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In this video, I have the honor of speaking with Dr. Alfonso Fasano about "Fall Risks and Parkinson's Disease." This is compelling and game changing information intended to give viewers a better understanding of the relationship between falls and Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Fasano is a neurologist and co-director of the surgical program at the Movement Disorders Centre of Toronto Western Hospital. He is also the Clinician investigator at Krembil Research Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Neurology at University of Toronto.
“Just get started!” These three words carry tremendous significance, especially when applied to starting an exercise program and healthy dietary lifestyle. This simple act of “starting” something will give us the energy to keep going. Begin your exercise session and you’ll get the energy to keep going. Likewise in the dietary arena; get started with healthier food choices and you’ll continue to desire more healthy foods.
It’s a new year and so many are excited about their new health and fitness goals. If that’s the case, why is it that nearly 50% will give them up within six weeks or less? A recent study finds 42 percent say it's too difficult to follow a diet or workout regimen. 38 percent say it's too hard to get back on track once they fall off and 36 percent say it's hard to find time.
Whether someone has set goals or not and gotten started or not, there’s an interesting contradiction I see occurring every day. People know that exercise is good for them and express their desire to get healthier and be fit, but continue to avoid exercise. In fact, another recent CDC study shows that only 1 in 5 (21%) adults meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines and less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
The questions is, if people know that regular exercise will yield a positive result and express a desire to be healthier, why do they continually chose NOT to exercise?
As a personal trainer, I’ve heard so many of the reasons (excuses) hundreds of times. While I used to think it was pure laziness that kept people from exercising (which is a common reason), I’ve come to realize that there can be much more to it than laziness alone.
Giving up on an exercise program (or never getting started) often times goes much deeper than the very common excuses of not having time, not having energy, and not wanting to get sweaty. Sadly for some, a deep feeling of hopelessness prevents them from doing anything. This often includes those who’ve been inactive for years or even decades. Some feel that they’re so overweight or out of shape, there’s no hope of achieving a healthy body weight, body composition, or reasonable level of fitness.
Others feel it’s necessary to join a gym in order to start exercising. Gyms can be very intimidating places and this alone will prevent many from getting started. These people are unaware of the fact that joining a gym is completely unnecessary. Not knowing what exercises to do or what order to do them are other common reasons for not getting started.
So, if we know exercise is good for us and we want to establish an exercise program, how do we get started? There are many answers to this and it all depends upon the person, their attitude towards health and fitness, past experiences, personality type, and to some degree their current level of fitness. Let’s discuss some approaches that often prove successful.
First, it’s important to know WHY you want to get started. For some, extrinsic goals are a driving force while others are driven intrinsically. What’s the difference and which approach is more successful? An example of an extrinsic goal would be the desire to fit into a certain size dress or suit by a certain date for a special event (i.e. wedding, reunion, etc). While this may work in the short term, people tend to fall back into old habits after the event pas passed.
Intrinsic goals tend to keep us on track for longer as they are driving us from within, ie: “I want to be healthier so that I live a longer and more productive life and spend quality time with loved ones.”
Whatever the case may be, it’s important to establish WHY you want to start exercising and develop a strategy to stay with it! Let’s take a look at a few strategies that are commonly helpful in keeping people on track once they’ve gotten started.
First, just try doing some exercise! Get up 10 minutes earlier in the morning and before you jump in the shower, do 15 squats, 15 pushups (from the knees is totally fine), and 15 crunches. See how you feel! Perhaps you want add in some cardio and get the heart rate elevated. Try running in place or doing a powerwalk on a treadmill or outside. If you have a stairway, make a few trips up and down your steps!
If you can’t seem to muster up the motivation to do exercise on your own, reach out and partner up. Find a family member or friend who will workout with you. This strategy has many benefits and tends to keep people on track longer. First, there’s a good chance that you’re workout partner will be glad you asked, especially if they can’t seem to get started on their own. By setting regular days and times to workout, you quickly develop accountability. You can motivate each other to show up and stick with it once you begin your workouts.
Try a group fitness class! In most fitness centers, you’ll find a wide array of classes offered at many times during the day. Try a few different classes and see what you like best. Studies show that people tend to stick with their exercise program if they’re doing something they enjoy.
If group exercise isn’t your thing, perhaps it’s time to try a personal trainer. A good trainer can help you set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely). Working with a good trainer is an investment in the future of your health because you’ll not only realize the benefits of exercise, but you’ll get an education which will help you to continue on your own in the future.
More important than anything – JUST GET STARTED! Once you get started, you’ll feel better and get the energy to keep going!
In this interview, my friend Dan Edwardes talks about how he has implemented Parkour to help countless numbers of people to "Reach Higher and Become the Best Version of Yourself." Learn how young athletes use of Parkour has helped to improve lateral thinking skills and test scores in problem solving subjects such as math and science.
Dan is the founder of Parkour Generations. Be sure to check out his website at:
I recently had the opportunity to interview the very amazing and inspiring, Nicole Mejia - founder of Fit and Thick. In our interview, Nicole shares about her story and about her mission to empower women (and men). She has built and maintains her following by staying relatable and humble, which she portrays through her image and constant contact with her fan base. She hopes that her journey and message will inspire people to follow their dreams, meet their goals, and break the stereotypes that society places on us. A very special THANK YOU to Nicole and Noelle for making this interview happen. It was an honor to meet both of you. I'm still buzzing with amazingly empowering and positive energy!
In this video, I interview Adam Wolf PT, LMT, FAFS. Whether you're a sports medicine or physical rehab professional, a corrective exercise or functional movement trainer, or just a movement enthusiast, you'll definitely want to check out this interview.
We talk about material and concepts from Adam's new book release: "Real Movement: Perspective on Integrated Motion & Motor Control."
In this interview, you'll gain an understanding that the site of injury typically isn't the cause of the injury and is often the result of something doing too much because something above or below isn't doing enough.
Adam dives into understanding the inter-connectedness of the body, within a framework where bones move, joints feel or perceive motion, and myofascia reacts to control the movement, all while being governed by the nervous system.
Be sure to visit Amazon and buy a copy of Adam's book: http://a.co/h6vvGNW
Also be sure to check out Adam's website at: http://www.biomechanicaldetective.com
Did you know that exercise is great for your brain? In this interview, Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki, author of "Healthy Brain, Happy Life" shares about her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. Dr. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Her major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans.
Here it is, friends – my interview with Jeramy Freeman. This is one of my favorite interviews I’ve had the honor of doing. As an IFBB professional athlete, Jeramy has been highlighted, promoted and published in every major health and fitness, and muscle magazine in the world for over ten years. With over 25 years of experience, Jeramy is an authority on health, fitness, nutrition and improving yourself mentally and physically. Jeramy is a CPT, CEO of Freeman Formula LLC, and CEO of Well Rounded Health & Fitness. As Jeramy says: “You can achieve anything you set out to accomplish if you embrace all challenges and see obstacles as opportunities for growth and learning. Your destiny is determined by your every thought, word, and action. Always know that EVERYTHING counts!” THANK YOU, Jeramy and enjoy the interview, friends!
For several decades world renown drummer, Dave Weckl has been touring around the world multiple times per year. In this interview, find out how Dave sticks to a healthy dietary lifestyle and exercise routine no matter where he is.
Also learn Dave's approach to movement efficiency while drumming (as a human movement specialist and educator, I find this particularly fascinating).
Be sure to check out Dave's website at: http://www.daveweckl.com
In this interview, I talk with my friend and mentor, Dr. Perry Nickelston, founder of Stop Chasing Pain and creator of the Primal Movement Chains workshop. Watch/listen and learn about "human movement" from Dr. Perry. Awesome information! Be sure to visit http://www.stopchasingpain.com
In this interview, we talk with vegan athlete and ultra runner, Laura Kline. For many years, she has maintained a demanding race schedule and is continually recording very impressive race results. Races include half and full marathons, ultra running, trail running/races, duathlons, and triathlons. Watch, learn, and get inspired as Laura talks with us about her dietary lifestyle, training schedule, running shoes, and much more.
The new NASM-Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) programs take the core of personal training and present it in a newly sequenced way that helps you successfully learn and apply the foundations of what it takes to be a personal trainer. Developed by leading personal training experts to reflect today’s training needs and practices, while applying NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, one of the industry’s first comprehensive training system based on scientific, evidence-based research. It takes the guesswork out of program design and helps you produce results for your clients. Once you earn your NASM-CPT certification you’ll be ready to step into the role of certified personal trainer starting on day one!
You spoke. We listened!
With the new NASM-CPT programs, you’ll get the tools and learning features to enhance your career and certification exam preparation experience way beyond just a textbook. Included in the programs are exercise demonstration and technique videos, case studies, interactive learning activities, memory tips, plus chapter and practice quizzes to show what you know. If you want more ways to practice, the Premium and Guided packages contain extra learning aides beyond the Self-Study package. And even better, you can easily/conveniently take your studies on the go with the mobile friendly materials. We’ve even included the eBook version of the new NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training for easy referencing!
Need your own coach?
If you need a coach for your NASM-CPT pursuit, we have that support ready for you through the Guided Study program. Our experience helping so many people achieve their dreams of becoming a certified personal trainer, we know the questions you have about the science and application. Coaches and mentors are here to explain and breakdown those concepts in ways to help you better understand and explore their importance to training, and best of all, they are just a call or e-mail away!
In fact, many of the NASM team members that are coaching and mentoring candidates just like you are practicing personal trainers themselves. We know first hand what drives you, your clients, and the industry to be the best. Let us help you succeed. We’ll even guarantee your certification success with the Exam Pass Guarantee in the Guided Study package.
Choose your pace!
The new Guided Study Group includes two options. The Regular Pace 16 Week Guided Study Group that is great for those without a formal background in exercise science or studying part time (about 8-10 hours per week). The Accelerated Pace 10 Week Guided Study Group is a best fit for those with an exercise science background or studying full time (16-20 hours per week).
Rewarding career for you and your clients!
One of the reoccurring reasons we hear for choosing a personal training career is being able to help people change their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Plus it’s a career that can offer flexibility and independence with a strong 13% employment growth rate projected over the next decade**. Whether personal training is your first career or a complete change of direction, let NASM help you achieve your career goals.
Hello friends! I'm excited to bring you the full version of my recent interview with NASM President, Andrew Wyant. In this interview, Andrew shares about the upcoming and highly anticipated Optima conference! I'll definitely be there and can hardly wait! Andrew also talks about the upcoming release of the new CPT learning system. It's all very exciting and I hope you enjoy!
It’s been a while since my last blog, mainly because 2016 has been SO exciting and full of amazing developments. I couldn’t be more excited about all of the upcoming events during May and June. So far this year, I’ve taught several workshops all over the USA for Dr. Emily Splichal’s Evidence Based Fitness Academy (EBFA) - (I LOVE teaching these workshops).
On May 12, I leave to teach EBFA Level 1 in Portland, Oregon. From there, I fly to Colorado Springs to meet up with my dear friend and business partner, Jordan Ciambrone. We have a major corporate mindfulness/wellness project in the works and will spend four days shooting video for this exciting program! While in Colorado, Jordan and I will make some downtime for lots of high altitude trail running, climbing, and also running the incredible Manitou Incline (if you haven’t heard of it, check this out: https://youtu.be/kAlqDwax8-s
While in Colorado, I’m looking forward to meeting Rock Tape Medical Director, Steven Capobianco. We’ll be talking “Rock Tape” in reference to a special program I’m designing (details TBA soon). And, I’ll also be visiting fellow EBFA master instructor, Heidi Garner.
From Colorado, I’ll make my way to the Salt Lake City area (driving through the beautiful mountains) to teach another EBFA workshop at Stroops headquarters! Prior to the workshop, I have a full day planned with Stroops’ main man, Shon Harker. If you haven’t heard of Stroops, check this out: www.stroops.com – they make AMAZING fitness equipment. I’ll be using Stroops products as a part of my program design. I’m really looking forward to meeting with Shon.
June will be a busy month of accumulating sky miles as I’ll be traveling to teach for EBFA in Palm Springs, FL, Hollywood, CA , Chicago, IL, and Denver, CO. Add in one more trip to work with Dr. Brent Brookbush in Austin, TX and WOW, June is going to be EXCITING!
For those who are interested in signing up for an EBFA workshop, CLICK HERE!
In any case, folks – I’m forever grateful for the amazing people in my life and wonderful opportunities. Stay tuned for daily updates and photos at: https://www.facebook.com/KarlSterlingNasmPersonalFitnessTrainer/
Until the next blog, commit to being FIT and HEALTHY, my friends!
In this interview, I talk with Dr. Rick Daigle. Rick is a doctor of physical therapy, founder of Medical Minds in Motion, and on the cutting edge of human movement! Watch and learn from Rick as we discuss Mobility vs. Stability, T-Spine Mobility, CrossFit, IASTM, and more. Watch, learn, and ENJOY!
In this interview, we talk with Dr. Brent Brookbush, founder and president of the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science. As a doctor of physical therapy and master instructor for the National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM), Brent is a leading expert in the area of human movement and offers critical information on how, why, and when we should assess our clients/patients. Watch/listen, learn and enjoy!
Bodies are pretty complex, and there’s room in health and fitness industry for a variety of creative solutions to movement problems. In this interview, Kevin Moore of international movement education company Reembody shares the details of his particular diagnostic method, which relies on qualitative measurements of physical forces as they move through the body. This novel methodology has been used successfully in both rehab and performance settings around the world. Could it work for you?