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)

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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...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility As personal trainers, we sometimes take for granted the amount of influence we can have on the lives of our clients.  When a person seeks out a personal trainer, they may be that person's "last hope" when it comes to reaching their health and fitness goals.  In this week's Fitness Insight podcast, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( talk … [Read more...]

The “Fifty Shades” of Fitness

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For obvious reasons, most of us are aware of the numerous benefits of physical activity and exercise.  These benefits are what the entire fitness industry is built on (but this doesn't tell the whole story).  Fitness (as an industry) is not just black and white ... there are fifty shades of grey in between.  For the past five decades the industry has marketed the positive side of fitness: Preventing metabolic disease Improving quality of life Looking … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Pros and Cons of Summer Fitness

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Pros and Cons of Summer Fitness We're coming up to the end of the glorious summer weather ... and the slowest time of the year for personal trainers!  In this week's Fitness Insight podcast, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( talk about managing the "highs and lows" of the summer season and how to leverage the unique opportunities this time of year offers personal trainers. To … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Meet the Cast


The Fitness Insight podcast brings together personal trainers and fitness professionals from around the globe to share their thoughts on everything fitness, wellness, and exercise.  Unlike traditional fitness shows or podcasts, where the focus is on workout programs and exercise tips, Fitness Insight is essentially an open conversation between fitness professionals about what we do in the fitness industry  … the good, the bad, and the ugly! Listeners can expect an … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Fitness “Nerds” Unite


Fitness "Nerds" Unite! This is the first edition of the Fitness Insight podcast where Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( get a chance to introduce themselves and share some insight over what they've experienced in their collective 50+ years in the industry (the good, the bad, the ugly ... and the hilariously insane!). To meet the cast of the Fitness Insight podcast, click … [Read more...]

Mind Body Podcast Episode 2: Mindfulness Exercises in Practice

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The "Mind Body Podcast" brings together professionals from around the world to discuss topics relating to a 360 approach to fitness, health, and wellness. Each week we focus on a topic relating to fitness and exercise, sports performance, rehabilitation, and everything in between! In this episode of the Mind Body Podcast (", the panelists include Kris Eiring (licensed psychologists), Colleen Hathaway (chiropractor specializing in mind-body techniques), and Andrea … [Read more...]