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Jan Schroeder, PhD

Jan Schroeder, PhD, is a professor and past chair of the department of kinesiology at Long Beach State University. She coordinates and teaches in the fitness and integrated training undergraduate program and has written 60+ articles on exercise physiology/fitness. She is also a certified group exercise instructor who teaches weekly in the private sector.

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Heartening Statistics on Fitness Industry Compensation

December 17, 2008

Despite the economic downturn, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that the fitness industry is still growing and job opportunities are solid. Employment in the industry is expected to increase by 27% through 2016, a figure thatÔÇÖs greater than the average for all professions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The department attributes this projected expansion of the industry to public concern for staying healthy and becoming physically fit, as well as peopleÔÇÖs willingness to spend more money and time on personal and family fitness.

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2008 IDEA Personal Training Programs & Equipment Survey Overview

August 31, 2008

To keep pace with the dynamism in this robust and rapidly evolving sector, this year we revamped the annual IDEA Personal Training Programs & Equipment Survey. New questions were added to amass information about what goes on within training sessions, and old questions were revised to better understand individual trainers and trainer-entrepreneurs. The results allow us to delve deeper into the training and business practices of IDEA members and afford you the opportunity to compare notes with colleagues on how you excel at your profession.

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Survey Results

August 31, 2008

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Personal Training Programs

Yes, my company offers this
program, and I think it is:
Personal Training Programs

Yes, my company offers this
program, and I think it is:
Personal Training Equipment

Yes, my company has this
equipment, and I believe the use is:

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2008 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey Overview

June 30, 2008

Personal trainers, group exercise
instructors—indeed, all fitness professionals—have to stay on their toes in
this dynamic industry. It’s not just fit people coming to the gym anymore. The
faces we see have evolved into a mix of kids, older adults, pregnant women,
people with postrehab needs and elite athletes, to name a few of the myriad
special populations. Meetin…

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2007 IDEA Fitness Programs And Survey

June 30, 2007

How do fitness professionals motivate people to become active and—perhaps even more challenging—to adhere to a program? How do we help people embrace the lifestyle of being fit? We can draw motivation from our excitement about the unique professional role we play in society. As exercise scientists continue to make new discoveries, we have the resources to bring this informatio…

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Meeting the Challenge: Variety, Activity for All

June 13, 2007

A major component of the fitness professional’s job is to inspire people to become more active and to continue a program of activity throughout their lives. As obesity and hyperkinetic disease rates continue to climb, we are constantly challenged as an industry to promote and motivate healthy living.
The 12th IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey shows that the fit…

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Making the Change a Good One

April 30, 2007

As average life expectancy for women continues to increase, quality-of-life
issues come to the fore. Expanded life spans are encouraging new research into menopause—a life change that all women experience. About 35–40 million women in the United States are past menopause or currently going through it, and the Baby Boom Generation will likely add another 20 million in the

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