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Education Can Generate Revenue

Enhance revenue
opportunities through staff education in
these areas:
1. Customer Service
2. Sales and Marketing
3. Programming
4. Recruitment and
Retention idea fitness manager/March 2002

Five Steps to Effective Delegation

When you think about delgating a job to a staffer, is your motive to simply unload some of your own work? According to author Greg Balanko-Dickson, it shouldn’t be. He says it should be more about gaining cooperation to achieve a goal. It’s an opportunity for the business owner or manager to:

  • empower the individual
  • motivate (inspire an employee to new levels of performance and responsibility)
  • encourage an employee in the delegation process

Should Fitness Facilities Be Equipped With Automated External Defibrillators?

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of Special Reports that will appear in IDEA Health & Fitness Source throughout the year. The goal of these Special Reports is to investigate timely industry issues in an impartial manner to create a dialogue among fitness professionals.

When Drugs and Exercise Collide

You probably know that problems can occur when you combine different drugs or use certain drugs in conjunction with certain foods. Yet are you aware that a wide variety of commonly used drugs—including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products—can affect your response to exercise, potentially increasing your risk of injury? Discover how to stay safe using these tips from Carol Krucoff, coauthor of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments With Exercise (Harmony Books, 2000).

in Times of Crisis

As fitness professionals, we are well aware of the beneficial effects of exercise during stressful situations. But on September 11, 2001, managers and staff at fitness facilities worldwide wrestled with how best to help their members cope in a time of unprecedented tragedy and fear. Was it best to keep clubs open and try to offer members some semblance of normalcy? Could staff be expected to carry on and teach regular classes? What would be the right way to respond if a club did stay open? And when should normal activities resume if the club closed down for a while?

Vitamin A and Hip Fracture Risk

A new study indicates that older women who consume too much vitamin A may increase their risk of hip fracture. Researchers found that women with the highest total intake of vitamin A, from both fortified food and multivitamin supplements, had double the risk of hip fracture compared to women with the lowest intake. The study appeared in the January 2, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Health Club Memberships on the Rise

While the number of Americans considered overweight or obese is on the rise, so is the number of Americans
who belong to health clubs. Memberships grew from 21 million in 1991 to 30.6 million in 1999, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). A consumer study sponsored by IHRSA found that health club members currently visit the gym an average of 89 times per year.

Partnering With the Medical Community

Perhaps what is most frustrating about the rising number of people with diabetes, heart disease and obesity is the fact that in many cases exercise and diet can prevent these conditions. And prevention is more cost-effective than treatment, which is why partnerships between fitness facilities and hospitals are growing.

Understanding What Teens Think About Exercise

As a health and fitness educator and an exercise physiologist, I have enjoyed working with a variety of populations for many years. However, I began working with teens only recently. I knew the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the United States was growing. I also knew that obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese adults at high risk for disease—and that an increasing number of teens were leading sedentary lifestyles.

A Pain in the Brain: The Psychology of Sport and Exercise Injury

It is estimated that 3 to 5 million people in the United States are injured from recreational, exercise and sport-related activities each year. While the primary causes of these injuries are physical, psychological issues can also contribute—and impact recovery as well.

See You at Summit!

We are very busy at IDEA headquarters planning activities for our 20th anniversary and getting ready for the 2002 IDEA® Personal Trainer International Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, March 1 to 3. Since this is our special “Summit issue,” we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the sessions programmed for the event.

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Soft Drinks: Bad to the Bone?

The word is out. One out of every two women and one in eight men will suffer from a debilitating bone fracture caused by osteoporosis. These staggering statistics have made this fragile-bone condition a major health concern among your clients. And as they should be well aware, consuming adequate calcium and participating in regular exercise both play key roles in osteoporosis prevention. But confusion surrounds other diet factors that may be protective or harmful to bone health.

20Trainer Rewind

Leslie Sandoz Healy wove international intrigue with a dance routine to Herb Alpert’s “Rise” to land her first legitimate job in the fitness industry.
She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1982 following a semester abroad in London, where she had taken the initiative to lead an exercise dance class for some of her schoolmates. “My sister told me to bring a tape over and lead some exercise classes. I took my cassette of ‘Rise’ and put together a routine,” she recalls.

Is Flexibility Overrated?

You have probably heard that stretching prevents sports injuries, and you might even tell your clients that. But is it true? Surprisingly little research validates the link between stretching and injury prevention, according to the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine & Performance Newsletter (August 2001).

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IDEA PERSONAL Trainer February 2002 what’s new

Small Meals Help Cholesterol

Many nutrition experts recommend eating multiple small meals throughout the day to ward off overeating due to extreme hunger. Now, a recent study recommends multiple small meals as a way to help lower cholesterol.

Inactive Overstate Activity Levels

Can a client who comes to you as a sedentary individual accurately assess the intensity of the exercise you recommend? Maybe not, say the results of a recent study.

Training Trainers in Postrehab

As baby boomers age and insurance companies crack down on physical therapy bills, more trainers are probably seeing clients with some type of physical ailment—whether they specialize in postrehabilitation or not. IDEA and Physiotherapy Associates San Diego realize this and have started a new personal training postrehab credential program designed to help physical therapists and personal trainers work together to benefit patients and clients.

Further Research on Obesity-Cancer Link

Statistics have shown that those who are overweight or obese have a greater risk of contracting cancer than those who are a healthy weight. But until recently, researchers did not know biologically why this is the case.
Researchers from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have found that the bodies’ of overweight and obese people release high levels of insulin and other hormones known as “growth factors.” This already has been linked to cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.