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NCSF Board for Certification has received re-accreditation through 2020. The NCCA reviews certification programs annually to ensure compliance with the standards and collects specific metrics related to the certificants, examination instruments and the organization’s activities. Then every five-years, all NCCA accredited certification programs are required to go through a complete re-accreditation process to demonstrate compliance with the rigors of proper certification programs.
The Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals® (CREP) has made significant progress in 2014. The organization has grown the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals® (USREPS) to over 160,000 including all NCSF certified personal trainers. Now qualified professionals from NCCA-accredited, member organizations have a new distinction to go along with the credential verification and acknowledgement of registration, as CREP releases the registered exercise professional badge. The new “Find Me” Badge is a digital mark which functions as an electronic visual representation verifying all current exercise professional credentials listed in the USREPS®.
For most exercisers, a bottle of sports drink is an essential sidekick during a working out. While most people may feel that a sipping a sports drink during physical activity will improve performance, it might come as a surprise that the research is not as clear cut. Any potential improvements in exercise performance are greatly dependent on the type, intensity and duration of exercise.
For most personal trainers, limited training volume is a significant constraint when it comes to helping clients achieve their goals, making time management a key factor for success. One option to aid in time limitations is the use of supersets. While most trainers are familiar with the training system, many are not as versed in contrast sets. Contrast sets are an intermediate to advanced training system using the superset concept for a specific adaptation purpose; improved strength and power.
How much is too much? That is not always a question that we ask ourselves when it comes to exercise. However, recent research made international headlines when it suggested that jogging too much is just as bad for your health as being inactive. This novel study supports prior research linking excessive exercise with health issues. However, what is substantial about the new report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology is that the investigators were able to identify an “ideal time range” and an “ideal speed” for jogging to improve health.
Consuming certain foods may improve your body’s ability to oxidize fat. An investigative study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (January 2015) found that consuming dark-colored grapes - either as whole fruit, juice or wine – drastically hindered fat cell growth and formation, as well as increased fatty acid metabolism in the liver. The researchers were able to isolate a specific compound found in the grapes, ellagic acid, that proved to have the highest impact on fat cell metabolism.
Adequate protein intake is necessary for optimal health for a number of reasons. Dietary protein is used to repair and maintain bodily tissues and organs, support immune functions and promote muscle protein synthesis. This becomes a greater consideration among special populations who have distinct dietary needs, such as older adults. A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism reflects this notion. The research team investigated the impact of varying amounts of daily protein intake, as well as timing, on net protein synthesis and muscle maintenance among older adults. Appropriate dietary modifications are important for older adults who usually suffer from a myriad of physiological declines; including their muscle-building efficiency. This loss in efficiency is directly associated with age-related sarcopenia (or loss of muscle mass), which can greatly reduce musculoskeletal functionality as well as the ability to remain independent. Maintaining greater muscle mass as we age can significantly contribute to an improved quality of life.
Employers in most fields, including personal training, look for a combination of hard and soft skills in their potential employees. Hard skills include teachable abilities that are easy to quantify and often are the technical aspects of a job. Soft skills differ in that they are subjective abilities that are much harder to quantify such as communication, social interaction and listening. Hard or technical skills are often listed on one’s resume, making it easy for a recruiter to recognize their potential aptitude for a position. Soft skills, or “people skills”, are not usually presented in any position of prominence on a resume even though they may be more valuable. Many employers look for applicants with strong soft skills because they are very hard to train. It is usually much easier to teach a person how to use computer software than to develop a soft skill such as patience or empathy.