Weight bias (aka weight stigma) has been defined as “the social devaluation and denigration of people perceived to carry excess weight” (Tomiyama 2014). That sounds bad, and yet a majority of health, medical, allied health, and fitness and wellness professionals exhibit some degree of this stigma.Read More
What’s the first thing people do when they decide to get in shape and join a gym? They turn to social media to ask for recommendations from friends and family, and then they turn to the Internet to do more research on their options.Read More
Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, Netflix . . . Over the past several years, tech companies have changed the game, causing “old school” competitors to scramble to stay relevant and prosperous, or to concede defeat and close up shop. The fitness industry is not immune to such disruption, as the internet provides customers with access to “personal” training, often at a cheaper rate than they would pay to work with a qualified professional in person.Read More
The Zers are coming! The Zers are coming!
Just when you thought you were finally up to speed with millennials, it’s time to look ahead to the next group, “Generation Z”—roughly defined as those born from the late 1990s to the early 2010s. Some sources use birthdates beginning with the mid-1990s or earlier (Williams 2015; Sparks & Honey 2014). Generation Z is on trend to outnumber millennials by nearly one million, according to census data compiled by Susan Weber-Stoger, a demographer at Queens College (Williams 2015).
How well does your business run without you? Does everything fall apart when you’re not there? Do you feel like a master juggler trying to keep all the balls in the air? If these questions strike a nerve, then maybe you’re missing an essential tool: an operations manual.Read More
Owning or managing a fitness business has its own set of challenges. It’s easy to settle into autopilot from one quarter to the next, allowing the status quo to dictate the bottom line. But there’s another option: Learn new, more efficient best practices to take your business to new heights.Read More
Establish a Baseline
Before you can even think about progressing a client, you first need to establish a baseline. Every trainer should have a system in place for completing a starting evaluation. This evaluation should give you a comprehensive idea of what your client is capable of and what his or her limitations are.Read More
As a fitness professional or nutrition coach, you know calories matter. Fundamentally, human body weight is controlled by energy balance—calories in vs. calories out.
But having clients meticulously count calories and track macronutrients is not the solution in most cases. That approach is often tedious, inexact and unsustainable. It takes handbooks, websites, databases and math. Just to plan lunch.Read More
Have you tried chips made from cricket flour yet? Yes, those crickets. Insects. Perhaps you’ve sipped a smoothie made with macadamia milk or eaten Grainful® oatmeal-based jambalaya at dinner. Was your postworkout snack maple-flavored seaweed, or did you reach for Tiger Nuts (which aren’t actually nuts at all, but a tuber)?
These and many other foods are finding their way into our shopping carts and tummies. We are spending billions of dollars on so-called “out-there” foods as we expand our horizons—and palates—with an eye to improving our health.
Social media serves many purposes, one of which is to share everyday experiences with friends, family, clients and even the wider world. Eating, of course, is one of those everyday experiences. But how much does posting a photo of your homemade quinoa salad or a video recipe for blueberry yogurt parfaits help create better awareness about good eating habits?
More than you might think.
RESEARCH: Investigating the Athletic Performance Benefits of Standup Paddleboarding
What fitness and caloric expenditure can one expect from standup paddleboarding?
As the popularity of standup paddleboarding (SUP) has exploded in recent years, dedicated practitioners have made a number of claims regarding the sport’s benefits, boasting improvements in muscle strength and cardiorespiratory conditioning. But does research support these claims?Read More
Dear ACE Family,
I can’t possible overstate how grateful I feel today. As a proud member of the ACE Family, I am given the opportunity to interact with an abundance of inspiring individuals on a daily basis, and that is truly a wonderful thing.
How about you—what are you grateful for today?
With the holiday season approaching—a demanding and stressful time for many—it’s especially important to dedicate some energy to identifying what we’re grateful to have in our lives.
Resistance training can be a big help to people who either have type 2 diabetes or are at risk of developing it. Ideally, trainers should combine cardiovascular and resistance training to help clients prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular exercise isn’t always a good fit. In those cases, resistance training may be the only option available.Read More
Here are a few inspirational nutrition lessons IDEA’s editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster learned by visiting an organic farm.Read More