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Archive for October 2016

Find Your Coaching Style

You look across the hall at Popular Instructor’s class and marvel at how she packs the house day after day, week after week. You’ve studied her style and tried your best to emulate her music, cuing, choreography—even the way she dresses—but your numbers are shrinking instead of growing. What are you doing wrong?

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Pregnancy and Exercise Myths

It's natural for newly pregnant women to be concerned about the health and wellness of their developing babies. However, some nervous new moms believe myths over facts and subsequently miss out on many benefits of physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that pregnant women get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. Here are some popular myths about exercise and pregnancy that you can debunk for clients.

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IDEA Codes of Ethics for Fitness Professionals

Every industry needs boundaries and standards for interacting with its employees and customers. At IDEA, we believe that a formal, well-communicated code of ethics can help to protect the reputation of the industry in general and the stature of the dedicated professionals who are the engines of change and inspiration for so many people.

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Recovery Technology: Completing the Training Picture

It's getting easier than ever to encourage recovery and avoid injuries from overtraining—thanks to a new wave of apps, wearables, sensors and analytic software.
"These are real tools that are helping people to understand how, and when is the optimal time, to train," says Bryan K. O'Rourke, president of the Fitness Industry Technology Council and founder of Vedere Ventures in New Orleans. These innovations help explain why health and fitness mobile app usage grew 52% in 2015 (Flurry 2016).

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Dan Kleckner is the co–owner of Kutting Edge Fitness in Kirkland, Washington. He has a bachelor's degree in applied health science from Montana Tech of the University of Montana and is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a Level 2 Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Professional. He has been a fitness coach for the past 10 years and has been mentored by some of the top fitness business professionals and golf fitness professionals in the country.

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

BarreFlow, offered at various locations in New York, combines yoga, Pilates, barre fitness, classic strength training and corrective exercises. The experience provides a full-body workout while also addressing postural problems caused by everyday life, such as chronic inactivity, long periods of sitting in a car, working in front of a computer or wearing high heels. No two sessions are quite the same; each class follows a similar flowing format to avoid a workout plateau.

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Sample Class: Cycling for Teens

Indoor cycling is more popular than ever, and it offers many opportunities to inspire young people—specifically the under-18 crowd. It's also a perfect excuse to play high-energy, deejay-;style tunes and inject a little extra fun so you motivate teenagers to stay in the saddle and enjoy the ride.
When planning a cycling workout for this age group, align yourself with a teenage brain. Think of what would motivate your kids, your friends' kids or even your younger self.

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Care, Don’t Overshare

You're standing in front of a classroom wearing a microphone with 40 people staring at you and 60 minutes to fill. In between instructions and cues, what are you going to say? The drive to overshare politically, personally or otherwise may be strong. Think twice, however. Many great instructors have lost a prime slot on the schedule because they tripped on a verbal gaffe and landed with a foot in their mouth.

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"For client strength training, do you focus more on loaded movement or on fixed, machine-based weights? Or do you use both?"

Although I tend to focus more on loaded movements for most of my clients, there are people (beginners and those with poor mind-to-muscle awareness, in particular) who can benefit greatly from machine-based exercises. Machines can be less intimidating than the free-weight section of the gym. Machines can help to teach proper body alignment and how a muscle should "feel" when it's performing a particular movement. Using machines can help people feel more confident in their ability to increase the load on an exercise.

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Starting a Podcast

You've been hearing a lot about podcasts lately, but maybe you're not sure what they're all about. Should you start one? If yes, where do you begin? Read on for a look at podcasts, including advice, practical tips and experiences from podcast veterans.

What Is a Podcast?

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Letting the Client Take the Wheel

client: Zach | personal trainer: Harold Gibbons, CSCS, Mark Fisher Fitness | location: New York

An all-inclusive space. They do things a bit differently at Mark Fisher Fitness. For example, trainers and coaches are not called trainers and coaches. "I'm called the Steward of Strength," explains personal trainer Harold Gibbons. The patrons are called Ninjas, not clients or members.

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Exercise Cuts Diabetes Risk—New Stats!

Walking briskly or cycling for 150 minutes a week can reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 26%, according to a new research review from University College London and the University of Cambridge, in England. That’s positive, but people who do an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise every day (420 minutes a week) can lower their risk by 40%.

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3 Top Coaching Tips for Trainers

The fitness and wellness industry is thriving, with an ever-blossoming array of classes, techniques and equipment. But how do fit pros win over the 80% of adults who don’t exercise? Try broadening your reach by borrowing three techniques from the field of professional coaching.

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Recipe for Health: Awesome Turkey Chili

Fitness professional, educator and IDEA member Jamie Davidson, MS, has taken the guesswork out of fast, weeknight cooking by combining beloved convenience ingredients from U.S. specialty grocer Trader Joe’s with fresh ingredients and ingenuity. The result is Livin’ Lean with Trader Joe’s®, one of two “TJ’s”-inspired cookbooks she has written.
The holidays are ramping up, which means your already compressed schedule is getting even tighter. Give yourself a break—and a hearty nutritional boost—with this slow-cooker chili dinner.

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Canned Food–BPA Link Confirmed

A collaborative study by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and the Stanford Prevention Research Center has shown that eating canned food increases exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hyperactivity in children. The research, published in the October 2016 issue of Environmental Research, evaluated more than 6,000 people and highlighted specific canned foods linked to higher levels of the chemical.

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