For years, yoga has supported my career as a b-girl (breakdancer) and professional contemporary and hip-hop dancer. From this stable foundation, I’ve built strength, grace, balance and power. The following sequence—which blends dance, yoga and footwork drills—has the basic structure of a hip-hop class. The combination gives participants a unique cardio experience while safely building flexibility and increasing upper-body and core strength.
Jason Karp’s article, “The Fat-Burning Zone” [October 2009 IDEA Fitness Journal], was very informative as to the mechanisms by which fat is oxidized. I agree that high-intensity interval training is an excellent way to burn more calories and increase cardiovascular fitness. However, I take exception to his specific workout recommendations that we should have our clients doing 5–6 reps of 3-minute intervals at 95%–100% max HR or 4 reps of 4-minute intervals at 95%–100% max HR.
Anyone who grew up as a runner in New Jersey, as I did, would tell you that running during the summer in the Northeastern United States is no ordinary challenge. Some days are downright sticky; stepping outside your air-conditioned house can feel like walking into a steam room. Similarly, many places in the country experience harsh summer conditions that carry thermal and cardiovascular challenges. Knowing how to handle these will protect your clients.
Within the fitness industry, many professionals recognize that cardio programs built around the mathematical concept of maximal heart rate (HRmax) have inherent limitations. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great article from the IDEA Online Library, and learn why the talk test may be a breath of fresh air for future measurements of intensity.
Interval training can be a very effective way for clients to increase sports performance, lose weight faster and make workouts more enjoyable.
The benefits of interval training include the following:
more calories burned in a shorter amount of time
increased compliance thro...
Studies have shown that seated desk work can have negative health and mobility repercussions as we age. A new study suggests that physically demanding jobs can also impact function later in life.
The study included 5,200 public sector employees participating in the Finnish Longitudinal Study on Municipal Employees. The primary purpose of the study was to understand the impact of leisure-time physical activity (LPA) and occupational physical activity (OPA) on mobility limitations among older adults.
Various research organizations suggest specific amounts of weekly physical activity for losing and managing weight and improving health. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2011; 43 , 1884–90) says that men who do at least 3 hours of vigorous-intensity exercise per week can reduce myocardial infarction (MI) risk by as much as 22%.