As a writer of promotional material for fitness professionals, I was recently asked to consult on an advertisement for a chain of fitness clubs. The ad’s headline referred to shedding pounds, and below that was a photo of a super-slim woman—captured from midriff to mid-thigh—wearing only a bikini bottom and a tape measure around her waist.
By Ralph La Forge, MS
Fibromyalgia and Exercise Intensity Exercise and Bulimia Mind, Body and Immunity
Fibromyalgia and Exercise Intensity Van Santen, M., et al. 2002. High- or low-intensity aerobic fitness training in fibromyalgia: Does it matter? Journal of Rheumatology, 29 (3), 582-7. Study. In the Netherlands, physician researchers at the University of Limberg at Maastricht compare...
Defining the Problem
Instructors who field desperate questions from participants about spot reducing and calorie burning know firsthand about people’s preoccupation with body image. And negative body perception runs rampant in our own industry.
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Understanding Muscle Dysmorphia
ometimes referred to as "reverse anorexia nervosa," muscle dysmorphia is an unhealthy preoccupation with being muscular. Here, fitness expert Staci Mason sheds some light on this dangerous new condition, which negatively impacts some exercise enthusiasts.
1. Muscle Dysmorphia Is a Body Image Problem.
Your questions answered by industry peers
How can trainers help clients get past body image hang-ups and instead concentrate on overall health and fitness?
Body image is certainly an issue with some clients, and personal fitness trainers can positively impact these individuals if they use some sensitivity. For example, I would not suggest invalidating any client goal. If a...
I suspect that one of my colleagues has an eating disorder and another suffers from exercise addiction. While I’m inclined to mind my own business, participants are starting to talk. Some of them are worried and asking me whether these instructors have a problem. Others comment on how great these instructors look and are asking me their “secret to success.” What do I do, if anything?
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Eating Disorders and Pregnancy
regnancy can be a very special time, but if you have an eating disorder (whether or not you are in recovery), you need to be careful. Here, from perinatal fitness expert Carrie Myers Smith, are answers to some important questions you may have: 1 Which Eating Disorders Are Seen in Pregnant Women? The two most commo...
When Gray Cook was a high-school athlete, his coaches would comment, “That Gray Cook sure can play hurt.” He had over 20 fractures before he was 18, what with his love of football and motorcycles. He played while hurt, he says, because he had the ability to block out pain. Flash forward to 2014, and Cook—now a practicing physical therapist, certified orthopedic specialist and founder of Functional Movement Systems in Chatham, Virginia—was no longer able to block out neck pain. It was affecting his life, his work, and his ability to share his message of fitness and health.
Jonathan Ross has received numerous accolades for his work in the fitness industry, including recognition as the 2010 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, the 2006 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year, and the 2003 Personal Training Director of the Year by
magazine. He possesses a rare combination of fitness knowledge and personal experience with obesity, which he acquired while growing up with nearly “800 pounds of parents.” Ross has served as the fitness expert for Discovery Health and hosted its series