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Journaling Prompts

March 14, 2022

As we settle into 2022, Yoga Journal contributor Milan Sundaresan offers 10 pointers on using journaling to create the life you want.

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Billy Blanks Leads a Class at IDEA World

Billy Blanks: A Celebration of Creativity and Character

February 22, 2022

Billy Blanks was born with an anomaly in his hip joints that left him clumsy and subject to taunts. He found strength—both physically and of character—in karate, and he went on to a successful career as a martial arts champion, bodyguard and movie star. That in itself is a pretty amazing story. But in Blanks’ case, that’s just the preface . . .

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A Fitness Resolution Revolution

Resolution Revolution!

December 31, 2021

We’ve heard all the classics:  Lose weight! Get into shape!  Start going to the gym! New year, new you! While New Year’s resolutions are the kindling that spark our clients to reach out to us for help, the professional community has to fan the flames with the right balance of skill, enthusiasm and fun to help clients sustain their inner fire for change.

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Hiking: It’s For Everyone!

December 6, 2021

Telling a person to “take a hike,” used to be a bit of an insult, but sending someone on a trek is really more of a favor. Besides having physical benefits, hiking improves mental health by fostering a relationship with nature. Research shows that spending time among trees and the great outdoors reduces blood pressure, lowers cortisol and adrenaline levels, and amps up the immune system (Mitten 2016).

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2022 Personal Trainer Institute

The Synergy of Togetherness

December 1, 2021

We’ve all had to pivot these last 2 years—and not just while leading clients through multiple planes of motion). We’ve also learned that virtual training can add valuable dimensions to our offerings. But let’s face it: Being together in one place is something special. There is synergy that happens when a group of dedicated fit…

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Exercise, Life Purpose and Happiness

November 4, 2021

Exercise, life purpose and happiness are a trio of ideas that enhance each other in meaningful ways. While your clients might not agree about the happiness part when they’re in the middle of a set of burpees, linking all the beyond-the-biceps benefits together can provide motivation and greater success.

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Running Program Design

Running Programs for Clients

October 18, 2021

Having a running program offers advantages for both you and your clients. And the very idea of running is gaining steam. A RunRepeat.com report recently showed that 28.76% of current runners began running during the pandemic. More than 7o% of these new runners run primarily to improve physical health. That’s up 18.03% from runners who began running before the pandemic.

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Kids eating Halloween candy.

Halloween Candy: Making Mindful Choices

October 18, 2021

Mindfullness brings with it a plethora of health benefits.  It’s a real treat!  But can it help families when it comes to the influx of  Halloween candy we all this time of year?  Here are some tricks to help.

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What is Diabesity?

October 15, 2021

Diabesity is a common cause of chronic inflammation, so it’s important for fit pros to have a basic understanding of what it is and how it can affect clients. Here, Len Kravitz, PhD, Gabriella Bellissimo, MA and Jessica Smith, MS, CSCS, explain this relatively new term.

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An older woman power training for muscle strength

Power Training for Older Clients

October 5, 2021

Power training for your active agers can be a vital part of programming. By helping your clients maintain speed, you will do them the service of training them for the sport of life.

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Exercising with Hearing Loss

Training Clients with Hearing Loss

October 1, 2021

Effectively training clients requires us to listen to their needs, but equally important is the knowledge that they can hear you clearly. And then consider those whose hearing loss may make them feel excluded from the fitness world.

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Taking Small Steps

Moving More Every Day

September 24, 2021

As you help your clients understand the benefits of moving more, it’s important to remind them that all movement doesn’t need to be done in the gym.

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Fall prevention training helps seniors stay active.

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

August 24, 2021

Fall prevention is a vital part of functional training for your aging clients. Changes in communication between the nervous and muscular systems as age we are likely to result in a loss of balance, which is a risk factor in the older population. Kyle Stull, DHSc, a content development manager at NASM and an instructor for the Department of Health and Human Performance at Concordia University, offers some practical advice in training clients for fall prevention.  

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United we Thrive

2021 IDEA World Virtual: United We THRIVED!

July 11, 2021

“United We Thrive” is more than a theme, it’s an internal mantra for IDEA and an intention we set over a year ago: To deliver against IDEA’s mandate at a time when our industry needed it the most.

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