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
1Marketing Script for Staff
Here is one example of a practice script and pertinent marketing points you may distribute to staff. Ask staff to practice with each other before they actually begin marketing to members.
Who?: Group Exercise Department, Contact Person
What?: Specialty Yoga Classes for Older Adults
Where?: Group Exercise Studio B
When?: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 10:30 am, beginning November. Preregistration begins August 15.
Communicate with instructors one-on-one.
Provide a clean, effi-
cient, cheerful working environment.
Fearlessly make the
Treat all your instructors equally. idea fitness manager/july-august 2001
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I have a new boss. I don’t yet know exactly how he thinks or what he expects from me. Sound familiar? Even if the organizational structure at your facility has not changed recently, you may have wondered exactly how and what to communicate to your manager or boss.
Every kid in America has fallen for this time-tested parental game, “Let’s see how fast you can get dressed. I’ll time you!” By using the same philosophy and interjecting fun into the workplace, you can help your employees be productive and enjoy their work environment.