Become A NASM Certified Personal Trainer Like Me

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Resources by Angela0 Comments

The National Academy of Sports Medicine is the certification agency through which I became a personal trainer.  I plan on soon obtaining an advanced specialization of Corrective Exercise Specialist.  They offer three different specializations: CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) and PES (Performance Exercise Specialist), and their newest specialization: the FNS or Fitness Nutrition Specialist. NASM focuses on assessment, correcting muscle imbalances, …

Strength training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age « Human Kinetics Sport, Health & Fitness Blog

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Strength training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age « Human Kinetics Sport, Health & Fitness Blog. Good news! Another study has proven the positive results of strength training in older/elderly adults.  You are never to old to exercise! If you would like to read the entire study, you may do so here. Some interesting things to note from the study: …

Do What You Suck At

In Fitness, Flute, Motivation and Success by Angela0 Comments

One of my mottos for awhile now has been “You are only as strong as your weakest link”.  This picture exemplifies the idea perfectly.  When I was in Army Basic Training, that was one of the things they told us almost constantly.  We had to do everything as a team, and if one person was wrong, you were all wrong.  …

Exercise: It’s Not A Cure-All

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I am passionate about fitness, about exercise and most of all about strength training. I believe in the power of strength training, the benefits it provides and the help it can offer to people. I have seen with my own eyes the empowerment it can give people, how it can change minds, change attitudes, outlooks and even lives. That beings …

The Flutists’ Pain Points

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

  Ask almost any flutist that has pain brought on by playing, and odds are they will mention one of these sites as giving them trouble: wrist, upper back (between shoulder blades), shoulder area or lower back. Sometimes the problem is that the pain is in ALL of these sites. Studies have been done, but the results are inconclusive as …

Women: How NOT to Get Bulky

In Fitness, Motivation and Success, Nutrition by Angela0 Comments

Bret Contreras » Where My Ladies At?. Bret recently posted this post and I got amazingly inspired by it – enough to write my own post! Watching these girls is inspiring and makes me want to go practice my squatting and deadlifting right now! Notice that NONE of these girls are what you would call bulky.  So why are you …

Identfying Shoulder Pain Part 2 – What to Do About It

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

Additional Disclaimer Before I continue this post, I would once again like to state that I am not a licensed medical professional and this post is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any medical injury, disease, cause, condition or ailment.  If you suffer from any type of pain you should seek the cousel of a qualified medical professional.  A …

Are You Ready to Change?

In Flute, Motivation and Success by Angela0 Comments

What does change entail?  Why are we afraid?  This goes along with Failure, being Afraid to Fail and its cousin, Afraid of Success.  Which camp do you belong to? We are all afraid of something, whether we admit it or not.  We all have strengths and weaknesses, whether we admit it or not!  A lot of times these characteristics go …

Practice Room Warmups?

In Fitness, Flute, Uncategorized by Angela0 Comments

As musicians (whether you be a flutist or not), we tend to be rather meticulous about our instruments and how we approach our practice time: warming up the smaller muscles of our embochures, warming up our fingers with scales, even warming up our ears with long tones or our minds with imagery and planning the session out.  But how much …

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Fitness Trainer

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Unbelievably, I just found a great post about virtual fitness trainers.  This is what I consider myself to be able to do: someone can hire me over the internet to write out a fitness plan for them and we keep in contact by photos and email.  Need more information?  How about the Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Fitness …