Despite the buzz over “Tabata” training, many fitness clients—and some fitness pros—aren’t aware that they’re not doing true Tabata, meaning the protocol that was first analyzed and reported on in a 1996 edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (Tabata et al. 1996).
The “Freshman 15” has a new enemy: Oklahoma State University.
According to a university press release, the school has made it a mission to improve the health of its students, staff and faculty members. The entire campus is involved—from dining to fitness facilities to the physical and mental health departments. These units have worked together to develop programs that promote physical fitness, healthy eating, emotional health, smoking cessation and financial health.
The European Union wants to help its citizens get fit and healthy. So much so that they have cofunded a project costing €4.9 million ($6.7 million U.S.) to help people more and manage their weight using technological and informational advancements.
Dubbed the Daphne Project, it will span 3 years and will incorporate sensors designed to accurately determine daily energy expenditure and monitor overall fitness. The EU is partnering in the project with universities and technology companies from Ireland, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Israel.
We’ve seen many activity trends come and go in the fitness industry, but per- haps none quite as “dirty” as the current obsession with mud runs and obstacle races. While some events are milder than others, many could be described as an “ordeal” that also happens to be a workout. For example, you might find yourself slopping through mud, scaling impossibly high verticals and pushing yourself to the limit—physically and mentally.
The frustrating thing about these headlines is that, to the letter, they are not untrue. To date, there have not been any large, randomized studies that have shown that reducing sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams per day (as is advised for certain special populations) has a positive outcome. But it is clear that the majority of Americans are getting far more than the 2,300 mg per day that has been found to correspond with certain disease risk factors.
Chances are that you, one of your friends or a client has adopted a gluten-free diet.newsletter_teaser: Chances are that you, one of your friends or a client has adopted a gluten-free diet. In fact, that is reality—according to a recent poll by The NPD Group, a leading global
information company, that showed about 30 percent of adults want to cut down or be free of gluten in
their diets. This is the highest percentage claiming this stance since NPD began asking the question in
It used to be that in order to publish a book, you needed to gain the attention of a literary agent or a publishing company. Even if you were lucky enough to secure an agent, success wasn’t guaranteed.
Unfortunately, rejection is the norm in the publishing world. However, thanks to the Internet, you can bypass agents and publishers and produce your book yourself. Companies like Amazon and Kindle make it easier than ever to self-publish titles at minimal expense.
Photography: Courtesy of NBCWhether you love to watch The Biggest Loser or you find it offensive, you have to admit the primetime TV program has been effective in showcasing health and fitness to millions of people around the world.
You’ve heard the buzz about small-group training (SGT): more money in less time. You may also have heard that SGT business growth relies—heavily—on referrals from satisfied trainees. Both statements are true only when you deliver a fantastic fitness experience.
newsletter_teaser: You’ve heard the buzz about small-group training (SGT): more money in less time. You may also have heard that success relies—heavily—on referrals from satisfied trainees. Both are true only when you deliver a fantastic fitness experience.
It’s a good time to be working in the fitness industry. According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), 2012 proved profitable for fitness facilities.
“Improvements were recorded in all nine performance indicators measured,” said Jay Ablondi, executive vice president of global products for IHRSA in a press release. “Significantly, the greatest growth was achieved in non-dues revenue and EBITDAR
(earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent).”