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The Great Abs Debate

September 30, 2003

The Great Abs DebateIf you’re up to snuff on your anatomy and physiology, you know that the rectus abdominis is a single muscle. However, you may have found yourself caught up in the debate about whether you can train the upper and lower portion in different ways.

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The Best Mentors for Women: Male or Female?

September 30, 2003

When personal training was a new industry, many trainers did not have mentors because they were the pioneers. Now, times are different. Savvy personal trainers know that good mentors can boost their careers. (See “The Mentoring Pathway” on page 34 of the March 2003 IDEA Personal Trainer.)

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Beware the Snack Attack

September 30, 2003

Do your clients frequently skip breakfast or lunch and then get hit with snack attacks during the day? Are you guilty of avoiding meals in your rush from client to client? You’re not alone.

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Public Opinion and Obesity

September 30, 2003

As personal trainers, you know how important it is for obese adults and children to lose weight. But is the general public aware of the importance of this issue? Yes, for the most part.

A poll by The Harvard Forums on Health examined the opinions of 1,002 Americans 18 and older. Their findings?

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Blood Pressure Guidelines Change

September 30, 2003

Your clients are perfectly healthy if they have blood pressure readings of 120 over 80, right? Not necessarily. These readings now fall into the prehypertensive category, according to new guidelines by The Joint National Committee (JNC) on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), May 21.

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F“Fatty, fatty, 2-by-4!” “Tub of lard!” “Wide load!” “Blubber!”

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Eating Disorders Affecting Women in Midlife

June 30, 2003

Did you know that experts are noticing an increase in eating disorders among middle-aged and older people? The Remuda Ranch, a treatment center for females with eating disorders in Phoenix is seeing more middle-aged and senior women with such problems for the first time. The center gives the following reasons for the rise in eating disorders among this age group:
a dramatic increase in youth consciousness compared
to 20 years ago

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Mind Your Own Business (Free!)

June 30, 2003

If you own a PFT business, take advantage of free access to an online classroom of business courses, workshops, information resources, learning tools and counseling assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s E-Business Institute Web site.

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Exercise a Fountain of Youth for Older Women?

June 30, 2003

Let your older female clients know that the exercise they are doing with you today may give them many more tomorrows, according to a research report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, May 14.

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Men Missing Out on Fruits and Veggies

June 30, 2003

Your male clients may have dropped the ball in the fruit and vegetable game. According to a survey conducted for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), only 3 percent know they should eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

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Mentoring: A Fitness Manager’s Best Friend

April 30, 2003

As a fitness manager or director, you probably never have enough time. Your to-do list seems endless, and you may have to switch constantly among the many roles that you play. Consequently, you might feel guilty that you don’t have as much time as you want to spend with your staff, especially your new employees.

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Upping the Fun Factor

January 31, 2001

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.

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Upping the Fun Factor

January 31, 2001

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. ‰

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