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The Business of Fitness Outlook

Wondering what the future holds for careers in the fitness industry? According to a recent government report, job prospects for fitness professionals will be more favorable in the foreseeable future.

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Knock Out Kickboxing Injuries

Kickboxing continues to be popular among consumers, but fitness professionals have long been concerned about the rate of injuries in classes.
Although researchers have studied
incidence and injury in other fitness
formats, little information has been available on kickboxing injury rates—until now.

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Eat Less to Live Longer

In an era when everything from sport utility vehicles to hamburgers comes “supersized,” the notion that less is more may seem terribly out-of-date. But when it comes to calories, eating fewer may very well turn out to be a prescription for a longer—and healthier—life. The topic of calorie restriction has gotten a lot of attention…

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Yoga for Plus Sizes

As a plus-size person, are you curious to try yoga but convinced it won’t work for your body? The good news is you can benefit from yoga’s positive physiological and psychological effects. Practicing yoga can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways for you to become healthy, build confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes achieve weight loss.

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Nutrition Strategies for Managing Joint Pain

Dr. Jan Atwood, an incredibly fit 72-year-old retired exercise science professor from Penn State, knocked on my office door about a year ago. When I complimented her on looking so great, she humbly told me that her running days were over and walking was her new exercise focus despite the pain in her knees. She was hoping I could suggest a nutrition supplement or a special food that, put simply, could make the pain go away. Although I didn’t know Jan well, I knew she wouldn’t be asking for something unless the pain was real and persistent.

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Training Clients With Arthritis

With ArthritisBy Johndavid Maes and Len Kravitz, PhDLearning Objectives

After reading this article, readers should be able to:
Describe what arthritis is and the most common types.
Discuss the nationwide impact of this problem.
Describe the most common symptoms of this disease.
Discuss some of the myths and misunderstandings of arthritis.
State the appropriate exercise approach for those suffering from arthritis.


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Eccentric Strength Training: Impact on Seniors

If you train elderly clients, you’re aware that preventing falls is a key motivation for them to exercise. Now there’s news that the elderly can tolerate high-force eccentric strength training and that it can decrease their risk for falls, according to research in the May 2003 issue of The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (vol. 58, pp. 419-24).

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Multivitamins Help Heart Health

Do you want to provide your clients with every possible tool for preventing cardiovascular disease? You might point them to research showing that a multivitamin may help.
A study published in The American Journal of Medicine in December 2003 (vol. 115, pp. 702-7) found that C-reactive protein (CRP), an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, can be reduced by simply taking a multivitamin. The study, led by Timothy Church, MD, MPH, PhD, of The Cooper Institute, showed that a group taking a 24-ingredient multivitamin reduced its CRP level by 32 percent.

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Understanding Nutrition Research

Have you ever noticed that the media are constantly reporting findings from yet another nutrition research study? Knowing which types of studies are the most reliable is helpful, according to Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD, who presented on this topic at an American Dietetic Association (ADA) meeting. IDEA author Cathy Leman, RD/LD, draws on the ADA session to explain the different types of research, from the most to least reliable.

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The Preexercise Screening

Proper screening and risk stratification of clients who are starting exercise programs is important for promoting exercise safety and preventing adverse events during exercise. Personal fitness trainers (PFTs) must be able to utilize the proper tools and understand the information gathered from the preexercise screening. Components of this screening include the health history questionnaire (HHQ); physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q); risk stratification; and informed consent.

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Just when you thought there were no more ideas for group fitness class, along comes a new and nifty way to get people moving.

Russian Kettlebell classes are popping up at places like the SweatShop in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the Ridgewood, New Jersey, YMCA. The kettlebell is a weighted iron ball with a handle that comes in weight increments from 9 to 88 pounds. The workout is for approximately eight people and is touted as being useful for core strength conditioning as well as cardiovascular fitness.

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Owners and Managers

As a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, I will be guided by the best interests of the client. I will provide facilities and staff for effective exercise and lifestyle programs; ensure that staff maintains the education and experience necessary to appropriately train clients; uphold fair business practices and safety guidelines; and use truth, fairness and integrity to guide all my professional decisions and relationships.

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Prime-Time Hi-Lo

Group fitness instructors have always been innovators, viewing movement as something they can continually make more creative and fun. High-low is an example of an evolution that worked. This mixed-intensity class followed on the injured heels
of the 1980s’ high-impact aerobics.

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Sample Class: Core Storm™

Many facilities offer some type of “core” or “functional” training circuit classes. While these may meet club members’ demands, instructors don’t always have formal knowledge of their subject. This can be detrimental. A successful circuit is designed with a goal in mind, and the exercises should reflect this. It is also important to consider participants’…

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Josie Gardiner talks about positive attitudes and how to reach out to beginners.

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