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Rochelle Rice

A nationally-recognized speaker, educator and author of Real Fitness for Real Women. She holds a masterÔÇÖs degree from NYU specializing in plus-size exercise. Rochelle has appeared on the CBS Early Show and ABC World News Tonight.

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Compassion and Consideration for Curves

March 16, 2012

We have an inactivity epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for all global deaths, with 31% of the world’s population not physically active” (WHO 2011a). Physical inactivity is associated with 6% of deaths globally—behind only high blood pressure (13%), tobacco use (9%) and high blood glucose (6%) (WHO 2012; WHO 2011b). A 2009 WHO study found that physical inactivity was the leading cause of death in the United States.

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Pilates & the Overweight Client

January 25, 2012

When done correctly, Pilates can address an obese body’s structural imbalances and posture; enhance respiration and coordination; and improve how the client views his or her body, which may be the most powerful benefit of all. As with any special population, there needs to be a deep sense of compassion and understanding, great patience and a willingness to shift one’s approach to meet a client’s needs.

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Introducing Pilates to the Overweight Client

October 11, 2011

Pilates instructors working with an overweight clientele are passionate about their work. As with any special population, there needs to be a deep sense of compassion and understanding, great patience and a willingness to shift one’s approach to meet a client’s needs. Instructors must walk their talk by staying grounded and being present and attentive during their work; they must also create an energetic connection to clients that assures them they are safe.

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Pilates for the Overweight Client

May 18, 2009

Michele is in her early 40s and, at 5 feet 7 inches, weighs approximately 265 pounds. She started Pilates for weight management, balance, core training and overall fitness, and became an instant fan. “I love the quiet strength it builds in my body through very subtle motions, but at the same time the workout is as tough as nails,” she says. “The more advanced I become, [the more I find] there’s another layer to address. As I lose weight, it becomes even more challenging as I continue to connect with my body.”

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Program Design for Life

December 31, 2006

The world continues to feel the strain of burgeoning health issues surrounding weight and inactivity. The fitness industry’s mission is to Inspire the World to Fitness® and to help overweight and obese clients transform their lives with a sensitive, educated approach to program design. Part of your job as a personal fitness trainer (PFT) is to create a safe and nurturing…

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