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Training women over 40

Training Loads for Women Over 40

By Amy Ashmore, PhD | March 11, 2020 |

Personal trainers often have female clients over the age of 40 who have similar complaints about losing muscle mass and gaining body fat. Although these changes aren’t unexpected and can be a normal part of the aging process, they are not inevitable. In fact, the right resistance-training program can positively affect body composition by reducing fat, maintaining and building muscle, and increasing strength in this population.

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Teen obesity

Helping Teens With Obesity

By IDEA Editorial Staff | March 11, 2020 |

Did you know that adolescent obesity has been linked to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, poor self-esteem, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, aggressive and destructive behavior, internet addiction, binging and purging, and other severe emotional outcomes (Reinehr 2018)? Emotional issues are often attributed to bullying and weight stigma.

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Ear facts

All Ears

By Sarah Kolvas | March 11, 2020 |

From infections to hearing disabilities, you may think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the ear. This complex system of tiny parts not only helps us to process sound but also keeps us balanced and performing well during physical exercise.

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IDEA World 2020

Unleash Your Greatness and Build a Career That Inspires

By Ryan Halvorson | March 11, 2020 |

Jack Welch, American businessman and former CEO of General Electric, once said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” This is the reason the IDEA World Convention exists—to bring together some of the brightest people in the fitness industry so they can grow into greatness and inspire that growth in clients, students, athletes, co-workers and staff.

Comprising more than 330 sessions led by top coaches, entrepreneurs, and fitness, nutrition and wellness professionals, IDEA World offers the full spectrum of education you are seeking for instant and ongoing career growth, regardless of your position in the industry.

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Client Harriet

Pliant Programming

By Judy Minich | March 11, 2020 |

You’ve done your homework. You’ve earned multiple specializations from esteemed certification organizations. You’ve worked with lots of clients over the years. So what else do you need if you’re going to benefit those who seek your help?

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Coronavirus and illness prevention

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Guide for IDEA Members and All Fitness Professionals

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | March 10, 2020 |

The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the coronavirus infectious disease COVID-19, as named by the World Health Organization, is disrupting life as usual and is exacting a visible human and economic toll. IDEA members and fitness professionals across the globe can continue promoting health and minimize business disruption with common-sense precautions and attention to public health developments. This advisory contains information on what we currently know about the virus, suggested preventive measures and resource links to stay updated.

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Want to Improve Clients’ Results? Become a DNA-Based Fitness Coach

By International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) | March 5, 2020 |

As a trainer, you’ve likely had clients say things to you like, “I just look at food and gain weight” or “I’m doing what you’re telling me to and not seeing results.” It’s beyond frustrating for a coach to feel like they can’t help a client. But here’s the thing: It’s not your fault. Without insight into your client’s genetics, you’re left with trial and error to find his or her optimal diet and exercise program.

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Hamstring injuries

Preventing Hamstring Injuries

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | February 25, 2020 |

Hamstring injuries are frequent and costly for professional soccer players and important for all active people to avoid. Medical professionals with the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) developed an injury prevention program that blends evidence-based methods and practical considerations. It emphasizes the need for individualized training that targets an athlete’s specific risk factors, based on ongoing screening and monitoring.

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Exercise trends in China and South America

Top Fitness Trend in China and South America

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | February 25, 2020 |

The number-one fitness trend identified in both China and South America is the inclusion of exercise in dietary weight-loss programs, according to ACSM’s
2020 Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. This could be the fitness industry responding to rising rates of overweight and obesity. In North America, exercise for weight loss has declined as a trend, superseded by health and wellness coaching.

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Physically Active Kids

More Benefits for Fit Kids

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | February 25, 2020 |

Heart health is not simply about having a strong heart muscle; a healthy cardiovascular system requires a healthy nervous system that regulates the heartbeat and supports efficient functioning whether a person is feeling calm or stressed. A new study from Finland shows that more physically active and fit children have better cardiac regulation than those who are less active and less fit.

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Millennial Health

Poorer Health Among Millennials

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | February 25, 2020 |

Fitness professionals may want to reach out to more young adults, as “millennials are seeing their health decline faster than the previous generation as they age,” reports Blue Cross Blue Shield in The Economic Consequences of Millennial Health, published on November 6, 2019. Millennials were born in 1981–1996 and are considered to be the first generation of “digital natives.”

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chair yoga

Chair Yoga Improves Quality of Life for Adults With Dementia

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | February 25, 2020 |

Dementia, the fifth-leading cause of death for Americans over 65, affected 5 million American adults in 2014, with numbers growing annually. Psychotropic drugs are often prescribed as therapy, but side effects include dizziness and a higher risk of falls. In the United States, polypharmacy is also an issue for this age group, with more than 44% of men and over 57% of women currently taking five or more medications. Ironically, a side effect of polypharmacy is cognitive impairment.

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Tai Chi

Personalized Tai Chi

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | February 25, 2020 |

Are customized routines really better than a standard protocol? One recent study posed this question in reference to tai chi: Is it better to offer a standard tai chi sequence or to individualize moves to a person’s needs?

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