Career Path for Owners Managers Directors
Training for Growth
By Sherri McMillan, MSc, and Alex McMillan
Become a Dynamite Presenter
Develop your skills as an industry speaker and reap the benefits in new clients. One of the most effective ways to quickly gain exposure as a personal trainer is by presenting. Good speakers can expect to gain at least one to three new clients at every presentation they conduct. The problem is that for most…
The Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA™) intends to offer the first national certification exam for Pilates instructors in August 2005, according to Kevin Bowen, PMA’s chief executive officer and cofounder. Bowen says, “Our goal is to create a professional standard for the industry and give consumers greater protection from incompetence. We are encou…Read More
Public Transportation Campaign Gets L.A. MovingIf you live in a sprawling city like Los Angeles—and spend most of your time commuting—how do you lose weight, save money and discover areas of your city that you didn’t know existed? Enter Metro Fit, a fitness awareness campaign that encourages L.A. residents to incorporate more exercise into…Read More
For my first few years’ training clients in-home, I found that my training time was greatly extended by clients who were constantly distracted. When I walke…Read More
The search for ways to enhance performance and muscle growth through dietary manipulation is not new. Questions abound regarding the optimal amounts of protein, carbohydrate and fat needed to boost performance, while nutrition recommendations based on training goals are plentiful…Read More
By Kay L. Cross, MEd
Crawl Out of Your Comfort Zone
It’s easy if you learn new skills and create a goal strategy. One of our greatest challenges as fitness professionals is to keep our passion alive. We give, encourage, inspire, motivate and challenge our clients and then desperately need to recharge and refuel ourselves so that we can continue to Inspire the World to Fi…
Legal & Risk Management
By Sean Riley, MS, JD
Why You Need Legal Education
You have a vital role to play in guaranteeing the quality of your profession.
Switch on your television set in the middle of the day and you are guaranteed to find three things: soap operas, talk shows and courtroom programs. The fairly recent proliferation of the last type of programming is just one indication that A…Read More
Tyco, ImClone, Enron, WorldCom. . . . How do these names make you feel about big corporate CEOs? Probably not too warm and fuzzy.
Just as there are some very disturbing trends in the corporate world, there seem to be some equally disturbing ones in the fitness industry. A recent article in a popular men’s fitness magazine, for instance, featured a whole piece on stories fro…
Conflict in the fitness workplace is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be harmful. Healthy conflict exists in relationships based on trust and respect, and without conflict, teams may be unable to make effective progress or create a shared vision of the future.Read More
In our last two columns, we discussed
the importance of molding your personal vision and purpose into a mission that
reflects your values. This revamping of who you are and where you want to go in life and business can be reinvigorating. However, one of the most critical elements to leading a successful life lies in having a positive attitude.
With all the hype today about protein being the most vital nutrient for athletes
(not true, by the way), many athletes
are beginning to look at carbohydrates
differently. The truth is, carbohydrates play an essential role in the diet because they are a key source of energy and provide the glucose necessary to replace the glycogen lost during training and competition.
Our quest for knowledge regarding body composition and how it affects our propensity for disease and overall health has intensified in recent years, driven in large part by the desire to better understand health concerns and risk of disability associated with obesity (Goodpaster 2002). Indeed, research has focused not only on absolute measures of fat and fat-free mass but also on how the distribution of these affects our risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, to name a few.Read More
Just pick up a recent trade magazine and you are almost sure to read about a new exercise program that will accelerate the rate at which you burn fat after you complete a workout. Although this promise is enticing to the exerciser seeking optimal weight loss, rarely is there any scientific evidence validating a particular workout’s postexercise capability to “incinerate fat.”Read More
All fitness professionals need to write a cover letter or short document at some point. Your abilities as a trainer, teacher or manager are judged by your written words. But are your cover letters making the best possible impression? Do you know how to fashion a document to get the response you want from your readers? Are you as confident with your writing as you are with your fitness skills? If not, take heart! This article provides tips for increasing the effectiveness and readability of your written communication.Read More