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Archive for January 2006

How Do Muscles Grow?

Charge, S.B.P., & Rudnicki, M.A. 2004. Cellular and molecular regulation of muscle regeneration. Physiological Reviews, 84, 209–38.

Fitness professionals spend countless hours reading articles and research on new training programs and exercise ideas for developing muscular fitness. However, largely because of the topic’s physiological …

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Roasted Winter Vegetable Medley

The good news is that you can substitute potatoes for the parsnips or carrots for the squash in this quick and easy casserole.
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 onion, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons olive oil

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Organizing Your Options for To-Do Lists

As a fitness professional with a busy schedule, you know that crossing important tasks off your to-do list every day is a major step toward greater personal and work satisfaction. However, it’s challenging when your to-do items are scribbled on bits of paper strewn across your desk and stuffed into your appointment book or when your list just keeps getting longer and more unruly.

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Using METs in Program Design

Nowadays, metabolic equivalents (METs) are commonplace on display panels of treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical trainers and other cardiovascular machines, yet METs are often ignored because exercisers simply don’t know what they are or how to use them. This is unfortuna…

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UK Kids Fail the Test

More than 1 in 3 British children are clueless when it comes to knowing what chips (french fries) are made of, says a new—and discouraging—study conducted by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). In fact, more than 35% of the 8- to 14-year-olds surveyed were unable t…

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Light and Dark

The cool-down is a great time to introduce and explore the mind-body connection. During this phase, the body and mind make the transition from intense physical and intellectual stimulation to a state of equilibrium. Promote this balancing effect by harmonizing yin and yang energies, …

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“What is the youngest age you’d train a child or teen? Why?”

At Studio “A” in Montreal, we have a great focus on the youth market. About 90% of our 1,400 dancers are under 18 years of age, while some are as young as 3 years old. When youngsters are learning motor skills for dance or exercise, they sometimes start out looking like newborn fawns, all gangly and uncoordinated. As kids begin to master basic movement skills, they deve…

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Aging Gracefully in the Fitness Industry

“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
—Satchel Paige

It’s doubtful whether Mr. Paige ever performed a “down dog” in bike shorts after age 40 and faced with the reality of “droopy knees.” Most sane people would simply close their eyes in denial. When…

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Are Low-Fat Vegan Diets Safe?

Plant-based diets are typically associated with improved health and increased disease protection. However, some researchers have uncovered nutritional deficiencies in people who regularly consume an extremely low fat vegan diet (vegans eschew any kind of animal-based product). So, when it comes to all plants all the time, can you get too much of a good thing?
Not really, says a new s…

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The Buyer-Seller Dance

Three years ago I opened my own gym. My premise: “Build it, and trainers will come. Their rent and member dues will get me to the bottom line I need.” The concept worked out beautifully on paper. Admittedly, gym owners I spoke with warned me about depending on trainers t…

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A Measure of Success

When working with clients, we all understand the importance of setting goals, and most of us go through the process of examining and re-examining clients’ goals on a regular basis. However, when it comes to our own lives and businesses, it’s often a different story.
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Proactive and Purposeful Client Management

For those of you reading these columns in order, you may feel overwhelmed at this point, thinking to yourself, “I have so many systems I need to create. How can I possibly get started?” Remember the feeling you had in school of never being “finished”? When yo…

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Proactive and Purposeful Client Management

Synergistic Systems
By Kay L. Cross, MEd

Proactive and Purposeful Client Management
Develop systems to track, organize and manage clients and their data. For those of you reading these columns in order, you may feel overwhelmed at this point, thinking to yourself, “I have so many systems I need to create. How can I possibly get started?” Remember the feeling you had in school of never being “fini…

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The Importance of Protective Legal Documentation

Legal & Risk Management
By Sean Riley, MS, JD

The Importance of Protective Legal Documentation
Don’t leave home without it! Personal training is a business. All businesses, especially those–like fitness– that carry inherent risks of injury, must protect themselves from lawsuits. At some point, most people who work out will experience some sort of exercise-related injury. Without legal protectio…

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