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Archive for October 2007

Skinfold Thickness or BMI: Which Is Best for Teens?

Body mass index (BMI) during adolescence is a known predictor of what a teen will weigh as an adult. However, because BMI cannot distinguish between lean and fat body mass, is skinfold thickness a better indicator of body fat in adulthood? A new study says that yes, skinfold thickness is the superior measurement.

As part of the prospective Amsterdam Growth and Health Longitudinal St…

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Enjoying the Holiday Season

For some people, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the highlight of their year. They look forward to cooking turkeys, buying presents, singing carols and spreading the spirit of the holidays to everyone they meet.Then there are the rest of us. We’re not exactly Scrooges, but for us, celebrating the holidays can be a monumental effort often filled with stress. If the hol…

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Servicing Your Market

Getting a solid start at servicing your market begins with every single interaction you and your staff have with prospective and existing customers. At Twist Conditioning, o…

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CEC Course Special Populations

Total CECs0.2 CEC from ACE0.3 CEC from NSCA0.3 CEC from NASMAdditional credits may be available from other certifications.CEC-Approved ArticlesPower Training for Older AdultsHeart Disease: Is There a Gender Divide?Working With Diabetic ClientsLearning Objectives…

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Wellness Festivals Grow in Popularity

Body-mind fitness and wellness professionals should note the growing trend of wellness festivals occurring throughout the nation. For example, in Jackson, Wyoming; Sun Valley, Idaho; Snowmass Village, Colorado; and Mammoth Lakes, California, wellness festivals are now popular annual events, according to an article in The New York Times (August 3, 2007). Festival activities typically…

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Effective Coping Skills Increase “Good” Cholesterol

People who deal effectively with stress may enjoy not only greater peace of mind and spirit but also better physical health. In the Normative Aging Study, older Caucasian men with more effective skills for coping with stress had higher levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol than their more hostile or socially isolated peers.

Investigators from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oregon Stat…

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NASM Shoots for NBA

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has signed a new agreement with the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) that establishes NASM as the official provider of sports education for the organization. NASM will develop and market instructional programs in consultation with the NBATA while serving as a resource to each NBA team’s medical staff. With the new agreement, N…

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Substitute Iced Tea for Diet Soda

Looking for a healthy drink to replace your daily can of soda, which has recently been linked to an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome? Try making a jug of iced tea, which needn’t be just a summer drink. You will need four tea bags—regular orange pekoe or green tea—along with cold, fresh, purified water.

  1. Unwrap and carefully slide off any paper attached to the tea bag str…
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A Wide-Reaching Impact

Linda Dunn, MA, became a fitness professional by default. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama, resident couldn’t find a local group fitness class she liked after her regular teacher moved, so she decided to learn how to do it herself. More than 20 years later, and now retired from a job with the school system where she worked as a psychometrist and counselor, Dunn dedicates all of her time to fitness and w…

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Herbs to Avoid Before Surgery

Most doctors will advise patients to stop taking any herbal remedy at least 1 week prior to undergoing surgery. That’s because many herbal supplements can cause problems during and after an operation and may even delay the healing process. Here are some herbs that are especially problematic:

Echinacea. This herb can exacerbate the inflammation process and may interfere wi…

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A Ball for All

The stability ball has been used by physical therapists for years, and the fitness industry has fully embraced this tool for group exercise and private training. The stability ball creates an unstable surface and can be used for strength, balance, coordination, agility, core work and flexibility. Some of my favorite exercises challenge both balance and core strength. For review purposes,…

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Pumped-Up Programs

To help people learn better ways to run, IDEA member Mindy Solkin created a sports and conditioning class she calls Runditioning™ at The Running Center LLC, in New York City. Using functional training equipment and participants’own body weight, the class uses running-specific movements to teach good form and how to reduce injuries. “In running, the physiology is just half of th…

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Addressing the Instructor Gap

No new talent. A dearth of qualified instructors. Young people not interested in teaching. Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone—many markets across the country lack qualified professionals to teach group fitness. How can we reverse this trend? By hand-picking our newest talent and molding them into the instructors we wish we had! Mentoring novice instructors can help revitalize a group fitne…

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Tricks of the Trade

Although many of our clients do not like to change to another trainer when their own trainer is away, we do encourage it. We believe people can benefit from experiencing a different trainer, and we explain the advantages to our often reluctant clients. Sometimes we offer a discount for the session if they try a new trainer. If clients are attached to a comfortable routine, we prom…

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6-Week Success Story

Subject: Lori PattersonCompany: Boot Camp ChallengeTaking the Plunge. Lori Patterson, creator of Boot Camp Challenge™ (BCC) based in St. Peters, Missouri, has been involved in fitness for many years. “I entered the fitness industry 23 years ago, before it was tech…

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Heart Disease: Is There a Gender Divide?

Although many women worry about their risk of getting breast cancer, heart disease is actually the leading killer of females in America. Not only does heart disease kill more women than men each year (Thom et al. 2006), but females who survive a cardiac event fare much worse than their male counterparts (Blomkalns et al. 2005). Yet many women and their physicians fail to recognize the toll that…

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