Women’s midlife challenges.Bernadette is a sensitive, successful but overworked 56-year-old client of mine. When she came to me 2 years ago, she was emotionally distraught and desperate to change her body, her energy level and her outlook on life. In addition to holding a demanding job, she was struggling with the onset of menopause. Hot flashes continually interrupted her sleep, and her workaholic behavior left little time to relax.Read More
Training for Growth
By Sherri McMillan, MSc, and Alex McMillan
Invest in Your People
With your staff, as with all investments, you have to put something in if you want something back. No matter what industry you’re in, the most important asset your business has is your people. This is especially true in the personal training industry. The strength of your organization–or your department–is dire…
As a personal trainer, you probably know that exercise has been shown to increase bone strength, as measured by bone mineral density (BMD), in people of all ages. But did you know that the degree to which exercise improves BMD depends on a variety of factors, including age, reproductive hormone status, nutritional status and the nature of the exercise?Read More
With Olympic gold in her sights, gymnast Christy Henrich trained over several years with a goal of achieving contender status on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team. But then a judge at a national competition told the 95-pound Henrich that if she expected to win Olympic gold, she would have to lose weight—“advice” that eventually…Read More
Just a few months ago, an 8-year-old boy had a 2-year-old bike collecting dust in the garage. His mother’s efforts to get the boy to ride were met with much resistance. So many other things came more easily for him; he simply was not eager to try this challenging activity. His mother was convinced his first wheels would be those on a car.
The boy became more frustrated every time his mother encouraged him to try riding. She too began to get apprehensive. If he fell, the mishap was of course all her fault.Read More
When was the last time you heard an infant say she couldn’t come out to play because she was having a bad hair day? How many toddlers do you know who’ll refuse an ice-cream cone because they want to squeeze into their “skinny jeans”? We are not born with a body image. The way we…Read More
If your older clients ate as much healthy food as they wanted, would they still lose weight? Possibly, according to a study in the January 26, 2004, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine that examined 34 older men and women with impaired glucose tolerance.Read More
According to the 2003 IDEA Trendwatch Survey, three different kinds of personal training topped the list of general fitness trends: one-to-one training, partner training (two clients sharing one trainer), and small-group training (three to five clients sharing one trainer). Client categories that seem to be growing include people who are interested in postrehab or “prehab”…Read More
As a plus-size person, are you curious to try yoga but convinced it won’t work for your body? The good news is you can benefit from yoga’s positive physiological and psychological effects. Practicing yoga can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways for you to become healthy, build confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes achieve weight loss.Read More
Do you remember who taught you how to lead a group fitness class? Did you have a mentor who showed you the ropes? Maybe you obsessively took notes at fitness conventions or taught yourself by watching videotapes. Regardless, at one point or another we were all beginners—now it’s our turn to teach the next generation.…Read More
Do you want to provide your clients with every possible tool for preventing cardiovascular disease? You might point them to research showing that a multivitamin may help.
A study published in The American Journal of Medicine in December 2003 (vol. 115, pp. 702-7) found that C-reactive protein (CRP), an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, can be reduced by simply taking a multivitamin. The study, led by Timothy Church, MD, MPH, PhD, of The Cooper Institute, showed that a group taking a 24-ingredient multivitamin reduced its CRP level by 32 percent.
In an era when everything from sport utility vehicles to hamburgers comes “supersized,” the notion that less is more may seem terribly out-of-date. But when it comes to calories, eating fewer may very well turn out to be a prescription for a longer—and healthier—life. The topic of calorie restriction has gotten a lot of attention…Read More
By updating your e-mail address with IDEA, you can choose the IDEA information that you receive instantaneously. For example, you can have IDEA Fit Tips, the newsletter that keeps you up to date on current fitness news and IDEA activities, e-mailed to you every month.Read More
If you have just begun a fitness program, or perhaps started up again after a long holiday break, you may have become really sore after exercising. You are probably experiencing delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Is this discomfort a necessary part of exercising? Get the scoop from two experts at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque—Johndavid…Read More
Are any of your clients interested in supplementing with creatine? Then they should know about the new testing done by ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of products that affect health and nutrition. The tests found problems with the majority of creatine products sold in liquid, effervescent and chewable forms. No problems were found in the standard powder products.Read More