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Vee Ferguson performing SuperSlow chin ups

Repetition Speed Recommendations

If your goal is to maximize the potential benefit of an exercise while minimizing the risk of injury, you should move at least slowly enough to be able to do three things: Reverse direction smoothly between the positive (lifting) and negative (lowering) phases of the repetition, without yanking, jerking, or bouncing the weight Maintain correct […]

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Bo Railey trains Vee Ferguson on the SuperSlow Systems overhead press machine

Q&A: Changing Protocols To Keep Clients Interested

Question:  What’s your take on changing protocols to maintain client interest? If switching now and then to a less efficient but valid scheme keeps a trainee enthusiastic and making some progress, I’d think he’s better off than if he quit a “perfect” program, (assuming safety isn’t compromised). Answer:  The exercise protocol you use with a […]

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Casey Viator assisting Mike Mentzer with forced reps

Using Forced Reps, Drop Sets, and Rest-Pause

Set-extension techniques like forced reps, drop sets, and rest-pause can be valuable when used correctly, but it is best not to overdo them. Beginners should not be doing these until they have developed relatively good form and advanced trainees should have learned to push them themselves hard enough to only require them occasionally. While intensity – […]

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Drew Baye instructing a client performing crunches

Effective Communication In Exercise Instruction

Even if you are  knowledgeable about a subject, teaching it to others is impossible if you are unable to effectively communicate what you know. As you are aware if you are a professional personal trainer or have trained inexperienced friends or relatives, sometimes this is not as easy as it sounds. Teaching is largely a […]

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The Nautilus NS3000 Freedom Trainer

Equipping Your New Personal Training Studio

How you train is far more important than the equipment you use. Proper training with very limited or basic equipment will produce better results, more quickly, more efficiently, and more safely than training incorrectly on the best equipment in the world. There is no specific piece of exercise equipment you must have, no specific exercises you must teach your […]

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Thoughts On Personal Training

If you’re thinking of becoming a personal trainer the most important thing to ask is whether it is something you really want to do, something you are  passionate about. If not, find what that thing is and do it instead. You only live once and you shouldn’t waste years of your life in a job you […]

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