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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 ...

Cycling Up

by Alex Walsh, MA
Inner IDEA: A strategy for enhancing clients' physiological and psychological state.
You know your next client, Doug, really well. He's been working with you for 2 years, he's committed to his fitness program, and while his body is already well-conditioned, he is determined to keep improving. His session will focus mainly on intense ...

Why Women Need Weight Training

Again and again, research has shown that women who maintain a regular, moderate strength training program benefit from a long list of health advantages. Some still fear that weight training might bulk them up in unfeminine ways; however, as women of all ...

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 ...

Secrets of Successful Strength Training

Are you getting bored with your strength training program, or not getting the same results you did when you started? It's easy to fall into a weight training rut, doing the same old routine of favorite exercises day in, day out. Unfortunately, too much ...

Foot Type: Choosing Shoes

Want to enjoy a lifetime of exercise? Make sure you wear the shoes that best suit your feet. Shoes are made for all types of feet and actions, and knowing your foot type can aid you in selecting shoes that will help prevent injury. Alexandra ...

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 ...

Brain Stimulation Across Lifespan May Reduce Dementia

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Engaging in lifestyle activities such as reading, writing or doing crossword puzzles throughout your lifespan may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, reports the Archives of Neurology (2012; doi:10.1001/archneurol.2011.2748). Alzheimer's disease is the ...

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 ...

Hiring? Use Social Media!

by Alexandra Williams, MA
As a manager or director, you're constantly keeping your ears and eyes open at your facility for potential new trainers and instructors. That's smart. What's even smarter is also to use social media- such as Twitter(tm), Facebook and LinkedIn(r)-to ...