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    Hacking Health Supplements for Muscle Growth, Fat Loss, and Athletic Performance
    For both muscle gain and fat loss, much attention has been paid to things like protein shakes and fat burners. However, a variety of other things involved in general health can have drastic affects. Some of these things include ratios of certain vitamins and minerals, how and when these nutrients are taken, and a host of other factors rarely brought up for athletics. Since muscle growth requires the hormonal, immune, and nervous systems to function well, general health supplements that support these systems are quite essential to performance in the gym, perhaps even more so than some common athletic supplements.
    Customize Your Training Intensity and Recovery – Applying Heart Rate Variability
    All athletes and trainers are looking for ways to optimize their training and recovery. How do you know when you need to train and push it hard compared to when you need to perform more recovery work? Come learn how one 55-second measurement using heart rate variability (HRV) can do just that. Modern technology now enables you to run it on your smartphone with no need for expensive and bulky equipment. Also learn the proper application, what the number really means, and what to do if the numbers are not what you expect.
    A Sensible Review of Recovery and Performance
    Drug abuse has been a mainstay of performance enhancement among elite athletes. In a quest to develop and implement additional measures to enhance performance, recovery methods have become important adjuncts to traditional training. There are various recovery methods with limited scientific justification, limited success, and many profit-motivated claims. I would like to help coaches, athletes, and administrators take a sensible look at recovery by providing an organized conceptual framework, information that can help evaluate claims, and some demonstrated and promising modalities.
    Immediate Application: Caffeinated Drinks and Explosive Exercise
    The session answers frequently asked questions regarding caffeinated drinks and explosive resistance exercise. Topics will include mechanisms of action, mental versus physical stimulation, safety, dose, sex differences, the effects of habituation, magnitude of performance enhancement, and accidental discoveries.
    Building Your Business: Selling is Not Selling Out
    Being a good personal trainer does not ensure that you will have clients. You need to be able to sell the benefits and achievable results of using your services in order to build your business. Selling, for many, may bring to mind car salesmen, infomercials, and telemarketers. This can create a mindset for trainers that selling makes them somehow less honest or acting in their own self interest when trying to get someone to purchase a program. In fact, we all sell every day and enjoy it. When we recommend where to eat, which movie to watch, what book to read, we are selling. Learn how to make the act of selling personal training programs a natural, positive experience for you and your potential client. Build your business by helping others, and help them by getting them to commit to your program.
    Five Movements and the Order of Learning
    Strength training can be very complicated, but it should not be complicated at all. Basically, there are five human movements (push, pull, hinge, squat, and carries) and a sixth movement of “everything else,” but mostly groundwork. There are two overlooked areas of most people’s training philosophy: regressions and program measurement. Using some very simple tools, it is easy to see whether or not the program is working. If your program improves on simple tests, the program is working.