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Okinawa-Style Eating

Use a three-pronged approach to help frail participants move better, get stronger and improve their balance.

From Italy to India, many countries can teach us a lot about healthy eating—and fortunately, a number of traditional eating habits from various nations can be easily implemented into our diets to give them a nutritional upgrade.

Take a cue from the time-honored dietary strategies of Okinawa, Japan. Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, dietitian, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer in Waterloo, Ontario, shares how.

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Connecting With Clients

Ted Vickey, MBS, is president of FitWell LLC, an international fitness management and design company serving corporate America and the fitness and golf industries. Often referred to as “the most connected man in fitness,” Vickey spent 11 years as executive director of the White House Athletic Center, a post he held throughout the presidencies of…

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Fitness Prescription Works!

Praise for IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™ East

I am the health and wellness coordinator for the City of Bloomington
Parks and Recreation Department in Bloomington, Indiana. I’m writing to
tell you about the Bloomington Walking Club. This informal group meets
for a guided group walk on the paved trails surrounding Olcott Park
every Thursday evening, weather permitting, April–October. Walkers of
all ability levels are welcome, and participants choose their own pace.

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2015 IDEA World Fitness Awards Finalists

Sometimes the difference between being unhealthy and becoming active is a helping hand—often the hand of a qualified fitness professional. Fitness pros around the world are using their education, their skills and, above all, their personal touch to encourage nonexercisers to embrace a healthy lifestyle. The 2015 IDEA World Fitness Awards finalists are veteran pros…

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Profiles of Pain and Perseverance

In February 2006, Danny Strong was on top of the world. After years of working as a gym manager, he had opened his own personal training gym, making his dream a reality. The husband and father was also eager to welcome a second child into the family. A month after receiving the keys to his new facility, he took his family on a trip to visit his godmother. While on the road, Strong lost control of his vehicle and was hit by a tractor-trailer traveling at full speed. His pregnant wife, Sandra Urbano Strong, was killed instantly.

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Fit to Travel

Whether we’re vacationing with our family or heading to the 2015 IDEA World Fitness ConventionTM with 12,000 other fitness enthusiasts, it can be challenging to stay fit when we’re on the road. Even the healthiest exercise professionals can get caught off-guard with aches, pains, stress and guilt that prevent us from having fun and functioning at our best.

If travel throws the fittest of us off track, imagine what it does to everyone else.

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Wear It Well

Whether you’ve been in the fitness industry since the ’70s or you’ve done ’70s-style workouts with borrowed outfits from your mom’s closet, you know that the trends in fitness footwear and fashions are always exciting and evolving.

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10 Signs You Are Suffering From Burnout

Generally, group fitness instructors are known for their upbeat, can-do attitude. It can be challenging to admit that you’re feeling burned out. The following signs of job-related burnout may give you clues about your own performance, so you can take steps to keep yourself inspired and motivated.?

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Thinking of Opening a Studio?

Many fitness professionals dream of designing a studio that reflects their unique perspective and approach to health and fitness—a place where they can grow their business, their brand and their client base (and, of course, their paycheck!) on their own terms.

There’s a huge appeal to running your own space, especially if you’ve been working long enough to imagine how you might design a space specifically suited to your clients’ needs and your vision.

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2015 IDEA Group Fitness Trend Watch

Group fitness arouses nostalgia and feels like “home” for many
exercisers, both avid and novice. As the backbone of the fitness
industry, it has ebbed and flowed over the past three decades (and
counting). People love exercising to music and sharing endorphins. In
fact, fitness facility members are thriving on creative class options,
demanding more varied opportunities and driving the industry forward.
What can you, as a group fitness professional, do to meet the needs of a

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Bench Angle and Muscle Activation

Have you ever wondered about differences in muscle activation when the bench press is performed at a variety of angles? A report printed in the European Journal of Sport Science (2015; doi:10.1080/17461391.2015.1022605) may satisfy your curiosity.

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Vigorous Exercise Lengthens Lives

Are your clients interested
in living longer? Tell them to pick up the pace. New research links higher-intensity exercise with longevity.

Published in JAMA Internal Medicine (2015; doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0541), the study featured 204,542 individuals aged 45–75 from New South Wales, Australia. The researchers compared subjects’ mortality rates with physical activity data. Individuals who reported regular participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity tended to live longer.

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