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Archive for August 2004

Navigating Personal Trainer Certifications

Mainstream consumers are starting to embrace personal training, currently one of the leading growth trends in the fitness industry. Once considered within the reach only of celebrities and wealthy socialites, personal fitness trainer (PFT) services are now valued by more people, and more of them are willing to pay. Leading fitness centers throughout the U.S. have thriving personal training programs.

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A Veteran Trainer Shares His Insight

Personal training in my small coastal community has been very challenging, yet rewarding, since I started my business in January 2004. We are beginning to set ourselves up as health and fitness industry leaders in the area. I just recently began heavily networking with local business owners, hotels and physicians. I have also attended personal…

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new guidelines on nutrition & women’s health

Women are at unique risk for certain nutrition-related diseases and conditions. Many of these diseases and conditions are caused by unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that may be preventable if women are given correct advice and information. To assist health professionals in educating this group about healthful eating habits and other lifestyle choices, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Dietitians of Canada have released a new Position Paper on nutrition and women’s health.

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eat less to live longer?

At a time when everything from sport utility vehicles to hamburgers comes “supersized,” the notion that less is more may seem out-of-date to some Americans. But when it comes to calories, eating fewer just might be a prescription for a longer, healthier life. Learn about the theory and research behind calorie restriction from Jenna A. Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD, and assistant professor of medical dietetics at Ohio State University.

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three papers presented at ACSM’s annual meeting

How Does Talking Affect Heart Rate During Exercise?

Mistretta, J.L., et al. 2004. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 36 (5, Suppl.), S4.

Background. Social opportunities during exercise—such as having a partner for conversation—provide a distraction and may encourage adherence. As long as exercise intensity is sufficient relative to participants’ fitness levels, benefits can be derived.

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Throw Members a Curve

It seems that each week there’s a new 30-minute express circuit facility popping up. Curves®, Ladies Workout Express®, Liberty Fitness Centers®, Butterfly Life®, Why Weight?®, Slender Lady®, PACE®, It Figures! Fitness® . . . the list goes on and on. Why all the hype? “I’m busy and I don’t have a lot of time to…

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Balance Your Act

The BOSU® Balance Trainer has rapidly become part of our group fitness classes. Its versatility makes it a great addition to almost any format; however, it is essential to acclimate students to the dome’s uneven surface before warming up.
For a safe and successful class, teach participants how the body reacts on the BOSU by introducing moves that generate warmth in the muscles as well as the mind. This will help students adapt and feel more confident, opening the door to greater learning and participation.

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de-stress in nature

Do you ever find yourself promoting wellness but not feeling all that well yourself? Do you sometimes feel you’re trapped in a concrete jungle? Do you need a change of scenery—and attitude? It’s time to step outside and revel in the wonders of nature.

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Real-Life Programs for Real People

Subject: Lynne Greer
business: Healthy Wishes in Bishop, California

Her Clientele. Greer works with a range of clients in her town, including older women whose activities of daily living have become more challenging. She also frequently works with clients who’ve been to physical therapists and now need help exercising on their own.

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moving slow in a fast world

In an era in which Americans are primarily concerned with losing weight and gaining muscle mass, it is no wonder that the slow-moving martial art of tai chi has been a bit of a hard sell.
Tai chi won’t fold under your bed for easy storage, nor will it claim to reduce inches off your waistline in “just 3 minutes a day.” The reality is, however, that those who practice tai chi are likely to get stronger, have less anxiety, move more organically and gracefully, improve their balance and enjoy more flexibility.

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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Testing

Imagine this scenario: A client comes to you for 6 months of training with the main goal of improving his cardiorespiratory endurance. Six months from now, how will you know if your training program was a success? Perhaps your client will say he looks and feels better. Maybe you will notice he is able to…

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Using Foam Rollers in the Fitness Setting

BY CATHERINE FISCELLA, MSPT

Using Foam Rollers
in the

Here’s a fun way to add a new dimension to your personal training sessions and group fitness classes.

Fitness Setting

Foam rollers have long been used in rehabilitation clinics as a multipurpose tool to improve core stability, balance, proprioception, soft-tissue mobility and body awareness. Now these versatile devices are being seen in Pil…

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Capitalizing on a Reduced Schedule

Has your schedule suddenly opened up? If you are a group exercise instructor, perhaps the number of classes you teach has been reduced; or, as a personal trainer, maybe you have lost a couple of clients who have moved away, gone on vacation or simply decided to exercise on their own. Now you find the hours of your day, once jam-packed with work, stretching endlessly before you.

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food after fifty

In a 1984 snapshot taken as he crossed the finish line of a half marathon, 40-year-old Peter Larson looked “lean and mean” at 162 pounds. Now, 20 years later, Larson weighs in at 192 pounds. So what’s changed? For Larson, like millions of aging Baby Boomers who are losing the battle of the bulge, caloric intake no longer matches energy expenditure.

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Using Foam Rollers in the Fitness Setting

Foam rollers have long been used in rehabilitation clinics as a multipurpose tool to improve core stability, balance, proprioception, soft-tissue mobility and body awareness. Now these versatile devices are being seen in Pilates mat classes, weight rooms, athletic training centers, physical therapy clinics and yoga studios.

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Counteracting Momentum During Exercise

One of the most common mistakes exercisers make during strength training is
to use momentum. For everyday movements, the use of momentum is normal and adaptive. It is the body’s way of conserving energy, particularly during running, throwing or pushing activities. But during strength training, momentum is counterproductive because it decreases the work a muscle does, thereby decreasing the effectiveness of the exercise. What’s worse, it is dangerous to the joints and spinal cord, since it overloads these areas, causing unnecessary “wear and tear.”

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A Motivating Mix

Yomenco combines yoga movements and breathing exercises with flamenco dance rhythms. Program creator Bruce Van Horn, chief executive officer of Yoga for Business Inc. in Spring Valley, New York, teaches Yomenco to nursing home residents in the New York metropolitan area. “Many of my students are in wheelchairs,” says Van Horn in a press release. “Their energy and enthusiasm for this type of physical stimulation carry them through the session. The movements enhance their stamina and markedly improve their mental state.”

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Trends in Personal Training

SEPTEMBER 2004, VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2

Trainer Survey
By Patricia Ryan

Trends in Personal Training
New survey shows trainers are confident and profession is growing.

About the Respondents

IDEA PFT members who gave us permission to use their e-mail addresses were sent three e-mail invitations to link to a Web-based survey in April 2004. The 157 trainers who responded represent 36% owners, 13% perso…

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Molding a Mighty Mission

Reinvigoration Strategies
By Kay L. Cross, MEd

Molding a Mighty Mission
C r a f t i n g a pu r po s e a nd m is s i on s t a t e m e nt c a n he l p y ou a t t a i n y ou r v i s i on a n d r e in v i go r a t e your career.

Reinvigorating your business requires that you examine where you are now and envision where you want to be in the future. Crafting a purpose and mission enables you to turn …

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