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Archive for December 2005

Yoga Instructors Rush to Help Katrina Survivors

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, yoga teachers were among the many who hurried to provide aid. Amy McDowell, chief financial officer of YogaFit® Training Systems Worldwide Inc., based in Redondo Beach, California, made this appeal to 35,000 YogaFit-certified instructors: “In the spirit of helping our fellow man, cat, dog and other living beings, we enc…

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New Year, New Business Strategies

January is a time when most personal trainers gear up for an influx of new clients and a welcome increase in business. But if you’re busy scheduling lots of free consultations and enticing new clients with discounted training packages, you might be setting yourself up to lose profits in 2006—at least according to Phil Kaplan, Palm Beach, Florida–based owner of Ph…

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“What do you do if you periodically feel less motivated than usual in your career as a trainer?”

When I feel my motivation starting to wane, I step back and ask myself why. How can I not be motivated when I absolutely love my work?
The first thing I do is review my schedule. Once I see my monthly schedule in front of me, the red flags are all there. I just hadn’t taken the time to look for them. The most deadly trap I fall into with scheduling is working early in…

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Media Morsels

Sport & Health Clubs, with 26 locations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, has started a campaign to fight obesity in and around the nation’s capital. Together with Project Fit America, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving cardiovascular health and fitness for children, Sport & Health plans to raise $1 million to install outdoor exercise equipment and es…

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Remembering How to Play

What do parents say is the main reason their children are overweight? According to an AP-KOL poll on attitudes about childhood obesity (October, 2005), of the 21% of parents surveyed who admitted their children were overweight, 38% said that lack of exercise was the main culprit. Easy access to junk food came in a close second, followed by genetics and eating unhealthy food. The telephone in…

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More Scientific Evidence for the Mind-Body Connection

Recent research conducted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor provides concrete evidence of the mind-body connection through study of the placebo effect. Scientists have long been puzzled by questions of how and why some people, under certain circumstances, are able to achieve improved physical well-being simply through positive expectations. Many researchers have dismissed the pla…

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Catching & Spreading a Serious Vibe

The vibe of the Big Apple is organic. The sidewalks hum with the whoosh of the subway underfoot; the air is a noisy conversation of rumbles, horns and sirens; and the streets are a feast of lights and odd sights for the eyes to consume, one blink at a time. The vibe hits you in the gut and radiates outward, an aura of energy leaving traces of vitality everywhere—a force that can’…

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From Postrehabilitation to Play

It’s rare to come across a client who has not had some kind of injury. No matter how thoroughly you screen, more often than not a client remembers an old injury after the fact. The population once thought of as “normal healthy individuals” are in fact “walking wounded” and appearing at our doors in droves. They are looking for someone to help them regain thei…

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Vigorous Exercise Lessens Pain in Older Exercisers

Musculoskeletal pain is a common complaint, especially as age encroaches. A recent study in the September 19 issue of Arthritis Research & Therapy (2005; 7 [6], 1263–70) found that older adults who exercise consistently over a long period of time experience about 25% less pain than their sedentary counterparts.
Researchers followed more than 800 runners and inactive…

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Earning an Online Exercise Degree

Troy Stewart Huggett, a self-employed personal trainer, wanted to obtain a master’s degree in physical education. However, he faced a stumbling block: Running his own business, Troy Huggett’s Fitness Pros LLC in Battle Creek, Michigan, meant a hectic work schedule that didn’t leave him much time to attend on-site classes. The solution? He enrolled in and earned an online…

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Risk Management: Is Your Club Compliant or Complacent?

As we usher in a new year, it is important to recognize the pressing need for all fitness facilities to remain compliant with established industry standards. Failure to achieve such compliance can expose you and/or your club to costly legal liability.
With so much on their plates each day, it is understandable that many fitness managers fall into a state of complacency, failing to ta…

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Study: Obesity Increases Costs at Workplace

What impact does obesity have on America’s bottom line? Researchers at RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study to record costs associated with heft in the workplace. The findings appeared in the September/ October 2005 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
The average annual per capita inc…

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Don’t Cancel That Class!

Recently I was faced with the biggest challenge of my professional management career. I had just posted an exciting, eclectic group exercise schedule boasting 75 classes a week. Many were specialty offerings, such as yoga, aqua arthritis, cycling and senior fitness. Then calls began to pour in from instructors telling me they’d be unavailable. Six of them were going to be away in th…

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Aspirin and Vitamin E Get an “F”

Recent findings from the 40,000-subject Women’s Health Study were disappointing to those who regularly take aspirin or vitamin E for disease prevention. The latest results of this ongoing trial appeared in the July 6, 2005, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Published under two separate studies, the findings put to rest the notion th…

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A Little Knowledge Is a Healthy Thing

High-school students who are provided nutrition information in cafeterias are more likely to make healthy food choices than those who do not have access to such guidelines, says a study published in The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (spring 2005).
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Keeping in Touch With Colleagues

Most professionals understand the importance of networking, but what good is it if you lose track of the valuable contacts you make throughout your career?

Kathy Conant of Brookfield, Connecticut, believes that staying connected with other fitness professionals is crucial. &ldq…

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