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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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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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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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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 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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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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Ally Love

Boss Up and Inspire the World to Fitness®

July 9, 2021

For the 39th time—and for the second-straight year virtually because of the pandemic—IDEA World Convention is inspiring and educating thousands of fit pros around the globe. Though we may be weary of being at screens after the toughest year this industry has ever seen, our craving for connection has drawn us together.

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Arthritis and Exercise

July 8, 2021

Arthritis is a major health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23% of all adults in the U.S., more than 54 million people, have arthritis. As a fitness professional, you can make a difference. Both the CDC and the Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) agree that exercise is an important tool in arthritis pain management and prevention.

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Inclusivity for Transgender Clients

June 23, 2021

More than ever, creating inclusivity is vital for fit pros. And, thankfully, the fitness industry is opening up its arms to transgender clients. It couldn’t be more important. Think about it: The aim is to help people lead healthier lives, but there are many who may not feel comfortable in the current fitness environment.

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Healthy Kids Playing Outside

Healthier Kids: Exercise Guidelines

June 1, 2021

Healthier kids grow to be healthier adults. That’s a recipe for success for parents looking for guidance, fit pros who want to expand their business and well, everyone! And there are so many benefits.

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Stroke Recovery Training

May 25, 2021

Although many trainers may believe that ongoing stroke recovery is either the sole purview of physical therapists or limited to those so infirmed that progress is limited, there is an incredible opportunity to make a profound difference to survivors.

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Overcoming Barriers to Exercise

May 11, 2021

There are many factors that motivate people to start exercising. And there are just as many reasons that they stop! Overcoming the barriers that clients face is a critical part of training success.  Here are some strategies to help:

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Anger: A Tool to Help Us Thrive

May 4, 2021

Anger is a normal human emotion, part of both our lives and our work. And while we instinctively want our clients to train happy, understanding and leveraging angry feelings can have some positive results.

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The Mom Code

March 8, 2021

Multicertified trainer Andrea Hammer became a support for teenager Gabi to help her learn new fitness skills and reach her health goals.

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Lindsay Maurer and Lilly Deringer

Child’s Play and Namasté

November 9, 2020

Lilly was like many clients, struggling with anxiety and overwhelm. And for her, it seemed that yoga could be effective as a stress reliever.

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