Today, obesity and all its associated disease systems make it essential that fitness professionals help clients put a strong focus on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. While solid nutrition practices should always be top of mind in the pursuit of a balanced health regime, this national focus on the topic gives each of you a terrific opportunity to inject awareness of healthy behaviors in your classes, studio or facility. What about sharing a nutrition tip each day you teach this month? Consider sending weekly e-mail blasts and attaching some of the great nutrition Fitness Handouts and healthy recipes from our Get Fit! section on the IDEA website (www.ideafit.com/fitness). Make it a goal to place extra effort this month on reaching out to your clients and providing them with the success tools to build lasting behavior change.
IDEA has always felt strongly about this topic. So much so that for more than a decade, IDEA’s editors have produced an annual nutrition issue. In addition to our usual in-depth news and research coverage in the Food for Thought section, this issue holds two, full-length CEC features on highly relevant topics written by experts. “Beyond Energy Imbalance” by contributing editor Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD, presents a useful review of weight management research that reveals how people lose weight—and keep it off. “The Latest Findings on Vitamins & Minerals” by Maggie Moon, MS, RD, looks at the emerging news on micronutrients and how to apply the findings to your high-performance clients. We hope you’ll enjoy this well-crafted content. Dive in and feed your minds so you can help your clients feed themselves the right things!
In a separate content realm, we are proud to introduce the IDEA Certificate Program, a video-based home-study program created for group exercise instructors, but valuable also for personal trainers. While many companies offer certificate programs for such training, we realized that IDEA could offer something different by helping instructors and trainers develop critical foundational skills. Our program director and group exercise committees have told us for years that these basics are sorely missing in today’s instructors and also in personal trainers who are making the leap to teach group strength and boot camps. This education is valuable for the individual instructors or personal trainers hoping to sharpen skills or layer them onto their existing base, but also invaluable for program directors trying to grow and train their staffs.
This powerful teaching series has two tracks: Group Strength Program Design and Choreography Class Design. Instructors can take one or the other—or take both! IDEA’s elite presenters (Carol Murphy, Shannon Fable, Donna Hutchinson, Rob Glick and Petra Kolber) serve as course faculty. For each specialty track, they progress instructors through up to 8 hours of material to prepare them for the homework assignments and exam that accompany the video curriculum.
Successful completion of the test is rewarded with an IDEA Certificate of Completion that can be added to a resumé or presented to an employer to show professional growth. The coursework can also be taken for CECs/CEUs (there are up to 6 hours of CECs/CEUs available from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NFPT, NCCPT and W.I.T.S.). Purchasers of either course will receive a bonus streaming video on how to become an extraordinary teacher.
For pricing and more information, please visit www.ideafit.com/group-certificate-program.
In good health,
Kathie and Peter Davis