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Heartening Statistics on Fitness Industry Compensation

Despite the economic downturn, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that the fitness industry is still growing and job opportunities are solid. Employment in the industry is expected to increase by 27% through 2016, a figure that’s greater than the average for all professions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The department attributes this projected expansion of the industry to public concern for staying healthy and becoming physically fit, as well as people’s willingness to spend more money and time on personal and family fitness.

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Win Your Boss’s Approval for New Programs & Equipment

Group fitness managers: before you beg your general manager (GM) for new products or programs, gather the financial facts to back up your request. Quite often we lack the tools to present our argument in the way that the person controlling the budget needs to hear it. Gain your GM’s respect by speaking his language: money. You need to view the group exercise department as a crucial vehicle for increasing club membership, retaining current members and building a community within the facility.

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How to Handle a Group Exercise Diva

If you teach group exercise long enough, you’re bound to encounter the group exercise diva. The diva’s behavior tends to create a negative experience for the majority of attendees. Unfortunately, the instigator often goes unchecked, which can lead to higher attrition rates and less class participation. As an instructor, you are responsible for controlling your class.

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In-Home Training: Working in Small Spaces

One of the major obstacles that personal trainers face when conducting in-home training sessions is lack of space. Often you are expected to provide a client with a comprehensive, gym-quality strength and conditioning session within an area that’s only slightly bigger than a closet. As a result, you must be able to adapt and modify many traditional training exercises and drills to accommodate the space limitations and meet your client’s training goals. The following are just a few suggestions on how to take a client through a full training session in a small area.

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Mind-Body Lifestyle Changes Impact Cancer Genes

If the genetic cards are stacked against you, do not give up hope. Intensive lifestyle changes may be able to influence powerful genetic factors, according to recent studies. Dean Ornish, MD, led a team of researchers investigating the impact of an intensive nutrition and lifestyle intervention on men with low-risk prostate cancer.

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Color-Code Your Life to Success

Do you often feel that you have a million things you must do, a thousand things you’d like to do and no time to do any of them? The feeling of having too much on our plate can rob us of the precious energy we rely on. Time management is an essential key to success for any busy wellness professional.

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Obesity Linked to Abnormal ‘Reward Circuitry’ in Brain

Using brain imaging and chocolate milkshakes, scientists have found that women with weakened “reward circuitry” in their brains are at increased risk of weight gain over time and potential obesity. The risk increases even more for women who also have a gene associated with compromised dopamine signaling in the brain.

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Audio Clinic: Yoga Body Resolution

This audio session will ask you to consider: When you roll out your yoga mat, what is your intention? Why are you choosing to practice yoga? And can this intention make all the difference in what you experience in your yoga practice?

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Pilates and Golf

Tight chest muscles. Reduced flexibility in the torso. Strained shoulders and a sore back. Unfortunately, that’s the description of many amateur and weekend golfers. Golfers habitually bend and twist, bend and twist—all the while straining their backs and shoulders, forming muscle imbalances and inviting injury.

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Stress and Skin Disorders

In the emotional rollercoaster of life, sometimes the “down” periods have long-lasting effects on more than just our mood. In fact, numerous studies link factors that impact our emotional well-being, such as stress, depression and anxiety, to an increase in skin, hair or nail problems.

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‘Tis the Season for Self-Care

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.

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