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Archive for December 2002

The Spinal Extensors

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By Greg Roskopf, MA

The Spinal Extensors
The Stabilizers of the Cervical Spine
his is the eighth in a series of articles that address how muscles work synergistically to create efficient movement at each joint. The previous article examined the muscles that support the thoracic spine; this discussion covers the posterior muscles of the cervical spine. The cervical spine’s muscle fu…

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Preventing Burnout Among Personal Trainers

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2002 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Survey

It’s no secret that the success of a fitness business relies on the people who work in it. A business with modern equipment, a desirable location and plenty of parking still needs creative and attentive staff who can keep people exercising. The good news is that, even though the overall U.S. economy has been lagging,…

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Tennis Gets Wet

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Fitness Getaways

Vacation. For most, the word evokes images of sunny beaches, ski slopes and drinks with tiny umbrellas in them. However, for personal trainers, it conjures images of bills piling up because of income loss. Whether you or your clients take a trip, the result for you is the same: diminished finances. Many trainers simply adjust…

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Market for Massage Growing, Especially Among Seniors

Getting new certifications is always a great way to leverage downtime into new revenue sources, and one area to consider seriously is massage therapy. In early August 2002, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) asked 511 American men and 510 American women about their experiences with and thoughts on massage therapy. Their responses suggest that…

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Study Shows Stability Ball Best for Stability

If you have promoted stability ball exercises for strength training, you may want to adjust your recommendation. A study published in the August 2002 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that they may not be so effective in this regard.

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Youth Obesity Thick Enough to Cut With a Knife

If kids keep eating treats such as deep-fried Twinkies, they very well may end up going where people usually don’t and shouldn’t go until they’re adults (if at all): the operating table.

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Optimize Endurance Training

OOne of your clients, a recreational runner, tells you that she has just registered for a 10K road race and would appreciate your input in designing a training program. Wanting to optimize her endurance training, you do some background research and discover that lactate threshold is the best predictor of endurance performance. However, in your reading, ventilatory threshold, anaerobic threshold and other obscure terms are cited as the same physiological event. Intrigued but confused, you wonder what all of these terms mean.

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The Spinal Extensors

This is the eighth in a series of articles that address how muscles work synergistically to create efficient movement at each joint. The previous article examined the muscles that support the thoracic spine; this discussion covers the posterior muscles of the cervical spine. The cervical spine’s muscle functions are more intricate and delicate than those…

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IHRSA Names U.S. Locations With Greatest Health Club Attendance

You don’t need a sports championship to be proud of your state or city. If your home is on either of the two lists recently released by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), it excels in what really counts: fitness awareness and participation.

Compiled from data collected in the 2001 Health Club Trend Report, these lists indicate the U.S. states and metropolitan areas with the highest rates of health club membership. Here are the top 10 of each:

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Get Active, Lose Weight

You’ve heard all about the dangers of being overweight and how exercise can help, but you just can’t seem to get motivated, because it seems so strenuous! The good news is that even a small amount of exercise can make a big difference. Physical activity contributes to weight loss, especially when it is combined with…

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