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What a Personal Trainer Should Know Before Entering the Fitness Industry (Part 1...I think)- Kasey Esser

What a Personal Trainer Should Know Before Entering the Fitness Industry (Part 1…I think)

It’s funny the contrast.   When I was 17 or 18 and told people I was going to be a personal trainer, there were oohs and aahs and talk of what a growing field personal fitness was becoming.   Fast forward 6 years or so, and now the response tends to be, “Oh, that’s cool, my friend Blank is a trainer, too.”   “Oh, is that right?”   “Yeah, he’s big into the kettlebells.  What’s your thing?”   What I Wish I Could Say   “Stretch mats.  I’m really big into them.  They can be used in ways that you...

Writing Personal Training Programs: The Hypertrophy/Body Composition Phase- Kasey Esser

Writing Personal Training Programs: The Hypertrophy/Body Composition Phase

In the last post, I went over the GPP phase of a system I’ve been using for primarily general population clients.  That phase dealt with cleaning up movement issues that a client will more than likely have when starting a training program.   Now that all that is taken care of, it’s time to do WORK!   The Hypertrophy/Body Composition phase is where the magic happens with regard to aesthetic changes.  Hypertrophy is the first word in the title because THAT is the primary goal.  Lean muscle mass is absolutely NECESSARY...

Writing Personal Training Programs: The GPP Phase- Kasey Esser

Writing Personal Training Programs: The GPP Phase

In the last post, I overviewed a system I’ve been using for setting up the training year for primarily general population clients.  There were 4 different phases I briefly touched on, so as promised, I am going to give each phase its own post and provide some practical framework to the theory.   What GPP Means (usually)   As an acronym, it stands for General Physical Preparedness.  Pretty vague, huh? But that’s sort of the point.  Traditionally, with this phase of training, you don’t really chase any specific quality (e.g. maximal strength). ...

A Phone Call I Didn’t Expect

The other day, I was leaving the gym and noticed I had a voicemail from a number I didn’t recognize.  Usually when these pop up, it’s some sort of sales call from some supplement company promising me the opportunity to make thousands of dollars if I participate in their pyramid scheme.  Other than that, no one really calls me.  Do people even talk on the phone these days? Why, when you can text and Instagram??  Haha, kidding.   Anyway, I listened to the voicemail and it was a girl who...