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Families and fitness

10 Ways to Help Families Change

By Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD | September 22, 2021 |

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 “a linchpin for cardiovascular health promotion throughout the life course” (Vedanthan et al. 2016). Whether you work primarily with children,…

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Inclusivity for Transgender Clients

By Judy Minich | June 23, 2021 |

More than ever, creating inclusivity is vital for fit pros. And, thankfully, the fitness industry is opening up its arms to transgender clients. It couldn’t be more important. Think about it: The aim is to help people lead healthier lives, but there are many who may not feel comfortable in the current fitness environment.

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Stroke Recovery Training

By Judy Minich | May 25, 2021 |

Although many trainers may believe that ongoing stroke recovery is either the sole purview of physical therapists or limited to those so infirmed that progress is limited, there is an incredible opportunity to make a profound difference to survivors.

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Overcoming Barriers to Exercise

By Judy Minich | May 11, 2021 |

There are many factors that motivate people to start exercising. And there are just as many reasons that they stop! Overcoming the barriers that clients face is a critical part of training success.  Here are some strategies to help:

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Strength Training for Women

By IDEA Authors | February 5, 2019 |

Adding programming that addresses strength training for women allows you to customize your offering and provide great client support. The key is in understanding muscle physiology and what women, specifically, need to succeed.

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Strong Starts

By Melissa Weigelt, MS | August 22, 2018 |

The warmup. Is it simply a time for small talk while people trickle in, or is it an opportunity to ignite attendees’ best efforts? This may be the class section that fitness instructors plan the least, yet devoting some time to designing the warmup is really worthwhile. Why? Because starting on a strong note significantly affects the outcome of the entire workout. We want our participants to get the most from our classes, so let’s set them up for success.

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2018 IDEA® World Convention: An Epic Explosion

By Joy Keller | August 21, 2018 |

While life may not always be a highlight reel, thousands of the best personal trainers, group exercise instructors, fitness entrepreneurs and nutrition/wellness professionals added significant footage to their lives at this year’s IDEA World Convention, where everyday actions became epic adventures in education. At the 2018 event, held in San Diego, June 27–July 1, more than 14,000 like-minded pros converged to learn from more than 350 workshops and workouts taught by the industry’s keenest minds.

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Sexual Harassment and the Fitness Industry

By Carrie Myers Smith | July 11, 2018 |

One day, while stretching my client Jim, I was taken aback when I realized he wasn’t wearing underwear. His shorts were swim trunks with interior netting. I quickly looked away and continued to stretch him. This happened with Jim on several other occasions, but I never mentioned it because I wasn’t sure how to broach the matter. I also didn’t feel as if he was doing this intentionally, nor did I believe he meant harm.

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Top Money Tips for Fit Pros

By Ryan Halvorson | June 19, 2018 |

Money is often a dirty word among fitness professionals. Most get into the business to help others, but you can’t pay bills with good intentions, says Frank Pucher, owner of Fitness 121 Personal Training in Roseland, New Jersey, and author of Smart Money Moves: A Practical Approach for Earning, Growing & Protecting Your Money. He adds that the financial side of fitness should receive as much detailed attention as the programs you design.

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A for Effort

By Ryan Halvorson | May 15, 2018 |

client: Kent Denver School Students | personal trainer: Laura Bordeaux, strength and conditioning coach, Kent Denver School location: Englewood, Colorado

A complete course load. Think of it as core curriculum—literally. The Kent Denver School, a college-preparatory institution outside of Denver, offers a comprehensive educational experience that emphasizes both academics and sports. That’s where Laura Bordeaux comes in.

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Stand Up to Aging

By John Sinclair | May 15, 2018 |

Getting up off the ground grows more difficult as we age. Muscles and bones weaken, coordination becomes less fluid, and simply doing chores around the house gets more challenging.

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Corporate Fitness Evolves

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | April 25, 2018 |

Employers are looking for partners to provide experiences and solutions in social, emotional, financial, family and career growth and well-being,” says Grace DeSimone, national group fitness director with Plus One Health Management, an Optum company, in New York City. Companies are also embracing mindfulness, meditation and virtual solutions for telecommuting employees, according to DeSimone. All these changes represent an evolution from programs aimed primarily at improving physical health and controlling healthcare costs.

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