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The Buzz About Nutrient Timing

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…

Quick, Italian Chicken Stir-Fry

Although this recipe is quick and easy, you can save even more time by using minced garlic from a jar and/or frozen mixed vegetables!

1 tablespoon (tbs) extra-virgin olive oil
3⁄4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in 3⁄4-inch pieces
1 large zucchini, diced
1 large red pepper, cored and diced
1 teaspoon (tsp) minced g…

The Science of Self-Monitoring

Did you know that over two centuries ago, Benjamin Franklin used detailed grids to measure his progress toward the 13 goals he had set for himself? He believed this logging process deepened his self-understanding and enhanced his efforts to modify his behavior.
Today, many accomplished people use the same technique in their efforts to achieve more and perform better. Re-search confi…

Does Echinacea Ward Off Colds?

Scientists already know that echinacea is effective in reducing the severity and duration of upper-respiratory-tract infections. However, less is known about the herb&rsquo…

Website Templates

While the first “prefab” websites had all the design panache of a Ford Edsel, today’s offerings can literally give your Web presence the look and feel of a Fortune 500 firm for under $100. The…

Using Glycemic Index to Improve Athletic Performance

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.

Body Composition Assessment and Relationship to Disease

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.

Exercise After-Burn: A Research Update

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.”

Bartering Personal Training Services

If your goal is to increase your personal training profits, one way to succeed is by reducing your expenses. You can save money through bartering—the cashless trading of goods and services that is the most…

Skinny Dip: Cantaloupe Chutney

Serve this tasty chutney
as a dip or as a topping for
whole grains, steamed veggies,
chicken, fish or tofu.
4 cups diced cantaloupe
(about 1 melon)
1⁄3 cup golden raisins
1⁄3 cup minced red onion
1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup water
3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin

When Personal Trainers Leave

When personal trainers leave your organization, clients may also leave. Owing to the relationships fostered during one- on-one training, it is not uncommon for clients to feel compelled to continue training with the same personal…

What’s on the Web?

As a way to provide IDEA members with a more up-to-date listing of classified ads and events,
we have moved these sections to the IDEA website.

Midlife Emotions and Weight Gain

Are you a woman in your 40s or 50s? The physical and psychological changes that occur during these midlife years can cause emotional stress, which may lead to unwanted weight gain.

Super Fantastic!

Y’all ready for this?Attitude was
everything at
the 2004
IDEA World
Fitness Convention®.
“Repeat after me!”
commanded 2004 IDEA World Fitness Convention
keynote speaker Keith Harrell.
“Gimme the good news!” he led. With spirit, the crowd followed suit.
“When you change your attitude, you change feelings,” he yelled. The volume of the room’s collective answer grew.

exercising with arthritis

Do you have arthritis? You’re not alone. Approximately 42.7 million Americans have arthritis, as well as millions of people around the world. Doctors now commonly prescribe exercise to alleviate arthritis symptoms. However, it can be confusing to know what type of exercise to do and how much is helpful.

tomato and white bean soup

1⁄2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon (tsp) olive oil
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced celery
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced carrot
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 can (28 ounces)
diced tomatoes in juice
2 1⁄2 cups water
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1⁄2 tsp dried cumin
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 can (15 ounces) white
(cannellini or Great Northern) beans,
rinsed and drained

cooking quick, healthy meals at home

Does your car practically steer itself to the nearest fast-food joint when you’re driving home from work? Are you on a first-name basis with the counter staff at your local hamburger haven? If so, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone in the fast-food lane. These days, we’re all short on time and suckers for a quick meal—your clients included.

Tricks of the Trade

The best networking I do with trainers is at industry events or certification workshops. The settings are naturally conducive to meeting and discussing ideas with others in the field. With regard to branching out to other health professionals, I am quite lucky to have been a long-term patient of a top-notch local chiropractor. It is quite easy networking with him. In fact, my very first client was his wife!

A Veteran Trainer Shares His Insight

Personal training in my small coastal community has been very challenging, yet rewarding, since I started my business in January 2004. We are beginning to set ourselves up as health and fitness industry leaders in…

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