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Archive for April 2016

People Are Talking About…

As awareness of health issues rises, the conversation in the health and wellness community is continually evolving.

Here is a taste of what people are talking about now:

Lift For The 22,an organization that aims to reduce veteran suicides by offsetting the cost of fitness
membership, through gym partnerships and nonprofit donations, for those at risk;

the IHRSA Profiles of Success report, which states that fitness facilities experienced 5.3% growth from 2013 to 2014; Read More

Understanding Research Terminology

With research studies so easy to find on the Internet, fitness professionals are regularly bombarded by clients asking for interpretations.

Unfortunately, reading and interpreting scientific articles can get frustrating when terminology is unfamiliar and writing styles are wordy or awkward. Scientific journals try to communicate research findings as clearly as possible, but journals often use a highly stylized voice that makes it difficult for the applied professional to grasp the meaning of published studies.

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A Reiki Primer for Wellness Professionals

It doesn’t take long before many fitness professionals realize that teaching and training clients involves much more than simply counting sets and reps. The perfect exercise program falls short if the client practices poor nutrition, for example, or is experiencing chronic stress, which can take a toll on mental and physical health.

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3 Steps to Improve Your Social Media Presence

Social media can help you spread the word of wellness to new audiences as well as your current clients—but not all content has a positive effect, especially when it comes to helping your followers feel good about their bodies. In fact, multiple research studies indicate that time spent on Facebook and Instagram can contribute to negative body image for both men and women (Fardouly & Vartanian 2016).

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How to Prevent Overtraining

While the majority of exercisers are healthy individuals with a positive view of themselves, a few use fitness as a means of perpetuating compulsive, obsessive exercise patterns. In fact, according to the American Council on Exercise, about 1%–3% of the population experience some degree of exercise addiction (Matthews 2009). Overtraining—or overexercising—is fairly common.

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Working With an 8-Year-Old Gymnast

Athletes are being groomed at younger and younger ages. Many factors play into this, and as the level of competition rises, parents want to help their children excel while also preventing injuries. Many sports place progressively increasing demands on the changing and growing bodies of young athletes. Regular Pilates practice is one way to reduce injuries, increase body awareness and enhance coordination.
This case study explores my professional experience training a young Olympic hopeful.
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Program Design: Plyometrics + Strength

Many participants are showing up to class ready to be pushed hard. The challenge for you, as the instructor, is to keep programs form-focused and safe while providing the dynamic moves people crave. This workout—which mixes high-impact plyometrics with controlled, fluid strength moves—allows you to do both.

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A Better Way to Control Calories

While calories do count, it has become clear that counting them won’t help most people over the long term. However, we still want clients to be aware of how much they eat—and be able to adjust their intake to reach their goals. Fortunately, there’s a better, simpler way than counting calories.

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Which Fitness Trackers Are Right for Your Clients?

As a fitness expert, you’ve likely had at least a couple, if not dozens, of fitness clients/participants ask you about activity trackers: how they work, which ones are best, what features to look for. Do you feel 100% confident answering these questions? You’re not alone if you say no.

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How DNA Influences Weight Loss

Weight loss is a multibillion-dollar industry affecting millions of people each year. And it’s no surprise that most of the collective thought about how to lose unwanted weight centers around the topics of food and exercise. After all, people who tend to eat healthier foods and exercise more stand a better chance of losing weight than those who don’t—that’s just common sense, right? While there is truth in this line of thinking, recent advancements in genetic science are showing us that there is much more to the story.

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Running a Beach Fitness Camp

Most people look forward to summer. For personal trainers, however, and especially those just starting out, the months of June through August often bring a dramatic decrease in income. Many clients go away on vacation, some of them for weeks and even months— and if they’re not training, then they’re not paying.

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Real Training, Real Results

Time for change. Peter, a forty-year-old businessman, stepped through the doors of Sync Fitness & Movement because he needed a change from his current fitness plan.

“Peter was looking for a new training program because his current one emphasized supplements as the focal point, and he knew he needed something that would deal with real science and would focus on him,” says Warren Martin, personal trainer and owner of Sync Fitness & Movement.

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Sample Class: Fit Frenzy

To see results from exercise, it’s important to switch things up from time to time and push your students to a safe edge. This workout does that with circuit training principles that focus on compound strength exercises and unique HIIT drills. Dazzle your participants with fresh, intense moves that will challenge them in new ways. Have fun with a variety of equipment in this fast-paced, nonstop exercise experience. Students will love this social approach to fitness.

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

In Learn to Juggle (or Get Better)! At JuggleFit® in New York City, participants learn juggling skills. The continual move- ment required in juggling burns calories, inspires core engagement and increases range of motion in the arms and shoul- ders. As explained on their website, the benefits extend beyond the physical—jug- gling increases coordination, focus and concentration. It is also a form of moving meditation: It requires complete atten- tion; therefore, it’s hard to think about anything but the task at hand.

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Foam Roller Reset

The foam roller, now a standard piece of equipment, is an excellent
tool for massaging soft tissue, realigning the spine, increasing core
stability and enhancing postural awareness. Using the foam roller at
the end of a group exercise class is a great way to “reset” and
encourage a progressive cool-down where the focus is on breathing and
overall relaxation. A standard-length foam roller (3 feet by 6 inches)
works best for this purpose.

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