Visit with two fitness pros who share their personal experiences designing fitness programs for people in wheelchairs.
B Y S A R A H MCK E C H N IE , MA
Fitness Meets Special Needs
ith the United States undergoing a major revolution in the focus of national health care, fitness professionals have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act as agents of change. In the recent report Healthy People 2010...
A Model for Communicating With Physicians
Build credibility with physicians and allied health providers by furnishing essential reporting tools for the referral process.
Consult Your Physician Before Embarking on an Exercise Program. How many times have you seen this disclosure pasted on a piece of exercise equipment or flashed on the television during an infomercial for a new exercise program or ...
By Pam Pedlow, MHK
Focus on Eccentric Training
Add a new dimension to your clients' programs with a training method that is effective and efficient.
ince the typical client's number-one excuse for not exercising is usually "lack of time," what personal trainer would not be happy to find a more efficient form of exercise to incorporate into clients' programs? Eccentric training m...
By Steve Rhyan, MA
Conditioning for the Ride
Help your clients improve their crosscountry mountain biking skills and race times.
s word spreads about the thrill of mountain biking, more enthusiasts are taking up the sport. In fact, the number of participants exploded 419.4 percent from 1987 to 2000, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA 2001). These mou...
Your questions answered by industry peers
With partner training, how do you handle cancellations if just one person cancels?
flow. If clients in the group are normally trained one-to-one, I give them a free t-shirt to say thank you or offer them a coffee, which is accepted here in Italy as a friendly thing to do. Serafino Ambrosio Owner, Il Metodo (The Method) Rome, I...
MOVING THE BODY
Training movements and not muscles may be the paradigm shift needed for today's functional conditioning.
By Chuck Wolf, MS
e are all athletic performers. Whether an elite athlete or weekend warrior, a patient in rehabilitation or casual exerciser, each of us must meet the
For example, during a biceps curl you must overcome the forces of the weights, forearm and gravity during ...
By Donna Burch, MA
One-to-One Water Training
How can trainers work with clients in aquatic settings?
hat if you discovered a personal training medium that offered endless creative possibilities for working with all types of clients, provided smooth and variable resistance for nearly every muscle group and incorporated both cardiovascular and resistance training? What if you knew...
By Greg Roskopf, MA
When Clients Feel Pain
How can you identify muscle imbalances that contribute to discomfort or distress?
s personal fitness trainers, we recognize our role as specialists in exercise maintenance. On a daily basis, we set up exercise programs designed to help our clients reach their fitness goals. With the educational background and the skills we possess, trai...
Most people hire a personal trainer to achieve a goal, not to play. Clients expect to experience change, so failure to achieve change is seen as a failure in service. One way to bridge the gap between goal achievement and fun is to marry the concepts of exercise and play. As trainers, we can foster an environment where clients experience physical, mental and emotional transformation while enjoying an atmosphere that allows them to become lost in the moment. Think of it as “challenge play.”
Creating a Challenge Play Environmentnewsletter_teaser: Most people hire a personal trainer to achieve a goal, not to play. One way to bridge the gap between goal achievement and fun is to marry the concepts of exercise and play.