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Pilates Tops the 10 Million Mark

More than 10.5 million people practiced Pilates in the United States in 2004, according to the most recent SUPERSTUDY® of Sports Participation, conducted by American Sports Data Inc. This represents a 500 percent growth rate in the past 4 years. By all indications, the Pilates market shows no signs of slowing down and is rapidly increasing its global presence.

Study: Future Obesity Burden May Be Substantial

The obesity threat only looms larger as we age, according to findings from a study in the October 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (2005; 143 [7], 473–80). Researchers followed 4,117 normal-weight white adults, ages 30–59 years, who participated in the Framingham Offspring Study from 1971 to 2001. Within 4 years, 14%–19% of the women and 26%–30% of the me…

Managing Healthcare Costs Through Wellness

United States businesses are increasingly turning to wellness programs to get a handle on rising healthcare costs, according to a survey released by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and the ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) Industry Committee. That’s good news for fitness pros wanting to manage or work for corporate wellness programs.
Among the 365 leading co…

Performance Enhancing Drugs

Let’s face the facts: The use of performance-enhancing drugs is becoming relatively mainstream. Approximately 1&ndash 3 million people in the United States have used anabolic steroids (Silver 2001), with usage rates as high as 12% among young men and 2% among young women (B…

Estimated Average Age of Clients

Interest in attending planned exercise programs appears to rise and fall depending on age. The chart below shows the average age of members and clients, according to IDEA business and program director members responding to the IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey.

Key Fitness Trends in America

Here are just a few highlights from this year’s Tracking the Fitness Movement (2004 edition), a study conducted for SGMA International by American Sports Data Inc.:
Fitness walking is listed as the favorite form of exercise for 10.3 million people.
Use of recumbent stationary bikes has risen by nearly 60% since 1998.
Users of elliptical-…

Trends in Corporate Fitness

In the
mid-1990s, corporate
fitness was on a roll. With a strong economy, companies were competing to hire and keep
the best
employees. Corporate fitness programs were considered
a valuable perk to
retain these employees.> Fastforward to 2004. Has the once sunny forecast for corporate fitness held steady? Or have economic storms brought it crashing down? Is it currently a viable career option for fitness professionals? Here’s a look at the status of this niche, including top trends in group fitness, personal training and wellness programs.

Are You on the Ball Yet?

Four-year data trends revealed in the 2003 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey show that stability ball-based training is on the upswing. Have you incorporated this type of work for your clients?MORE WHAT’S NEW, P.11 IDEA PERSONAL Trainer APRIL | 2004 IDEA PERSONAL Trainer APRIL | 20044 what’s newbusiness

Seniors Healthy, Need More Exercise

Here’s yet another reason to encourage children to play sports: A new survey found that the odds of being physically active during free time are significantly higher for adults who participated in organized sports as a child.

Highlights From the 50th Annual Meeting of the ACSM

Walking Intensity and Bone Mineral Density
Fogleman, K.M., Borer, K.T., & Sowers, M.R. 2003. Walking intensity stimulates increases in BMD in post-menopausal women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 35 (5, Supplement), Abstract 95.
Menopause is often associated with a loss in bone mineral density (BMD). Although exercise has been shown to increase BMD in postmenopausal women, the exact mechanism is presently unclear, as are the intensity and types of exercise that will elicit this response.

Take Advantage of Seniors’ Interest in Team Sports

In an article in the December 23, 2002, issue of the Los Angeles Times, Martin Miller reported that tens of thousands of Americans over 50 participate in organized team sports. He also stated that, considering that almost 21 million baby boomers are expected to turn 50 over the next 5 years, the number of such leagues may grow considerably.

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