How Much Protein Does Your Personal Training Client Really Need?

by Shana Maleeff |   Date Released : 23 May 2011
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Shana Maleeff

About the author: Shana Maleeff

Shana Maleeff, MA, RD, ACE-GFI, received a BS in Nutrition from Penn State University and an MA in Nutrition Education from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania.  She works in the New York and New Jersey Metropolitan areas counseling clients on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle modification to help them with weight management and treatment/prevention of heart disease and diabetes. In addition, she is the expert nutrition columnist for, expert nutritionist for Urban Extreme — a world-renowned fitness program, and has been quoted in magazines like SELF and Cosmopolitan.  Previously, she worked as a hospital dietitian and as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Philadelphia Community College.

Shana has a lifelong passion for fitness and is a group fitness instructor at Crunch Fitness and Equinox — two of Manhattan's leading gyms. She currently resides in New York City and enjoys living a healthy lifestyle.

Shana specializes in coaching clients to change their behaviors for a healthier, happier life. She coaches in person, over the telephone, via email, and frequently conducts internet challenges among her clients to promote friendly competition in order to help them reach their goals.

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Fletcher-Bastouros, Andrew | 28 Sep 2012, 00:14 AM

Great conclusion and formulas

Cuttle, Robert | 03 Sep 2011, 23:59 PM

It should be noted that soy is very high in estrogen, and has been linked to breast cancer, and thyroid problems.

alexander, michael | 30 Jun 2011, 18:25 PM

Well written. Very simple equations to follow even for the most 'novice' of trainers.


Mike Alexander CPT

Sinitiere, Nick | 26 May 2011, 19:44 PM

That's awsome, sounds like a fascinating job. No doubt something new everyday. In light of your knowledge reguarding the genome project, how accurate do you think metabolic typing is based off of things like PH in various parts of the body, cellular oxidation rate, Type "a", type "b" personality, etc? I guess what I'm asking is, do I really have as accurate a picture as i think I do of someone's macronutrient needs (as far as ratio), and allowable foods, based off questionnaires, hair mineral analysis, and reading the body's response to food without having access to a third party to actually "look" at their genome? DNA is one of my fascinations in life and something I do extensive reading about. I'd love to pick your brain, given an opportunity. Thanks for the response.

Maleeff, Shana | 24 May 2011, 19:18 PM

Hi Nick,

I appreciate your comment about biochemical individuality, especially since I am fortunate to work for the company who sequenced the human genome and I work with clients everyday to individualize their lifestyle through diet and exercise according to their genotypic and phenotypic markers. Unfortunately, most personal trainers and even dietitians do not have the opportunity to see and even understand the various genetics of their clients. Therefore, it is important for the general population to at least understand the fundamentals of nutrition, their needs, and how to meet those needs.

Sinitiere, Nick | 24 May 2011, 15:41 PM

Daily protein guidelines can be helpful for those with a low nutrition IQ, who want to get on the right track. As fitness professionals, and nutritional professions as well, we should have not only the logical sense, but the scientific sense to account for biochemical individuality. These cookie cutter approaches to macronutrients carry zero weight, scientifically (no pun intended).

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