Career Path for Personal Trainers
It’s time we come face to face with, well . . . faces! We’ve done a great job with pandemic- mandated virtual pivots, but now we can turn our energy back to in-person learning—and the 2022 IDEA® World Convention is the perfect place where we can face the future together. Without hesitation. Without limits.
Sleep hygiene consists of habits and behaviors that help us to get enough good-quality sleep to leave us refreshed, both physically and mentally. These days, improving sleep hygiene is a priority for many overstressed clients,…
The 2022 IDEA World Convention program reflects the innovation, introspection and hustle of an industry in the midst of an epic comeback.
Many of us in the industry have been feeling lost in the weeds after 2 years of constant turmoil. In this time of renewal, as you work to dig yourself out and sow new seeds of success, it’s important to use all the tools at your disposal so you can grow and flourish.
For 40 years, IDEA and its members have helped shape the fitness industry through education and community; but not every fitness pioneer’s contributions have been recognized. In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, IDEA celebrates and recognizes Chris…
We’ve heard all the classics: Lose weight! Get into shape! Start going to the gym! New year, new you! While New Year’s resolutions are the kindling that spark our clients to reach out to us for help, the professional community has to fan the flames with the right balance of skill, enthusiasm and fun to help clients sustain their inner fire for change.
We’ve all had to pivot these last 2 years—and not just while leading clients through multiple planes of motion). We’ve also learned that virtual training can add valuable dimensions to our offerings. But let’s face…
Personal trainers understand that one program does not fit every client and that genes may play a role. Still, it can be frustrating when you have two clients who appear similar in numerous ways but…
What past years have taught the fitness industry is that we must continue training with a purpose no matter what the world throws us.
Updated on November 2, 2021 Successful personal trainers are effective teachers and know how to apply learning theories. While personal training in part involves changing the body, teaching is the art of changing the brain—not…
You hear a lot about continuing education credits in our industry. Do they matter to today’s fitness professional? How does a CEC/CEU impact the daily life of a fit pro?
Diversifying your fitness business increases your income and gives you an edge over other fitness trainers. But you can have a satisfying career as a certified personal trainer without doing things the old way.
The traditional fitness facility has typically been viewed as a place to work out and play sports in order to change one’s physical appearance. However, this has shifted. Wellness—which includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness—has become the buzzword of the decade, and today’s fitness facilities have begun offering a myriad of services, hoping that people will view these locations as the local wellness center. To cover the full wellness spectrum, however, you need to combine forces with other health modalities.
The personal training industry is a rapidly growing field, which aims to serve the needs of a wide variety of the population. Fitness facilities can be a resource for individuals to expand their healthy behaviors and build a habit of fitness for a lifetime. Cultivating a culture of a healthy fitness lifestyle stems from having an NSCA-certified, well-educated personal trainer, who can ensure people are engaging in fitness behaviors and performing exercises safely and effectively. NSCA certifications equip professionals to educate, inform and inspire communities to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
Families need you! A growing body of research makes it clear: Families provide a powerful force in supporting—or opposing—better health behaviors. Indeed, the authors of a state-of-the-art review in a prestigious cardiology journal call families…
Aches, pains, strains and stiffness can creep in, seemingly out of nowhere. For some of us, the pain affects the quality of our daily lives, and pinpointing the cause can seem like a wild goose chase. This was the case for the creator of the MELT Method, Sue Hitzmann. Developing MELT’s innovative approach to self-care—after an extensive dive down the rabbit hole of neurofascial research—was her ticket out of pain and many symptoms of aging. Two decades later, thousands of people have joined her on that journey.
TikTok workout trends are out! The entertainment social media platform is a popular place for fitness content creators and their fans.
Virtual personal training isn’t new, but the business aspect is growing, thanks to increased demand and improved technology across the board.
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.
Compassionate coaching involves recognizing the needs of another person, feeling empathy for that individual and taking action to help.