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CardioZone makes a number of similar elliptical trainers, falling into the

lower price range than the Nautilus or Octane brands. They have four types

of trainers, and each one is suited to different workouts and user needs.

The stride matches the users and is almost impact free, which is especially

important to people with knee problems. The Cardio Zone is quiet because

it’s so smooth.

The Cardio Zone Club E is the peak elliptical trainer of the series,

designed for an intense workout. It is self-powered by an electromagnetic

generator with forward and reverse. It consistently keeps track of your

heart rate with handle sensors, and then adjusts the settings so that

optimal heart rate and fat burning are consistently kept up through the

workout. There are five different set programs in addition to the manual

setting. The cost is approximately $1195.

The mid-range CardioZone Elite E has a heavier-duty frame and is suited for

constant use in a gym or club environment. It has bigger foot platforms, an

advanced display screen, and a magnetic drive system that doesn’t need a

battery or plug. Like the Club E, it has a long range of motion and is both

quiet and smooth. It retails for about $795.

The CardioZone Pro E costs approximately $445 – a fraction of the price of

other elliptical systems. It is a very basic model and lacks the advanced

features of higher end models, but for a beginner looking for a low impact

workout it is a good choice. It has magnetic resistance and a manual tension

adjustment.

Finally, the CardioZone Gold E is the least expensive model that CardioZone

makes, and at about $298 it’s a very simple model. It is smaller than the

other models, and has a steel frame. It doesn’t offer many of the same

display features or quick workout adjustments. This model would be best

suited to a beginner who needs a low impact workout and doesn’t need to

monitor heart rate or workout progress.

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Source by Raymond Brookside

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Literally thousands of personal trainers graduate from various fitness courses around the world every week. A fact that your qualification providers probably don't tell you is the average trainer delivers less than 10 hours per week of training. I know it's not your goal to be an 'average trainer' and make average income so follow the 5 guidelines below to set yourself apart in a crowded fitness market.

1. Walk the Talk:

  • You don't need to be s super athlete, but you certainly need to practice what you preach as a top trainer. I have seen some trainers who do not have the greatest skin folds or BMI results still be fantastically successful trainers. If you operate in the fitness model / body building niche no doubt about it, you will need to be ripped. If you work with general population, just live a balanced and healthy lifestyle while remaining genuine. Don't pretend to be something you aren't.

2. Great communication:

  • The best trainers are the best communicators. If you are the type of person who is all about 'me, me me' and enjoys telling stories about yourself non-stop, you're going to come across as a complete douche bag. When talking about your experiences to people always relate it back to your members goals and dreams. Become a great listener who is extremely receptive to what your member is saying. Communicate with your members on a regular basis in person, via email and text.

3. Understanding client emotions / motivational drivers:

  • I cringe when I see a trainer go up to a member and proceed to tell them what they are doing is wrong and this is the way to fix it. Even if a person is doing something wrong, the way to get that message across is as a piece of advice that will add to their fitness knowledge. You need to ensure that you do not make any person feel like a fool. A good way to approach a person would be to say 'hey I really love how hard you are working at the moment, do you mind if I show you another way to get you to your goals'. This approach puts you on the front foot with that person.
  • Once you've made contact with a person, your initial goal is to understand that person's deep-seated motivational drivers and what makes them want to train. This is what you will use to tap into their reasons to train and the solution that you can provide for them.

4. Investing in yourself & diversify your offering:

  • It's nearly impossible to be an expert in every aspect of health and fitness. You do need to specialize to a degree. What you want to ensure is that you are not a one trick pony. This really minimizes that amount of people you are able to offer your services to. At the very least you should be very good at one aspect of fitness and have a sound knowledge of nutrition principles. You don't need to be a nutrition expert but you do need to understand the fundamentals.
  • Constantly look to improve yourself as a trainer and add to your basket of knowledge. This does not have to be through formal courses but can be through watching other trainers, participating in other fitness programs and reading literature.

5. Be Well organized

  • If you are well organized, you present a professional demeanor and it shows in everything you do. A well organized trainer has a fresh smell, tidy clothing, prepared sessions and good documentation. If you document what your boot camp or PT clients are doing. They will love the fact you are taking note of their progress. Always make this information available to your people.

As you can see there is more to people a good trainer than just turning up and providing great training. Great training and motivation is a given and a must. It is the little 1% ers that will make you stand out from all those other trainers out there.

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Source by MJ Tulloch

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The "Best Buy" awards are based on a number of factors. We physically test the machines to determine overall quality and product performance. In addition, we consider customer feedback, third party reviews, company reputation and product warranty. In particular, it is important to look at the company reputation and the product warranty.

When you purchase an elliptical trainer, you are not just buying a machine, but also the company that stands behind it. Whether you have a question about the elliptical operation, or you need service, you want to purchase from a company that stands behind their equipment.

When selecting an elliptical trainer, you also want to consider the extent of the warranty. An elliptical trainer warranty can be very revealing. Obviously, limited warranties suggest a machine that is not built to last, while extensive warranties imply a quality built machine designed for vigorous use.

2007 "Best Buy" Recommendations:

Under $ 1,000 – Spirit ZE110

Spirit Fitness ZE110 – I usually am reluctant to recommend any elliptical trainer under $ 1,000. At this price range, you are buying a budget machine, built with budget components. There are certain aspects of the ZE110 I can criticize, but for the price, it is a reasonable value. If you are looking for an inexpensive elliptical trainer for medium use, this model is worth considering.

$ 1,000 – $ 1,500

Smooth Fitness CE 3.2 – The one feature that immediately stands out on the Smooth CE 3.2 is the lifetime warranty. That generally is a clue about the quality of the machine. If the components cannot withstand rigorous use the company would go out of business replacing parts. The CE 3.2 is equipped with a heavy flywheel giving it a very smooth elliptical motion. Other features include an impressive console, a wide selection of challenging programs and wireless heart rate control. Smooth sells only direct and online, which results in a degree of savings to the consumer.

$ 1,500 – $ 2,000

Sole Fitness E55 – Sole's marketing strategy is to build quality machines with quality components at reasonable prices, and the Sole E55 proves they are very successful with this value proposition. Besides the smooth and quiet elliptical motion, I really appreciated the 20 "stride. The motion does not feel as confined as so many other treadmills under $ 1,500. It comes with a 2-year service warranty. There is only one other manufacturer I am familiar With that offers similar coverage and their ellipticals start at over $ 3,000. This machine is comparable to higher end models.

$ 2,000 – $ 3,000

Life Fitness X3 / X3i & Precor 5.17i – There are a number of excellent choices in this category, but the 2 companies that stand out are, Life Fitness and Precor. Since they both offer excellent products, we decided the "Best Buy" winner is a tie between the Life Fitness X3 / X3i and the Precor EFX 5.17i. Both are quality machines that are very durable and extremely quiet. You can really tell the difference in their solid and stable performance. They are commercial quality at a residential price. It should be noted, the Precor EFX 5.17i offers only a lower body workout.

$ 3,000 +

Precor EFX 5.23 – Most industry professionals agree the Precor EFX 5.23 is the top elliptical trainer in the market. Precor ellipticals are a favorite with top health clubs. The patented CrossRamp technology is their premium feature. It allows you to adjust the incline of the ramp as with a treadmill. By changing the incline, you can workout different muscles. It adds a whole new dimension to elliptical training. While testing a model at a fitness store, a woman walked by and said, "I own one and luv it." If money is no object, and you can live without the upper body workout, then the EFX 5.23 is an excellent choice.

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Source by Fred Waters

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NCCA

Guess who’s the newest NCCA approved Certification? You got it, NETA!

Within the last few months, NETA is now recognized as one of the top certification programs with their accreditation from NCCA. Good news for us!

Certifications

NETA has two certifications, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. I’m going to concentrate on the Personal Trainer certification, but check out the website if you are interested in the Group Exercise Instructor certification as well. (It’s very similar to the Personal Trainer Certification)

The Personal Trainer Certification goes after my most valued aspect of training, actually practical hands-on experience in their training! Although you do NOT have to take any workshops or buy any materials to take the exam (unlike places like NASM), I believe it’s a required part of your education.

The exam materials are pretty cheap. My weak addition tallies all the books up to be a total of $80.

Reputation / Popularity

NETA is new on the scene and is not as recognized as the longer term players (ACE, ACSM, NASM, NCSF, NSCA). It’s going to take some time for people to know what NETA is, especially since it changed its name from NDEITA not too long ago. It also gets a bit confused with NESTA…needless to say, the Acronym Soup is getting mixed up quite a bit!

Eligibility

In order to sit for the NETA exam, you must be 18 years of age, have a current CPR certificate, and that’s it!!!

Exam

The exam is administered all over the country at various testing centers, called “Comira”, which is great news! As I mentioned, there is no pre-requirements other than what’s stated above to sit for the exam. You don’t need to purchase or attend any NETA courses to sit for the exam.

Although I recommend at least getting the books, you can really take advantage of their weekend workshops to really learn your material well.

Workshops

NETA offers a Personal Trainer Certification Workshop for a quite reasonable cost ($349 if you register 30 days before) and is available all over the country on the weekends.

It runs Saturday to Sunday and is equivalent to 14 CEC’s (for those of you who need a massive amount of CEC’s quickly for recertification!)

They also recommend that you purchase the $80 in reading material and study it before you attend.

Costs

So far, they’re not too bad in the cost department. Here’s the breakdown:

Workshop – $349 (early registration) to $389 (walk up)

Exam Alone – $249

Books Recommended – $80

Home Study Review – $39

These all seem quite reasonable to me, especially since the workshop should be local to your area, or at worst, a one night hotel stay.

Validity

NETA’s Personal Trainer Certification is valid for two years once you pass the exam.

CEC’s

The CEC requirement is for 20 hours of Continuing Education before you can renew your Certification. (Cost for Renewal – $45)

NETA accepts almost all the other NCCA CEC credits too. So you could take a CEC class for ACE (and still use it to recertify with ACE) and get credit with NETA too. Pretty slick, huh?

NETA does require that 6 of your CEC’s come directly from NETA, but that’s less than 40% of the requirement.

Check their website to verify that your CEC’s at other organizations will count, but their policy seems quite liberal. They aren’t trying to milk every single dollar from their members like a few of the other certification organizations.

Renewal

Renewal isn’t too difficult, you include any photocopies of your CEC classes(those that aren’t from NETA), the $45 fee, and the recertification paperwork postmarked by the expiration date.

If the letter is postmarked later than the expiration date, various fees are added based on how late the letter is received. After 180 days, you can’t renew and must recertify.

Summary

NETA is a new player on the NCCA block, which instantly gives it a lot of credibility that it didn’t have just a few years ago. They appear to really be working hard on expanding their client base with honest pricing, fantastic learning opportunities, and other amenities.

Although walking into a gym and saying you’re NETA …

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Virtually every Personal Trainer will have a series of letters after their name indicating some, if not all, of the fitness certifications they hold. Often it will be CPT, meaning Certified Personal Trainer. The organization that bestows the title is more important than the letters CPT. This article will give you an idea what to look for AND what to look out for in a Personal Trainer’s certification. Armed with this information, you will have a much better opportunity to hire the right Personal Trainer for YOUR needs.

Currently there are currently only seven organizations in the exercise industry that meet the stringent requirements of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, The Cooper Institute, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Council on Strength and Exercise, the National Federation of Professional Trainers, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Holding a certification from one of these organizations does not mean you’ve found a Great Personal Trainer. It means that individual meets one of the criteria for being a Great Personal Trainer (see my article on The Five Traits of a Great Personal Trainer) and may possibly be the person to help you get in the best shape of your life. Getting in the best shape of your life does not include limitations for age or your current physical condition. Unless you are afflicted with an ailment that precludes exercise, a Great Personal Trainer can help you get in the best shape of your entire life, as safely, painlessly, and expediently as possible, regardless of age or current physical conditioning. That is the Personal Trainer we are seeking!

A certification from one of the above organizations means the Personal Trainer has met a strict and thorough process to become a Certified Personal Trainer. They have an understanding of anatomy and physiology, which exercises work various muscle groups, a basic understanding of designing an exercise program for a variety of clients with differing physical abilities, and the knowledge to implement those programs. Importantly, the organizations also require CPR certification and continuing education to maintain certification. CPR certification is important for obvious reasons…and not just in an exercise setting. If you are not CPR certified, consider doing it. You will learn how to potentially save a life with a few hours training.

The continuing education requirement for Personal Trainer certification is vital because exercise science is a dynamic discipline. Ongoing research studies by non-biased entities, such as universities and hospitals, provide constant information updates on our understanding of how exercise affects the human body. This promotes more effective program design and more efficient results for the client. In other words, by staying informed about updates in exercise science your Personal Trainer can continue to help you achieve peak performance, improving your fitness level as proficiently as possible!

There are too many “Certified Personal Trainer” programs to list that do not meet the standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The reasons they don’t meet the standards are also too numerous to list but let me give you a few: For $99 you can take an online test for certification and become a CPT instantly. If you fail the first time you are allowed to continue re-taking the test until you pass. Multiple organizations design their own educational material, administer their own tests, and grade those test, with no outside oversight. Think about that for a minute.

Would you want your doctor to be educated, tested, and licensed without some type of objective outside oversight? I think not. Other programs are put together by bodybuilders or powerlifters and cater to that audience. The problem is that they are only “qualified” to work with that small segment of the population but their business card says “Certified Personal Trainer.” When their rent is due, they may decide you meet the requirements to become one of their clients. This is a short list of the potential problems encountered when dealing with a Personal Trainer certified by anyone other than the seven organizations certified by the NCCA. My advice is to avoid them.

Certification by one of those seven groups does not guarantee …

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I have a love for fitness and I started a fitness blog several years ago to keep myself motivated to workout. For the longest time, I wanted to have a career in the fitness industry and brave personal training some consideration but it never worked out for me due to one thing or another. However, I found a much better homebased business opportunity in the fitness industry, that anyone with a passion for health and fitness can do as well.

This opportunity is Team Beachbody. You may or may not be familiar with the company but you may have heard of some of their top selling products such as P90X, Hip Hop Abs, and Turbo Jam just to name a few. You can start your own fitness company and run it part-time in order to grow it to your full-time business as slow or as fast as you want.

Personal trainers are great candidates for this business because of their background in fitness and the fact that the average person will follow their lead much easier compared to someone else.

If you are a full-time trainer, you can still grow your business part-time. The major requirements are living healthy, staying fit, helping others reach their fitness goals, and supporting your customers and coaches. As a trainer, you are already doing most of that already.

Team Beachbody promotes sharing and not selling. You share the company's vision while helping people to get fit and grow their own fitness business if they have the desire to do so. Discover how easy it is to get started by getting in touch with me below.

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Source by Eartha Haines

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