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Archive for December 2007

Stretch or Strength?

Some people believe that stretching before exercise lowers your injury risk. However, research has found that mild stretching can cause damage at the cyto­skeletal level of the muscle (Bracko 2002). Static stretching has an analgesic effect; the body uses this protective mechanism to increase tolerance for pain during stretching. Once this effect is triggered, it’s not a good idea to add more c…

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Case Study: Coaching a Sedentary Client

When Indiana University (IU) lecturer Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, MS, asked her personal training client Martin Siegel to speak during her “Methods of Personal Fitness Instruction” course, she thought it would be a great way to inform her students about special populations. At 60, Siegel was overweight, had prediabetes and suffered from hypertension and high cholesterol. But when Sie…

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Posted Message Spurs Stair Climbing

What would it take to get shoppers to use the stairs instead of the escalator? A team of British researchers recently discovered that healthy messages posted near stairwells attract people—and might even encourage them to opt for the stairs later in the day. The study appeared in the September/October issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.Nearly 82,000 pedestri…

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U.S. Citizens Living Longer

With all the talk about obesity and the very real health issues that stem from it, life expectancy rates in the United States are still at an all-time high, according to a recent study. The finding reflects a trend of increasing life expectancy that began in 1955, when the average American lived to be 69.6 years old, according to Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2005, a report prepared by the…

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Forced Repetitions Don’t Improve Strength Gains

There is much discussion over the most effective method for helping athletes improve maximal muscular strength. One theory is that forced repetitions—helping athletes perform repetitions after failure—can lead to improvements; however, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2007; 21 [3], 841-47) has found no evidence that …

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Older Obese Have Better Heart Health, Worse Function

­­Cardiovascular health has improved in older obese people in the United States, according to a study in the November 7, 2007, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2007; 298 [17], 2020–27). Recent research has suggested that this population may have grown healthier since the 1960s, with the prevalence of high cholesterol and high blood pressure declining. However, …

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Seeking the Summit

When IDEA member Nancy Norris was 4 years old, her mother did something that set her life in motion, literally. “She enrolled me in a dance school, and I fell in love with dance,” says Norris, who lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Dance fulfilled an exercise niche way before fitness was “cool,” and Norris danced and taught dance classes until age 37, when something new caught her attention: aerob…

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Fitness Forums

CorrectionsIn the October and November–December issues, Jacki Sorensen’s name was misspelled. We apologize to Jacki and our readers.In the November–December Research column, we inadvertently omitted the subhead “Negative Risk Factor” from Table 2 on page 21. Without the subhead, the table indicated that HDL ?60 mg/dl is a risk factor for CAD, when a…

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Mastering the Art of Project Management

Many companies hire project managers to oversee and implement initiatives set forth by the organizations. Project managers are adept at ensuring that those initiatives are successfully completed in a timely manner.

As a fitness manager, you are also expected to manage projects as part of your job description. Unfortunately, few fitness managers are given the tools they need to ev…

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10 Absolutes for Women in Business

Health clubs were the first entities to pair fitness with business, but today a whole new set of entrepreneurs are bursting onto the health and fitness scene—and many of them are women. This new breed of entrepreneur is breaking away from the tradition of working as an instructor or a trainer for someone else and realizing her potential for success by starting her own studio or training…

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A Formula for Fitness & Fun

Millions of people around the world participate in prechoreographed group fitness programs. The popularity of these classes can’t be ignored, and the instructors must be doing something right. A debate is currently waging as to which instructors are better—those leading the prechoreographed programs or the die-hard “freestylers.” While prechoreographed content may garner differences of opinion,…

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Creating a Client-Trainer Blog

Do you have a personal home page operating as an online brochure for your training services? Do you schedule appointments and motivate your clients using e-mail? Do you distribute health information and exercise tips via digital newsletters? Nowadays, these techniques are considered static. If you want to connect with the Internet-savvy client of today, you’ll have to consider a more dynamic in…

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Contributing Early

As the fitness industry grows and ages, many people have noticed a gap between “veteran” instructors, who have been teaching for 10 years and longer, and “newbies,” group fitness professionals who are just getting started. This has led many to voice concerns over the future of group exercise. To address this issue, IDEA Fitness Journal is running a new column that will highlight un…

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Sample Class: One-Step, Two-Step

The start of the new year is a great time to add a new twist or two on an old standard like step training. “One-Step, Two-Step” is an interactive workout that combines motivational partner training with creative double-step choreography to bring new enthusiasm to step workouts. What better way to stay inspired than by working out with a partner when New Year’s resolutions ebb? div class=”su…

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Group Energy

Members at 12th Street Gym in Phila­delphia can play their favorite (or not so favorite) childhood game whenever they want with Drop-In Dodgeball. The class is held on the facility’s basketball court and closely resembles the recess game where participants try to avoid a thrown ball by dodging, ducking, dipping and diving.Fitness 4000 in Wallingford, Con­necticut, …

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Image Conscious: Why Teenage Girls Need Yoga

According to research from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty’s 2005 Global Study, “Beyond Stereotypes: Rebuilding the Foundation of Beauty Beliefs,” 70% of teenage girls who feel bad about their looks respond by withdrawing from life. They avoid school, cancel doctor visits and feel afraid to speak up in class. More than 90% of girls want to change at least one aspect of their appe…

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Eating Green

These days, it seems like everyone is starting to think “green.” Recycling cans and plastic, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs and driving hybrid cars are some of the steps many people are taking to protect our environment. The growing green movement is altering attitudes about food as well. Consumers are starting to appreciate the impact that their collective food choices have on th…

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IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™

For the past few years there’s been a lot of conversation in the personal training industry about considering the “whole” client in program design. From the client’s feet to the top of his head physically; to what goes into his body for nutrition; to how his psyche is fed, nurtured and motivated—they all combine for a potent equation of holistic wellness. Throw in corrective-exercise concepts, …

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Corrective Exercise: Coming Full Circle

The practice of corrective exercise is booming. At the 2007 IDEA World Fitness Convention™, more than 30 sessions were based on structural assessment and corrective exercise. All the top certifying organizations offer a bevy of continuing education courses on corrective exercise. Even clients are beginning to understand that their end goal may require customized corrective-exercise techniques…

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Article Index 2007

A strong benefit of IDEA membership is the top-notch, timely information you glean from our publications. Every article is assigned, edited and vetted in a rigorous collaborative process shared by our editors, authors and other contributors. The magazines and newsletters you receive feature authors with that rare combination of academic and experiential knowledge that you can apply in your work…

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