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...
Brokering the Best Deal
HOW TO NEGOTIATE A PRICE THAT GIVES YOU THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.
By Amy Boone
aving learned how to determine your club's fitness equipment needs (see the January issue of IDEA Fitness Manager), you are now in a position to negotiate a deal with the manufacturer that will best suit the needs of your staff and club members. Many fitness facilities use on...
5 Steps for Buying the Best Equipment
THIS SIMPLE APPROACH WILL SAVE YOU TIME, MONEY AND HEADACHES LATER ON. By Amy Boone
electing the equipment that will best suit your club can be a daunting and complex process, regardless of whether you work in a small, private facility or a multiclub chain. Few fitness managers receive the training they need to determine which models to choose, how to succ...
Public-health officials and the press talk about good health and weight loss, but dedicated fitness professionals are doing the work of inspiring people to exercise. Using creative ideas, good science and great personal rapport, the fitness community is purposefully working behind the headlines to change lives.
Foam rollers have long been used in rehabilitation clinics as a multipurpose tool to improve core stability, balance, proprioception, soft-tissue mobility and body awareness. Now these versatile devices are being seen in Pilates mat classes, weight rooms, athletic training centers, physical therapy clinics and yoga studios.
Resistance tubing is one of the most convenient and versatile pieces of equipment available today. According to the 2004 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey, it tops the list of 15 types of equipment most often provided by program directors. It’s inexpensive, durable and easy to store, making it a perfect addition to the fitness toy box.
Personal training continues to grow, despite the political and economic turmoil of the past few years. Responding to the 2004 IDEA Programs & Equipment Survey, IDEA personal
fitness trainer (PFT) members reported positive directions in their profession.
Highlights of this first-time survey showed trainers are experiencing
Four-year data trends revealed in the 2003 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey show that stability ball-based training is on the upswing. Have you incorporated this type of work for your clients?MORE WHAT’S NEW, P.11 IDEA PERSONAL Trainer APRIL | 2004 IDEA PERSONAL Trainer APRIL | 20044 what’s newbusiness