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Focal Strategy for Weightlifting

Best Focal Strategy for Weightlifting

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | January 17, 2020 |

The mental aspect of strength training is often given short shrift, but now a systematic review has analyzed relevant research to determine which most benefits weightlifting performance: focusing externally on the intended weightlifting result, focusing internally on the body or having no specific focus.

Exercise During Pregnancy

Active Pregnant Moms Boost Babies’ Fitness

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | January 16, 2020 |

Here’s more good news for pregnant exercise enthusiasts. East Carolina University researchers found that women who did 50 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise three times per week during pregnancy had babies with better neuromotor skills at 1 month old than babies of mothers who did not exercise.

Resistance training and weight loss

Strength Training and Weight Loss

By IDEA Editorial Staff | December 19, 2019 |

Did you know that resistance training does much more than build strong muscles and bones? Research in the past few years has confirmed that lifting weights changes your metabolism in ways that improve health and well-being. That’s good news for people with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol levels.

Cycling and virtual reality

Virtual Reality and Indoor Cycling

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | December 18, 2019 |

Indoor cyclists who wore virtual-reality headsets experienced less leg-muscle pain during brief, high-intensity intervals than cyclists who wore headsets showing static images, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2019; 51 [10], 2088–97).

Exercise and equipment trends

January 2020 Question of the Month: Equipment and Activity Trends

By Joy Keller | December 18, 2019 |

What activities or equipment-based program trends are you seeing in the new year? Are you boosting promotion of any particular programs like high-intensity interval training, indoor cycling, yoga or barre? Or are you offering shorter class times or opportunities for virtual training? Please share your success stories.

Strength training with a spotter

Presence of Spotter Improves Bench Press Performance

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | December 18, 2019 |

New research shows that the presence of a spotter during bench press training is enough to improve training performance by reducing perceived exertion and enhancing feelings of self-efficacy. Leeds Beckett University researchers from the Centre for Human Performance in Leeds, England, conducted the study to better understand why exercisers perform better in the presence of personal
trainers, coaches or training partners.

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