July 10th, 2024 by Amy Ryan

The Fitness Revolution: Why Boutique Gyms are Booming

The Fitness Revolution: Why Boutique Gyms are Booming (and How Traditional Gyms Can Keep Up) The days of impersonal, one-size-fits-all gyms are fading faster than yesterday’s workout playlist. A new wave of fitness is here, and it’s all about specialized studios with a focus on unique experiences and community. These boutique studios offer targeted classes, […]

May 28th, 2024 by Sarah Teczar

Reconnecting With Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, it’s easy to forget all those New Year’s resolutions we made back in January. If you made fitness goals you haven’t been keeping up with, you’re far from alone. According to an article from Forbes, improved fitness is the most popular New Year’s goal; […]

May 1st, 2024 by Sarah Teczar

The Best Way to Get Started as a Personal Trainer

If you’re thinking of becoming a personal trainer but aren’t sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. Personal training can be a lucrative and rewarding career, and you’ll need to make sure you have the right combination of foundational knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience before you begin applying to jobs and start […]

March 28th, 2024 by Sarah Teczar

Regulation in the Fitness Industry and What That Means for Trainers, Clients, and Employers

In our last blog post, we talked about understanding the difference between certificates and certifications for personal trainers, and why it matters. Today, we’ll go a little deeper and discuss regulation in the fitness industry (or lack thereof), and what that means for trainers, clients, and employers. What does “regulation in the fitness industry” mean, […]

March 4th, 2024 by Sarah Teczar

Personal Training Certificates vs. Certifications: Knowing the Difference and Why It Matters

Whether you’re looking to become a personal trainer or you want to start working with one, knowing the difference between a certificate and a certification is important. This is because one is simply a “piece of paper:” a badge of sorts that can be obtained online with no prior experience, and the other requires a […]

June 6th, 2023 by Mark Samara

The 1st Step in Successful (Long term) Weight Loss

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Everyone wants to look good naked (and who could blame them?) Any trainer who works with the general population can attest to the fact that weight loss is by far the most common goal of anyone who decides to start a fitness routine.  With so many people pursuing this goal, you’d think that we would […]

March 23rd, 2023 by Mark Samara

Part two: 6-10 of 15 “Salt and Pepper” Techniques for Strength and Muscle Growth

A reminder of 1-5 of 15 Drop sets Mechanical Drop Set Rest pause Band Assist Band Resisted 6-10 of 15 “Salt and Pepper” Techniques for Strength and Muscle Growth 6) Tempo change Many lifters become married to the 1010 tempo (one count up, one count down, video).  Some will occasionally throw in a slow eccentric […]

March 23rd, 2023 by Mark Samara

Part one: 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, […]

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 […]