Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton is a 20-year veteran in the health and fitness industry, working as a personal trainer, author, and content manager. He’s earned an MA in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco, an MS in Exercise Science from the California University of Pennsylvania, and several certifications from NASM and NSCA. He’s was an adjunct faculty member for California University Pennsylvania (2010-2018) teaching graduate-level courses in Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement, and Health and Fitness and currently serves as a Content and Production Manager for NASM.

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CPT Sports Performance

Olympic Weightlifting to Enhance Sports Performance

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
This blog was updated on February 23rd, 2022 with contributions made by NASM Master Instructor Kinsey Mahaffey. Olympic lifts and their variations have long been used as a strengthening technique to enhance sports performance.
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Cardio

Using Stage Training to Improve Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
Of the various components that comprise a client’s total physical fitness program, cardiorespiratory endurance is probably the most misunderstood and underrated. In order to understand how to perform cardiorespiratory training in the most effective and ...
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exercise science

The Biomechanics of the Lat Pulldown: Muscles Worked, Grips, & Form

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
The lat pulldown, like the bent-over row, is one of the most popular exercises used to strengthen the muscles of the back. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the lat pulldown exercise including movement requirements, joint actions, ...
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CES exercise science

The Muscles Used in Squats - Squat Biomechanics Explained

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
The squat is arguably the most popular exercise used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike, and for good reason. There is ample evidence describing its use for improving lower body muscular endurance, strength, muscle size, and power. 
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CPT OPT Model

An Explanation of the New Updates to The OPT™ Model

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
Creating and modifying exercise programs for clients can be complicated because there are many variables to consider, including the client’s goals, tolerance for exercise, and unique physical abilities and medical history. Moreover, there are many ...
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Fitness Workout Plans exercise science

Bench Press Targeted Muscles, Grips, and Movement Patterns

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
The bench press is a popular exercise and there is ample evidence describing its use for improving upper body muscular endurance, strength, muscle size, and power.
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CPT

Starting a Successful Personal Training Career

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
Most personal trainers are passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. They believe in exercise, eating right, and learning all about new exercises, nutrition requirements, and gym equipment. They believe in this lifestyle so much they’ve ...
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Workout Plans

The 9 Best Arm Exercises for Definition & Strength

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
Are you looking for stronger, more defined arms — the type of arms you can show off? If toned and sculpted arms are what you’re looking for, try these strength training arm exercises.
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CPT

A Practical Approach to Training the Muscle Synergies

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
As is stated in the NASM CPT personal trainer course, Muscles don’t work alone to create movement. They work together in synergies to create coordinated movements. Here we’ll identify the four muscle subsystems, discover how these synergies work ...
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CES Sports Performance

Injury Prevention Strategies for Figure Skating

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
Figure skaters are grace and skill on ice. These athletes’ determination, athleticism, and work ethic cannot be overstated, as the sport of competitive figure skating is both physically and mentally demanding. It is through undeniable grit, dedication, ...
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