Demystifying Muscle Dysmorphia
Why an obsession with muscularity can lead to unhealthy exercise and eating patterns. Liza will never wear spandex or anything else that might reveal her lack of muscles. Every morning she runs more than two miles to the gym. There she goes through a demanding weight-lifting routine that sometimes lasts for two hours, and then she runs back home. At one tim...
Your questions answered by industry peers
How can trainers help clients get past body image hang-ups and instead concentrate on overall health and fitness?
Body image is certainly an issue with some clients, and personal fitness trainers can positively impact these individuals if they use some sensitivity. For example, I would not suggest invalidating any client goal. If a...
A guide to inner strength for the athletic client: relax, activate, focus, image and, ultimately, flow.
IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER JANUARY 2001
Take a good, hard look at your clients. Do you consider them athletes? Although their athleticism may be hidden under layers of unused muscle or fat, they are athletes nonetheless. Of course your clients may not be of Olympic caliber, ...
By Len Kravitz, PhD
Exercise and Psychological Health
esearch literature continues to expand in support of the major health benefits associated with regular physical activity and exercise, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, as well as protection against some cancers and osteoporosis. Yet there also is a growing body of knowledge that subst...
M O T I VAT I O N
Research on exercise adherence can help trainers help clients.
By Jim Annesi, PhD
lients often begin using personal training services with all the enthusiasm in the world. They set ambitious schedules with you that commit large portions of time to their new fitness endeavors. They acknowledge that these efforts will be of great personal benefit. Exp...
People often know what they should eat to fuel their workouts, support good health, and manage conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, but they don’t always make the best decisions about food. Here’s why it’s so difficult for people to make healthier choices and how you can help them develop lasting, beneficial behaviors.
It’s Not That Easy to “Just Do It”
Significant research [that has been reported in this column] supports the role of moderate exercise as an adjunctive ther- apy for adults with depression. New research shows that these same benefits may be available for teens who suffer from this condition.
Kara A. Witzke, PhD, leads the exercise and sport science program at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her work in the health and fitness industry spans more than 20 years and has included positions in personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, workplace wellness, fit- ness certification, weight management, education and research. Most recently, her research has focused on the effects of exercise on musculoskeletal and metabolic systems through funding from the National Institutes of Health.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” —Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Change one habit. Changing too many habits at once can weaken willpower. Cultivating keystone habits has a ripple effect, improving other areas of life (Duhigg 2012; Hofmann et al. 2012).
Part of your role as a group fitness instructor is to help students reach their fitness goals. This is not always an easy task. Each person has different objectives, as well as unique obstacles to overcome. If you can understand some of these factors, you’ll be in a better position to meet participants’ needs, and you’ll be a more effective teacher, coach, motivator and leader.
newsletter_teaser: As a group fitness instructor, you help students reach their fitness goals. This is not always easy. Each person has different objectives, as well as unique obstacles to overcome. If you can understand those factors, you’ll be in a better position to meet participants’ needs.