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Archive for May 2009

Core Training Duo

How do you transition students quickly from the main part of class to the core-conditioning exercises? With larger classes and limited space and equipment, you may want to add creative partner-based moves.

Both single and partner-based core-training exercises should target specific muscle groups. The core consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder and provides a solid foundation for total-body movement. A strong core distributes weight-bearing loads and helps protect the low back.

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Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults

The new report from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) regarding progression models in resistance training for healthy adults adds to the previous 2002 position stand, which established a structure for guiding healthy adults to develop muscular fitness (i.e., muscular strength, hypertrophy, power and muscular endurance). This latest review defines and

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white bean & citrus fruit salad

Here’s a crowd-pleasing dish that is high in nutrients, simple to prepare and just sweet enough to lure your kids to the table. This salad can be served as a light lunch or as a side dish when grilling salmon or chicken on the “barbie” this summer. Cannellini or great northern beans can be used in this recipe.
2 tablespoons (tbs) orange juice
4 tbs fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon)
1 clove garlic, finely minced or crushed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

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What Yoga Research Shows

Do you practice yoga? Did you know that despite the challenges of researching the health benefits of yoga, many good-quality studies are beginning to emerge, and the results are interesting. Lee Lipton, MA, PA-C, a yoga teacher and instructor trainer for over 15 years, describes selected studies and what they mean.

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Creative Programs That Inspire

The St. Paul Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, offers its members B.L.A.S.T. (body locomotion and strength training). According to the online schedule, the intermediate-to-advanced workout is a combination of low-impact cardio and strength training. The facility challenges its members and guests to “have fun exploring some nontraditional exercises that challenge your strength, balance and dexterity.” The St. Paul JCC also offers Logrolling throughout the year.

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Refine Your Cuing

Regardless of our roles within the realm of fitness, communication unites all of us. Defined in Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ (NLP™) circles as “the response you get regardless of your intention” (Andreas & Faulkner 1996), communication takes place in the verbal, visual and kinesthetic arenas. It can be broken down to approximately 7% words, 38% tone and 55% body language (Bandler & Grinder 1975). The following refresher will help you hone your communication skills in these key areas.

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Sweet Facts About High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Have you seen this ad on TV? Two moms are standing in a kitchen, where Mom Number 1 is pouring juice for a gaggle of kids in the background. Mom Number 2 looks shocked and warns her that the juice in question contains high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Mom 1 looks up and says, “So?” Cut to Mom 2, who suddenly realizes that she can’t defend her objection to HFCS. Mom 1 then goes on to assure everyone that HFCS is “natural and safe” for the children, who all presumably go on to live happily and healthily ever after.

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Pockets of Hope and Good Guidance

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for a fantastic conference [2009 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™]. The response and involvement from the delegates were excellent. I really enjoyed sessions by Justin Price, Anthony Carey, Nicki Anderson, Cody Sipe and Fraser Quelch; and the panel discussion [“How to Maximize Your Business in a Tough Economy”] was
informative, applicable and particularly upbeat, which I feel is just what was required at this time. The programming and content were excellent, making this a truly comprehensive conference.

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Reinventing Your Personal Training Career

When Lindsay Del Rossi, a personal trainer in Pomona, California, lost her job this past year in the economic downturn, she didn’t look at it as a defeat. Instead, she saw it as an opportunity. With two degrees, a history of being a top performer in her job classification, experience as a senior director and almost a decade of fitness industry experience, she knew that this time was her opportunity to make a positive change.

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Marathon Training 101

In 490 BC the ancient Greek hero Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon. When the modern Olympic Games began in Athens in 1896, a running race named after the Greek town of Marathon was introduced to commemorate Pheidippides’ legendary run. Now there are more than 300 marathons just in the United States each year, with hundreds of thousands of people running them. Chances are that one or two of your clients want to do one. So how do you train them for a marathon?

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Insights Into Israeli Fitness

The most popular fitness classes in Israel are body conditioning, core training, stability ball, yoga, step and dance-based formats, notes Yoav Avidar, international fitness presenter from Tel Aviv, Israel, who has been working in the fitness industry for 12 years. “In general, and especially during these days of economic hardship, popular equipment-based classes are ones that use the equipment the club has!” he says. “Clubs and studios are very hesitant to buy new equipment, especially if it’s relatively expensive.

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Exercise Eases Anger in Kids

Young girl reducing anger by exercising.

Although research continues to emerge regarding the many mental and emotional benefits of exercise, much of it focuses only on adults. A study published Pediatric Exercise Science (2008; 20[4], 390–401) has determined that structured exercise may help reduce anger expression in healthy, overweight children.

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