As a personal trainer you take pride in your ability to motivate and inspire your clients to new levels of fitness, strength and self-esteem. Have you ever considered exactly how you do this? Is it your choice of words? Your tone of voice? Is it your timing (cadence of delivery)? Have you noticed that a key phrase works for one client, but not another? Or it works the first few times, then sounds trite or overused?
At the 2002 World Fitness IDEA® convention, held this past summer in San Diego, the hot topic among attendees was teaching older adults. As all of this year’s IDEA award recipients emphasized in their acceptance remarks, not only is it cool and fun to teach the older-adult population, but it’s prudent as well. With the baby boomer wave cresting, teaching older adults really is an investment in your own future!
Our job is to find ways to reach out to these back-row participants while still giving our seasoned students what they have come to expect. Here are some proven practical strategies that can help you extend a hand to even the most timid participants. ‰ Supplement to November-December 2002 IDEA Health & Fitness Source
Cultivating Cultural Sensitivity
BY INGRID KNIGHT-COHEE, MS
To be optimally effective, fitness professionals need to know how best to deal with clients from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Cultural diversity contributes to a rich and textured life experience. However, understanding people from other countries and cultures can create enormous challenges. Even when we are trying to be f...
Because the concept of what's safe--and what's not--has changed over the years, experts advise fitness professionals to focus on weighing the risks against the benefits when determining the safety of common exercises.
Defining When an Exercise Is Contraindicated--Then & Now
BY AMANDA E. VOGEL, MA
Have you ever stopped teaching a common exercise because you read in an article or ...
Q:What do you say or do when two (or more!) people in your class keep talking during the workout? These magpies are nice people, but they have no clue how irritating their conversation is to everyone else in the room. What can I do to retain class control without looking like a control freak?
As a health and fitness educator and an exercise physiologist, I have enjoyed working with a variety of populations for many years. However, I began working with teens only recently. I knew the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the United States was growing. I also knew that obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese adults at high risk for disease—and that an increasing number of teens were leading sedentary lifestyles.
Something is amiss in our industry. Despite constant confirmation that physical activity improves health, our population is getting less and less fit. According to retention and adherence expert Rod Dishman, PhD, head of the exercise psychology lab at the University of Georgia, exercise habits haven’t changed much in the past 15 years. Dishman’s research indicates that 50 percent of new exercisers still drop out within six months of starting