Gabby Reece, former professional volleyball legend whose popularity and success launched careers as a sports announcer, model, actress and author, is now taking on her next challenge – becoming an NASM Certified Personal Trainer!
“My entire career has been built on health and fitness, and I want to continue to educate myself in order to better inspire others to achieve their personal fitness goals, as well as enjoy all the benefits of healthy living,” Reece said. “Staying healthy and being fit is an ongoing journey, and I believe the combination of regular physical activity and proper nutrition has the power to transform lives, instill confidence and bring out the best in people.”
Q: Should Couples Work Out Together?
A: It’s a definite “yes” when it comes to walking, hiking, bike riding, playing tennis, or any activity that both people can equally take part in and enjoy. These are great ways for couples to squeeze in exercise, support each other’s health, and enjoy quality time together. But there are more factors to consider when it comes to workouts with a specific goal in mind. While it may be convenient to have couples following the same training, ideally a client’s exercise plan should be as individualized and specific to their needs as possible. Say you have a husband looking to build strength and power and a wife looking to tone up and improve posture. Putting them on the same exercise plan will likely fall short of producing the results they each want. Sometimes, however, couples training works just fine if you have a pair with similar goals—maybe to lose weight or improve their general fitness. In that situation, it is perfectly reasonable to put them on a similar program and adjust various components, such as intensity or volume, specific to their individual needs.
Races like Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash – two of the most recognized competitive adventure-style obstacles – have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Dubbed by some as the era of the “obstacle race boom,” extreme event participation has increased 85 percent from 2006 to 2010, according to The Outdoor Industry Association, a leading advocate representing outdoor recreation. And, popularity continues to increase as participants seek out the bragging rights of completing an adrenaline-pumping, physically challenging terrain.
But with the rise of obstacle-style races come an increase in the probability of injuries at all levels, especially among novice athletes racing as a means to catapult themselves into better shape.
NASM, the nation’s premier certifying body and education authority for Certified Personal Trainers, recognizes the multitude of choices individuals have to get into shape, and with that, the likelihood of getting hurt in any sport, fitness routine or competitive event. For this reason, NASM created a specialization completely focused around injury-prevention and movement preparation– the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). The specialization is utilized by trainers around the globe to identify potential problems in posture, muscle imbalances and proper body movement – all with the goal of correcting movements that are susceptible to injury.