Yo g a P l u s B a n d s
There are many reasons why yoga is now so popular. Chief among them are the needs and desires of an aging population seeking a more holistic approach to exercise. Fitness consumers are starting to feel the stress and bodily damage inflicted by years of high-impact workouts. Baby boomers are waking up each morning with new aches and pains, especially in their joints and low...
BY PAU L RO B B I N S
Use heart rate to design progressive, effective cardiovascular training programs based on your clients' training zones.
Training by Heart
Monitoring heart rate to determine and manipulate training zones is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in both group fitness and personal training. Why? Because regular exercisers are beginning to realize that performing the same routine...
While most fitness professionals are familiar with the basics of energy metabolism, it can be difficult to explain to clients the intricacies of how the body breaks down and uses nutrients to fuel physical activity. For example, can you explain why a greater percentage of fat is burned during low-intensity exercise, when the potential for losing weight is greater if exercise is performed at a higher intensity for an equivalent period of time? Or can you describe why power lifting requires longer rest intervals than circuit training?
Water Exercise for Seniors Improves Living on Land
BY M ARY E. SANDERS, M S
Why aquatic fitness programs help older adults exercise in a safe environment.
Research shows that physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health into older adulthood. And among older adults themselves, exercise has been linked to reductions in premature mortality, functional decline, disability and...
Whether you teach sculpting classes, Pilates or step, you likely feel pressure to deliver a top-notch, innovative and motivational workout week after week. You are part deejay, part emcee and part physiologist as you stay on the beat, execute perfect form and deliver cues a beat before you move.
How do you consistently deliver a fresh, rock star–style performance without investing hours of prep time (that you honestly don’t have)? Keep great records and refine your focus! Here’s a 3-month—and beyond—plan that will take your classes from stale to stunning.
newsletter_teaser: If your students want to build upper-body strength while being challenged with intense, calorie-burning intervals, try Pump Up! The exercises focus on muscular strength and endurance, core stabilization and cardiovascular conditioning. The workout also incorporates balance challenges.
newsletter_teaser: Despite the proliferation of new programs and a limited numbers of time slots, step still has its place. Delivering step classes requires creativity, strong teaching skills and preparedness. The following routine includes a full breakdown with a choreography progression.
newsletter_teaser: Tabata training is a popular high-intensity interval training format consisting of 20 seconds of all-out, intense work followed by 10 seconds of passive recovery, totaling 4 minutes of very strenuous exercise.
At Studio KTM in Pacific Palisades, California, members improve their cardiovascular fitness and strength with K Training™. Each participant gets his or her own “K station,” which uses cable resistance and a variety of functional moves to improve balance, stability, strength, flexibility and endurance.