Diving Deeper into the Squat: Common Misconceptions

pes_regularBy Fabio Comana, MA, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, NASM Faculty

To this day, we still hear certain squat rules echoed over and over throughout gyms and health clubs by many fitness professionals that often sound contradictory. While some rules emerged through research, the origins of others may lie in folklore and myth. The squat is one such example where we hear an endless list of cues: keep the knees behind the toes, align your knees over your second toe, open your stance, keep your head up, and many more. Which do we trust as evidence-based and which present as more myth than fact? Continue reading

Ergogenic Foods for Performance and Health

foodsBy Geoff Lecovin, MS, DC, ND, L.Ac, NASM–CPT, CES, PES, FNS, WLS

In the field of sports nutrition, supplement companies proudly promote their products, claiming that they have the “magic bullet” for weight loss, weight gain and/or performance enhancement. Many of these products are costly, combined with a number of artificial chemicals or are lacking in evidence. Some can even have adverse effects on your health, such as energy drinks that cause restlessness and insomnia and some herbs that can potentially cause kidney and liver damage. Continue reading

NASM Trainers’ National Recognition Inspires Others

By Andrew Wyant 

“I want to become a health and fitness expert. I want to motivate others and find ways to truly make a difference.”

Helping others is a theme we hear over and over at NASM. It’s also a driving force for many individuals deciding to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). They recognize the career perks like a flexible schedule and being their own boss, but also see a big-picture opportunity to change lives. Continue reading