The world of athletics is considered the territory of young people; sports news headlines are littered with 20-somethings making waves in their competition of choice. Once they’ve reached their prime, retirement is often considered the next step. However, there is a sub- set of competitors who buck the norm and refuse to hang up their sneakers and race bibs. Known as masters athletes, these inspiring individuals choose not to age quietly. ThThe six athletes featured in this article are world champions and record holders—and they are proof positive that age is simply a number.
The 35-year-old athlete called out
the readout from her heart rate monitor after 45 minutes in our “Train Like an Ultimate MMA Fighter” session at the 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention™. That’s a lot of burn in 45 minutes, and it gives an idea of the intensity of a mixed martial arts workout.
newsletter_teaser: Back in Canada, when my colleagues and I developed strength and fitness programs for hockey athletes, we began to notice something fascinating: Farm kids had distinct advantages when their “farm strength” was transferred to the ice.
PERMA-based fitness training can pack a positive punch for fitness and wellness professionals looking to contribute to the well-being of our fast-growing population of active older adults. PERMA is devoted to developing social and mental strength, which can be very helpful in motivating older exercisers.
newsletter_teaser: PERMA-based fitness training can pack a positive punch for fitness and wellness professionals looking to contribute to the well-being of our fast-growing population of active older adults.
newsletter_teaser: Baby Boomers are constantly bombarded with promises to lift, tighten and rejuvenate their bodies and “turn back the clock.” Truthfully, fitness professionals can roll back the clock for older participants! When you improve strength and stability, you increase functionality and combat the effects of sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss).
SGT enables trainers to work with three or up to a dozen clients at a time, making more money and delivering better results. But it may be difficult for newly minted trainers to know how to create exercise plans for a group of clients who work out simultaneously.
To succeed in this area, you must consider participant numbers, available space and equipment, and the degree of personalization you aim to deliver, says Fabio Comana, MA, MS, the San Diego–based director of continuing education for the National Academy of Sports Medicine.newsletter_teaser: One of the most important elements of small-group training is the workout. Learn the top-notch program design strategies implemented by small-group training leaders.
Despite the buzz over “Tabata” training, many fitness clients—and some fitness pros—aren’t aware that they’re not doing true Tabata, meaning the protocol that was first analyzed and reported on in a 1996 edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (Tabata et al. 1996).
Carrying a clipboard or an e-device around the gym and industriously noting client progress at every exercise stop is fine when you’re training clients one-on-one.
But in small-group training—that is, when you’re coaching from three to a dozen customers in the same workout session—your time and attention are at an absolute premium. You won’t have hours to agonize over exercise ideas for every trainee. And that clipboard will stand between you and successful small-group exercise delivery.newsletter_teaser: Small-group training requires attention to detail and focus. It's time to ditch the distracting clip board and master the new training paradigms that every fitness professional must know before designing exercise sessions for small groups.
newsletter_teaser: Explore unique kinesiological and biomechanical principles to widen your perspective on how the glutes function in many of your favorite exercises. And learn exercise strategies to give clients the butts they’ve always wanted and the hip function they require to move optimally.
Whether you teach sculpting classes, Pilates or step, you likely feel pressure to deliver a top-notch, innovative and motivational workout week after week. You are part deejay, part emcee and part physiologist as you stay on the beat, execute perfect form and deliver cues a beat before you move.
How do you consistently deliver a fresh, rock star–style performance without investing hours of prep time (that you honestly don’t have)? Keep great records and refine your focus! Here’s a 3-month—and beyond—plan that will take your classes from stale to stunning.