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Faculty member offers metabolic syndrome guidance for trainers

An exercise science faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Personal Trainers Conference in Baltimore.

On Oct. 5, Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, provided a lecture titled “Assessing Your Client for Metabolic Syndrome.”

Judy QuintiHer talk focused on how to adapt an exercise program for clients who have three of the five “comorbidities” for metabolic syndrome, and how to assess a client’s level of physiological and psychological readiness to begin and continue training.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of medical conditions that, existing simultaneously, increase the risk for heart disease. The conditions are obesity, hypertension, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and Type II diabetes. Quinti discussed how they fit into the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s risk factor considerations.

“Assessments and program planning for these clients are key to a successful client/trainer relationship and a better quality of health and fitness,” Quinti noted.

Prior to joining the Penn College faculty in 2005, Quinti spent more than 20 years in the field of corporate fitness and personal training. She is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist and a former competitive power lifter. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Stroudsburg University.

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