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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This is the SUREST Path to Sustained Fat Loss You Will Ever Read!

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What I’m about to tell you may not honestly appear be the “quickest” nor the “easiest” path to sustained fat loss. However, it’s definitely & undeniably the “surest”. If you acknowledge quick fixes always fail, then just trust I’m here to try and save you time.

I don’t like to do cardio. It’s boring and I don’t find it fun, if you like it or if one of my clients like it then by all means DO IT! Cardio should not be ...

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The Benefits of Having a Personal Trainer

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If you’ve decided to commit to a healthier lifestyle, then you’re probably thinking about joining a gym in order to get into better shape. Instead of just joining any gym, you should strongly consider working with a personal trainer for one-on-one personal training instruction. The following are some of the benefits that you can enjoy from receiving professional personal training:

  1. Learn how to use weight training equipment – If you’re just starting out, then odds ...
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Save Fat Loss For After The Holidays! Now Is Time To Prepare

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Eager to cut! Set the date for next Wednesday December 28th (post holidays) to start my 3rd cutting (fat loss) phase @ base with Renaissance Periodization.

Christmas, for most people is a time of indulgence and excuses (however you want to look at it). This is not an ideal time for fat loss. This is however, the ideal time to prepare for a fat loss cycle. Most people will work a little less this week, possibly next week as well. Utilize ...

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Final List of Black Friday Purchases For The Studio

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Below is a list of the 2016 Black Friday purchases I made for the gym. You probably won’t find too many other places reinvesting like I do. Over the past couple of weeks since BF I have been working to get it put together and placed properly. Still awaiting a barbell and my first purchase, the calf raise machine.

Rep fitness adjustable bench
Elitefts seated calf raise
Ironmaster adjustable db set
Ironmaster 120lb add on ...

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