CPT spotlight exercise science

Isometric Exercises: Examples, Benefits, and Applications

Andrew Mills
Andrew Mills
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As explained in the NASM-CPT 7 course, there are several types of muscle actions  which are utilized to produce human movement; however, when most people think of exercise, they likely picture isotonic muscle actions. Isotonic muscle actions move a ...
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Fitness exercise science

The Biomechanics of the Lat Pulldown: Grips and Form

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES
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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
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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. Squats are even ...
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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
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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 Weight Loss exercise science

Resting Metabolic Rate: How to Calculate and Improve Yours

Fabio Comana
Fabio Comana
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Mention the term ‘metabolism’ and it captures attention given how obsessed many of us have become over calories. As a certified personal trainer, this is a topic you may get asked about from time to time. To the general public, boosting your metabolism ...
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