The IDEA Personal Trainer Institute (February 19-22) sold out early this year. But those of you who were not able to attend can still benefit from the excellent wisdom of three experienced personal trainers we captured on video during a featured panel discussion at the conference.
If you haven’t discovered it yet, please be sure to check out the fantastic new program design and exercise education tool (and additional IDEA member benefit!) that launched on the IDEA website in late February: the IDEA Video Exercise Library.
Many fitness professionals entertain the idea of developing their own DVD programs. Why shouldn’t you? You may have many amazing talents to share, so what better way to promote them than on camera? As the creators, writers, producers and directors of seven educational DVDs aimed at fitness professionals, and two for the general public, we have had the opportunity to learn the many ins and outs of making a program from start to finish.
In an attempt to break habitual couch potatoes of excessive lounging, the group at Virgin Active health clubs has developed a website dedicated to couch destruction. Users can take revenge on a virtual couch with such implements as a chainsaw, a laser gun and mace. The “basher” has 30 seconds to completely annihilate the couch and upon success may submit his score to receive a free day pass at one of more than 70 fitness facilities across the United Kingdom. Get in on the action at www.sofabash.com.
Hybrid training (online training coupled with face-to-face training) is often the perfect mix for clients who prefer the conveniences of the Web yet require the guidance of a live trainer. The good news is that new niche networks on the Web can help you develop hybrid fitness programs. In addition to offering the features of regular online social communities, these fitness networks allow members to set individual health goals, design workouts, track weight loss, log food intake, keep wellness blogs and access educational resources.