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.
Here’s another reason for your clients to maintain a healthy weight: Women who have gained more than 20 pounds since age 18 have a higher risk of developing breast cancer after menopause than women who have maintained their weight, according to research published in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.
Do some of your clients want to enjoy the benefits of weight loss without expending any effort? They’re not alone in wishing for the rewards without the work!
A Harris-Weight Watchers survey found that most women believe the greatest payoffs to thinness are better and lasting health, more energy and higher esteem. But the survey also found that general inertia keeps many overweight women from having the thinner body they want. (That’s why they need personal trainers like you!)
As a trainer you’re always looking for the most effective exercises. That’s why you may want to use the physioball when training new female exercisers, according to research published in the November 2003 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (vol. 17, pp. 721–5).
Fitness facility managers, you may want to think before outfitting your group exercise room with floor-to-ceiling mirrors on the wall: Doing so may lead your members to bemoan that they are not the fairest of them all.
If you’ve noticed recently that some of your clients are looking a little “nipped and tucked,” it’s probably not your imagination. According to
researchers reporting in American Demographics, more and more people—especially minorities—are opting for or would like to have some type of
There have been several new developments in the ongoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) debate:
A recent study found that estrogen-progestin medications can cause an aggressive form of breast cancer and may make tumors more difficult to detect (June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA]).