Inspired by fear. Kerry was afraid when she first reached out to personal trainer Sue D’Alonzo in March 2013. The lim itations Kerry’s body presented from carrying excess weight had become more severe. She feared these limitations would make it increasingly difficult for her to keep up with her young son, and she worried that trying to do so might result in injury. Kerry also dealt with nagging hip pain. Although Kerry expressed these concerns to her physician, she was never advised to lose weight. Eventually, Kerry turned to D’Alonzo for help.
Did you know that throughout the United States there are currently more than 35 million active athletes aged 5–18 competing in youth sports (Statistic Brain 2014)? That means there is a growing opportunity for personal trainers to offer services in a new way.
One of the ways that I establish pro- fessional boundaries is by keeping the training sessions about the clients. When they ask, “And how are you?” I answer with a genuine “Great!” and leave the conversation at that.
newsletter_teaser: It doesn’t take long before many fitness professionals realize that teaching and training clients involves much more than simply counting sets and reps. Approaching clients from a more holistic perspective, with an eye toward body, mind and spiritual health, is one solution.
Several weeks ago, a fellow instructor who has more experience than I do “called me out” on my dead lifts. She said that as she walked by the studio during my Les Mills BODYPUMP™ class, she noticed my questionable form. Her suggestion (after asking me first if she could share): Keep my knees slightly bent instead of maintaining straight legs.
Kathleen Tullie, director of social purpose at Reebok International, is the cofounder and executive director of BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success). The physical activity program aims to jump-start children’s brains, improving academic performance and overall health by promoting exercise and nutrition knowledge. The program is run by moms, dads, teachers and volunteers, 2–3 days a week before or during school.
Move with joy and energy, even if you’re down, and soon you’ll be feeling happy, too. This is the finding from researchers who, knowing that walking exercise could improve a person’s mood, decided to study whether walking style—happy or sad—might also affect mood.
A substantial amount of research demonstrates the negative effects of stress on happiness and health, including weight management. Have you or has the facility where you work offered any mind-body programs that emphasize teaching stress management skills, either through movement or activities like meditation? If so, please tell us about it. Let us know what factors contributed to creating the program.
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When I was growing up, I was proud of my body. No one had shorter shorts than I had. I didn’t think twice about how my clothes fit or what I was eating. After I started college, I grew a few sizes pretty quickly and began thinking about my body image. I heard a few comments here and there about my body, and my clothes no longer fit. I knew I needed to change.