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BY SHIRLEY ARCHER, JD, MA
WHY THE FITNESS EQUIPMENT
OF OUR CHILDHOOD IS ENJOYING A RESURGENCE IN TODAY 'S L ATEST PROGRAMMING TRENDS.
eople cherish their memories of playful childhood activities. Bouncing on a trampoline, jumping rope and playing ball are some of our favorites. Capitalizing on the way these memories resonate with baby boomers, creative fitness entre...
The boxing/kickboxing phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, according to the 1999 IDEA Fitness Programs Survey. Sixty-nine percent of the facilities surveyed offered boxing programs (a 45% increase since 1996), and 43 percent conducted martial-arts-based group fitness classes (a 31% gain since 1997). How has this trend unfolded over the last few years?
newsletter_teaser: Competitive athletes have been training anaerobically for years. But these types of programs also offer recreational exercise enthusiasts challenge, variety and unique physiological adaptations. This article looks at the bioenergetic systems emphasized in anaerobic conditioning and introduces program design guidelines.
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.
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.
newsletter_teaser: In the past, many golfers were not concerned about being fit. Today, however, golf fitness conditioning has come to the fore as amateur and pro golfers alike strive to enhance their play and reduce the risk of common golf injuries. Savvy golfers are discovering that golf-specific training can improve their performance on the links.
Do plyometric exercises work for every client? Different trainers share their opinions.
Enhancing Sports and Everyday Lifenewsletter_teaser: “Jumping, bounding, hopping—plyometric movements like these are great to have in the toolbox, but like any powerful tool they must be used appropriately and with discretion,” says Janice Enloe.
Does the idea of running a mud race appeal to you? Anyone who signs up for an obstacle challenge—whether for the fun, the teamwork (or, sometimes, the beer!)— will soon confront the substantial physical and mental demands of these races.