Stacey Penney

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, CNC, is the Content Strategist with NASM and AFAA. A 20+ year veteran of the fitness industry, she's worked with the top certification and continuing education groups. At NASM and AFAA she drives the content for American Fitness Magazine, blog and the social media platforms. Stacey received her degree in Athletic Training/PE from San Diego State University and an MS in Exercise Science from CalU, plus credentials in Health Promotion Management & Consulting (UCSD), Instructional Technology (SDSU), group fitness and yoga. Previous San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force Chair, she’s developed continuing education curriculum for fitness organizations in addition to personal training, writing, and co-coaching youth rec soccer.

Recent Posts

CPT Fitness Recovery

Sleep and Exercise Connections

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
There are so many connections between sleep and exercise! Performance is intricately tied with our circadian rhythms in many ways. Whether you are getting enough, the position you choose, or even what you eat before you get your z’s can impact exercise ...
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Nutrition

Calcium: For Strong Bones, Muscle Function, And So Much More!

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
We all know that calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, but what else does it do? How about its critical roles in muscle contractions, nerve impulses, blood clotting, and cellular metabolism?
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CPT

Fitness Resume Writing for Trainers

Stacey Penney
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By Brian Sutton MS, MA, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Stacey Penney MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Fitness professionals need to understand the importance of a well-written resume. It doesn't matter if you’re applying at a local health club, university, or sports ...
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Q & A

Training and Relationships: An Interview with Gabby Reece

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
Does training with your romantic partner benefit high-level athletes and personal trainers? Get the inside scoop from NASM-CPT and pro-athlete Gabby Reece on training with her surfing-legend husband Laird Hamilton.
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Nutrition

Recommended Daily Water Intake for Health and Performance

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
Just how much water should you drink on a daily basis? Does the food you eat count toward this amount? Do you need as much water when exercising in the cold as you would in the heat? Will drinking water speed weight loss? Does dehydration affect athletic ...
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Workout Plans

Running Pain: When Mileage and Dysfunction Meet

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
By Stacey Penney, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS Running tops the charts as one of the most popular fitness activities. According to Running USA, women are out-participating men in road races at every distance except the full marathon. Even for teens it is ...
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Nutrition

Caffeine and Exercise: Benefits for Performance

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
Caffeine has become a regular part of our daily diets, found in items such as chocolate, coffee, tea, and soda, even over-the-counter medications, supplements and cosmetics. It stimulates the central nervous system, heart, and musculoskeletal system (1). ...
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CES Fitness Assessments

Hip Shift: Fix Compensations With The Overhead Squat Assessment

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
  The overhead squat assessment is not limited to just lateral and frontal views. Taking a posterior view can add another dimension to identifying and addressing kinetic chain dysfunction. One of the more surprising observations is an asymmetrical weight ...
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CES CPT

The Question of Handedness

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
When performing client assessments, do you ask if they are right or left handed? Handedness is not usually a standard question on assessment forms, but maybe it should be added. Handedness can have a definite impact on posture and the risk for developing ...
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Nutrition

Fat-free, Sugar-free, and now Gluten-free?

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
Are your nutrition clients going gluten-free? This topic is sure to cause some strong opinions and sharing of stories of how a gluten-free diet has changed someone’s life. The goal here is to share some of the details regarding gluten, who really needs ...
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