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Archive for September 2007

2007 IDEA Award Winners: Affecting Change

This year’s batch of nominees was full of serious competition, however Lisa Druxman, Bill Sonnemaker and Fred Hoffman were honored with the industry’s most prestigious awards.Lisa Druxman, MA, IDEA Program Director of the YearBefore the creation of Stroller Strides® LLC, the nation’s largest postnatal fitness program, Lisa Druxman struggle…

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The Uniform Question

Both the IDEA Personal Trainer Code of Ethics and the IDEA Group Fitness Instructor Code of Ethics urge fitness professionals to “uphold a professional image through conduct and appearance.” However, what type of clothing helps fitness professionals project the right image? Some owners and managers believe that providing uniforms is key…

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Programs With Promise

Crunch helps its members get in touch with their inner daredevil performers with Club Cirque. The class is based on movements from static trapeze and other circus disciplines and focuses on agility, flexibility, acrobatics and strength. Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood Shores, California, caters to children ages 8–13 with a well-rounded, specialized Youth Exercis…

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Sample Class: 3, 2, 1 Dance

So you think you can’t dance? You don’t need to be a professional dancer to teach a fun, heart-pumping, soul-soaring dance-based class. If you can walk, you can dance—it takes three easy moves. The only differences are style and a touch of attitude. Also, if you don’t believe that you can dance, how can you instill confidence in your students? If you help them believe that they can dan…

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Step Into Namasté

Do your participants think the strength and cardio sections are the only important aspects of step class? The cool-down can be just as important, if not more so. While there are infinite ways to cool the body down, why not try adding yoga moves for stretching, balance and stabilization? Begin cooling down with basic grapevines and step-touches within a smaller range of motion, but make the moves d…

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The Body-Mind Cube

Runners and swimmers, dancers and gymnasts, bodybuilders and bowlers. None of them are likely to be described as body-mind fitness types. In books on the topic (Iknoian 2001; Seabourne 2001), membership in the “body-mind fitness club” is largely reserved for those who practice yoga, tai chi, Pilates, qigong or some martial art. To borrow Susan Powter’s (1995) phrase, we simply have to “s…

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Got Calcium?

Conventional wisdom has long held that calcium plus vitamin D offers the best antidote for age-related bone loss. In fact, those ubiquitous “Got Milk” commercials boast of the calcium-rich beverage’s ability to strengthen bones. And some research suggests that both calcium and vitamin D play a critical role in maintaining bone health (Heaney 2007). Since calcium is a building bloc…

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Tricks of the Trade

Finding and making time for your own workouts is any trainer’s hardest daily task. I struggled with this challenge for many years but finally sorted it out after much anguish and many missed workouts.Like most trainers, at the beginning of my career I was not that busy and had ample time for working out. With the quick growth of a client base and the exciting cash flow t…

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Building a Full Schedule

Obtaining a full client load is a crucial aspect of a personal trainer’s job, but getting those clients can often seem the most laborious and difficult task of all. Whether working the floor at a large, full-service gym or striking out as an independent contractor, each trainer must find a way to attract new clients or all the hard work and dedication put into earning his title will be for naug…

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AEDs Required in California Fitness Facilities

It’s been 3 months since all
fitness facilities and studios in California were required to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) program in place (the implementation date was July 1). If this requirement applies to you, are you up to code? If you don’t live in California, visit www.ncsl.org/programs/health/
aed.htm to see if your state
requires …

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The Evolution of Fitness

Subject: Vito La FataCompany: Fitness Evolution“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” —Charles DarwinKeeping Up With the Genes’s. It is not hard to grasp V…

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Jacki Sorensen

Jacki Sorensen is credited with originating one of the most significant fitness movements in history: aerobic dance—the combination of fitness and dance that swept the world in the ÔÇÿ70s before evolving into the multifaceted group exercise classes of today.

Thirty-eight years later, Sorensen still lives and breathes choreography, crea…

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2007 IDEA World Fitness Convention™®: Redefining Normal

When you attend an industry conference, do you expect to leave it so exhilarated, inspired and infused with new notions that your time there can actually be classified as a life- or career-transforming experience? It seems this happens to a few people every year at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, but this year it seemed to be a current that ran through the largest global delegate pool IDEA h…

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A New Business Model: Partner & Small-Group Training

Fitness trend watchers, take note: there’s a creative business model sweeping the personal trainer market, and it’s called partner and group training. At Body By Design personal training studio in Cairo, Egypt, partner and group training now form a major part of the business. “I have been fully booked since I started freelance personal training 8 years ago,” explains Body By Design owner Anna L…

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International Inspiration

Nothing fires up fitness professionals more than the thought of helping others discover the joy of living healthy, active lives. Individually, we do phenomenal work to make a difference in our communities. Universally, however, we can’t do it all alone: we need to connect with each other to share knowledge and information and to brainstorm new ways to reach the people we want to serve. The fabu…

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Strength Exercise May Slow ALS Progression

A small study published in the June 5 issue of Neurology (2007; 68, 2003-2007) found that individual strength training programs should be designed for people with early-stage ALS to allow them to maintain their independence and function for as long as possible. ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken…

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Media Morsels

Video Game Ups Ante on Active Play Nintendo has taken Donkey Kong up a notch or two. One of the company’s latest product concepts, revealed during the E3 Media & Business Summit in July, might just put some personal fitness trainers out of business (or be a new profit center). The Wii Fit™ Balance Board (name not final) is a pressure-sensitive controller th…

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Exercise and Age-Related Prejudice

While it may not be exactly fair, older adults who exercise are viewed more favorably than their sedentary cohorts, according to an article published in the June issue of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2007; 29 [3], 333–47). British participants—180 men and 180 women—were randomly recruited from a busy shopping center and provided one of three written descriptions of a…

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Chicken and White-Bean Cassoulet

While delicious, French cassoulets are traditionally high in calories and animal fat, owing to the inclusion of sausages, duck and pork. This low-calorie version substitutes chicken breasts for those fatty meats. The recipe gets its great taste from using bone-in chicken breasts with the skin left on (but later removed), which yields a rich broth. It also emphasizes using dry beans, to avoid th…

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Effective Ghost Managing

If you are like a lot of program directors, you manage people you rarely see—or who rarely see you. This makes you a “ghost manager.” The biggest challenge in being a ghost manager lies in connecting with and motivating your staff. Ghost managers can be responsible for 30 or more instructors who work about 1–3 hours per week, and for 50-plus time slots on the schedule. Most instructors teach pa…

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