I s S t r e s s M a k i n g Yo u
Tension-reducing strategies to try
when you're craving those high-calorie comfort foods.
Some people handle stress by undertaking great challenges and reaching for the stars. Many of us, however, react to pressure by reaching for a bag of chocolate chip cookies. The relationship between stress and eating behavior is complicated. Does stress simply re...
By Michael Youssouff, MA, and Fran Sachs-Rojas, CSW Having a selection of practical communication tools and training techniques in your repetoire can help you coach this special population to success.
Motivating Clients With Chronic Conditions
As a personal fitness trainer, you understand the importance of following specific training guidelines and avoiding any contraindications ...
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...
It’s interesting to think that in a world where crowdsourcing didn’t formally exist in the vernacular less than a decade ago, we are applying the practice these days to keep tabs on our eating, among other things.
Do you know what really motivates people to exercise? Recently, researchers from the department of applied human sciences at
Concordia University in Montreal asked people from different age groups what pushed them to pump iron.
The scientists studied questionnaires from 1,885 people ranging in age from teenagers to 50 and older. The questionnaires, covering a variety of areas, including “personal style, activity interests, motives for exercising, and biosocial information,” were completed on touchscreens located in eight branches of the YMCA in Montreal.