Fitness Education

What’s Your Point?

The fitness industry is a huge industry with tonnes of opportunity for anyone interested in it. In fact, it is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, and within it you can sink or swim.

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One of the key things you want to do is realise what exactly it is you want to to do within, and over time this will change, as you discover new an interesting aspects of the profession. I started out in supplement and nutritional sales, then moved quickly into typical big gym personal training. This was follow up with mixed martial arts, and Krav Maga, and soon after that CrossFit, and a dedicated focus on Strength & Conditioning.

But what I did do at the beginning was decide exactly which direction I wanted to do in, and what i did not want to do. This is what you must do as well. Many people ask me “what jobs are there in the industry?”, my reply is “whatever you really like to do the most”.

There are so many ways to go about getting involved, but decide what you like. Do you like being out doors? Then look at the BOOTCAMP ALLIANCE Certification for outdoor fitness specialists. Do you like teaching groups? Then you have so many aspects, the NAFC Group Fitness Certification, the ASPATA H.I.I.T. Cert. Or maybe you really like hard workouts, with a real community vibe, then maybe consider our affiliate partner METCON, become a METCON Trainer, or take it to the next level becoming a METCON Coach, and open your own METCON Gym or METCON program.

If one-on-one, and seeing real change, and making a difference in someones life is your thing, and you love the hands on approach, the the NAFC Personal Trainer certification is definaltey for you. And if you’re technology inclined, why not look past your community and become an online trainer, creating videos, and e-books, and online programs.

Of course, you don’t even have to be a “fitness pro” to be a fitness pro. There’s a whole world of opportunites for you.

Nutritionist or dietician: Create meal plans or meal ideas to help clients and their families. Check out the NAFC Nutritional Foundations online course.

Supplement Salesperson or Consultant: Get deep into the billion dollar industry of supplements and sales. Discover all there is about getting ‘the extra edge”.

Wellness Coach or Lifestyle Coach: This is a fast growing professional where you help people organise their active lifestyles through stress management, healthy eating tips, scheduling their exercise, and dealing with interruptions in the schedules. Our NAFC Wellness Consultant is right here for you.

Equipment or Nutritional Manufacturing: Maybe tinkering with new gear is your thing, or you just want to supply good quality foods to people to keep them healthy and on track. It could be as easy as ordering wrist straps and wraps from a local clothing maker, to making your own line of dumbbells or boxing gear. As far as food, maybe you want to create awesome smoothies, or healthy bars, right up to personalised meal delivery.

The choices are endless, and you are free to choose any. Let ASPATA help you where we can. many of our NAFC courses are international, and online, so no excuses, start today.


Perfect Timing OR Which HIT is HIIT?

by Ror Alexander

What perfect timing.

Tomorrow will the the first 2016 HIIT Certification at ASPATA, and this afternoon I was again pleasantly reminded that ASPATA is as always ahead of the curve to what EVERY other fitness educator is doing, when I stumbled upon a new article by Men’s Health Magazine South Africa (we will get to this in a bit). 

It has always been our mandate at ASPATA to deliver quality, scientific, yet novel ways to help clients get results by teaching our students to get outside of the normal, inside the box  thinking. And when I developed our original ASPATA HIIT Certification, or to be more accurate ASPATA HIT(s) Certification, I wanted to teach all the students there are many more than one way to run a results based, high intensity, functional fitness class. And within our unique course, we targeted 3 specific formats, as well as 3 specific methods to conduct HIIT classes for different results, based on different goals. I did this because I have been watching all the other courses offered by other fitness educators, as well as the HUNDREDS of HIIT classes I see in gyms, do the same formats again and again, and again… They have all fallen into the “go fast, go hard, go home” mentality, and while this does have it’s time and place, it’s definitely NOT the all and end all. In fact, that style accounts for only a small part of our course, which brings me to the Men’s Health article “The 7 Fitness Trends You Need to Know About for 2016”, and how it relates to our HIIT COURSE.

The very first top trend that they speak about is one of the key formats we teach in our course, PHA, or Peripheral Heart Action theory. This is a nearly 76 year old training practice, that is all but unknown to even the most knowledgable trainers, main reason being it’s not as “exciting” or as focused on my popular media as HIIT, yet it’s results have been seen to greatly surpass traditional HIIT.

So what is PHA?

Well that’s pretty simple. Basically it is a form of cardiovascular conditioning that has the client, clients, or athlete moving from a lower body exercise to an upper body exercise in a repeating manner. The goal is to keep the heart constantly pumping blood throughout the body, from the heart to the extremities, but without localising particular muscle groups, and avoiding any muscular fatigue, or lactic acid (negative ion) build up in a particular muscle group allowing the person doing it to stay at a relatively high intensity for a long period of time.

PHA has been show to dramatically help reduce fat, increase cardiovascular conditioning, and create lean, fit, toned bodies. In fact 1966 Mr. Universe winner Bob Gadja won the top spot by using this training as his go to form of cardio.

So, I hope this has helped to open your eyes to the fact that there are MANY ways to run a novel, exciting, and results based “HIIT” class, and if you want to learn a few others, and when and why you would use them, make sure to register for our ASPATA HIIT Certification.

ASPATA Courses Lead Asia in 2016!

Well, the votes are in, and ASPATA is dialled in when it comes to what YOU want! The annual ACSM Top Fitness Trends for the New Year (2016), and here, and ASPATA has you covered, now, it’s up to you make it happen, and it looks like METCON is in high demand!2016-top-trends-in-fitness

1. Wearable technology like fitness trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors and GPS enabled gadgets are the undisputed champs. Some industry analysts have predicted that the wearable technology market will approach $6 billion dollars by 2016. Wearables also include smart glasses,  smart fabrics and interactive textiles, reaching sales approaching $2.6 billion by 2017.

2. Workouts that include push-ups, squat jumps, Burpees and pull-ups?  You’re in the number 2 spot. Time to check out our fast growing METCON certification! We have already had 4 METCON boxes launched internationally! We hope you’re next! Also, take a peek at our HIIT certification.

3. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). These workouts pack a powerful punch in minimal time and involve short bursts of high intensity activity followed by short periods of rest. Now it’s take to take a serious look at the ASPATA HIIT certification, and again, METCON certification. Stay on the fast tracks to success.

4. Good ol’ Strength Training is still on trend hitting the list at number 4. Good thing we have our ASPATA Advanced Barbell 1 Day Workshop.

5. Now we are talking! We keep telling you, people are DEMANDING PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS! All these so called “gyms” with unqualified and non-certified trainers are going to start to drop like flies, let ASPATA make sure you’re not one of them! With the growing economy, the market for fitness professionals has become more crowded and more competitive. Therefore it’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited. Hence number 5, the EXPONENTIAL growth of Educated & Experienced Fitness Professionals. ASPATA is 100% ready to help you become a fit-pro. Personal Training, Nutritional Coaching, HIIT, METCON, Bootcamp, Welness, Muay Thai & Kickboxing with Fairtex and Fight Easy Fitness, heck, even Yoga, we have you covered.

6. One on One is back! Personal Training ranks number 6. Time to get into our NAFC Personal Training Certification Courses today!

7. Do you prefer workouts that help you move better throughout your day? Functional Fitness uses strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities they do in daily living, and the next step beyond functional fitness will be “loaded movement training,” which includes moving the body in three dimensions and incorporates handheld props like sandbags, kettle bells, barbells and dumbbells. Again our METCON course has your back!

8. Fitness Programs for Older Adults is number 8. The needs of baby boomers are high on the radar as retirees and older adults may have more discretionary moolah than younger generations. Make sure to keep an eye out for our ASPATA Isometrics & Eccentrics online course, a great tool for you to use with your older clients.

9. The 9th top trend in fitness goes to health and fitness professionals who provide a combination of Exercise and Weight Loss programs to help their clients shed the fluff. As we all know, you can’t out train a bad diet and, and nearly all, real, long term weight loss depends on what or what doesn’t go in your mouth. Therefore, programs that incorporate nutrition and fitness routines make the list. Our Online NAFC nutrition courses have your back, check out our NAFC Nutrition Foundations, or our NAFC Performance Nutrition & Sports Supplements online courses.

10. There’s no stopping Yoga, and thats why ASPATA has already set the plans for our ASPATA Yoga for Fit Pros One Day Workshop. Rooted in ancient tradition, yoga is widely known for improving health, flexibility and promoting relaxation.

Coming in at # 11 is Small Group Training. It’s is a cost-effective way for people to get some of the benefits of having a private trainer. And, is a way for trainers to get to work with more clients that couldn’t otherwise afford it. METCON keeps popping up as it is our specialised SGT program, and ASPATA also offers a number of tips on this and business on our Facebook, and YouTube pages. If you haven’t been following those, we’re afraid you may be still stuck in 2014!

A few other notable trends making it to the top 20 include Outdoor Activities (#14). Our Bootcamp Alliance Outdoor Fitness Specialist Certification fits the bill here!

Wellness Coaching (#13) “integrates behavioral change science into health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation programs.” Also known as Health Coaches, they provide support, guidance and motivation to clients either in a one-on-one setting, small groups. The ‘coaching’ industry has been exploding, for everything from business to behavior change and clients will be looking for professionals who can guide them thru a more holistic approach to wellness. Maybe the time has come to checkout our Online NAFC Wellness Coach certification, and step up your credentials today.

Notable: Circuit Training (#18). Core Training (#19).

Also making the top 20 are Smart Phone Exercise Apps, Worksite Health Promotion, Outcome measurements (watch for our new online course Advanced Health & Fitness Assessments for Fit Pros), and Flexibility / Foam-Rolling which can be used for warming up, cooling down, trigger points or just a DIY deep tissue massage for cheap.

10 Lifting Specific Fat Loss Tips

Written by Murray Sogen: ASPATA Pro-Trainer


With all the back and forth, and new ideas on muscle building, or fat loss that we are bombarded with everyday, it’s no wonder people are not sure what to do in the gym anymore. And the truth is, there is so much new stuff everyday, BECAUSE we are all different, and we each respond to exercise differently, and we all like different kinds of exercise which also skews the information we get.

However to help you out, below I have come up for those of you that enjoy hitting the weights, with my Top 1o Lifting Specific Fat Loss Tips:

1. Use the most “bang for your buck” multi-joint exercises. Such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, chin-ups, and Olympic lifts.

2. Favor compound lifts over isolation or single-joint exercieses such as bicep or leg curls. Unless you have unlimited training time to focus on these.

3. Use short rest periods (10 to 60 seconds) to trigger the greatest metabolic disruption with a high lactate and growth hormone response.

4. Count tempo. Vary the tempo of lifting phases and rest periods to provide maximum stimulus for the body to adapt.

5. To burn fat fast, use a hypertrophy-type protocol with high volume, more than 3 sets, and 70 to 85 percent 1RM load.

6. Use longer time under tension to burn more energy and increase post-exercise oxygen consumption. Try a 4-second eccentric phase and 1-second concentric phase.

7. Train to activate your hormone response. Increasing growth hormone is the priority because of its significant fat burning effects.

8. Perform circuit training using upper and lower body or agonist and antagonist paired sets. Use moderately heavy loads with little rest between sets for maximal metabolic disturbance.

9. For gradual fat loss over a longer period of time, include strength cycles with heavier loads (up to 95 percent 1RM). Use slightly longer rest breaks (2 to 3 minutes) and a lot of sets.

10. Work harder! The ability to push oneself physically is a skill. If you’re not getting results, you may not be working hard enough.

To find out more, and to start a new adventure with a new career, make sure you sign up for or international NAFC Personal Trainer certification online course and live workshop.

How to Run Successful Group Fitness Training Sessions

Small group training has become a popular fitness option for clients. Group training brings more than just fitness. Interaction with others makes training fun, engaging and also increases accountability to each person further increasing the chances of success in their health and fitness goals.

As with any industry, there are trainers which become more successful than others. They attract more people to their classes, have higher retention and also achieve better results for their clients.

We are going to highlight some of those key areas that make successful trainers who run small group training classes more successful than others.


This is key. You have to be likeable. You have to inspire and you have to be able to bring a certain energy to a class that makes fitness fun. Just yelling instructions just isn’t enough. It’s a delicate balance between strong communications, clear instructions, humor bringing the right amount of energy to the class to motivate different types of clients at different levels. Remember not everyone responds to a Duracell bunny! Understand your audience and apply your energy intelligently. We will cover more on the understanding the needs of your participants in other articles.


Often overlooked or misunderstood, engagement is how you interact with your clients and how you get your clients to interact with each other. Forming relationships is based in engagement. First and most importantly, how you engage with your group is crucial to your successful outcome. Welcome everyone and thank everyone for attending. It takes effort and commitment to turn up on time and want to join a fitness session. Remember the majority, 90% do not exercise anyway, so the ones that do, you need to nurture into your group and give them what they are looking for – goals, community, friendships and most importantly, fun!

One of the most effective ways to build rapport and engage is by remember their names! Make a strong commitment to this. People always respond to their name, and on a subconscious level, knowing you know their name and use their name during class makes each client feel important and valued! During each session, make sure you use each person’s name 2-3 times every class. “Great work Cindy”, Dave, you’re a machine! Keep those knees up”!!

Remembering names also makes it much easier not just for correcting form and giving motivation, using their names makes it easier for you to give clear accurate instructions that you can give in the least amount of time – remember time is of the essence, especially with short 30 minute HIIT sessions for example. A good example of this is when changing stations, exercises or introducing partner exercises to ensure you match individuals appropriately based on size, height, fitness level, strength and gender.

Always integrate some partner or group interaction exercises, or fitness games into your group training. Most group training clients want the interaction, and primarily there for the ‘fun’ aspect of fitness within a community. So make sure you deliver on their needs.

3.Attention to detail

Your ability to identify and correct form on the go is a fundamental skill that will have huge pay offs as a successful group training coach. Many people, and I mean most clients pretty much switch off their brain and listening skills deteriorate in a group fitness session. Another reason why using their names is important is once you have called their name, you are now able to give accurate, short and specific instructions to correct form. Most importantly, focus on the correction, not on what they are doing wrong.

For example, if during any squat based movements, we want them to initiate the movements with their hips, making the movements more hip dominant, rather than knee dominant. We know from our experience that most people will simple drop their knees forward into a squat. So rather than saying “Don’t move your knees forward”, using language like “Hips back”, “weight through your heels”. Do not even mention the word knees, because that is exactly what they will focus on.

This also enables you to give clear instructions from the other side of the room even while you are working with another clients, clearing equipment – further showing all your clients that you are engaged with them even though you are not standing right next to them.

Attention to detail also covers preparing your session in advance, keep your area ctidy, clean and professional.

4. Variety

One of the most common reasons clients stop training is because classes sand training sessions become repetitive and boring. As a coach it is your primary objective to help your clients get results and to have fun in a positive, motivating environment. To get results, programming does need to be progressive as well as appropriate to the needs of the group, so how you scale movements and keep a balance between the fundamental movements and variety of exercise is also essential to your success. This is why planning your group fitness session is so important and we will cover that in the next point.

Variety needs to be delivered in many ways, so let’s get though a few those so you get a better understanding of what are talking about.

Your Voice: Use different tones and decibels at appropriate times to ensure you’re not just yelling, or counting down in the same monotone voice. use it according to the intensity of the sequence, set or part of the class that needs that extra oomph!

Structure: Design your programs in a variety of ways: Circuits, stations, paired circuits, time based, task based, different intervals, resistance based and of course all the equipment you have access too, from bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, sand bags, plyo-boxes, tubes, ropes and each other!

Exercise / movement selection: As mentioned before, the fundamentals are essential. That’s why they are called the fundamentals. What i also teach trainers is that a ‘Squat is not just a squat!!” there are literally hundreds of squat variations you can use, not just body weight squats for 30 seconds. Unilateral and single leg squats, partner squats, floor to standing squats, bench squats, squat rows with TRX, back to back squats, later / side squats, reverse, around the clock, deep, half, goblet – the list goes on.

Fitness games and partner drills: Do your research and come up with fresh new games. There is plenty of information on the internet you can find and invest in ebooks that are design specifically just on partner exercises and fitness games.

Music: Variety the music you use. There nothing worse than hearing the same playlist over and over again. Put time into preparing your different play lists. Clients will definitely notice this, and music will be a key factor in higher retention for your classes.

5. Planning your session

As the saying goes, ‘Fail to plan, plan to fail”. This holds so true in the fitness industry. Planning is everything which it comes to results, experiences, building a community, attracting new clients and retaining your clients.

I’ve seen many trainers think they can remember it all in their head, especially in the outdoor bootcamp type environments where carrying a clipboard may be expresses a lack of experience, proficiency or professionalism. It’s actually quite the opposite.

Ever watched NFL? NFL Coaches ALWAYS have a clipboard with them. That’s their strategic game plan. Keeping your session plan with you is key for success. Without it, you are more likely to forget certain components, go overtime on some drills, less on others and completely forget exercises / drills all together, and going overtime means you won’t have time to complete the session and come across to your clients that you have rushed or are poorly organized.

When you do use that clipboard with your session plan it shows your clients you are organized and ensure you are able to execute your session effectively and timely. If you are conducting your sessions indoors, in a studio, either have your clipboard or using a white board. Then it is always clear for clients to know what’s ahead. Whether you vocalize or write on the whiteboard cover those main points:


Objectives and benefits:

Energy systems

The game plan

Nutrition tip

What’ coming next time!

These are not the only 5, however they are an essential 5 points that you need to consider and implement to be a successful group training coach. Keep in mind too that it’s not just training a session that makes you success. It is your ability to attract clients, having to come back to your classes and telling their friends to come and join. That is called client attraction, retention and lead generation!! Put simply, building your tribe! More on that later.

About the author:

Daniel Remon is the founder of ASPATA  – The Aspire Sports Performance & athletic Training Academy. Twenty years of experience in the global fitness industry, Daniel has worked with Olympic athletes, managing the Olympic athletes training center in London 2012, Technogym master trainer for APAC and coaching fitness trainers from Sydney to Singapore to San Francisco. As well as creating several successful high end personal training studies, CrossFit and functional training studios in Asia.

The Future of Professional Fitness is Now

The world of fitness is moving faster than ever, and technology is moving faster than even the best of us can keep up with. Just look at the number of communication apps/formats available; WhatsApp, Line, Viber, iMessage, facebook messenger, BBM, Skype, Google Hangout, ChompSMS, the list goes on. Heck, I have an entire folder on my iPhone dedicated to “communication apps”, but the fact is, we live in an age where we need to keep up with it, or we find ourselves relics of the technology age.

However with all these advancements there has never been a better time to be a fitness professional. There are so many apps, programs and wearable technologies these days that there is truly nothing we cannot record, track, categorise and quantify. ASPATA offers the cutting edge in fitness education and certifications, so it only seems fitting that we bring you our list of the “Top 10 Techs” available, whether wearable, application, or a combination of both.

  1. PUSH Armband: The new PUSH wearable armband by PUSH Technologies out of Toronto, Canada has taken the professional measuring of exercise to a whole new level. Until now all we could track was weight, reps, and sets, but now with the wearable PUSH band, and app., we can now track additional variables like velocity, balance, explosive strength (power) and tempo. They are also working on an HRV application.
  2. HRV (Heart Rate Variability): If you don’t know what HRV is, you’re already falling behind (good thing you’re reading this). HRV basically is a measure of the time intervals between heart beats, and can tell you a lot about how your body is responding to the training. Too much or too little variability tells us that your body is under certain kinds of stress, and certain measures need to be taken to regain an optimal HRV. A couple of the leading HRV systems are the BioForce HRV System by popular MMA S & C coach Joel Jamieson or ithelete.
  3. Atlas Fitness Tracker: One of the ultimate fitness trackers, Atlas can distinguish between exercises, example, it can tell if you’re doing a standard pushup or triangle pushups. It tracks workout in a 3D trajectory and monitors heart rate, and can correct form with vibrations. It is also works as a high end swimming watch, and can distinguish between different strokes. (Coming Soon).
  4. Sony Waterproof MP3 Headphones: Have a client who loves to swim but gets bored with no music to keep them rockin? Well no more! The Sony Walkman NWZW273 is a complete headphone and MP3 system in one. Designed to go underwater, and available in 4GB and 8GB. This little headset has taken the boring out of laps! No phone required.
  5. Withings Blood Pressure Meter Cuff (Arm or Wrist): A doctor in your gym bag. This wireless BP cuff connects to your Android or iOS device easily. It also tells you resting hear rates as well. No trainer should be without! Great for those basic fitness assessments and healthy client/personal goal setting.
  6. Activity Trackers. These range from $50 to $350 and have a number of options. But most include steps taken, distance, calories and sleep. Popular models / companies include Jawbone, Fitbit, Fitbug Orb (very inexpensive), Pebble, Nike + Fuelband, and Garmin.
  7. Smart Clothes: What if we told you there is now clothing that can track which muscles are working, and how efficiently or powerfully they are working? With clothing lines like Athos and Hexoskin we can! Smart clothing uses micro sensors and EMG technology to measure the electrical activity of muscles and relay it to a smartphone. They can also measure heart rate, HRV, ventilation and much, much more.
  8. My Fitness Pal: Creating a community or tribe is so important these days, with programs like CrossFit doing so well, trainers have discovered that “Community Keeps Clients”. My Fitness Pal allows users to become members of a global ‘tribe’, where they can record workouts and compete against others globally. Trainers may also want to check out FitRanx, a community creating & tracking system made for commercial use for gyms, coaches, group exercise instructors and trainers.
  9. Coach’s Eye: If you’re into details, then this app is for you. Coach’s Eye allows coaches and trainers to record, and analyze exercises and to create both visual corrections, and audio voice overs to correct technique. The advanced version also allows you to also measure angles, toggle, use slow motion and more.
  10. Smart Watches. There are so many smart watches now  available the list can go on and on. Of course the top is the Apple Watch sport version, but there is also Wellograph, Nike + Sportswatch, and Samsung Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear Neo.

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Optimizing Client Programs Through Proper Exercise Scaling by Using the Movement Hierarchy

As a new trainer, quite often you are excited to get a new client and get them on an amazing, kick butt program to help them reach their goals. However, as soon as you begin with a client, especially a new one, you discover that they cannot do a number of the exercises that you have programmed into their workouts. Quite often this is because we as trainers can do the movement, yet we forget that a new client probably does not have the strength or skill to complete it fully and in many cases even partially.

You may want them to squat, but they cannot get the movement figured out, or there is an issue preventing them from completing the movement correctly. Also, very often we may want them to do a pull-up, yet upon trying one the client cannot even begin to come close to pulling themselves up, and then you are left having to quickly figure out what to do to give them that great back workout you had planned.

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In order to be a GREAT trainer, you have to be able to understand the fitness levels of all potential clients, and be able to figure out exactly where the client is having issues, and how to scale the exercise to their current level. Quite often, during your certification course, the pro-trainer or course conductor will go over the movement, example a squat, as a whole, but not have the time to discuss all the levels of the squat skill that could be used until the client can perform a complete squat. What could really help is a fairly definitive scaling diagram to help you and your client choose the appropriate level of movement for their current skill status, and now we have one.

Below ASPATA has provided you for download, a very valuable “Movement Hierarchy” that will help you to choose what your client needs to help them reach the ultimate exercise goal, and it’s very easy to follow and use.

As an example lets look at one of the most challenging body weight movements that often gives trainers an issue, the basic Pull-Up.

  1. The first thing we do is we refer to the chart and look for “PullUp” which we can see is labeled under the category “Pull to Object”, meaning you are pulling your self towards an object, in this case the pullup bar.
  1. We know that our client cannot perform a full pullup as they do not have the strength yet to do it, so from this point we work our way in reverse up the chart, and we see a possible skill needed is the “Piked Ring PullUp. In this case, the client would hang below the rings in a piked position with feet on the floor. The client would then use all their strength to pull towards the rings and straighten out their hips and use their legs to spot them when needed.
  1. Now, if you try this an your client still does not have the strength to do this, and is perhaps using to much of their legs to get up, you would then regress to the basic “Ring Row”, where the client is simply lying back in a inverted plank position and pulling them selves more horizontally towards the rings. This of course requires much less strength then the vertical ring pullup from step 2.
  1. Now at this point you may realize that even this exercise is too much for the client, and you must teach them just to be able to engage the lats and scapula. This would be considered the most basic movements of the pullup, and in this case the client simply hangs from the bar, and learns to retract the scapula, and flex their lats causing just a slight pop up from the dead hang, fully extended position.

We hope that you download the Movement Hierarchy poster we have provided (designed by Pioneer Valley CrossFit), and start to use it with your clients, small group fitness classes or CrossFit classes today, and teach all your clients how to scale correctly for themselves and take the guesswork out of their workouts.

Download ASPATA SCALING (Right click and select “save as”)



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