Personal Trainer Tidbits

by April Durrett on Jul 01, 2003

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Weight Training Helps Prostate Cancer Patients

A study published in the May 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that men with prostate cancer who were on hormone therapy benefited from weight training because it helped counteract some of the side effects of the hormone therapy. The men reported less fatigue and a better quality of life from doing upper- and lower-body weight training over a 12-week period.

The Ramp: The Next Step?

Gin Miller has ventured into a new direction with the release of a new cardio activity called Ramping. It uses an adjustable incline board—The Ramp—and pressing or lunging movements that push off of The Ramp. The movements aim to work the hips, glutes and hamstrings. The incline is reported to provide a safe angle for executing press and lunging movements that work these muscles. See or for more info.

Health Insurance Deductions Increase

Being a self-employed trainer can be challenging. Luckily, the IRS will be giving American trainers one break in 2003. The deductible percentage for self-employed health insurance will increase from 70 percent in 2002 to 100 percent in 2003. For more details on whether you’re eligible for the deduction, check with your tax advisor or see


In “The Remarkable Calorie” feature on page 30 of the April 2003 issue of IDEA Personal Trainer it is erroneously stated that “Proteins are broken down first into amino acids and dietary fats and then into free fatty acids and glycerol.” Co-author Len Kravitz, PhD, points out that the statement should have read: “Proteins are broken down into amino acids, and dietary fats into free fatty acids and glycerol.”

Risk of ACL Ruptures Higher for Some Women

A new study published in the May 1 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery should be of interest to your female clients who play sports that involve pivoting and jumping, like basketball, volleyball and soccer. The study found that these women were up to 8 times more likely to rupture their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) than male athletes who play the same sports. Why? The muscles around the knee didn’t protect the ligament as well as the men’s during external loading of the knee.

IDEA Personal Trainer, Volume 2004, Issue 7

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April Durrett

April Durrett IDEA Author/Presenter

April Durrett is a contributing editor for IDEA Fitness Journal.