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ISSA Bodybuilding Specialist Review (2024) Update

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The ISSA Bodybuilding Certification is a high-level program aimed at personal trainers coaching clients who want to maximize muscle growth and improve their overall aesthetics. The course can also be used for anyone looking to compete on a bodybuilding stage for the first time. I’ve been a personal trainer and coach for over 12 years … Read more

Single Leg Squat Assessment NASM Guidelines for 2024

single leg squat assessment - client performing a single leg squat assessment in a fitness setting under trainer supervision

The NASM single-leg squat assessment is a transitional movement assessment which looks at neuromuscular control, dynamic flexibility, balance, and core strength. By seeing if the knee turns inward during the squat (knee valgus), you can determine if a person has decreased hip abduction, hip external rotation strength, and limited ankle dorsiflexion.  For anyone prepping for … Read more

Upper Crossed Syndrome NASM Breakdown (2024)

Upper Crossed Syndrome - fitness client with rounded shoulders and forward head demonstrating poor posture from upper crossed syndrome

Upper crossed syndrome (UCS) is a postural issue where clients may have a forward head, overextended cervical spine, with rounded shoulders. NASM states that people with upper crossed syndrome may also have thoracic spine kyphosis, raised shoulder or scapular winging. Over time this dysfunction can lead to joint issues and muscle imbalances, so it’s important … Read more

LPHC NASM Breakdown (2024) – Lumbo-Pelvic Hip Complex

Lumbo Pelvic Hip Complex - image of fitness client with a focus on the lumbo pelvic hip complex

The LPHC, or the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, is a group of muscles and connective tissues located in the back of the hip joint. These muscles play a crucial role in maintaining stability, balance, balance, and proper movement patterns in the lower body. Understanding and properly training the LPHC can help prevent injuries and improve overall athletic … Read more

SMART Goal NASM Breakdown for 2024

SMART Goal NASM - trainer and client sitting down in a fitness setting to discuss goals

NASM SMART goals is an acronym used to help formulate the best fitness and health goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. If you employ each of these steps when you create a goal for yourself or your clients, you give yourself an immediate path towards success. If you are preparing for … Read more

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