To look at Joan Tufenkjian today, you’d never suspect she was once completely outside the realm of fitness. The 70-year-old group fitness instructor is the epitome of health and wellness, and her class participants at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown, Massachusetts, depend on her for instruction and guidance. She is an instant inspiration to many, based solely on the fact that she is teaching group fitness at an age when others reconcile themselves to a less active lifestyle. However, Joan wasn’t born with a pair of cross trainers on her feet.
What inspires your passion for fitness? A natural love of movement? A dramatic event in your life? The worry about health and aging issues? There are many models for exercise and healthy eating, but you already know that your passion, as well as your knowledge, is a “secret weapon” in motivating physical activity.
Lifestyle coach and personal training veteran Beth Rothenberg walks her talk.
Her ability to coax clients to take responsibility for their strengths and weaknesses has been seasoned by experience and fortified by living out the four main commandments that she professes: Take risks, move out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and be creative. This is the gospel according to Rothenberg.
INDUSTRY LEADERS TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FITNESS
Good news isn't always easy to find--especially in today's political and economic climates. But when it comes to fitness, the story is different. Consider the following: ...
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" What Will Fitness Be L i k e i n t h e Ye a r 2 0 0 2 ? "
For winners of IDEA's 10th anniversary essay contest, the future is now.
en years ago, to commemorate our 10th anniversary, we organized an essay contest for IDEA members. The question we posed was, "What will fitness be like in the year 2002?" Now that it is 2002, we asked several of t...
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inspiration at its best
Here's a look at how the 2002 IDEA Health & Fitness Awards finalists are motivating the inactive to be active and the active to be more active.
EACH YEAR, WITH THE PRESENTATION OF THE IDEA HEALTH & FITNESS AWARDS, IDEA HONORS OUTSTANDING FITNESS PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE HAVING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE HEALTH AND FITNESS OF THEIR CLIENTS, W...
Subject: Steven Oberfest
Location: New York, New York
Company: Underdog Fitness
Experience: Fifteenth year as trainer; second year as owner
Maverick Strategy: Last year I started
volunteering my time to the Burden Center for the Aging in Manhattan. Now I am working with many other groups including Beth Israel Hospital, Ronald McDonald Charities, Neighbor- hood Coalition for the Homeless, a mentor program for children, and the list keeps growing.