To help address some of the problems facing youth today—physical inactivity, diabetes and obesity, among them—the Gray Institute has launched the not-for-profit Free2Play.
Utilizing the institute’s Applied Functional Science™, Free2Play aims to improve “movement literacy” and athleticism through “progressive” lesson plans available via online learning with on-demand access. Free2Play doesn’t replace health and fitness programs or curriculum.
Anthony Carey, MA, CSCS, ACE-AHFP, owns Function First in San Diego, voted one of the city’s Best Personal Trainer/Studios in 2010 and 2011 and its Best Health & Fitness Club in 2012. Aside from being named 2009 PFP [Personal Fitness Professional] Trainer of the Year, he has written two best-selling books, The Pain-Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder, and Joint Pain (Wiley 2005) and Relationships and Referrals: A Personal Trainer’s Guide to Doing Business with the Medical Community (CreateSpace 2012).
Select U.S. Marine Corps members are testing the value of mindfulness training in “Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training,” or “M-Fit,” an 8-week course that includes meditation practices, yoga-type stretching and mindfulness exercises, according to an Associated Press article by Julie Watson.
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity has recently named American Council on Exercise president and CEO Scott Goudeseune president of its board of directors.The coalition, which includes associations, health organizations and private corporations, advocates
for policies that encourage physical activity.
CrossFit has become a popular go-to for fitness professionals and enthusiasts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there are some 4,000 affiliates nationwide. Despite its popularity, does CrossFit live up to its “forging elite athletes” tagline?
Joe Weider, known as the “father” of bodybuilding, died of heart failure on March 23. Weider helmed Weider Health and Fitness, which offers everything from fitness equipment to workout DVDs to nutritional supplements.
In 2013, more than twice as many midsized corporate employers intend to offer wellness-based incentive
programs to employees as did so in 2010, according to
a survey conducted by Fidelity Investments® and the National Business Group on Health. This represents a
significant growth opportunity for fitness professionals with a wellness background. [Editor’s note: For more on corporate wellness career opportunities, read “Health Is Wealth: The Rise of Workplace Wellness,” by Shirley Archer, JD, MA, in the May 2012 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.]
Editor’s note: In IDEA Fitness Journal (Making News, February 2013), we reported that Spelman College in Atlanta cut its sports programs in favor of a campus-wide health and fitness program. These readers support the change.
Everyone needs a quick pick-me-up now and then, but are we becoming a nation of energy addicts? So it would seem, based on skyrocketing sales of caffeine-infused products. Today’s 24/7 culture, long work hours and poor sleep habits drain stamina and encourage us to guzzle liquid pep to combat daily sluggishness. Energy drinks, with edgy names and catchy slogans, have captured the youth market, igniting sales—and side effects (Seifert et al. 2011).
There’s no separating America’s alarming obesity epidemic and the nation’s out-of-control healthcare spending. In theory, these problems should drive demand for personal trainers in the years to come, but in reality, most trainers’ clients are already fitness enthusiasts who are not part of the obesity problem.