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Archive for January 2001

Upping the Fun Factor

As amazing as it now seems, back in the 1970s we had to prove that aerobic dance could actually increase your heart rate. “Yes, cardio activity is effective,” our new and growing industry asserted. Once this effectiveness was established, researchers began publishing studies that detailed injuries sustained during aerobics classes. So in the 1980s and 1990s, our adolescent industry committed to making classes safe.

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Kicking Around New Kickboxing Ideas

Experienced teachers know that class variety is one secret to long-term success and self-preservation. Teaching a wide repertoire of class modes—for instance, step, indoor cycling and kickboxing—can help prevent burnout and improve your teaching skills. Developing options within a mode—endurance cycling, mind-body ride and power spin, for example, or step interval, multiple step and advanced step—is also important.

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Dealing With Fellow Instructors’ Eating or Exercise Disorders, Problem Solver

I suspect that one of my colleagues has an eating disorder and another suffers from exercise addiction. While I’m inclined to mind my own business, participants are starting to talk. Some of them are worried and asking me whether these instructors have a problem. Others comment on how great these instructors look and are asking me their “secret to success.” What do I do, if anything?

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Improving Sports Performance, Client Handout

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Expert tips on maintaining health and fitness

Improving Sports Performance
o you want to strengthen your skills in golf, tennis, running, cycling or swimming? Your personal trainer can design a sport-specific fitness workout to meet your needs. The following 10 insights from Patty S. Freedson, PhD, exercise physiologist from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explain why…

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When Clients Feel Pain

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By Greg Roskopf, MA

When Clients Feel Pain
How can you identify muscle imbalances that contribute to discomfort or distress?

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s personal fitness trainers, we recognize our role as specialists in exercise maintenance. On a daily basis, we set up exercise programs designed to help our clients reach their fitness goals. With the educational background and the skills we possess, trai…

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Upping the Fun Factor

As amazing as it now seems, back in the 1970s we had to prove that aerobic dance could actually increase your heart rate. “Yes, cardio activity is effective,” our new and growing industry
asserted. Once this effectiveness was established, researchers began publishing studies that
detailed injuries sustained
during aerobics classes. So in
the 1980s and 1990s, our
adolescent industry committed
to making classes safe. ‰

Read More

Dealing With Fellow Instructors’ Eating or Exercise Disorders

I suspect that one of my colleagues has an eating disorder and another suffers from exercise addiction. While I’m inclined to mind my own business, participants are starting to talk. Some of them are worried and asking me whether these instructors have a problem. Others comment on how great these instructors look and are asking me their “secret to success.” What do I do, if anything?

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Ethical Practice Guidelines for Group Fitness Instructors

1. Always be guided by the best interests of the group, while acknowledging individuals.
a. Remember that a group fitness instructor’s primary obligation is to the group as a whole, taking class level and class description into account.
b. Strive to provide options and realistic goals that take individual variations into account.
c. Offer modifications for all levels of fitness and experience (i.e., demonstrate easy and more challenging options).

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