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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Meaning Behind the Movement

Abbie Appel is best known for her unique use of strength equipment and for her ability to tweak a basic movement and make it fresh and exciting. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Appel is a seasoned, internationally recognized fitness educator and group exercise instructor. She is a …

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