Certified Gym Articles

The Science of the Physical Environment: Understanding why optimal mobility is critical to optimal function
Oct 05

 By: John Quint NMT ART CAFS To understand why optimal mobility is so critical for us, we need to know exactly what mobility is. Mobility is defined as: the ability to move or be moved freely and easily. We know we should have optimal mobility, but do we really understand why we have to have mobility to have optimal function? A major factor is because humans don’t exist in isolation; we interact with the world around us. For us to truly understand why mobility is so important we need to have a grasp on the science of the physical environment...

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Are Westside Methodologies Appropriate for Adolescent and High School Athletes
Oct 03

  "Are Westside Methodologies appropriate for adolescent and high school athletes?" By Pete Montpelier Get F.A.S.S.T    Yes! Not only appropriate, but the only way to go! Here is why. GPP Learning Technique Posterior Chain Equipment At FASST our gym is made up of adolescent, high school and college age athletes from every competitive sport, figure skating to football.  We have been using Westside methods since February of 2013 following 15 years of utilizing Western periodization. As a result of switching from Western periodization to Westside Methods, our athletes report experiencing an even greater success both in the weight room and...

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VOLUME V INTENSITY
Oct 03

VOLUME V INTENSITY

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VOLUME V INTENSITYBy Alan Sherry For this week's workout Wednesday we will take a look at a common issue with a lot of CrossFit gyms' programming and something that seems to be a general consensus among fitness coaches: favoring H.I.I.T type protocols and shorter WODs over longer endurance type pieces.The reason for this seems twofold, and neither of them are positive:1) First off, this is an easy, and lazy, way of programming. It is much easier for a coach to put together a couplet or triplet of exercises with a short six or eight minute time cap in the name of 'intensity'...

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UNDERSTANDING THE TRAINING PROCESS
Oct 03

UNDERSTANDING THE TRAINING PROCESS

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UNDERSTANDING THE TRAINING PROCESS By Alan Sherry CSP GymWe are now thankfully (well, hopefully) long passed the idea that a one-size-fits-all approach is the way forward for appropriate fitness prescription. Clients are different, physiologically, psychologically and everything in between. Their goals, needs and ability to adapt to training and lifestyle stressor’s will all be different, and so their programming structure should reflect this too.Some of the biggest factor’s that will affect an athlete’s adaptability to training will be the following:1: Their NME rating (Neuro-Muscular Efficiency)2: Their mitochondrial make-up & dominant muscle fibre type3: Their own unique psychologyThere are both genetic...

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Understanding HRV
Oct 03

Understanding HRV

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Understanding HRV By Alan Sherry CSP Gym Stress: When people think of stress, they think of its mental properties, the worries and anxieties of everyday life. Stress however can and should be defined as anything that disrupts our allostasis/homeostasis. Taking this into account, we can conclude that pretty much anything we do in our daily lives can place our body under stress. Stress is non-specific, in other words your body will not differentiate between stressors, whether physical or emotional. The body does not know whether you just hit multiple 1RM attempts, performed an intense anaerobic conditioning session, stayed up all...

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