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Obese Clients: Are You Meeting Their Real Needs?

by Joy Keller
Do you think obese people are lazy? Weak-willed? Do you get frustrated when they can't do what you ask because their girth gets in the way? If you think you know obese clients, think again. We talked to obese (and formerly obese) consumers-and the ...

Training Kids and Adolescents

by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD
If you have a passion for promoting fun and fitness in children and teens, the time may be right to break into the burgeoning youth market.
.qx_body -margin-bottom:15px;- From Dallas to Montreal, from Chicago to Los Angeles, youth-based personal training and group classes are hot. The burst in popularity may be due to growing concern about the epidemic of childhood inactivity and obesity, a ...

The 25 Most Significant Health Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise

by Len Kravitz, PhD
Common health issues that can be positively affected, prevented or controlled by exercise.
People of all ages can improve the quality of their lives and reduce the risks of developing coronary heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and type 2 diabetes with ongoing participation in moderate physical activity and exercise. Daily exercise will ...

Do Fitness Pros Understand Obese Clients?

by Joy Keller
Clients say no, -fitness pros don-t have a clue,- and tell the fitness industry what isn-t working. Personal trainers who -get it- share solutions that work.
??In 1988, Joan Darragh tipped the scales at 288 pounds. During a trip to Japan, she had a defining moment. "I was in a bar, and I sat on a stool built for the slighter Asian frame," says the New York City resident. "Suddenly, the bolts on my metal stool ...

30 Essential Pieces of Equipment for the Successful Personal Training Studio

by Ryan Halvorson
IDEA authors, experts and colleagues share insights on top training-tool picks.
What equipment would you include in your dream studio? You certainly have plenty of choices. The fitness equipment industry sold $4.3 billion worth of gear in 2010-a 4.1% increase from 2009-according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. While ...

Identifying, Understanding and Training Youth Athletes

by Peter Twist, MSc, Janice Hutton, MA
Sports conditioning coaches are in a good position to help younger athletes perform at their peak.
Who will be the next Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan or Venus Williams? Many parents believe that, given the right amount of training, coaching and perseverance, it could be their child. There is a certain mystique about talented athletes, ...

The Significant 7: Principles of Functional Training for Mature Adults

by Cody Sipe, PhD, Dan Ritchie, PhD
Take an educated, purposeful approach when designing programs for a special population that is growing in size and needs focused attention.
The aging of our global population and the significant increase in numbers predicted over the next 20-30 years (Pew Research Center 2009) offers a unique opportunity and challenge for fitness professionals. When it comes to training older adults, we must ...

Short-Burst Training

by Tina Schwager
Ex Rx: High-intensity, short-duration interval workouts are a new frontier in fitness and sports training.
When you're a sports fan, it doesn't matter if you prefer the NBA, figure skating or the Olympics-you're sure to admire the performances of athletes who work inconceivably hard to achieve greatness. It's practically impossible to watch without feeling ...

Food and Addiction: The Dopamine Made Me Do It

by Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP
Research is uncovering a link between our lifestyle, our genes, and a means to overcome the unhealthy connection between food and addiction.
Two human behaviors explain why we're still here: engaging in sex and consuming food. Both are inextricably linked by dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with reward and pleasure. It's what motivates us to read all three volumes of Fifty Shades of ...

Strength Training (for kids)

by Wayne Westcott, PhD, Avery Faigenbaum, EdD
Practical guidelines and recommended resistance exercises you can use today to improve youth muscle strength by as much as 74 percent!
Most people are aware that children in developed nations are experiencing epidemic levels of obesity, and that this problem is, in large part, associated with physical inactivity. However, the standard fitness recommendation to get more cardiovascular ...