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Upping the Fun Factor

Upping the Fun Factor

As amazing as it now seems, back in the 1970s we had to prove that aerobic dance could actually increase your heart rate. “Yes, cardio activity is effective,” our new and growing industry asserted. Once this effectiveness was established, researchers began publishing studies that detailed injuries sustained during aerobics classes. So in the 1980s and 1990s, our adolescent industry committed to making classes safe.

Kicking Around New Kickboxing Ideas

Kicking Around New Kickboxing Ideas

Experienced teachers know that class variety is one secret to long-term success and self-preservation. Teaching a wide repertoire of class modes—for instance, step, indoor cycling and kickboxing—can help prevent burnout and improve your teaching skills. Developing options within a mode—endurance cycling, mind-body ride and power spin, for example, or step interval, multiple step and advanced step—is also important.

Dealing With Fellow Instructors’ Eating or Exercise Disorders, Problem Solver

Dealing With Fellow Instructors’ Eating or Exercise Disorders, Problem Solver

I suspect that one of my colleagues has an eating disorder and another suffers from exercise addiction. While I’m inclined to mind my own business, participants are starting to talk. Some of them are worried and asking me whether these instructors have a problem. Others comment on how great these instructors look and are asking me their “secret to success.” What do I do, if anything?

Improving Sports Performance, Client Handout

Improving Sports Performance, Client Handout

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Expert tips on maintaining health and fitness

Improving Sports Performance
o you want to strengthen your skills in golf, tennis, running, cycling or swimming? Your personal trainer can design a sport-specific fitness workout to meet your needs. The following 10 insights from Patty S. Freedson, PhD, exercise physiologist from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explain why…

When Clients Feel Pain

When Clients Feel Pain

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By Greg Roskopf, MA

When Clients Feel Pain
How can you identify muscle imbalances that contribute to discomfort or distress?

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s personal fitness trainers, we recognize our role as specialists in exercise maintenance. On a daily basis, we set up exercise programs designed to help our clients reach their fitness goals. With the educational background and the skills we possess, trai…

Upping the Fun Factor

Upping the Fun Factor

As amazing as it now seems, back in the 1970s we had to prove that aerobic dance could actually increase your heart rate. “Yes, cardio activity is effective,” our new and growing industry
asserted. Once this effectiveness was established, researchers began publishing studies that
detailed injuries sustained
during aerobics classes. So in
the 1980s and 1990s, our
adolescent industry committed
to making classes safe. ‰

Dealing With Fellow Instructors’ Eating or Exercise Disorders

Dealing With Fellow Instructors’ Eating or Exercise Disorders

I suspect that one of my colleagues has an eating disorder and another suffers from exercise addiction. While I’m inclined to mind my own business, participants are starting to talk. Some of them are worried and asking me whether these instructors have a problem. Others comment on how great these instructors look and are asking me their “secret to success.” What do I do, if anything?

Ethical Practice Guidelines for Group Fitness Instructors

Ethical Practice Guidelines for Group Fitness Instructors

1. Always be guided by the best interests of the group, while acknowledging individuals.
a. Remember that a group fitness instructor’s primary obligation is to the group as a whole, taking class level and class description into account.
b. Strive to provide options and realistic goals that take individual variations into account.
c. Offer modifications for all levels of fitness and experience (i.e., demonstrate easy and more challenging options).

Specialty Certifications for Personal Trainers

Specialty Certifications for Personal Trainers

PERSONAL TRAINER
SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS

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Many personal fitness trainers believe that “average healthy adults” do not exist–virtually everyone has some type of special fitness goal or health issue. Accordingly, there are personal trainers who prepare to meet a variety of clients’ needs, from general fitness to postrehabilitation conditioning, while others concentrate in a specialty area, such…

So You Want to Start a New Club?

So You Want to Start a New Club?

Each month I receive over a dozen telephone calls from individuals wanting to start new fitness facilities in their communities. Invariably, I hear something like this: “We really don’t have a good health club in our area. None of them take care of people. They cannot hold onto members, especially the 40 and over age group. I want to build a club that appeals to all people. We’ll give superior service and drive our competition out of business in a year.”

What Do Facilities Offer?

What Do Facilities Offer?

With so many fitness activities available, how do you determine which ones are a good fit for your business? Asking current customers is your first step to answering that question. Surveys, informal conversations and tracking participation are good ways to find out what clients are interested in. The second step is to see what other facilities are offering, both locally and nationally, and predict if your customers will like the same programs their customers do.

Group Resistance Training: Guidelines and Safety Suggestions

Group Resistance Training: Guidelines and Safety Suggestions

By Leigh Crews

Group Resistance Training:
Guidelines and Safety Suggestions
Editor’s note: This article is the fifth of a five-part series on guidelines and safety suggestions for various group fitness modalities. The genesis for these articles is you, the IDEA member. In our most recent readership survey, 100 percent of respondents said they wanted to see more space in IDEA publications devoted …

Get Tough With Tubing

Get Tough With Tubing

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By Karen Asp, MA

Get Tough With Tubing

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ith so much new equipment emerging all the time, it’s easy to forget about those tried-and-true elastic tubes and bands. But guess what? They are making a strong comeback in group fitness classes. And for a good reason: Used well, they really work! If you review a few principles and get a creative jumpstart, you can rediscover elastic resistanc…

My Joints Want to Give Up, but I Don’t, Problem Solver

My Joints Want to Give Up, but I Don’t, Problem Solver

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My Joints Want to Give Up, but I Don’t

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I love teaching fitness and motivating people to move! I especially love teaching energetic cardio classes such as step and high-low impact. But my joints just can’t take heavy stress anymore. The thought of teaching stretch, yoga and other “low-key” classes does not appeal to me. Call me an aging baby boomer who is not ready to hang u…

Mastering Food Portion Control, Client Handout

Mastering Food Portion Control, Client Handout

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COPY AND DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR CLIENTS

Mastering Food Portion Control
n the past decade, the number of overweight adults in the United States has increased from one in four to one in two. While lack of exercise is a big part of the problem, nutritionists believe that another major culprit is poor portion control. A “megameal” mentality has taken hold in restaurants, fast-food spots,…

Basics of Sports Nutrition, Client Handout

Basics of Sports Nutrition, Client Handout

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Basics of Sports Nutrition
nderstanding sports nutrition can help you make food and drink choices that will complement your physical activity, as well as help improve your endurance, speed recovery from exertion, lower risk of injury and assist in rehabilitation. According to San Diego nutritionist Patti Tveit Milligan, MS, RD, most of the nutrients required for athletic performan…

Mind-Body Classes:

Mind-Body Classes:

Editor’s note: This article is the fourth of a five-part series on guidelines and safety suggestions for various group fitness modalities. The genesis for these articles is you, the IDEA member. In our most recent readership survey, 100 percent of respondents said they wanted to see more space in IDEA publications devoted to injury prevention. In
addition to the five injury prevention articles slated to appear in IDEA Fitness Edge this year, the entire June 2000 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source is devoted to this topic.

Psyche Up (Not Out) Your Participants

Psyche Up (Not Out) Your Participants

As exercisers change—with time, trends and age—so too do their goals. No longer are people exercising solely to get in physical shape. With more and more evidence surfacing about the positive psychological benefits of exercise, consumers are looking to improve their emotional and mental states as well.

How Do I Handle an Injured Participant?

How Do I Handle an Injured Participant?

How do I handle an in-class injury? I know the injured person needs immediate attention, but what are the logistics of dealing with the rest of the group? How can I be
responsible to both the class and the injured person? Any ideas that will keep me out of legal hot water plus handle the situation effectively?

How Do I Handle an Injured Participant, Problem Solver

How Do I Handle an Injured Participant, Problem Solver

How do I handle an in-class injury? I know the injured person needs immediate attention, but what are the logistics of dealing with the rest of the group? How can I be responsible to both the class and the injured person? Any ideas that will keep me out of legal hot water plus handle the situation effectively?