Stability ball training has been used for many years to improve spinal stability and to reduce the risk of back pain. It is frequently employed in both the physical therapy and fitness settings. From an anatomical perspective, clinicians link the mechanisms of spinal stability to the trunk muscles, which are often grouped into two categories: the global muscle system and the local ...
evaluating fitness gear
Ready to start or continue your exercise program in the New Year? Wearing fitness apparel that feels good and using accessories that make exercising more effective can help you be successful. However, with dozens of options you may find it challenging to choose the fitness products that best meet your needs. To help you cut through the confusion, use the s...
By Patricia Ryan, MS
IDEA Data Show Business Is Booming
New data reveal the expansion of training into new skills and new opportunities.
PERSONAL TRAINING GROWS INTO SMALL GROUPS
% of respondents offering program
Total of All Respondents Health Clubs and YMCAs PFTs in Client Homes PFT Gyms
n (number) personal training (one-to-one) personal training (2 clients share) personal trai...
By Kay L. Cross, MEd
Don't wait for spring to make a clean sweep of your working environment! If someone peered into your car, file cabinets, kitchen pantry, laundry room or closet, what would they assume about you? Would they guess that you are always in a hurry, loaded down with too much stuff and barely holding your act together in the public eye? Or ...
By Carrie Myers Smith and Amanda Vogel, MA
How to evaluate fitness equipment
before you sign on the dotted line.
waited with anticipation for the newest, self-proclaimed, next-best-thing-in-fitness fandangle to arrive on my doorstep. Being a health and fitness writer, I often get to try out the latest fitness products, from videos to balls to gizmos and gadgets. When this curr...