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Archive for March 2002

Boosting Body Image in Your Classes

Boosting Body Image in Your Classes
By Amanda E. Vogel, MA

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ne role we have as fitness instructors is educating participants about health and fitness. But how much responsibility do we have for the way class participants perceive their own bodies? And what about the way they perceive our bodies? In fact, our influence is so strong that we have

an obligation to help participants–and our collea…

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Strength Training Class Warm-Ups

Once upon a time, group fitness instructors started their strength training classes with a relatively static warm-up that consisted of single-joint movements, such as head circles, shoulder rolls backwards and forwards, and hip swings side to side. As the industry progressed, warm-ups became more varied and we branched out—maybe too far out! Today’s warm-up options range from no warm-up at all to 10-minute, low-impact cardio warm-ups, with many variations in between.

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First-Ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers

You’re never too young to be physically active! The National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) recommends that infants should be encouraged to be physically active from the beginning of life. NASPE warns that confining babies and young children to strollers, playpens, car seats or infant seats for hours at a time may delay physical and cognitive development.

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Curbing the Chatty Cathys in Your Classes, Problem Solver

Curbing the Chatty Cathys in Your Classes

Q: A:

What do you say or do when two (or more!) people in your class keep talking during the workout? These magpies are nice people, but they have no clue how irritating their conversation is to everyone else in the room. What can I do to retain class control without looking like a control freak?

Marina Aagaard, Roende, Denmark

other participants will …

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Moving Beyond Roadblocks, Client Handout

You want to exercise regularly, but you keep encountering roadblocks—those persuasive excuses you come up with for not sticking to your plan. To make exercise part of your life, you need to identify your roadblocks and find ways to move beyond them. Sherri McMillan, MSc, co-owner of Northwest Personal Training & Fitness Education in Vancouver, Washington, and 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, offers some help:

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Boosting Body Image in Your Classes

Defining the Problem

Instructors who field desperate questions from participants about spot reducing and calorie burning know firsthand about people’s preoccupation with body image. And negative body perception runs rampant in our own industry.

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Curbing the Chatty Cathys in Your Classes

Q:What do you say or do when two (or more!) people in your class keep talking during the workout? These magpies are nice people, but they have no clue how irritating their conversation is to everyone else in the room. What can I do to retain class control without looking like a control freak?

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Research

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently published its current Position Stand on “Appropriate Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults” (Jakicic, J.M., et al., 2001, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 33 [12], 2145-56). This evidence-based position paper updates existing guidelines, including those pertaining to the quality and quantity of exercise necessary for weight loss.

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Physical Activity: 10 FAQs and Answers

physical activity FAQs

Every day, fitness professionals are faced with a multitude of questions that range from losing weight to rehabilitating injuries. While it is difficult to know all the answers, providing clients with ready responses can be a testament to your professional credibility. This article addresses some of the more popular questions clients ask and provides the information you need to answer them quickly.

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Sleepless in the Gym?

April is National Sleep Awareness Month, and with nearly 70 million Americans affected by sleeping disorders, it’s likely that fitness professionals will encounter clients struggling with insomnia. Promoting the link between exercise and sound sleep may both wake up a new market and enhance the exercise benefits of current clients. For clients seeking to improve their sleep, keep in mind the following tips when designing an exercise program:

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World Beat: Guatemala

Indoor cycling, kickboxing, boot camp, strength training, step classes, yoga and water fitness classes are all popular in Guatemala, a country with nearly 13 million people. Men especially enjoy kickboxing, indoor cycling, boot camp and yoga classes. Classes that use equipment such as the Body Bar, rubber bands and stability balls are also well liked. Since Guatemala has a tropical climate, popular activities outside of fitness facilities include triathlons, mountain biking, jogging, football, swimming and baseball.

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Energy Bar Labels Can Deceive

Is your favorite energy bar all it’s cracked up to be? Maybe not, according to a review of the contents of 30 popular energy bars.
ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products, conducted a nutrition bar product review, testing 30 bars to ensure that their label claims matched the nutritional content of the bars. The testing showed that an alarming 60 percent of the products did not meet their label claims, with only 12 products passing the review.

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Fitness Facility Growth Continues

The total number of health clubs in the United States grew to a record 17,807 facilities in the second half of 2001, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
From January 2001 to January 2002, 869 new clubs and fitness centers opened their doors—an increase of
5.1 percent in that period. The increase represents the fourth consecutive year that the number of fitness facilities in
the United States has grown; since 1992, the number of clubs has increased by
41 percent.

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Proprioceptive Training Helps Ankles

Of all sports-related injuries, 15 to 45 percent are ankle ligament injuries. And if you or your clients participate in sports with a lot of jumping and cutting moves, ankle injuries are even more of a risk. The results of a recent study show that incorporating proprioceptive training into an exercise regime can help prevent recurrent ankle injuries.

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Partner Up!

Thinking of starting a personal training business with a partner or adding a partner to an existing business? Two heads are better than one, according to the old adage, and it’s a good way to spread risk. But, make sure your partner is right for you before taking any major financial steps together. Following are some tips from Karen Cheney at www.quicken.com.
IDEA PERSONAL Trainer March 2002 what’s new

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Finalists!Finalists!Meet the

Over the past five years since the inception of IDEA’s Personal Trainer of the Year Award, we have reviewed the dossiers of so many impressive candidates that it makes us proud and excited to be part of the personal training industry.
This year’s award presentation will take place at the 2002 IDEA® Personal Trainer International Summit in Baltimore during the Keynote Morning Session on March 1.

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