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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 and yoga teacher (RYT 200). She has been working as a business to business journalist for more than 25 years and specializes in custom communication and content strategy/ production.

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Strength Gain Showdown: Fixed vs. Freeform Equipment

March 31, 2008

Have you ever wondered if there really is a difference between fixed
and freeform resistance equipment when it comes to improving strength? Data
collected for the January issue of the National Strength and Conditioning Asso┬¡ciation’s
Journal of Strength and
Conditioning Research
(2008; 22 [1], 75-81) compared the two types
of …

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Is Core Strength Important for Cycling?

March 31, 2008

Core
conditioning has become a staple of many workout programs in hopes that
strength improvements will result in better overall function. What about
cyclists? Scientists at the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University
of Pittsburgh sought to determine the importance of core strength among a group
of 15 competitive cyclists. They were tested on torq…

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Inspiration Works Both Ways

March 31, 2008

Since introducing the Inspire the World
to Fitness® initiative in 2003,
IDEA members have sent in numerous motivational accounts of how they’ve helped
bring about positive change in others. Whether they trained a former
nonexerciser to run a marathon or modified a class so that a dis…

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Creative Cross-Training

February 29, 2008

IDEA member Kimberlee Jensen Stedl and
her husband, Todd, created a workshop, Yoga for Scuba Divers,
which is also the title of their book. The workshop is practiced on land (not
in water) and teaches poses, breathing exercises, visualization te…

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A Balancing Act

January 31, 2008

Yoga 360, created by IDEA member Desiree Bartlett, MS, uses a special circular yoga mat (called the 360 Degree Mat) that "optimizes feminine energy." The 75-minute multidimensional movement class is "full of arcs, ellipses and spirals." "Fluid sequencing allows for greater freedom in movement and is inspired by yoga and dance, while the shape of the mat…

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Cohesive Training Courts New Instructors

January 31, 2008

As the fitness industry grows and ages, many people have noticed a gap between “veteran” instructors, who have been teaching for 10 years and longer, and “newbies,” group fitness professionals who are just getting started. This has led many to voice concerns over the future of group exercise. To address this issue, IDEA Fitness Journal began running a new column in January, highl…

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Group Energy

December 31, 2007

Members at 12th Street Gym in Phila­delphia can play their favorite (or not so favorite) childhood game whenever they want with Drop-In Dodgeball. The class is held on the facility’s basketball court and closely resembles the recess game where participants try to avoid a thrown ball by dodging, ducking, dipping and diving.Fitness 4000 in Wallingford, Con­necticut, …

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Seeking the Summit

December 31, 2007

When IDEA member Nancy Norris was 4 years old, her mother did something that set her life in motion, literally. “She enrolled me in a dance school, and I fell in love with dance,” says Norris, who lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Dance fulfilled an exercise niche way before fitness was “cool,” and Norris danced and taught dance classes until age 37, when something new caught her attention: aerob…

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Older Obese Have Better Heart Health, Worse Function

December 31, 2007

­­Cardiovascular health has improved in older obese people in the United States, according to a study in the November 7, 2007, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2007; 298 [17], 2020–27). Recent research has suggested that this population may have grown healthier since the 1960s, with the prevalence of high cholesterol and high blood pressure declining. However, …

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U.S. Citizens Living Longer

December 31, 2007

With all the talk about obesity and the very real health issues that stem from it, life expectancy rates in the United States are still at an all-time high, according to a recent study. The finding reflects a trend of increasing life expectancy that began in 1955, when the average American lived to be 69.6 years old, according to Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2005, a report prepared by the…

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Focus and Rhythm

November 30, 2007

Fitness Through Conscious Movement® is just one of many classes Stephanie Herman’s Esprit de Danse® offers to help people get in touch with their inner selves. This particular format “introduces breathing and Pilates techniques, alignment, balance [and] choreographed sequences” for a workout that “lengthens and strengthens.” According to the company’s website, the class is spec…

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A Wide-Reaching Impact

October 31, 2007

Linda Dunn, MA, became a fitness professional by default. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama, resident couldn’t find a local group fitness class she liked after her regular teacher moved, so she decided to learn how to do it herself. More than 20 years later, and now retired from a job with the school system where she worked as a psychometrist and counselor, Dunn dedicates all of her time to fitness and w…

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Pumped-Up Programs

October 31, 2007

To help people learn better ways to run, IDEA member Mindy Solkin created a sports and conditioning class she calls Runditioning™ at The Running Center LLC, in New York City. Using functional training equipment and participants’own body weight, the class uses running-specific movements to teach good form and how to reduce injuries. “In running, the physiology is just half of th…

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NASM Shoots for NBA

October 31, 2007

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has signed a new agreement with the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) that establishes NASM as the official provider of sports education for the organization. NASM will develop and market instructional programs in consultation with the NBATA while serving as a resource to each NBA team’s medical staff. With the new agreement, N…

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One Vision, Many Paths: Inner IDEA Conference® 2007

October 31, 2007

A sense of “ah” permeated the ballroom at the La Quinta Resort & Club, near Palm Springs, California, on September 6–9, as the intention for the second annual Inner IDEA Conference was set. Marcia Hayes, programming director for Inner IDEA, led the audience in a guided meditation. “Let all your tension go and be here now,” she said. “Release the out…

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Simulated CPR Results Show Lack of Force

September 30, 2007

How long has it been since you’ve practiced your cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills? Recent findings show that the majority
of people untrained in CPR, and even many trained emergency personnel, do not push with enough force.
The research, detailed in the June issue of Cardiovascular Engineering, tested 104 adults untrained in CPR and 83 trained firefighters. Find…

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Media Morsels

September 30, 2007

Nintendo has taken Donkey Kong up a notch or two. One of the company’s latest product concepts, revealed during the E3 Media & Business Summit in July, might just put some personal fitness trainers out of business (or be a new profit center). The Wii Fit™ Balance Board (name not final) is a pressure-sensitive controller that users manipulate with their feet. The devic…

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AEDs Required in California Fitness Facilities

September 30, 2007

It’s been 3 months since all
fitness facilities and studios in California were required to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) program in place (the implementation date was July 1). If this requirement applies to you, are you up to code? If you don’t live in California, visit www.ncsl.org/programs/health/
aed.htm to see if your state
requires …

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Programs With Promise

September 30, 2007

Crunch helps its members get in touch with their inner daredevil performers with Club Cirque. The class is based on movements from static trapeze and other circus disciplines and focuses on agility, flexibility, acrobatics and strength. Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood Shores, California, caters to children ages 8–13 with a well-rounded, specialized Youth Exercis…

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