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Personal Trainer Certifications

“The majority of people know that exercise is one of the most helpful things they can do to improve their health. A majority of people are not exercising regularly,” said Doug Miller at Messiah College. He says the Exercise Science major has grown over the last ten years at the college. A lot of those students have become personal fitness trainers. The course load for a four-year degree is not easy. “Exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise testing and prescription, exercise psychology are just some of the classes. said Miller.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, there are more than 12,000 fitness trainers in Pennsylvania with about 1,700 in south central Pennsylvania. There are some websites that can be found for personal training and wellness coaches which allow you to pay, take a test online, and get a certification. What is unclear is what certifications all these trainers and wellness coaches have. In Pennsylvania, trainers don’t have to be licensed or registered …

Nutrition trends

There is some misinformation produced on social media regarding nutrition, exercise, metabolism, and hormonal response to promote an agenda or sell products.  Information and product promotion are not always detrimental by any means. The problem becomes that many use the consumer’s lack of knowledge and poor, limited, or biased research to promote claims, ideas, philosophies, or products. The purpose of this document is to provide information on healthy nutrition, metabolism, and hormones to aid consumers in making informed decisions on specific health topics. The topic is healthy fat burning. The assumption is that many Americans wish to lose body fat in a healthy manner. The loss of and body fat are not necessarily synonymous. People have committed to poorly designed programs losing ten or twenty pounds, but maintained the same body fat percentage. This has been seen several times during a twenty-seven-year career. It is important to explain how healthy fat burning takes place.   One…

Determining Exercise Intensity

The purpose of this document is to show how to determine intensity using several modes of aerobic exercise. Exercise testing provides the information needed to determine exercise intensity based on metabolic equations.The simplest way to do this is providing the equations for determining the appropriate intensity to reach a desired target heart rate.
An individual who is apparently healthy and at an appropriate age, we may legally exercise test while not in the presence of a physician. Submaximal exercise testing with extrapolation of results may be used to provide results needed for determining exercise intensity. In certain subjects, it may be possible to maximally exercise test an individual to determine exercise intensity. No one over thirty-five years of age should be maximally exercise tested without a physician or medical professional present. An exercise test must reach ninety percent of age predicted maximum heart rate (APMHR)or a respiratory exchange ratio of 1.1 or greater t…