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.
Indoor cycling integrates motivating music, mind-body synergy and unparalleled training benefits. The devotee accepts no substitutes. For others, however, indoor cycling feels more like an hour of pain and suffering than an hour of cardiovascular bliss. Instructors have done a wonderful job of putting this format at the forefront of fitness. Now it’s time to introduce cross-training to the die-hards, craft inviting classes for beginners and create a total-body workout that is inclusive and fun.
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...