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Dietary Protein and Weight Loss

By Kristine Clark, PhD, RD | January 31, 2003 |

When it comes to weight loss these days, protein is the big nutrition buzzword. You’ve probably been asked about at least one of the several high-protein/low-carbohydrate (HPLC) diets in the last 2 years. The hype over them grows whenever someone announces that his weight loss was due to his eating whatever he wanted as long…

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Fitness Getaways

By Marlon Ransom | December 31, 2002 |

Vacation. For most, the word evokes images of sunny beaches, ski slopes and drinks with tiny umbrellas in them. However, for personal trainers, it conjures images of bills piling up because of income loss. Whether you or your clients take a trip, the result for you is the same: diminished finances. Many trainers simply adjust…

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Market for Massage Growing, Especially Among Seniors

By Sean White | December 31, 2002 |

Getting new certifications is always a great way to leverage downtime into new revenue sources, and one area to consider seriously is massage therapy. In early August 2002, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) asked 511 American men and 510 American women about their experiences with and thoughts on massage therapy. Their responses suggest that…

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Get Active, Lose Weight

By IDEA Authors | December 31, 2002 |

You’ve heard all about the dangers of being overweight and how exercise can help, but you just can’t seem to get motivated, because it seems so strenuous! The good news is that even a small amount of exercise can make a big difference. Physical activity contributes to weight loss, especially when it is combined with…

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Optimize Endurance Training

By Lance Dalleck, PhD | December 31, 2002 |

OOne of your clients, a recreational runner, tells you that she has just registered for a 10K road race and would appreciate your input in designing a training program. Wanting to optimize her endurance training, you do some background research and discover that lactate threshold is the best predictor of endurance performance. However, in your reading, ventilatory threshold, anaerobic threshold and other obscure terms are cited as the same physiological event. Intrigued but confused, you wonder what all of these terms mean.

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The Spinal Extensors

By Greg Roskopf, MA | December 31, 2002 |

This is the eighth in a series of articles that address how muscles work synergistically to create efficient movement at each joint. The previous article examined the muscles that support the thoracic spine; this discussion covers the posterior muscles of the cervical spine. The cervical spine’s muscle functions are more intricate and delicate than those…

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2002 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Survey

By Patricia Ryan, MS | December 31, 2002 |

It’s no secret that the success of a fitness business relies on the people who work in it. A business with modern equipment, a desirable location and plenty of parking still needs creative and attentive staff who can keep people exercising. The good news is that, even though the overall U.S. economy has been lagging,…

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What Older Adults Want

By Alexandra Williams, MA | October 31, 2002 |

At the 2002 World Fitness IDEA® convention, held this past summer in San Diego, the hot topic among attendees was teaching older adults. As all of this year’s IDEA award recipients emphasized in their acceptance remarks, not only is it cool and fun to teach the older-adult population, but it’s prudent as well. With the baby boomer wave cresting, teaching older adults really is an investment in your own future!

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Reaching Out to Newcomers

By Lawrence Biscontini, MA | October 31, 2002 |

Our job is to find ways to reach out to these back-row participants while still giving our seasoned students what they have come to expect. Here are some proven practical strategies that can help you extend a hand to even the most timid participants. ‰ Supplement to November-December 2002 IDEA Health & Fitness Source

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Marketing Fitness to Baby Boomers

By Sandy Todd Webster | September 30, 2002 |

How well are you positioned to market your facility to the first wave of baby boomers, 17 million of whom will turn 50 over the next 4 years? A research brief published by FIND/SVP, a knowledge services company that provides research and consulting on such matters, says that many marketers will miss the target because they don’t fully understand the “new set of values and self-images that will affect how [boomers] act and spend.” The brief sorts out the demographic and financial data for this group, which FIND/SVP projects to become a $1 trillion market by 2005.

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Cholesterol and Exercise, Client Handout

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2002 |

Client Handout

o you have–or want to avoid–high cholesterol? Last year, when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued new criteria for categorizing cholesterol levels as healthy or unhealthy, many more Americans suddenly found themselves in the high-cholesterol category. The good news is that exercise can help. Fitness experts Chantal A. Vella, MS, and Len Kravitz, PhD, of the University …

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Striking the Right Chord With the Music You Choose

By Robert Sewak, PD | August 31, 2002 |

Most group fitness professionals can attest to the power of music in a group setting. But did you ever stop to consider how your music choices affect the people in your classes from a physiological perspective? Your participants probably have little say in the music they hear in your classes, yet they are influenced by…

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Keeping Members Happy When the Music Slows Down, Problem Solver

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2002 |

problem solver

Keeping Members Happy

When the Music Slows Down

Q: A:

When teaching step classes, how can I (and my fellow instructors) successfully switch from music that is too fast to music that meets safety standards, without losing or upsetting participants accustomed to a faster pace? Our group fitness director recently talked to us about slowing down our music in order to stay within the…

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How to Design Hot Cardio Warm Ups

By Karen Asp, MA | August 31, 2002 |

If you’re like most group fitness instructors, you’ve probably devoted a good deal of time to planning
innovative cardio workouts for your participants. But how much time have you spent worrying about the warm-ups for your cardio classes? Your cardio warm-ups may last only 5 or 10 minutes, but they deserve your attention, too.

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Double Trouble: Partner Training

By Aileen Sheron | June 30, 2002 |

How would you like to increase the popularity of your classes? Do you also want to teach in an environment in which you and your students feel challenged and enthusiastic and share a great sense of accomplishment and belonging? The “Double Trouble” paired-training concept can help you achieve these goals. In this innovative workout, participants pair off and train together, often sharing the same piece of exercise equipment and raising each other’s motivation to new heights!

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Getting Your Equipment Needs Met

By IDEA Authors | June 30, 2002 |

Q:My director knows our studio microphone is broken and agrees we need to fix it right away. She says she has requested a repair. Yet 3 weeks have elapsed, and nothing
has been resolved. Meanwhile, my voice
is shot. If I refuse to teach until the mike is repaired, I will be considered a problem instructor. But if I continue to teach without a mike, my voice will suffer even more. What should I do?

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Balance Training for Older Adults

By Diane Lofshult | April 30, 2002 |

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls account for the highest number of accidental injury deaths in adults 65 years and older. To address this concern, more and more fitness facilities are offering balance training for their older members. Should you?

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Feeding the Teen Spirit

By IDEA Authors | April 30, 2002 |

By providing sound direction, good food sources and a nurturing environment, parents can help ensure that teens make healthy dietary decisions now and develop good eating habits that last a lifetime. To offer your teens optimal support with their nutrition, use these tips from Jenna A. Bell-Wilson, MS, RD, LD, consultant for New Mexico Sports and Wellness in Albuquerque and Southwest C.A.R.E. Center in Santa Fe.

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