Strength training significantly enhances the quality of life of women recently treated for breast cancer, according to a new study. Published March 27 online at www.cancer.org, the study found that 6 months of twice-weekly exercise that improved strength and body composition was enough to benefit patients’ overall physical and emotional condition. (The study ...
Flexibility training has been promoted for decades as an integral part of fitness that may help decrease the risk of injuries; release pain associated with musculoskeletal stiffness; and improve sport-specific performance when range of motion (ROM) is essential. Wh...
Many studies have shown that maintaining or increasing muscular strength and endurance throughout the lifespan is important for preventing disease, maintaining health and preserving the ability to perform normal life activities. Knowing how to measure a client’s strength and endurance allows the personal fitness trainer (PFT) to establish baseline values in order to design an effec...
Pretrained postmenopausal women gain more strength from multiple-set protocols than from single-set training, according to a study published in last November’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2004; 18 , 689–94).
Researchers from the University of Erlangen, Germany, examined 71 subjects, who were randomly assigned to begin with 12 weeks of the single...
Every experienced instructor knows the multitasking involved when teaching to multiple levels in one class. Teaching resistance training to a class requires the skill of several personal trainers all wrap-ped into one instructor. Within a year or two, I predict, we will see “leveled” group strength training classes just as we have “beginning, intermediate and advanced” classes for other workout modes. But until then we have to deal with a wide range of abilities, strengths and goals—and what a challenge that can be!
New exercisers may show moxie by trying out strength equipment on their own, but a study in the May issue of Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2004; 18 , 324–7) suggests they’ll see results only with your
Women, particularly those new to exercise, sometimes need a little extra encouragement to get into the weight room. Once they’ve decided to start a strength training program, they still benefit from supportive words. According to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2004; 18 , 26–9), certain statements improve a novice female exerciser’s ability to lift more weight during a bench press.
How many times have you
heard students say, “I just don’t have
time to do strength training and yoga” or
“I’d like to try yoga, but I don’t think I can be still for that long”? Take away their excuses with an inspired combination. By adding resistance exercises to yoga,
you create a more active and results-oriented class. This time-efficient format appeals to participants who want both strength and flexibility benefits in one stop.