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Please Note: I am not a doctor.
Please consult a physician
prior to attempting any of
the example workout routines
showcased in this blog.

Friday, February 19, 2010

AFAA Personal Training Certification *Part #5*


These posts are designed to help those who are considering getting their personal training certification through AFAA. I registered and wasn't sure what to expect, so I thought I would give a play-by-play of the 3-day course. Post #1 gave an overview. This post will go into detail about Study Tips.



STUDY TIPS:
- Study ahead of time
- Make an outline for your studying
- Familiarize yourself with boldface terms in textbook
- Know your anatomy, kinesiology & physiology
- Be familiar with a variety of fitness equipment
- Know proper form and techniques

- Most Importantly: RELAX!

Test Format:
There are 3 portions for the test.
1. Practical - Case Study w/Practical Demonstration & Explanation
2. Written Multiple Choice - 120 Questions
3. Visual Discernment (within Written) - 20 Questions

AFAA Personal Training Certification *Part #4*


These posts are designed to help those who are considering getting their personal training certification through AFAA. I registered and wasn't sure what to expect, so I thought I would give a play-by-play of the 3-day course. Post #1 gave an overview. This post will go into detail about Day #3.



DAY #3
- Anatomy/Kinesiology Review
- Weightroom Teaching Skills
BREAK
- Gym Practicum: 2 hours were spent on proper execution, form, correction and spotting techniques of various exercises in the weightroom.
LUNCH
- Final Review for Practical & Written Examination
- Practical & Written Exam

AFAA Personal Training Certification *Part #3*


These posts are designed to help those who are considering getting their personal training certification through AFAA. I registered and wasn't sure what to expect, so I thought I would give a play-by-play of the 3-day course. Post #1 gave an overview. This post will go into detail about Day #2.



DAY #2
- Exercise Design-Cardiorespiratory Programming:
Very important to know the guidelines and all the reasons behind programming protocol.

- Exercise Design-Muscular Strength, Endurance Programming:
Similar to Cardio-respiratory programming, it is very important to know the guidelines and all the reasons behind programming protocol.

BREAK:
Feeling a little bit at ease this early on in the day, the first break was a great time to glance over yesterday's notes and practice more anatomy/kinesiology.

- Exercise Design-Flexibility Programming:
Know the guidelines and the importance of flexibility programming.

- Injury Prevention:
In today's day & age with everyone so 'sue-happy' this lecture was more than insightful.

- Business Aspects & Professional Responsibilities:
Very important to learn & know your limits for scope of responsibility as a fitness trainer.

LUNCH

- Nutrition & Weight Management

BREAK

- Behavior Modification & Communication Skills

- Role Play Practicum:
The Practical portion of the exam involves you picking a card from a deck with a short explanation on it. The explanation is a case study informing you of a type of client you have. This practicum helps you to learn a variety of progressions for usual fitness movements (squats, lunges, abdominals etc).

- Special Population:
Focuses on individuals that may require additional medical clearance and/or modifications for fitness routines. (Pregnant, Osteoporosis, Shoulder Impingement, Obese etc.)

- Review for Practical & Written Examination:
A brief explanation of the test followed by some important points to study up on.


AFAA Personal Training Certification *Part #2*


These posts are designed to help those who are considering getting their personal training certification through AFAA. I registered and wasn't sure what to expect, so I thought I would give a play-by-play of the 3-day course. Post #1 gave an overview. This post will go into detail about Day #1.



DAY #1

- Registration:
Be sure to get there early so you know where to park, how to get to the host facility and also to get a leg up on meeting the presenter and other individuals you can possibly network with later.

- Introduction & Course Overview

- Wellness Strategies

- Health Screening, Risk Appraisal/Case Studies Practicum

BREAK:
You will definitely need this because information overload will begin to set in.

- Exercise Physiology

- Anatomy/Kinesiology Terms & Definitions:
These are very important to know. (Pretty much the foundation for all movement)

DINNER

- Fitness Assessments:
You will learn protocol for Sit & Reach Test, 3 Minute Step Test & Taking Body Fat Percentage

BREAK

- Fitness Assessment Practicum:
You will be given time for practical application for the assessments you just learned. After successful completion, this will conclude the first day.

You will more than likely be mentally exhausted. I know I was and as soon as I got home, I was asleep. Don't get too hung up on feeling like you have to study a lot the first night. Chances are if you paid attention all day, the information will begin to sink in over the course of the next two days.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2010 Boston Marathon



I will be running the 2010 Boston Marathon. This will be the city's 114th Marathon and my 5th time running Boston.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

AFAA Personal Training Certification *Part #1*


Well this past weekend I attended a 3 day workshop hosted by UCF for AFAA's Personal Training v3 Certification, presented by Dr. Dorette Nysewander.



For those of you interested in pursuing your personal training certification, I highly recommend AFAA's 3day workshop. I found it a little nerve wracking not knowing exactly what to expect for the test and the 3 days so I wanted to share the experience with others looking to pursue their certification.



Registration:
Definitely do not wait until the last minute to register. If you are new to the fitness world (Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology) you should register 5-10 months in advance based on your availability to study and your study habits.



For your registration, you can register online with
AFAA
or call them directly (1-877-968-7263). I called in my registration as I wanted to speak to a representative about the test and study materials.



Study Materials:
AFAA offers several study packages for your convenience depending on your knowledge level or study habits. You can buy just the Personal Training Textbook or you can purchase the Personal Training Study Package (includes textbook, DVD & practice test). I would recommend the Study Package (cost is $119) as it is a better investment in your success.



Prior to 3 Day Workshop:
DO NOT WAIT until the workshop to study. Definitely read through the textbook thoroughly and carefully. Take the practice test a few times to familiarize yourself with the format of the test questions. There is a lot of information in the textbook, so the more time you have to allow the information to sink in, the better.



Workshop Day #1:
The workshop began at 1pm with registration. I went during AFAA's APEX Sale, so there was a large group of us there for the workshop. Be sure to get there early in regards to parking (Parking on a college campus is a hassle). Familiarize yourself with the location of where your parking, walking and where some good food spots are. (Your breaks won't be long enough for you to venture out and find something) On the first day, AFAA's presenter will introduce themselves and explain how the next 3 days will work. After that, we dove right into the text and began the lectures. There was a series of lectures interspersed with practical learning and breaks of course. Dr. Nysewander was very thorough and informative with topics that can be tricky such as kinesiology, anatomy etc. After the lectures, there is a review of practical information such as the fitness assessments. AFAA's presenter will take you through the protocols for doing all fitness assessments. You will learn how to administer the 3 Minute Step Test, the Sit & Reach Test, Push-Up Test, Partial Curl-Up Test and Body Fat Assessment with Calipers.
This first day is going to be overwhelming whether you have studied for months, weeks or days. There is so much information crammed into those 8 hours by the end of the day you will be mentally exhausted. The first day ended at 8:30pm. I personally didn't study the first night as it was so much information, I just went straight to bed.



Workshop Day #2:
The second day starts at 8am. There is a great deal of lectures in this day. Around 10am is another practical. This practical revolves around progression of exercises and variation of exercises. For example, for a squat we began with squatting in and out of a chair, then squatting and holding above the chair, then squatting freely, then squatting against a wall, squatting against a wall with a stability, partner squatting etc. After the practicum there were more lectures. There was another review of the protocol for fitness assessments and the day ended at 8pm.


Workshop Day #3:
The final day starts at 8am. This day is judgment day. Having studied a little bit the night before will help boost your confidence. The test is not until after lunch, so there are still some lectures and demonstrations to do prior to the test.
There are one or two lectures in the morning. Then there is a practicum in the gym (takes about 2 hours total). The presenter will take you through proper technique on various fitness equipment found in the gym. After the initial demonstration, you break off into partners for practical application of instructing your partner aka 'client' on proper technique and form of the weight machines. The presenter will come around and monitor your progress, give tips etc. The practicum ends with a review of situational circumstances such as different clients and how you would design a program for them. For example, a baseball player with shoulder impingement syndrome, a pregnant woman wanting to work her abdominals, a client with osteoporosis, an obese individual wanting to strengthen their legs etc.
The practicum ends at noon for lunch. Our presenter gave the option for several individuals to take the practicum portion of the exam during the lunch break.
After lunch were several more lectures pertaining to business, special populations and injury prevention. After these lectures was a review and the test was administered.

Please see Part #2 & Part #3 for additional information on AFAA's Personal Training Certification.




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SUPERBOWL XLIV

And the Saints win it!

For the first time in franchise history, the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl.



Selling the New Orleans Saints just got a whole lot easier.



Sports sales and marketing is a tricky thing sometimes. How can you sell a team thats 0-4 in the season or has a 19 game losing streak similar to that of the 2009 New Jersey Nets?



Ask anyone in the industry and they will tell you its much easier to sell a winning team than a losing one. But here's the catch, whether it's football, baseball, basketball, hockey; there is only one winning team. Eventually all the teams on their hot streaks will die off until there is just one. After all, only one team can win the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup etc.



The majority of fans will tell you all the wins up until the big championship won't mean anything if they lose it in the final game. For example, the 2007 season for the New England Patriots marked history as they went 16-0. They couldn't pull off a final W for the Super Bowl and the fans were not happy.



Sales didn't necessarily decrease, but they weren't able to pull in those casual fans who want to celebrate the epitome of sport success.


Sure it's easy to sell a winning team, but riddle me this:



How do you sell a team that is losing? or How do you sell a team that doesn't lose all the team but doesn't do well enough to make it to the playoffs or championship game?




The answer to the riddle?
One word: Creativity!




It's much more entertaining and interesting to see what the sales & marketing teams can do to market a team that's not at the top of their game. Some sports team's marketing/sales department should embrace creativity to the fullest. When marketing a losing team: it may be advantageous to embrace the reality of their standings, it may serve well to use humor to entertain the fans, sympathize with the die-hard fans who are suffering through the season, get the players/coaches/mascot etc involved in marketing efforts and the last thing a good sales/marketing team should do is maintain motivation and dedication.


From season to season, records change and the rankings fluctuate. Too many times do people give up based on a poor season. A good marketing and sales team will maintain composure and work hard to improve their efforts during a losing season and during a winning season.