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Joy Keller

Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master.

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2015 IDEA World Fitness Convention™ A 5-Day Lesson in How to Bottle Lightning

September 19, 2015

It wasn’t the initial thunderclap outside the Los Angeles Convention
Center that grabbed everyone’s attention. In a noisy city like L.A., the
boom could easily have been a bus wheel thumping into a pothole. But
when lightning followed in staccato step with torrential rain and more
rumbling—and then even more dramatic bolts—people looked up. Real
“weather” of such force doesn’t often grace Southern California in any
season, much less in mid-July. This was something special.

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Fascia and Function in a Changing World

February 19, 2015

Some personal trainers have an insatiable appetite for knowledge and growth opportunities. 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™ East, held in Alexandria, Virginia, February 25-27, offered an “educational buffet” complete with all the requisite “nutrients” a growing fitness professional needs.

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Boost Your Immune System

January 19, 2015

Immunity is more than a buzzword; it’s a gateway to a happier, healthier life. If you’re answering questions about vitamin D, zinc and elderberry juice, this infographic may come in handy. Share this information with clients, participants, friends and families so that a larger community shares the benefits of strong immunity.

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Entering a World of Wellness

January 19, 2015

Wellness is an umbrella term that covers many dimensions, including physical, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational and intellectual well-being. Like other wellness professionals, you probably strive to provide comprehensive programs that inspire clients to reach their goals while staying connected to life during that transformation. This year, focus on transforming yourself at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, July 15-19, at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.

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Benefits of Reiki

December 18, 2014

Some fitness professionals have found that offering Reiki (ray-key), a Japanese healing technique intended to reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing, not only helps clients reach their fitness goals but also provides a safe space for wellness to thrive.

Benefits of Reiki

While the evidence of Reiki’s benefits is anecdotal, this list highlights some of the outcomes reported by people who have had Reiki treatments:

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Sun Salutation Solutions

December 11, 2014

Traditionally performed in the morning to greet the new day, the yoga sun salutation series warms up the body and prepares it for practice. While this flow successfully targets large muscles and brings the mind to a singular focus, it does so primarily in the sagittal plane. When you add movements that address the frontal and transverse planes, sun salutations become a functional warm-up for any class, including circuit, step, dance and strength. Bare feet are not required!

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Reiki & Fitness: A Winning Combo?

December 11, 2014

It doesn’t take long before many fitness professionals realize that teaching and training clients involves much more than simply counting sets and reps. The perfect exercise program falls short if the client practices poor nutrition, for example, or is experiencing chronic stress, which can take a toll on mental and physical health. Approaching clients from…

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A Reiki Primer for Fitness Professionals

October 16, 2014

It doesn’t take long before many fitness professionals realize that teaching and training clients involves much more than simply counting sets and reps. The perfect exercise program falls short if the client practices poor nutrition, for example, or is experiencing chronic stress, which can take a toll on mental and physical health.

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5 Ways to Evolve Your Yoga Lesson Plans

October 1, 2014

How many times do you design your yoga class in your head on the way to the studio? While you may get by with this approach, it can’t always prepare you for the unpredictable variables you may encounter in class. On the other hand, you don’t want to fall into the template trap, which can water down your instruction and potentially harm students. To reinvigorate your passion for teaching, educate yourself on a regular basis.

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