Phil Kaplan

Phil Kaplan is committed to helping fitness professionals find ongoing betterment. He's established a Facebook Group, "Every Personal Trainer Needs to Know" and invites you to join. Find more info at
Nov. 1 2016
There are times aggressive circuit training programs are perceived as “the best course of action” by those who are overweight, out-of-shape or limited by inflammatory concerns; and in those... View More
Jan. 25 2012
My daughter is playing in the pool with two friends on a beautiful Florida day and I'm seizing the opportunity to catch up on some work. The scene playing out in front of me is prompting a spark, or nausea,... View More
Aug. 1 2011
Lynn did three workouts with me and then she whined and complained and told me the sky was falling. I went to her house, dragged her by her collar, put a medicine ball in her hand and forced her to do... View More
June 22 2011
There it is again. That word. Results.Before we tackle a word that has found far too much exposure inadsfor everything from weight loss creams to diet programs, let'sstart with arhetorical question:Can... View More
March 23 2011
"Faster!!!" he commanded. "I can't..." she said. "YOU CAN! Faster!" he bellowed. She breathed heavily as every muscle in her body seemed to clench and quiver, obeying his commands, and the strange mix... View More
Jan. 31 2011
Goals. Resolutions. Promises. The tendency to look ahead kicks up to a seasonal high during the first few months of a new year, and without reflecting, without looking backward, you pursue your goals with... View More
Dec. 2 2010
Diet? Yup. Exercise? Yup. Tried that, triedall of it. Nothing works.That's, if not a fair conclusion, certainly an understandableone when itinhabits the belief system of any individual who has attempteddiets... View More
Oct. 27 2010
I'm going toaddress a subject that I've covered more than a few times: the subject ofcompensation. More specifically, I want to address how personal trainers arecompensated in relation to the financial... View More
Oct. 10 2010
I know the resistance we, as fitnessprofessionals, have toward selling.Not only do I know it first hand, I understand it. We're notwired tosell. We're wired to help people. Offering assistance comesnaturallyfor... View More
Sept. 1 2010
Sure, you can do 50 burpees, 20 jump squats and 20 TRX pull-ups before starting your morning run; you have an arsenal of over 400 movements that involve "the core" and you know theories old and new related... View More
July 12 2010
I bought a wireless printer. I hooked it up, followed the directions, installed the software and went to my computer to print a document. Suddenly, like magic, the printer -- are you ready for this? --... View More
May 25 2010
So there I was, coasting along, 35 years old, traveling the world, carefree, connected fully with my passion, and I had a brilliant idea. I was going to ask Amy, who no longer worked for me, to go away... View More
March 5 2010
People who weigh and measure food, purchase organic produce and avoid food additives are now going to “wellness spas” and injecting hCG, botox and Lipostabil so they can look better. Are you... View More
Feb. 3 2010
450personal trainers were asked what their primary challengeisin building a lucrative and secure fitness future,and374 of them agreed that the greatest challenge is theacquisitionof new clients.Thatsimple... View More
July 22 2009
ALA is a fatty acid that might have been classified as a vitamin except that by definition, a vitamin is a micronutrient the body cannot synthesize. The body is capable of manufacturing Alpha Lipoic Acid... View More
July 22 2009
You might have heard of L-Carnitine and heard that it has some fat burning properties in supplemental form. L-Carnitine is an amino acid that aids in shuttling fat into the muscle cell to be burned . .... View More
Dec. 29 2008
A trainer I�ll call �Wilma� applied to be a part of my training team at my health club, Fitness 21. She was fit, athletic and articulate,... View More
July 11 2008
Wasting time and money is never a good feeling. Protect your precious time by planning your academic calendar and carefully choosing continuing education units (CEUs) and continuing education credits (CECs)... View More
July 11 2008
Here are three exercises you can do that can help you grasp the power you have as a fitness professional at this point in time: 1. Watch a presidential debate, and start your stopwatch. Within 15... View More
March 17 2008
A client arrives for a consultation, nervous, apprehensive and, most of all, optimistic. She's been convinced that you as an experienced personal trainer really have the ability to get her to the body... View More