ncreasingly, fitness facilities are offering Pilates programs. Although developed in the 1920s, Pilates--an exercise method involving controlled, nonimpact movements that engage both body and mind--has today become part of the fitness industry's lexicon as more and more clients clamor to try this type of workout. Marketing Angle. Because of the media attention Pilates has received...
A guide to inner strength for the athletic client: relax, activate, focus, image and, ultimately, flow.
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Take a good, hard look at your clients. Do you consider them athletes? Although their athleticism may be hidden under layers of unused muscle or fat, they are athletes nonetheless. Of course your clients may not be of Olympic caliber, ...
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Joseph Pilates Business Booms
How can personal trainers offer Joseph Pilates' popular workout methods to meet their clients' needs?
xercise programs based on the work of Joseph Pilates are experiencing an explosive growth worldwide. Along with fitness facilities offering group exercise formats, personal trainers are boosting their p...
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epetitive sports training, long hours of sitting at work, the activities of daily living or just a sedentary lifestyle. . . . All these can cause our bodies to become structurally and muscularly imbalanced. If chronic strain and imbalance continue unopposed, the body's systems start to break down and injuries begin to pile up. As the saying goes, "If you do what you did...
mind your own
MIND-BODY FITNESS HAS BEEN AROUND AWHILE, AND MANY PROFESSIONALS ARE CONDUCTING MIND-BODY CLASSES WITH APPARENT SUCCESS. IN FACT, THE 1999 IDEA FITNESS PROGRAMS SURVEY SHOWED THAT 64 PERCENT OF THE FACILITIES QUESTIONED OFFER YOGA; 35 PERCENT, TAI CHI; AND 19 PERCENT, EXERCISE BASED ON THE WORK OF JOSEPH PILATES. WHILE THE TEMPTATION MAY BE TO THROW TOGETHER A...
Walking approximately 6–9 miles a week is associated with increased gray matter in the brains of older adults, according to a study published in Neurology (2010; 75 , 1415–22) “Just by walking regularly, and so maintaining a little bit of moderate physical activity, you can reduce your likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and [can] spare brain tissue,” Kirk I. Erickson, lead study author and assistant professor of psychology at University of Pittsburgh [Pitt] in Pennsylvania, told HealthDay.newsletter_teaser: Just by walking regularly, and so maintaining a little bit of moderate physical activity, you can reduce your likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and [can] spare brain tissue,” Kirk I. Erickson, lead study author and assistant professor of psychology at University of Pittsburgh [Pitt] in Pennsylvania, told HealthDay.
Do your clients get very stressed at work? Let them know that even a little bit of mind-body practice during the workday may help. In a study reported in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/501986), researchers found that brief periods of yoga or meditation helped reduce stress among office workers.
The combination of stress and a sedentary job increases the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders—and between the demands of work and family life, many office workers don’t find time for stress management practices.newsletter_teaser: Do your clients get very stressed at work? Let them know that even a little bit of mind-body practice during the workday may help. Researchers have found that brief periods of yoga or meditation reduce stress among office workers.
The Pilates magic circle is a versatile, portable and affordable piece of resistance equipment. Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, it can enhance just about any workout routine. newsletter_teaser: The Pilates magic circle is a versatile, portable and affordable piece of resistance equipment. Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, it can enhance just about any workout routine.
What stress management programs, if any, are you promoting at your facility? For example, are you promoting the benefit of stress management as a result of participating in any mind-body classes or workshops? If yes, to what population have the programs been geared (such as older adults, teens or prenatal/postpartum women), and how have the programs been received?
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Standing work on the reformer offers a perfect way to improve overall balance and posture and is a great complement to any other workout or Pilates routine. In this article, you will learn how to introduce the classic standing work—with a contemporary twist—to clients at any level, and you’ll learn how to progress or regress moves for those who need more or less.