IDEA Fitness Journal

Managing Your Money Before It Manages You

by Kay Cross, MEd
It is a beautiful January day in Texas, and I am sitting in my home at my favorite writing spot (the kitchen table) with my laptop. At this moment in time, the United States is experiencing its worst housing crisis in 17 years with a 10-month supply of unsold homes (Deener 2008). In addition, housing starts are down 40% from a year ago, and the subprime mortgage cri...

Taking SOAP Notes

by Daniel Ball, MS, Brian Murphy
Personal training is evolving at an unprecedented rate, and keeping pace requires developing innovative approaches to professional skills. Documenting client progress is one such skill. Emerging training models require more sophisticated methods of documentation. Today, trainers working with special populations often work as part...

Tricks of the Trade

My biggest challenge is finding the right trainers to work with me. It is hard to find qualified trainers who are willing to train some of the clientele that I have (the morbidly obese). Some of my clients require a lot of motivation, and not every trainer is a motivator. I would rather have trainers wh...

Guiding New Instructors

As vice president of GoodLife Fitness clubs in Canada, Maureen “Mo” Hagan, PT, still teaches group fitness, inspiring 200 participants per week in her classes. She also travels to several new club openings a year, introducing hundreds of members to group fitness programs. She combines her passion for group exercise and her intere...

The Fitness Farm

by Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, Julie Vardaman
Wake up your group strength or boot camp warm-up with animal-themed movements that include static and dynamic stretches. Encourage participants to focus on precision, breathing and progressions. Take these moves through a full range of motion to increase the stretch. Remember that not all exercises are appropriate for all populat...

Scheduling Variety

by Joy Keller
Healthways’ SilverSneakers fitness program has introduced YogaStretch and SilverSplash to help add variety to older-adult programming. The former uses a chair for support as participants work at their own pace to build flexibility and endurance, while learning to r...

The Secret to Client Retention

by Mary Bratcher, MA
Client retention is one of the greatest obstacles fitness professionals can face. However, since it is far more difficult to attract a new client than to keep a current one, it’s crucial to strengthen your retention know-how. Discover how to boost client adherence levels by incorporating fundamental coaching elements into your se...

Teaching What It Means to Be Fit

by Mary Monroe
“Mind-body science has shown us that it doesn’t make sense to treat the human body like a science fair project anymore. Now we know that our health isn’t just about a system of anatomical parts—it’s an integration of the mental, physical and spiritual. It’s determined by our attitudes and belief systems, as well as our genetics a...

Depression Linked to Osteoporosis Risk

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
As a risk factor for low bone mineral density (BMD) in premenopausal women, depression is comparable in magnitude to established risks like smoking and low calcium intake, say the authors of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2007; 167 [21], 2329–36). Early findings from the POWER Study Group, based at Case Weste...

NATA Recommends Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) recognizes the benefits of practicing yoga, tai chi and Pilates. The organization has released a 10-step guide to help people of all ages improve their quality of life by reducing physical stress and preventing back pain. One of the 10 recommendations, “Make yourself mobile,” notes that poor posture and muscle stiffne...
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