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Personal Training on Demand

As a personal trainer the only option you have to provide personalized service is to give one-on-one sessions, right? Many clients can’t afford that. You may decide to do small-group training, but what about clients…

Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health risks that increase an individual’s chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These health risks include excessive fat tissue in the abdominal area, glucose intolerance, unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is closely associated with insulin resistance. Also known as “syndrome X,” the condition is often seen in seniors and those who are overweight.

Evaluation Strategies

That dreaded time of year has come again. You have to justify exactly why your boss should open up her tightly wrapped wallet to increase your pay. Some employees see this as an anxiety-filled experience, while others view it as an opportunity to showcase their talent and worth.

IDEA Code of Ethics: Group Fitness Instructors

As a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, I will be guided by the best interests of the client and will practice within the scope of my education and knowledge. I will maintain the education and experience necessary to appropriately teach classes; will behave in a positive and constructive manner; and will use truth, fairness and integrity to guide all my professional decisions and relationships.

Confronting a Time Stealer

Q:The teacher before me is running late again. Our back-to-back classes have only 10 minutes between them, and now my class will start late. What should I do? Barge in? Wait? My class participants expect me to do something. I need advice for handling this problem immediately, when the director isn’t around.

Avoiding Erectile Dysfunction With Exercise

Erectile dysfunction is a problem many men face as they get older. To determine how lifestyle choices correlate with sexual functioning, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston mailed a questionnaire to…

Anatomy of a Reformer

The reformer, the most asked about and widely used piece of Pilates equipment, has come a long way since Joseph Pilates conceived it many years ago using ropes, pulleys and a moving platform (carriage) to “resist . . . movements in just the right way so those inner muscles really have to work against it” (The Pilates Center 1999-2003).

Optimal Eating

A registered dietitian is your best friend when it comes to suggesting dietary changes to your clients, but you can help them stay nourished around their sessions. Clients’ nutrition goals are as varied as their…

Antiaging Rx

Take one dose of vitamin E daily and exercise regularly. That’s the prescription for staying young and healthy, according to a new study that appeared in the July issue of Biological Research for Nursing.

Celebrating Stillness

Rush, rush, rush. Is your life so busy that sometimes you get lost in all the chaos? Give yourself the gift of still moments so you can better enjoy the rest of your life. Here are 10 simple ways to be still from Richard Mahler’s bookStillness: Daily Gifts of Solitude.

The Shoulder Girdle

The closer we look at movement or the potential movement of the human body, the more dynamic, intricate and specific it becomes. When studying the appendicular skeleton, personal trainers will benefit from understanding ideal range…


Strength Training and Postexercise Metabolism Schuenke, M.D., Mikat, R.P., & McBride, J.M. 2002. Effect of an acute period of resistance exercise on excess postexercise oxygen consumption: Implications for body mass management. European Journal of Applied…

Highlights From the 50th Annual Meeting of the ACSM

Walking Intensity and Bone Mineral Density
Fogleman, K.M., Borer, K.T., & Sowers, M.R. 2003. Walking intensity stimulates increases in BMD in post-menopausal women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 35 (5, Supplement), Abstract 95.
Menopause is often associated with a loss in bone mineral density (BMD). Although exercise has been shown to increase BMD in postmenopausal women, the exact mechanism is presently unclear, as are the intensity and types of exercise that will elicit this response.

The Best Mentors for Women: Male or Female?

When personal training was a new industry, many trainers did not have mentors because they were the pioneers. Now, times are different. Savvy personal trainers know that good mentors can boost their careers. (See “The Mentoring Pathway” on page 34 of the March 2003 IDEA Personal Trainer.)

Blueprint of a Startup (Part 2)

In the June issue, I sketched out the first phases of setting up your own personal training business, based on my own experiences. The steps outlined in the June article showed you how to assess…

Fitness Trends Report

The IDEA mission to Inspire the World to FitnessTM begins with each of you. Your expertise in integrating equipment and fitness activities is the key to attracting and retaining exercisers.
The more people are attracted to—and retained by—your programs and facilities, the more people will exercise. Their participation helps build your business, which enables you to provide more programs and equipment. That is a circle of fitness worth completing for everyone.

The Great Abs Debate

The Great Abs DebateIf you’re up to snuff on your anatomy and physiology, you know that the rectus abdominis is a single muscle. However, you may have found yourself caught up in the debate about whether you can train the upper and lower portion in different ways.

Beware the Snack Attack

Do your clients frequently skip breakfast or lunch and then get hit with snack attacks during the day? Are you guilty of avoiding meals in your rush from client to client? You’re not alone.

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