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There’s only a few days left before Christmas! And if you’re like me who’s not a fan of shopping but wants to make sure that your friends and family knows you care this season, then you must have just started thinking about what gifts to give them for Christmas. Of course, you want your gift to be useful and meaningful and you wouldn’t want to just pick random stuff from the dollar store – and at this time I’m sure that all stores you’ll go to will be packed crazy with shoppers! Do not fret. Here are some Christmas Gift Ideas that would encourage your family and friends to be more active and healthy for the next seasons to come! You can order them straight from Amazon, which I just found to be awesome! Even in this busy season, their delivery service is still efficient and quick, and I got my gift orders in less than 5 days!
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Here are a few Christmas Fitness Gift Ideas for you (not in any relevant order):

1.) Fitbit Charge. fitbit charge

I’ve been using my Fitbit Charge for over a year now and I enjoy it! It tracks not just my runs (or walks) but also my sleep, weight, hydration, and nutrition. I really like the diet log feature where I can check how many calories there are in common foods and restaurants, so I track my calorie in way better. They just came out with a Fitbit with HR monitor, which I’m sure is more awesome!

You can get the Regular Fitbit Charge by clicking HERE without HR monitor.

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You can get the Fitbit Charge with HR monitor HERE.

(PS: they also come in different strap colors. check it out!)

2.) Ab Roller. ab roller

If your family or friend have been going to the gym for a while now, or is planning to start a gym membership next year, then they will enjoy this one! The Ab Roller is a simple, portable, and fun equipment to use to work not just the core, but also the arms and shoulders! They can do many variations on this versatile equipment, but make sure you train with them!

Order the Ab Roller from Amazon by clicking HERE.

3.) Foam Roller: The Grid. roller

The Grid a better version of the humble Foam Roller to help cure the aches and pain of your recipient family or friend. They can use it even if they’re not frequent gym goers, and it might encourage them to try other training equipment for a change! Don’t forget to teach them how to use the foam roller properly!

Get the Grid from Amazon by clicking HERE.

4.) Grip Strengthener. Grip

As a Personal Trainer, I know how grip strength plays a large role in big lifts such as the presses and the Deadlift. Unfortunately, it’s something that is not worked on as often. This Grip Strengthener is a great gift for gym-goer-friends or family that they will definitely appreciate. Apart from that, they’re not too expensive to give!

Order the Grip Strengthener HERE and maybe get one for yourself, too!

5.) Online Fitness Coaching Package.

If you really want to encourage your loved one to get into Fitness, then ask them to try out the Online Fitness Coaching. Click this link for more details: Online Fitness Coaching.  They can easily follow monitored exercise programs and gradually reach an ideal fitness level that they desire. Send me a message or just follow the link HERE so we could talk how to start a program with your loved one.

 
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If you’re ordering from Amazon, they offer FREE SHIPPING for a minimum amount of order, so it might be better if you get multiple items at a time so that you don’t waste your money on shipping fees. Isn’t that awesome?

Enjoy your last-minute shopping!

We had our 3rd Trainers meeting today in the gym and as usual, our Fitness Director had another gimmick to make the meeting interesting and reward his trainers in simple ways. I won a Starbucks gift card on our first meeting for being the first one to submit a document he asked us to do. I waited for the right moment before using my Starbucks card and in the first week of November, Starbucks offered a Buy-One-Get-One deal! It was my first ever Starbucks coffee that I purchased by myself.

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Anyway, for this meeting we were asked to guess the number of M&M’s inside a jar he got from the dollar store. Maybe that’s his way of making us think about something – anything – during the meeting.

At the end of all the discussion, he asked each one of the trainers what our guess is.  One guessed as low as 260 and another guessed as high as 540. The correct answer apparently was 436.

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My guess was 450.

The victory was not in winning the jar of M&M’s, which most probably I won’t be enjoying, but it lies in being able to harness that long lost mathematical skill that I learned somewhere in high school. Yes kid, those weird math problems will have their practical application someday.

Lesson:
If I am your trainer, you can’t argue with me that I don’t count the reps correctly! :p

#LifeofaPersonalTrainer #nerdmode #mathskillz

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Leg Day

Posted: July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

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I’m on this machine today for my legs because I’m too lazy to squat (and to lunge). 3 clients cancelled for this morning so I suddenly have time to work out (and write this short post during rest periods). Maybe it’s not plain laziness, but because I’m feeling some chronic fatigue from waking up early, commuting for a total of 160minutes per day including 4km walks, and going home late to meet clients for Personal Training. Resistance machines have their value, but I usually let clients do multiple-joint and free weight exercises which are more functional. Beginners can start with weight machines until they develop a foundational muscular strength, muscular endurance, and neuromuscular control. Clients who want to build muscle also benefit from weight machines because it provides that “isolation” for a specific joint so they can focus working a muscle or muscle group. But for now I’ll stick with weight machines because having time to work out is starting to be a luxury and I’m too lazy to stack and tidy up plates.

Jillian Michaels is one of the toughest trainers of the Biggest Loser in the U.S. As a trainer, she uses a combination of Strength Training techniques with kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and Plyometrics. She is certified under NESTA and AFAA, certified in Kettle bell exercises, and holds a nutrition and wellness consultant certificate with the AFPA which means that she can definitely kick the fat out of your butt (and belly)!

When Jillian Michaels says “you can lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days” by doing her 20-minute-a-day workout, believe her. There’s a reason her 30 Day Shred workout has become a national hit: it works. But if you have watched The Biggest Loser and saw how Jillian works out with her client, you know it’s not necessarily going to be easy.

The 30 Day Shred features three 20-minute workouts, each of which features, in rapid succession, short bursts of strength, cardio, and abs, and a cool-down. Sound easy? Think again. Even the beginner-level workout will have users’ heart rates up. Michaels allows no resting between each short burst of exercise, which is part of why the results happen so quickly. The transitions between strength, which can feature classic moves like push-ups or reps with small weights, and cardio, and then between cardio and abs, are a mere second or two. But that pacing helps guarantee the results that Michaels touts. “This helps you burn more fat and more calories, and gets you toned that much faster,” Michaels exhorts as she zips through the exercises. There are a few modified moves for true beginners, but even for them, Michaels doesn’t cut much slack; everyone has to do real jumping jacks, and a lot of them. “I have 400-pound people who can do jumping jacks,” Michaels says “and if they can do it, you can do it!” The only thing you need to jump into the 30 Day Shred is a set of small hand weights, and, if you have a hard floor, a mat for the floor moves. Otherwise, commit 20 minutes a day for a month, and get that lean, shredded body you’ve always wanted.

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Get the Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred here.

 

Check out other videos by Jillian Michaels:

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Jillian Michaels for Beginners:
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Toned Arms and Lean Legs!
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack Jillian Michaels One Week Shred Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

More Videos by Jillian Michaels Here.

It definitely has been a busy month for me —  three weeks on trying to build up a client base as a Personal Trainer, juggling client schedules and reaching target goals. Time to watch some talking animals for amusement and entertainment!

 

This post aims to provide an overview of the features of each of the most commonly used Garmin Forerunner models to let you know how each GPS watch compare with one another and help you decide which model fits you. Whether you are someone who is just starting out in running or you are a runner who has dozens of medals around your neck, I hope you would find this guide helpful in deciding what GPS watch model to buy. Each model is linked to Amazon and you can view more customer reviews and features when you click the link. You can get your Garmin Forerunner watch from Amazon a better price. Amazon also offers free shipping on all Garmin Forerunner models. Simply click the photos of each Garmin Forerunner model to direct you to Amazon. Whether you are from Toronto and the GTA or anywhere in Canada and in the world, you can place your order from Amazon with free shipping. You can also have your Garmin Forerunner delivered to you faster at a reasonable price.

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Garmin is undoubtedly the top brand that provides GPS watches and heart rate monitors for athletes, swimmers, hikers, and serious fitness enthusiasts. Garmin gadgets have excellent quality and accuracy in recording your run distance, pace, and calories burned. Garmin Forerunner watches cater to everyone who are serious in achieving their fitness goals. Whether you are someone who is just beginning to run, or you are already a seasoned marathoner or triathlete, you can use the Garmin Forerunner GPS watch to help you monitor your training and reach your goals. Below is a list of the most commonly used Garmin Forerunner models and a quick overview of their features so you can easily see how they compare to one another and help you choose which would be your running buddy!

Click on the photos or links in each model to see customer reviews and order it from Amazon with free shipping.

Each Garmin Forerunner watch is equipped with an accurate GPS, a screen display that can be customized to show your Time, Distance, Pace, and Calories. They also measure your Lap Pace, Average Pace, Lap Speed, and Average Speed. Each gadget can be connected to Garmin Connect to upload your data in real-time so your family, friends and teammates can see your progress. In most models of the Garmin Forerunner, you can purchase a GPS watch with a Heart Rate monitor as well to track your calories and measure the intensity of your workouts.

 

Garmin Forerunner 10

The Garmin Forerunner 10 is the cheapest and most affordable Garmin GPS watch. Even with its low price, it still competes against the higher models because it basically contains the same features that you need for your workouts. The Garmin Forerunner 10 has been proven to endure indoor swimming and can track indoor workouts. It is also very small compared to the other Garmin GPS models so if you’re looking for a training watch that you can wear everyday, the Garmin Forerunner 10 is for you. Click on the photos to read more reviews about the Garmin Forerunner 10, or to buy it from Amazon with free shipping.

Read another post about the Garmin Forerunner 10

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Pros:
– Inexpensive, small and light, durable, and has all the basic features you need in a GPS watch.
– Easy to use and record your workouts.
– Water resistant up to 50 meters
– If you are starting out to be serious in your runs, or if you want a GPS watch that you can wear everyday, the Garmin Forerunner 10 is for you.

 

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Cons:
– The men’s watch is slightly bigger than the women’s watch, but it requires separate chargers.
– It performs minimally on indoor training.
– Cycling mode is reported to have been less accurate.

 

 

Click here for a more in-depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 10.

Click here to order your Garmin Forerunner 10 or other models from Amazon.

 

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Garmin Forerunner 110

The Garmin Forerunner 110 is the next GPS watch that you would want to look at if you are looking for a more versatile watch and yet remain small and compact. The Garmin Forerunner 110 won’t overwhelm your wrist and its size make it just a little short of being a stylish watch to wear everyday. You can put in your age and weight to measure the calories you burn from your runs. It can easily be connected to any heart rate monitor to measure the intensity of your workouts. Click on the photos to read more reviews about the Garmin Forerunner 110, or to buy it from Amazon with free shipping.

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Pros:
– Friendly interface and very easy to use.
– Accurately records your workouts.
– Its size makes it a good choice even for everyday wearing.
– It has the latest GPS chipset that gathers GPS data fast.

 

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Cons:
Garmin features are limited to make up for the size.
– It does not show workouts, interval training, courses, pace, etc.
– Does not currently support foot pods.
– You cannot swim with it.

 

 

Click here for a more in-depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 110.

Click here to order your Garmin Forerunner 110 or other models from Amazon.

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Garmin Forerunner 210

The Garmin Forerunner 210 is a successor of the previous model, the Forerunner 110. It features additional pod support, and shows a little more data in its interface. Like the previous model, you can input your height, weight, and age to monitor the calories you are burning and the intensity of your workout. Compared to the Forerunner 110, this GPS watch can show you your lap average and overall average. You can also set an auto-lap to customize the distance of each lap you would like to run. The Garmin Forerunner 210 is also capable of interval workouts that measures your warm-up, intervals, rest, sets, and cool-down. Click on the photos to read more reviews about the Garmin Forerunner 210, or to buy it from Amazon with free shipping.

Garmin forerunner 210Pros:
– For its added features, it is still considerably small compared to advanced models.
– It can support foot pod for indoor training and heart rate monitor.
– You can do interval workouts with this gadget for more serious training.
– Accessories can be easily connected.

Click here for Garmin Forerunner 210 accessories.

 

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Cons:
– Like its predecessor, it is not waterproof.
– You cannot customize data fields.
– Its features for cycling is not maximized.

 

 

Click here for a more in-depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 210.

Click here to order your Garmin Forerunner 210 or other models from Amazon.

 


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Garmin Forerunner 220

The Garmin Forerunner 220 remains as a mid-range GPS watch with regards to its affordability and features. It is stylish and comes with other colors. Its size is also similar to its relative Forerunner 210 with small adjustments to its design. The Garmin Forerunner 220 has a clearer and more friendly interface that you can access in a simple press of a button. This GPS watch includes an internal accelerometer which makes it possible to measure pace and cadence without a requiring a foot pod. The Garmin Forerunner 220 is also waterproof and can endure being submerged 50 meters deep. If you are a swimmer or a triathlete, then the Garmin Forerunner 220 is the GPS watch of choice for you. Click on the photos to read more reviews about the Garmin Forerunner 220, or to buy it from Amazon with free shipping.

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Pros:
– GPS connectivity is fast and reliable.
– Better than the Forerunner 210 to customize your workouts.
– You can swim with it! This is the mid-range GPS watch for swimmers, triathletes, or runners who train under the rain.

 

 

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Cons:
– It features an indoor workout monitoring, but does not prove to be accurate.
– Slightly more expensive than other mid-range GPS watches.

 

 

Click here for a more in-depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 220.

Click here to order your Garmin Forerunner 220 or other models from Amazon.

 

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Garmin Forerunner 610

The Garmin Forerunner 610 is one of the most improved and advanced GPS watches available but remains relatively affordable. Apart from its sleek design, it features a hi-tech touch screen display for easy access and workout monitoring. It is the first touch screen GPS watch produced by Garmin and it features additional functions that are not available on previous models. You can select your preferred language and customize your watch to record and show data you need. It also has a friendly screen display and can be operated with great ease. Click on the photos to read more reviews about the Garmin Forerunner 610, or to buy it from Amazon with free shipping.

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Pros:
– Its touch screen feature that works well allows easier accessibility and functionality.
– This gadget can be worn every day.
– It is a very versatile hi-tech GPS watch that can be used not just by runners, but also by duathletes, and bikers.
– Indoor workouts can be measured with better accuracy.
– Advanced runners will be proud to wear this GPS watch which shows more confidence and experience while remaining affordable as a mid-range watch.
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Cons:
– If you are starting out as a runner, the Garmin Forerunner 610 may be too much as an entry level watch. You can settle with the features of the previous models, unless you would want the Forerunner 610 for its touch screen capability.
– While this watch is water-resistant, it is not specifically designed for swimming.
– Battery life is limited to only 8 hours in training mode.

 

 

These running gears and gadgets are available to you not just for you to flaunt and tell people that you are a serious ‘runner,’ but they help you improve your performance, and even safety, for you to reach your goals efficiently. GPS watches are good investments whether you are a seasoned athlete or you are just starting out in your running journey. It’s a matter of choosing which watch fits your wrist and your training needs!

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Run and train with your Garmin Forerunner GPS.

Run and train with your Garmin Forerunner GPS.

The Garmin Forerunner 10 is the most common GPS watch that is used by runners, marathoners, and serious sports enthusiasts all over the world. It accurately tracks your distance, speed and pace, and calories burned. If you are serious in pursuing fitness, the Garmin Forerunner 10 helps identify your personal records and provides motivation in your workouts. The Garmin Forerunner 10 is very helpful for athletes and everyone who is serious in their distance-based workouts.

How to use the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS?
Most runners and marathoners use the Garmin Forerunner 10 because its features are easy-to-use and allows you to record your runs with one press of a button! The display settings that sshow the distance, pace, and calories can be customized easily. The Garmin Forerunner 10 is very light and comfortable while having the features that you need.
When you press start, the Garmin Forerunner 10 works to monitor your distance, pace, and calories burned and shows you the summary of your workout after every mile, until you finish your workout. You can easily determine if you have just broken a personal record! The data recorded from your Garmin Forerunner 10 can be quickly uploaded to the Garmin Connect software for analysis, comparison, and for bragging rights!

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Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch (Black/Red)

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READ: Garmin Forerunner 10 – Great performance in a small, low-priced package

What are the Features and Benefits of the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS?
The Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch is a compact watch that has a display resolution of 55 x 32 pixels (W x H) and is amazingly light weight. The Black/Red Garmin Forerunner 10 is slightly bigger than the Pink/White and Green/White watches.

How long does the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch battery last?
The Garmin Forerunner 10 uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 5 weeks in power save mode, and 5 hours in training mode. It can definitely endure a full marathon!

READ: 5 Reasons why I love my Garmin Forerunner 10
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Get the Garmin Forerunner 210 if you want to swim with your Garmin.

Get the Garmin Forerunner 210 if you want to swim with your Garmin.

Can I swim with the Garmin Forerunner 10?
The Garmin Forerunner 10 is a water resistant watch up to 50 meters. You can technically swim with your Garmin Forerunner 10 but most people recommend using the more water-durable Garmin Forerunner 210 instead.

Where can I buy the Garmin Forerunner 10 in Canada?
You can buy this compact GPS watch in Canada through amazon in different colors.  Get your Garmin Forerunner GPS Watch from Amazon.ca at a lower price by clicking here.

 

Do you need the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch?
With the complete features of the Garmin Forerunner 10, it is a good investment to help you achieve your goals and beat your personal records. If you are starting to be serious with your running and want to begin training for a marathon, then the Garmin Forerunner 10 is for you!

 

Click here to check out more models of the Garmin Forerunner GPS watch.

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This month, I posted about how to prepare for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist written exam and Tips about the Canfitpro – PTS exam. I already got my certification from Canfitpro as a Personal Training Specialist but it took me a while to post this blog because I got caught up editing my resume and searching for jobs as a Personal Trainer. In any case, here’s the third part of my blog on how to prepare, study, and pass your Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist certification.

Click the links below for my previous posts about the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist written exam:

Reviewing for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Exam

Passing the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Written Exam

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Canfitpro foundationsI finally was able to take my Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation exam a couple of weeks ago, a day before Black Friday. It wasn’t as maundy that day because after the long wait and preparation, I passed my Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation! My wife also passed her G driving license exam, and it was just her first take. If you have passed your Canfitpro – PTS theory exam, then your Canfitpro instructor-trainer will set a schedule with you on when to have your practical evaluation, which is the last part in Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certification.

I passed my theory exam with a score of 83%the passing score is 80% for the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist theory exam. The written exam is a combination of multiple choice questions and short answer portions worth 100 points each. I did not take the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist course and just studied by myself since I have a degree in Sports Science. I alloted almost a month to study the book and DVD, and answered the Study Guide thrice. Some people I know who did take the Canfitpro – PTS course got scores around 85%, so getting away with 83% without taking the course is considerably good.

canfitpro study guideThe instructor-trainer sent me a congratulatory email indicating that I passed the written part of the certification and instructions on what to expect on the practical part of the certification. I set a schedule to have my practical evaluation after two weeks which I thought was enough time for me to prepare, and also because my instructor-trainer’s schedule limitations. The day finally came and after an hour of the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation exam, the instructor-trainer discussed with me my scores, my strengths and weaknesses, my points for improvement, and then congratulated me for passing my practical evaluation and finally being certified as a Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist. I got a total score of 157 over 160 points which is equivalent to a 98% grade.

I have been teaching Pilates since 2010 and have had an experience in Personal Training in the Philippines, so I am used to the practical part of being a Personal Trainer. The most important thing to do to prepare and pass your Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation is to practice, practice, and practice.

When you’re done practicing, practice a little more! You’re through with the written part of your exam. That is supposed to test your ‘theory‘ – how much you know about fitness and exercise science. The practical evaluation is to test how good you apply your knowledge to actual situations as a Personal Trainer.
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Here are my tips for passing the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation:
Read the instructions carefully. The email that your instructor-trainer will send you after passing your theory exam will contain ALL of the information you need for your practical evaluation. It includes a case study client, and the evaluation form that your instructor-trainer will use on the day of your practical evaluation. Read through your client case, understand each part of the evaluation form and if possible, practice by yourself using the evaluation form.


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Take your time. No matter how badly you want to start your career as a Personal Trainer and get a job, finishing your certification is a crucial step. Someone who took the written exam on the same day I did already scheduled for a job interview, and after the written exam, she was worried because she might not pass the theory part and not get certified in time for her job interview. Take one step at a time, but take each step carefully and excellently! After getting your congratulatory email, think about how long you might need to study and prepare for your practical evaluation – yes, you still need to study and review. You can read from the email which sections of the book Foundations of Personal Training you will need to review.

Practice makes perfect, really. If you haven’t done Personal Training before, practice with a pseudo-client for at least three sessions. Ask a friend or a relative to be your client and ask him/her to observe your teaching techniques and even evaluate you after every session. Use the client card format from Canfitpro to make a real exercise program for your practice. Compute for the HRR and BMI, and use these values to make your program. You will need to bring with you your own client to your practical evaluation, so practicing with a pseudo-client is good because that person will already know what to expect from a training session on the day of your evaluation.

Get the Canfitpro – Foundations of Professional Personal Training here.

Bring a client who is familiar with the gym. You are supposed to bring one client with you on your Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation. You will use the case-study data given through your email to make a program for your client. Having someone who is familiar with the gym will save you from awkward moments during the practical evaluation and save you time because he or she already knows what to do. For me, I had someone who is taking Kinesiology as my pseudo-client, and she is also a certified personal trainer, so she already knew what to do and what to expect. She even comments hints and clues during my practical evaluation! You don’t need to befriend a Kinesiology student or personal trainer tomorrow to have a pseudo-client. As I’ve said, pracitise with a friend or relative so that your pseudo-client will already have an idea of what you will make him/her do during the practical evaluation.

Translate and communicate. As I have said, the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation part is to test how good you are in applying your knowledge to actual situations. Practice talking your pseudo-client through the program: goals, FITT principle for muscular capacity and cardiovascular capacity, muscles used, and flexibility. You can read from the instructions from your email about this – take note of the points you will be graded for and practice. The point of the practical evaluation is to see how you translate exercise science into a language that is understandable to your client.

Practice the physical assessments. My instructor-trainer told me that most people who fail the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation flunks the physical assessment part. Don’t be one of them. Study how to do the sit-and-reach test and the 1-minute push up test, and how to interpret the results. Again, translate the data from the physical assessments and communicate well to your client why it is relevant for them. For me, I did a modified sit-and-reach test by doing a V-sit test and using a tape measure that I personally brought. I confidently showed my instructor-trainer that I knew what I was doing, and I interpreted the results to my client. Basically, the table from the book shows a percentile comparison for appropriate age and values. You just have to relate how the fitness results of your client is close to the average, which is the 50th percentile. Match the result with your client’s age and if she’s on a lower percentile (below average, less than 50%) then tell your client that you would want to improve on it. If your client’s result is on the higher percentile (above average, more than 50%) then affirm your client and tell your client the implications of the fitness result.

Buy the Canfitpro – Foundations of Professional Personal Training Study Guide from Amazon.

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Talk the talk. The Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation will not only test you on how much you know, but on how you communicate to your client. Do you affirm the correct things your client does during the exercise? Do you know how to motivate well? Do you use the right words and cues for each exercise? Practice motivating your pseudo-client and teaching him/her how each exercise should be done, which muscles are targeted or worked on, and the practical uses of each exercise.

Train as if you meant it. Your Canfitpro instructor-trainer will also look for qualities like enthusiasm, confidence, and sincerity in you as a potential Personal Trainer. Internalize the program that you wrote on the client card. Even if you are only helping a pseudo-client, train as if you meant it.

Dress up. Dress like you meant it! Wear comfortable but appropriate clothes. You can wear training shoes, track pants, and a collared shirt on your practical evaluation.

Be yourself. If you have really studied, planned, and prepared for your practical evaluation and you feel that you did everything to be ready, then that’s it! Be confident and just be yourself. It’s important to bring your personality to the table as you go through your session. On a job interview the other day, I was asked by the Fitness Manager to describe what type of a trainer I am, or what is my approach in Personal Training. Develop your own approach and style that fits your personality and characteristics. This will help you be more comfortable as a personal trainer and ace your Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical exam!

Do you think you’re ready to be a Canfitpro Certified Personal Trainer?

You can read my posts about the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist written exam from the links here:

Reviewing for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Exam

Passing the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Written Exam

I hope you found these helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or how your exam goes!

All the best!


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