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The Role of Stretching Exercises: From Warm-Ups to Cool-Downs

Some controversy surrounds the role that stretching exercises play in regard to fitness training, especially group fitness classes. Perhaps more than ever, debate is brewing about the proper time and place to stretch. Exactly when and what type of stretching exercises do we need to include in our classes? Although little definitive research is available on the subject, fitness experts are trying to reach a consensus.

The Trainer’s Role in the Multidisciplinary Team

By Philip Walker, MS

Three case studies outline the trainer’s contribution in a team treatment approach for complicated clients.

The Trainer’s Role in the Multidisciplinary Team
Let me introduce you to Robin, she is my personal trainer, my dietitian and my therapist!
s the popularity of personal training continues to escalate, so does the need for personal trainers to become adequately informed …

Managing Data With Excel Charts

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By Tom Holland

Managing Data With Excel Charts
Organizing information into efficient chart formats is a smart move for your business.

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ersonal training is a business, and the most successful trainers treat it as such. This means that a trainer must diligently maintain accurate and comprehensive records for all clients, all of the time. While you do not have to be a computer exp…

6th Annual IDEA Fitness Programs and Equipment Report

Everyone wants to know them and to benefit from them. Fitness consumers demand them—except
for those who try to avoid them.
What are the newest fitness trends?, we ask.
A trend, according to Webster, is a “line
of general direction and movement” or a “current style or preference.” Being trendy
is being fashionable. And in fitness, there can be a lot of fashion!

Key Trends in Programs and Equipment

Managers and staff in the fitness industry are very resourceful. The quality and quantity of activities they produce show a flair for innovating an apparently unending blend of exercise formats and equipment. This capability is captured in the results of the 2001 IDEA Fitness Programs and Equipment Survey. IDEA members reported on their clients, programs, equipment and work environments, and painted a landscape of tried-and-true activities integrated with new options.

Six Steps for Successful Cross Promotion

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Marketing Script for Staff

Here is one example of a practice script and pertinent marketing points you may distribute to staff. Ask staff to practice with each other before they actually begin marketing to members.

Who?: Group Exercise Department, Contact Person

What?: Specialty Yoga Classes for Older Adults

Where?: Group Exercise Studio B

When?: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 10:30 am, beginning November. Preregistration begins August 15.

Let The Fish! Fly

Imagine that one morning you walk into a new bagel shop in your neighborhood and are
surprised and delighted by the welcome you receive from the high-
energy and engaging staff. Whether they’re boiling bagels or smearing cream cheese on a dozen, they all seem to love what they’re doing; the positive energy is almost palpable. Contrary to the forced, “have-a-nice-day” service scenario that you

Readers’ letters on nontraditional teaching opportunities in the military and safe music tempo in combination classes.

In response to Shirley Archer’s article “Think Beyond the Walls” in the April 2001 issue of IDEA Fitness Edge, I would like to elaborate on the section that described teaching opportunities on military bases. Having worked for the military recreation department for more than 20 years, I recommend contacting the department where you
hope to teach.

Music Volume

idea fitness edge/September 2001In April 1996, IDEA released its first Opinion Statement on music volume in fitness settings. We decided to update that statement this year, providing additional information on noise and hearing loss to give you a better understanding of this issue.

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IDEA Opinion Statement

Introduction Music volume in fitness facilities continues to be a concern in the fitness industry. Studies have shown that loud music—combined with the accompanying voice level of the instructor—has the potential to cause permanent hearing loss to both the instructor and the class participants.1,2 Research has also demonstrated that people are experiencing hearing loss at…

Developing Grade-A Abs, Client Handout

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Developing Grade-A Abs

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trong abdominal muscles can protect you from low-back pain and help you perform your daily activities efficiently. Bill Bejeck, CSCS, CCS, owner of HealthSport Fitness and Sport Training Services in the Washington, DC, area, offers some guidance on training the abdominals. The Muscles Involved. As you can see from the …

Create a Class From Within

Recent articles have focused on the benefits of teaching new, specialized classes, such as hybrids that combine several complementary elements into one group session. Perhaps you are toying with the idea of creating your own new class but are unsure how to start. How do instructors come up with innovative concepts and titles like “Indoor/Outdoor Intervals,” “Step ’n’ Sculpt” or Yogilates®? What has to happen for
a new class to become a reality?

A Pilates Primer

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of what we commonly refer to as “the Pilates Method” or just “Pilates,” used to share this belief with his students. In fact if Joseph Pilates had had his way, people all over the world would be practicing his exercise technique, which he originally named “contrology.”

Create a Class From Within

Recent articles have focused on the benefits of teaching new, specialized classes, such as hybrids that combine several complementary elements into one group session. Perhaps you are toying with the idea of creating your own new class but are unsure how to start. How do instructors come up with innovative concepts and titles like “Indoor/Outdoor Intervals,” “Step ’n’ Sculpt” or Yogilates®? What has to happen for
a new class to become a reality?

A Pilates Primer

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of what we commonly refer to as “the Pilates Method” or just “Pilates,” used to share this belief with his students. In fact if Joseph Pilates had had his
way, people all over the world would be practicing his exercise technique, which he originally named “contrology.”

Readers’ letters on nontraditional teaching opportunities in the military and safe music tempo in combination classes.

In response to Shirley Archer’s article “Think Beyond the Walls” in the April 2001 issue of IDEA Fitness Edge, I would like to elaborate on the section that described teaching opportunities on military bases. Having worked for the military recreation department for more than 20 years, I recommend contacting the department where you
hope to teach. The Navy, Coast Guard and Army all refer to their fitness department as the “Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department.” However,
the Air Force calls its fitness division

Recommendations for Music Volume in Fitness Settings

In April 1996, IDEA released its first Opinion Statement on music volume in fitness settings. We decided to update that statement this year, providing additional information on noise and hearing loss to give you a better understanding of this issue.

IDEA Opinion StatementRecommendations for Music Volume in Fitness Settings

Music volume in fitness facilities continues to be a concern in the fitness industry.

Developing a Personal Philosophy

Developing a Personal Philosophy
By Tracy Morgan

“Your personal philosophy provides a foundation for all other issues.”
–Colonel Maureen K. Leboeuf, U.S. Army

The Random House Dictionary defines the term philosophy as “a rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge or conduct.” Most of us associate the word with scholars, college requirements or attempts at decipherin…

Weathering an Economic Slowdown in the Fitness Industry

Weathering an Economic Slowdown in the Fitness Industry
What facilities and staff can do to succeed in today’s cloudy economic climate.

Nobody likes to talk about an economic slowdown.
People at all levels of the health and fitness business worry enough about their companies in good times; hardly anyone wants to think about potential bad times. It is scary to think of consumers pulling back on sp…