athletes) We live in a world of excess where the perception is that "more is better".  Unfortunately, excessive exercise and inadequate rest and recovery in between workouts can lead to big trouble! In this edition of the Fitness Insight podcast, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( continue their discussion on overtraining and the … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert – The Personal Trainer “Balancing Act” (Pharoah Kafele)

Pharoah Kafele

Of the 253,702 personal trainers in the United States (as reported by IBISWorld - February 2014) only a small percentage possess the experience, knowledge, drive, and characteristics to be true "role models" of fitness and health.  Pharoah Kafele is one of the rare few who dedicates his life to being an eternal student to his craft, is passionate about helping his clients be the best version of themselves, and practices EVERYTHING that he preaches (from exercise to … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Overtraining & Recovery

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Overtraining & Recovery The relationship between personal trainers and their clients is one that takes a lot of effort and time to develop. It takes time for a client to feel comfortable to speak openly and honestly with their trainer, and to accept their help in reaching their fitness and health goals.  Once that relationship and trust is established, a client can sometimes take things too far.  They may go above and beyond the call of duty and work too hard … [Read more...]