Getting Active at Every Age and Stage: Benefits of Nordic Walking

With a shocking 70% of children leaving organized sports by the age of 13 and obesity rates on the rise, we know that we need to be introducing our children to activities that they can do across a lifespan, whether they are 5 or 95 years of age! Join Urban Poling for a free webinar that will walk through some of the most important and challenging stages of life. Learn why Nordic

Top Ten Things a Personal Trainer Should Know About Working with Eating Disorders

Having worked as a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist early in my career, and now as a certified specialist in sport dietetics who specializes in treating clients with eating disorders who are often over-exercising, I feel it is critical for trainers to have some training about how to deal with their clients with these issues because you will be seeing these clients.  Given eating disorders can present

Squats: Five Things to Consider

The fitness community has some how deemed the squat the king of all exercises. “They” say it’s great for your glutes (Butt), Quads, hamstrings, total body challenge, it’s “functional” weight loss, etc. The list goes on. I’m not saying there isn’t some truth to all those things in the right context. They just aren’t absolute truths like some magazines or trainers may claim. Here’s a list of 5 things to

Metabolic Syndrome: A New Focus for Lifestyle Modification

Personal trainers have the opportunity to do more than just help people they train become more active. We need to be prepared to also help our clients implement lifestyle behavior changes related to stress, family history of coronary heart disease, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A look at what is called metabolic syndrome will help you understand why, even though increasing physical activity levels is the overall

Reverse Marketing to the Medical Community

In traditional marketing to the medical community, personal trainers most often mail flyers or brochures that describe the trainer’s qualifications and what kind of programs they offer. They may even personally drop the promotional material off at the medical office hoping to snag a bit of the medical professional’s time to talk about the program they could offer patients. Looking first at direct mailings, the average response in 2017 was

Can’t Vs. Doesn’t Understand; Coaching Towards Learning Style

“Okay, now let’s see a squat, I’m gonna go first and then you try.” The above is a standard sentence during my PAC Profile assessments and it carries with it powerful proactivity. I just also serendipitously learned that “proactivity” is a real, bona-fide word. When we teach movement, it makes sense to demonstrate first. Explaining to anybody a physical activity they’ve never performed, or performed with questionable technique, will skew

The Power of Plank

Many people will go to the gym in hopes of “looking” better. Although we all want to be our best selves, working out for a “look” vs. overall strength and well-being can lead to imbalanced muscles, as well as other injuries. This can be especially true for those looking for a “flat stomach” or “washboard abs”. However, the true importance of abdominals is to strengthen and contain the organs in

Fitness After A Stroke

Strokes are devastating, not only physically, but mentally. They change lives, many of which are very young and active. When stroke patients are discharged from physical therapy, many are just beginning to recover physically, especially from a fitness and strength perspective. This is where the experienced Athletic Trainer, Strength Coach or Personal Trainer can make a huge difference in their quality of life. Both physical and mental aspects must be

The Space Between Fitness and Medicine: Where “the Good You Do For Others” Brings the Reward you Deserve | Part 2

In our first part of this three-part discussion, in addressing the topic of financial reward, I asked you to ponder the value of restoration.  What, I prompted you to consider, is the value of helping someone who has moved along the dis-ease continuum, gradually leaving health in the proverbial rear-view-mirror back toward divine health? It isn’t an easy question to answer.  We can tackle it by considering all of the


Lately I can’t go to the gym without someone coming up to me looking for advice because in their efforts to remain fit and active they have hit a roadblock. Something hurts- a sore knee, achy shoulder or bad back that goes out more than they do. Ditto for my practice where I have seen a significant increase in exercise related ailments. I should give out orthopedic frequent flyer miles.