Fitness “toys” can make a big difference in helping class participants heighten body awareness—especially awareness of their core muscles. Case in point: a small, soft, inflatable exercise ball known as a sponge ball or Pilates miniball. The miniball comes in a range of sizes, from 7 to 12 inches in diameter, and is a great addition to many classes.
We’ve seen many activity trends come and go in the fitness industry, but perhaps none quite as “dirty” as the current obsession with mud runs and obstacle races. While some events are milder than others, many could be described as an “ordeal” that also happens to be a workout. For example, you might find yourself slopping through mud, scaling impossibly high verticals and pushing yourself to the limit—physically and mentally.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when plaque accumulates in the arteries of the legs. Reduced blood flow and loss of oxygen in the tissues beyond the obstruction cause localized muscular pain, or claudication, especially during exercise (Bulmer & Coombes 2004; Womack & Gardner 2003).
At the University Y in Seattle, we’ve found a way to better serve our overweight and underexercising clients. We call the program Y I CAN, and it reaches out to members who: feel intimidated by group fitness classes, lack confidence in the weight room, and have tried and failed at weight loss.
newsletter_teaser: At the University Y in Seattle, we’ve found a way to better serve our overweight and underexercising clients. We call the program Y I CAN, and it reaches out to members who: feel intimidated by group fitness classes, lack confidence in the weight room, and have tried and failed at weight loss.
Pilates is touted as one of the most successful methods for increasing core stability and flexibility.newsletter_teaser: Pilates is touted as one of the most successful methods for increasing core stability and flexibility. Several studies have defended these claims, but a recent hypothesis that creating stability locally will create flexibility globally further supports them.
BY SHIRLEY ARCHER, JD, MA
Building a successful aquatic fitness pro-
Develop a Successful Wa t e r Fitness P ro g r a m
With proper planning, you can build a profitable aquatic fitness program even if you've never taught a water class and don't have a pool!
gram involves much more than simply putting water classes on a schedule. From coordinating use of the pool to budgeting to hiring qu...
Bergeron, M.F., et al. 2011. Consortium for Health and Military Performance and American College of Sports Medicine consensus paper on extreme conditioning programs in military personnel. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 10 (6), 383–89.
What do you think of when you hear “senior fitness”? For some personal trainers, the term might conjure images of gentle exercises performed in a noncompetitive environment. Yet many older athletic adults are not interested in mild “senior” movement, and plenty of them can—and want to—work out pretty intensely or for long durations.
Mere decades ago, it was unfathomable for baseball, football, soccer and basketball athletes to include strength and conditioning exercises in their training. Misinformation about what strength training would do (not for men and women, but to them) was pervasive then, and it persists to this day.