March 23rd, 2023 by Mark Samara

Part 1: 5 of 15 “Salt and Pepper” Techniques for Strength and Muscle Growth

Everyone who’s worked with weights is familiar with a straight set and rep scheme. You pick an exercise, choose a weight, and do the prescribed number of reps. This type of training can get you very far. It took me from a weightlifting newbie to winning my first few fitness competitions. But after a while, […]

March 6th, 2023 by Mark Samara

Top 4 Benefits of a Hands On Training Education

Picture this: you’re interviewing heart surgeons for an upcoming surgery.  You ask the surgeon about their qualifications.  They confidently reply,  “Well, I watched a bunch of youtube videos on surgery…and I look really good holding a scalpel.” This is what the world of personal training is like. I often tell the class at AAPT that […]

January 30th, 2023 by Mark Samara

8 Ways To Perk Yourself Up During The Day

It’s 3PM.  Lunchtime is long gone.  Your eyes are starting to glaze over.  You feel antsy, yet tired.  It’s becoming difficult to concentrate on your work and productivity is plummeting.  There’s still work to be done, but you just can’t muster the energy to perform your best.  What do you do? Fear not!  There  are […]

January 18th, 2023 by Mark Samara

An Elegant Solution for Robust Health and Well Being

What’s the best exercise to stay healthy?   A few months back I was standing in the never ending line at the bank.  I struck up a conversation with the friendly security guy.  Our talk turned towards fitness and training (as it not-so-coincidentally does quite often in my life).  He was a fairly fit gent at […]

December 27th, 2022 by Mark Samara

My Self Imposed Curfew for High Quality Sleep

My self imposed curfew for high quality sleep A short time ago I noticed that I was lacking my normal ‘pep in my step’ each morning.  It had been a gradual occurrence, but after some time became impossible to ignore.  In an ongoing quest to feel my very best each day I proceeded with some […]

November 17th, 2022 by Mark Samara

How Do We Know Things (In Health and Fitness)

Information Overload: When it comes to fitness one thing we have in abundance is information.  Believe it or not, this isn’t a recent trend, even 30 years ago we were bombarded with advice. Family and friends touted the ‘cure that worked for them’.  Books and magazines held the promise of the Ultimate Workout Routine, and […]

October 10th, 2022 by Kim Garcia

Graduate Highlight: Ben Moll

Welcome to the American Academy of Personal Training’s Graduate Spotlight! Meet Ben Moll! Ben graduated from AAPT’s July Midday 2009 class. He now works as a legendary Personal Trainer at Best You Training in Andover, MA ( Who was your instructor: Heather Coppock + Sarah Lang When & where did you get hired after AAPT: I started […]

March 9th, 2022 by Kim Garcia

Graduate Highlight: Kinetic Remedy!

Welcome to the American Academy of Personal Training’s Graduate Spotlight! Meet Ralph Pierre-Louis owner of Kinetic Remedy! Located in Mission Hill, Kinetic Remedy focuses on one-on-one training and small group training, plus group classes in the near future! How did AAPT impact your fitness journey? “I’ve always wanted to open my own space. It was […]

January 25th, 2022 by Kim Garcia

Graduate Highlight: Freddylive Fitness!

Welcome to the American Academy of Personal Training’s Graduate Spotlight! Meet Freddy Gonzalez owner of Freddylive Fitness! Freddylive Fitness is a community centered, high-intensity interval training studio in Winchester, MA. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Freddylive Fitness offers small bootcamp classes and one-on-one personal training. How did AAPT impact your fitness journey? The […]

April 30th, 2021 by Kim Garcia

Why Your Diet is just as Important as Your Fitness

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You have probably heard the saying “you cannot out workout a bad diet” before. It is generally true that most of us cannot outwork a bad diet unless aside from those who were born genetically great athletes. Unfortunately, most of us are the former, and what we eat matters more than how or how much […]