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Archive for November 2012

6 Ways to Boost Client Commitment

Attracting new clients is an ongoing challenge for fitness and wellness professionals. Keeping clients motivated long-term can be even harder. A client might begin training with a strong intention to lose 40 pounds, run a 10K or reverse her prediabetic condition. But the best intentions may not be enough to sustain exercise interest and intensity over time.

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Sample Cycling Class: Wake-Up Workout

Have you noticed that a lot of exercise fanatics work out in the morning? Here’s an indoor cycling class for these dedicated early birds. This ride, adapted from the Schwinn® Cycling continuing education workshop “The Wake-Up Workout,” celebrates early risers with a morning playlist and stage-by-stage escalation. Each stage offers visual imagery, motivational suggestions and intentional social interaction.

Wake-Up Workout Details

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Jason Karp, PhD

As a personal trainer specializing in running, Jason Karp has created a unique niche for himself. He encourages others to do the same. Jason’s teaching style has been called strong, but subtle, by others, but he claims to focus mainly on intrinsic rewards. “Running is unique in that it has the power to reveal things in us, so I use that as a way to motivate and inspire my clients to find out what those things are,” Jason says. He also invests in making changes in the relationship between the fitness industry and the medical field. Jason is pushing for exercise physiology to become a requirement for physicians in the future.

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The HIPAA Effect

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (42 United States Code § 1320d), which took effect nearly 10 years ago, has had a profound impact on the healthcare industry. Though HIPAA covers many areas, the privacy rule in particular is noteworthy.

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Easy Ways to Increase Revenue

Wouldn’t it be great to gather the best practices of fitness facilities around the country and distill this knowledge into a succinct series? That’s what this new column explores: the very best secrets of success for operating, managing and marketing a fitness facility.

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Team Development: The Perfect Member Experience

If you had only one chance to make a good first impression, you wouldn’t want to blow it by providing potential clients with a subpar initial experience. Yet, a shoddy introduction and a useless tour followed by a hardcore sales pitch are what people sometimes get when they walk into a fitness facility.

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Maintaining Motivation

After Sam Sahagun embraced an exercise program and lost 55 pounds, he decided he wanted to pay it forward by helping other people with their fitness journeys. As a fairly new fitness pro, he enjoys using the free Client Challenges tool that is accessible through IDEA FitnessConnect, the largest directory of fitness professionals, connecting more than 16 million consumers to more than 250,000 fitness professionals online at www.ideafit.com. Below he shares his thoughts on how this tool helps him run challenges to inspire his clients.

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5 Tips for Teaching Teens

As the group fitness industry grows, so does its target audience. Now more than ever, teens (aged 13–19) are attending group classes. They’re popping into their moms’ yoga and Pilates sessions, shaking their bodies in Zumba® and adding strength training classes to their summer days. Some fitness facilities even offer teen-specific classes, work with local…

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Postpartum Core Support

After having a baby, many women decide to head back to group fitness classes, hoping to get their “bellies” back in shape. While traditional crunches may not be appropriate, this is a time to “rebuild” the core, along with doing other supportive activities. If you teach a class that is specific to the postpartum phase of a woman’s life, feel confident using the following moves as a component of a safe, well-designed workout.

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Ask the RD

Answer

Like bean sprouts, sprouted grains are whole grains, such as wheat berries, that are allowed to sprout. In the case of popular sprouted breads, sprouted berries (often wheat but sometimes also oat, millet, barley and/or other varieties) are ground up and baked in the recipe. These little sprouted seeds are thought to pack more of a nutritional punch than unsprouted berries. And compared to refined and enriched grains stripped of the germ and bran, they do.

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Sample Class: Wake-Up Workout

Have you noticed that a lot of exercise fanatics work out in the morning? Here’s an indoor cycling class for these dedicated early birds. This ride, adapted from the Schwinn® Cycling continuing education workshop “The Wake-Up Workout,” celebrates early risers with a morning playlist and stage-by-stage escalation. Each stage offers visual imagery, motivational suggestions and…

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

Fit Girl Studio™ in Evanston, Illinois, offers a variety of yoga and dance classes, and some options feature both. Dance Party Yoga (DPY!) combines yoga and dance in order to appeal to a larger audience. DPY! offers all the benefits of yoga, including strength and flexibility, while also providing cardio, and is “not for the faint of heart,” according to the class description.

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