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Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.

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2007 IDEA Award Winners: Affecting Change

September 30, 2007

This year’s batch of nominees was full of serious competition, however Lisa Druxman, Bill Sonnemaker and Fred Hoffman were honored with the industry’s most prestigious awards.Lisa Druxman, MA, IDEA Program Director of the YearBefore the creation of Stroller Strides® LLC, the nation’s largest postnatal fitness program, Lisa Druxman struggle…

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The Evolution of Fitness

September 30, 2007

Subject: Vito La FataCompany: Fitness Evolution“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” —Charles DarwinKeeping Up With the Genes’s. It is not hard to grasp V…

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The Personal Trainer Headhunter

August 31, 2007

Subject: Trina Lambe

Company: Train by Trina

Messages in the Malt. After finishing a career
in professional figure skating, Trina
Lambe changed directions and went to
work for a local brewery in Toronto. “It
was my first …

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First Steps for the Newly Certified

April 30, 2007

The newly certified personal fitness trainer (PFT) is much like a college student soon after graduation day. The anticipation of finally being “set free” to move toward carefully crafted hopes and dreams quickly dissipates and is replaced by the fear and anxiety of “What now?”
The road has been arduous—loaded with studying, workshops, practical appli…

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The Ground-Floor Guru

April 30, 2007

Subject: Bruno Bosardi
Company: The Body Alchemist

Heal Thyself. Bruno Bosardi, Pilates and Gyrotonic® exercise trainer in San Diego, happened upon these two training methodologies just as many other instructors and practitioners do: once a professional dancer, Bosardi began to experience chronic back problems that eventually ended …

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Peace, Healing and the Overweight Body

March 31, 2007

Subject: Rochelle Rice, MA
Company: In Fitness & In Health

Finding Her Calling. To speak with Rochelle Rice is an inspiring experience. A New Yorker through and through, she is a pint-size dynamo with a voice that commands both authority and empathy and a smile that elicits instant trust. She is a regular presenter on the conference circuit, a…

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Curtis the Entertainer

February 28, 2007

Subject: Curtis Jackson
Company: Curtis Jackson’s
Fitness Studios

The First Time. Curtis Jackson once aspired to join the ranks of such celebrities as Tom Hanks or Denzel Washington. He had begun following his aspirations but became sidetracked after he first stepped inside a gym. “I was interested in acting and was also…

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Conduit for Greater Consciousness

December 31, 2006

Subject: Brian Buturla
Company: Brian Buturla Private Studio Personal Training, Norwalk, Connecticut

Metamorphosis. Brian Buturla’s journey into health and wellness began in his teenage years. “I was in sad shape—malnourished, overweight, socially isolated and bewildered,” he says. “I knew I needed help so I joined a health clu…

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“Mean Irene” and Her Talented Trainees

November 1, 2006

SUBJECT: Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, CSCSCOMPANY: Fitness for Living, Ankeny, IowaEducation and Injury Prevention. Irene Lewis-McCormick works with a variety of clients who look to her for guidance, expertise and education. Many of them are already…

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Suicide

October 31, 2006

According to a report in the July issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163, 1280–82), persons suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) are 45 times more likely to commit suicide than nonsufferers. BDD causes individuals to become obsessed with their appearance and to develop a distorted self-image.
Researchers studied 185 subjects over 4 years and found …

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Tourist Town Trials and Tribes

August 31, 2006

Getting Started. Diana Rochon was an avid sports enthusiast growing up in Canada. “I was fortunate enough to have two awesome coaches. Besides encouraging me to be the best athlete I could be regardless of where I ranked among my competitors, they imparted the idea of turning it around someday and giving it back,” she says. Rochon did just that as…

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Education and Motivation

September 30, 2005

In true Las Vegas style, the stars came out early for this year’s IDEA Health & Fitness Awards presentations. The magic tricks performed by The Majestix before the keynote addresses on July 7 and 8 raised plenty of goose bumps in the audience. But the magicians’ illusio…

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