Archive for February 2009
BOSU® Balance Trainer Warm-Ups
By adding a new piece of equipment like the BOSU Balance Trainer to your warm-up, you can turn an old warm-up into a fresh challenge for participants. You also expose students to equipment they might not have used before, which helps promote other classes on your schedule that utilize the same tool.Read More
Training Focus: Maximize Muscle Activation for Strength Gains
Do slight changes in body position affect muscle activation during strength exercises? The only way to truly know which muscles are used during an exercise is to measure their electrical activity with an electromyogram (EMG), the skeletal muscle equivalent of an electrocardiogram for your heart. Well, guess what? Scientists have done just that. Let’s take a look at how different body positions affect muscle activity during some common weight training exercises.
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Sample Class: Pilates 50/50
Pilates 50/50 is a combination class that fuses lower-body standing moves with mat exercises for a balanced mind-body experience that emphasizes Pilates principles. By moving Pilates into a vertical position, you bring a more functional experience to participants while continuing to offer the key elements of core control and optimal spinal alignment. The standing work is also a great way to warm the entire body for more effective spinal movement during the mat exercises.
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The Philippine Perspective
2009 will see a big boom for the Philippine fitness industry, says Cynthia L. Carrion, personal trainer to the country’s president, and undersecretary for the sports and wellness industry in the Philippine Department of Tourism. Why?Read More
Creating an Eco-Friendly Fitness Facility
Can an entire fitness facility take strides toward developing a greener and more eco-friendly environment? The answer is yes.Read More
Make the Most Out of a Limited Group Exercise Budget
In the January 2009 issue, this column uncovered ways for you to research new programs and products and use the information to make your C.A.S.E. (Consider, Analyze, Strategize and Evaluate) for adding a session or piece of equipment to your group exercise offerings. Now that you’ve built a case that will convince the “big boss” to say yes to your idea, it’s time to check that you understand the basics of budgeting, so that you can be sure the money is available.Read More
Managing a Quality-Driven Business
We all strive to run a quality business, but achieving that goal takes great focus and commitment. Managing excellence begins with having a strong definition of quality. What is your definition?Read More
Feedback From the Field: Proper Pilates Regression
In a previous issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked: How do you suggest a regression to a Pilates student who is performing beyond her ability? “When I see that my classes and/or clients are working too hard and losing the proper form then I know it is time for a change.Read More
Navigating Natural Food Markets
Natural and organic food markets have sprouted up everywhere, offering shoppers an alternative to conventional supermarkets. Health-conscious consumers now have a nearby source for “natural” foods, such as organic produce and other foods that are free of antibiotics, preservatives, growth hormones and trans fats.Read More
Dealing with Body-Conscious Clients
Take a generally anxious person and raise him/her in a complicated family and confidence-quashing peer/school environment. Immerse her in a media-driven, perfectionist and competitive culture. Ten years later …Read More
Double the Challenge With Partner Yoga
Partner yoga offers an innovative twist on classic yoga postures. Adding one or two partner poses into your regular yoga classes or adding a full partner class to your schedule gives your students an invigorating challenge.Read More
Technological Advances & the Mind-Body Connection
Ten reports presented in the International Journal of Psychophysiology highlight how technological improvements are enabling more detailed measurement of mind-body interactions.Read More
Exercise for People With Paralysis
Unconventional Cooking Oils
Washington Athletic Club in Seattle offers members a triple threat with Buff, Bike & Balance. This “express workout” combines 4-minute intervals of cycling, weights and core balance practice “for an intense fat-burning, cardio and sculpting workout.” The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) gives participants a range of options with its Dance Potluck. Each…Read More
Sample Class:Roll With It, Baby!
Classes that use the foam roller have evolved over the past few years. With a little creativity, this piece of equipment—which comes in several varieties, from cylindrical to flat-bottomed—offers functional programming opportunities. Workout possibilities include self myofascial release, stretching, balance work, strengthening, posture improvement and cardiovascular exercise. The following drill-based workout focuses on expanding the…Read More
Roasted Carrot Soup
Teamed with a healthy sandwich or salad, this colorful soup can be a light dinner on a stormy winter night—and the kids won’t notice the veggies under the sweetened topping! Roasting the carrots brings out their natural sugars and enhances the flavor of this root vegetable. If the dollop of crème fraîche topping is too…Read More
How often have you slaved over a recipe, only to emerge with a product that does not meet up to your expectations and effort? Whether your concoction is too salty, too sweet or too bland, there are some things you can do to fix the disaster. All you need is a little imagination and a few seasonings!
Sickeningly Sweet? Cut down on the cloying flavor by mixing in a little vinegar, lemon juice or salt.
Too Tart? Add a dash of sugar, molasses or honey to any mouth-puckering mix.Read More
Tricks of the Trade
At Method Fitness we find that boot camp classes are a great way to bring in clients who otherwise might be turned off by the expense of one-on-one personal training. In some cases, these same people decide that personal training is a worthy investment, and they become regular clients while still attending the boot camps…Read More
Vigorous Exercise Helps Older Adults Avoid Disability
Need more kindling to help keep your older clients’ passions for fitness burning bright? Researchers have recently discovered what many professionals already knew: exercise helps older adults avoid disability. The Stanford University Department of Medicine study was published in the American Journal of Public Health (July 2008; 98 , 1294–99), and examined 805 adults aged…Read More