Over the past 7 years, personal trainers have shared their programming strategies with IDEA through the IDEA Fitness Industry Programs & Equipment Trends Report. This data has allowed us to track trends (not just fleeting “fads”) that are unfolding in the industry.
What gives a personal trainer the power to change lives? Education, inspiration and purpose. You’ll find all three at the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute, coming to the East Coast February 27–March 2 and the West Coast April 10–13.
You’ve heard the buzz about small-group training (SGT): more money in less time. And you may also have heard that SGT business growth relies—heavily—on referrals from satisfied trainees. So what do current one-on-one and boot camp leaders need to do in order to create amazing client experiences? This fifth article in our series on SGT will explore how to frame your program to ensure success for you and your clients.
newsletter_teaser: You’ve heard the buzz about small-group training (SGT): more money in less time. And you may also have heard that SGT business growth relies—heavily—on referrals from satisfied trainees. This fifth article in our series on SGT will explore how to frame your program to ensure success for you and your clients.
One of life’s certainties is that we’re all aging. It’s also certain, however, that not everyone ages at the same rate. According to recent research, people with type 2 diabetes show signs of aging in their cardiovascular system significantly earlier than those without the disease. Fortunately, exercise can help slow this premature aging, bringing people with type 2 diabetes more in line with others who are not diabetic, says researcher Amy Huebschmann of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.newsletter_teaser: One of life’s certainties is that we’re all aging. It’s also certain, however, that not everyone ages at the same rate. According to recent research, people with type 2 diabetes show signs of aging in their cardiovascular system earlier than those without the disease.
Kettlebell training has experienced a resurgence of late. Going by the physical improvements the training can offer, is its popularity warranted? The answer is yes, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (2012; 26 , 2228–33).
The scientists’ goal was to determine what effects the kettlebell swing had on maximal and explosive strength. They employed half-squat
1-repetition maximum and vertical jump height as assessment markers.
Kettlebells have seen growing popularity as a total-body training tool to improve cardiovascular health and musculoskeletal fitness. Yet for all the enthusiasm among personal trainers, experimental research on the effects of KB training was scant until last year, when studies began showing up in peer-reviewed journals. This column updates IFJ readers with recent research on KB training.
client:Kelly | personal trainer: Aimee Gallo, founder, VIBRANCE Nutrition and Fitness | location: Seattle
Hoping for a half. Aimee Gallo, certified holistic health coach, licensed sports nutritionist and founder of VIBRANCE Nutrition and Fitness, first met Kelly at a holiday party. “I was just in the process of trying to get into an exercise and nutritional rhythm again after having a second child,” recalls Kelly. “I was really struggling and having a very hard time with ups and downs in energy.”
This year you don’t have to be on the East Coast to experience the top educational conference in the personal training industry. The longest-running conference exclusively for personal trainers, the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute has sold out for 4 years in a row on the East Coast. Now this in-demand event is expanding to the Pacific Northwest.
I’ve worked with many clients with type 2 diabetes, ranging in age from 30 to 85 years old. Even though age and ability are different in each case, the challenge remains the same: Develop a safe and effective program that will be vigorous enough to improve muscle strength and provide cardiovascular benefit without inducing complications from the diabetes.