As an international continuing education provider, I experience firsthand the fitness and wellness disciplines that are popular in different cultures and countries. One consistent trend I am seeing is a shift from traditional fitness to holistic wellness. Fitness professionals are embracing the concept of training as a trilogy of mind, body and spirit. The following details offer a peek into what’s shaping the schedules in other parts of the world.
Mental and emotional states affect sports performance and
exercise. Qualified fitness professionals who offer an integrated approach to training understand how to apply sport psychology skills to improve performance, sustain motivation, enhance the exercise experience and support rehabilitation. The Association for Applied Sport Psychology [AASP], founded in 1986, is the largest applied sport and exercise psychology organization in the world.
Worksite wellness continues to move to the forefront of employers’ concerns as sick days and injuries hamper productivity and damage bottom lines. Now, more than ever, companies are implementing programs to help employees make healthy lifestyle choices. What’s more, these programs seem to be working.
FACTS Fitness, a fitness company based in suburban Philadelphia, offers a program called C.L.I.M.B. (Creative Ladder Intervals and Mega BootCamp). “This class is a high-energy, dynamic workout that combines creative agility ladder drills and boot-camp-style activities and exercises to work on speed, agility, muscle tone, fat burning and stamina,” says IDEA member Debbi MacArthur, who is the
director of marketing and public relations at FACTS Fitness. “We also do partner
exercises for added motivation, encouragement and team building.”
Custom programs for specific age groups are holding steady, according to data from the 2004 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey. Respondents from facilities set up to offer these classes believe the trend will continue.
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About 30 years ago, the first wave of
group fitness instructors (known then as aerobics teachers) got their start in
an industry yet to be defined. Many of those people are still teaching and
training, yet as the industry grows and changes, continuing to shape itself,
the need for a steady influx of teachers is evident. Since the world of fitness
is radically differ...