If you are a personal trainer or group exercise instructor and your facility offers a functional training zone, you have a great opportunity to impact members by offering fun new training programs.
Strong evidence shows that Pilates training is an effective conditioning method for healthy individuals, particularly those wanting to increase core stability. Furthermore, Pilates can be a game-changer for athletes. Benefits of Pilates Training Here’s a…
In studying physical activity’s effect on depression, researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany found that exercise simultaneously lifts mood and boosts neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change. It is neuroplasticity that lets us adapt to challenges…
Group fitness instructors: If fitness is your career and not just a hobby, you should treat the hiring process the same way you would if you were applying for a full-time job
With many gyms open again—some after long closures—IDEA put three questions to five fitness pros from around the country: Are you now operating at full capacity? How are clients adapting as they return to the gym?…
As we return to the group exercise studio, it’s good to remember how a workout community not only brings us together, but helps us thrive.
Why tai chi? These Chinese movement patterns have been around for centuries. In recent years, study after study has proven their benefits—particularly for older exercisers—yet most fitness professionals seem to know little about the practice….
The word posture tends to evoke the image of a schoolgirl standing perfectly erect with a book on her head. More accurately, static posture refers to the way in which a person holds his or her body or assumes certain positions, such as sitting, standing or sleeping. The cumulative effect of the time spent in certain positions can lead to prolonged static-posture damage to both the musculoskeletal and myofascial systems of the body.
Is your fitness class just a class, or is it an experience? People are ready to move and are seeking experiences that engage them on an emotional level.
Keeping programming fresh, effective and interesting for clients is a common struggle for fitness professionals. After a year of teaching virtually, you may be feeling like your program design has gone a bit stale. We…
Updated on June 17, 2021. According to the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, about 16 million adults in the U.S. have persistent or chronic back pain and are limited in some everyday activities as a…
Family fitness events are a great way to bring people together and model healthy habits. Indoor cycling is a perfect choice.
Are you ready to return to work? Don’t reopen without carefully considering the needs of your staff. They are your customers too!
Programming exercises for seniors is more important than ever, especially now that travel is opening up again, but your clients may not have kept up with their workouts over this last year. Here are some great ways to prepare your active agers for more adventure.
Take your boot camp class outside with this simple plug-and-play park workout, a mix of high-intensity cardio and lower-intensity resistance.
If you work with adults 50 and older, it may be time to educate them about the impact exercise can have on bone density and healthy aging.
Sooner or later, most of us lose someone we care about, and since the start of the pandemic, loss has visited more of us than ever. The pain can be overwhelming, and we may feel…
A group fitness class title is a calling card; it attracts participants by previewing or hinting at the class experience.
Group exercise not only boosts physical health but, for older adults, may also support mental well-being by reducing feelings of aloneness.
Read on to find out more from fellow indoor cycling instructors on how to build connection with participants in your cycling classes.