Eat More, Lift Less, Recover Better

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Video below. 370×6 and left 3-4 reps in the tank. During this cycle of strength training (while maintaining my weight) I’ve significantly reduced volume and switched from working out 5 times per week to 4.

The most overlooked variable in all of strength training I believe is adequate recovery. Proper sleep, adequate intake, and proper training volume to avoid accumulating unnecessary fatigue.

Less than 3 weeks ago after a long cutting diet and super high volume training block these 345 sumo ...

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Why Taylor Carpenter Personal Training? Plus NEW Testimonials

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It’s been a while since I’ve updated the main page regarding changes at the studio and with the business. The updates reflect the more current state of things, address improvements, etc.

There have been 8 new Testimonials added and hopefully additional positive notes will be added from current clients in the near future as well. I’ve added a randomized selection of some quotes on the main home page as well.

Below is a long updated list of why Taylor Carpenter ...

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How to Survive Your First Personal Training Session

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Personal training sessions go a long way in contributing to your fitness regimen. Nonetheless, many people find it quite difficult to establish a fitness regimen that suits them. This mostly arises from challenges that they experience during their first personal training session. These challenges can make you think about quitting altogether. To survive the first session and look forward to more, here ...

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New USDA Dietary Guidelines

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For 2017 the United States Depepartment of Agriculture released some new dietary guidelines. It notably eased it’s hard restrictions towards cholesterol and sodium while giving the OK for a cup of caffeinated coffee in the morning.

The Washington Post had an excellent article on all of the details so I don’t want to copy and rehash what they’ve already said.

Mainly, I wanted to share the two infographics below as I thought they were a great visualization for how we should ...

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New Client Application Updates

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I’ve made a few small changes to the Taylor Carpenter Personal Training New Client Application. I require this of all new clients prior to booking a consult.

It gives me the upfront information I need and makes the signup process a bit more efficient. It’s just a few more questions and I added some information about pricing.

In the near future. I plan to make a separate application for the online personal training service ...

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Online Personal Training Service Likely Coming Soon!

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Now that I have completed the Behavior Change Specialist course from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, I’m starting to work on a new online personal training service. This service would also include a Taylor Carpenter Personal Training app for progress photos, measurements, messaging system, workouts, nutrition, etc…

It’s in the preliminary testing phase and if I’m not happy with everything it may not ultimately happen. I’ve tried a number of apps in the past few years and haven’t been happy ...

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10 Steps To Workout Adherence

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Taylor Carpenter is a personal trainer in Charlotte NC operating out of a private personal training studio in the Ballantyne area. These are 10 steps to workout adherence.

Below are 10 helpful steps towards staying on track towards your goals. I like the word adherence. People who fail usually don’t adhere to whatever plan they have in place and this is not exclusive to fitness.

In no particular order…

The #1 excuse I hear as a trainer is “I don’t have time“. ...

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NASM Behavior Change Specialist course 100% Complete

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I’ve completed 100% of the study materials for the Behavior Change Specialist course created by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I still must take the test soon, but this will be my fourth certification through NASM.

I’ve previously completed:

    Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
    Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
    Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)

Behavior Change Specialist covers the cognitive functions of behavioral change to improve adherence behaviors through diet and exercise.

People who fail to overcome plateaus, fall off the nutritional bandwagon, and opt to ...

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Past the 80% Mark On NASM Behavior Change Specialist Crediential

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Just a quick update on the Behavior Change Specialist course via NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). I took a little study break during the holidays but I’m now 80% done with the course, should be ready for the exam soon.

This will be my 4th credential through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Currently and actively:

certified personal trainer (CPT),
corrective exercise specialist (CES), and
fitness nutrition specialist (FNS).

So far some of the topics covered have included:

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