Fitness tips from top trainers

If you're working out and not seeing any physical changes in your body, you may need to "polarize your training," said running and fitness expert Jason Karp, the 2011 IDEA Health and Fitness Industry Personal Trainer of the Year.

Polarization involves using recovery to your advantage, said the San Diego-based Karp. Recovery can mean  taking a day off or working at a lower intensity. With runners, Karp stresses going all out on hard days and relaxing on easy days.

"Most people — especially gymgoers — make their workouts all in the middle," he said. "It's the same thing every day. With really hard days, you force adaptations that cause stress; then you recover by working easy."

For more tips from Karp, as well as Nicole Nichols, recently named "America's top personal trainer to watch" and Leigh Crews, IDEA's Fitness Instructor of the Year, go to my story, "Fitness tips from top trainers."

Over the next few days, I'll also be posting interviews with Lance Breger and Fraser Quelch, who were co-winners of IDEA's Program Director of the Year Award.

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