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Transgender client training

Inclusivity for Transgender Clients

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.

Personal training client Gabi

The Mom Code

Multicertified trainer Andrea Hammer became a support for teenager Gabi to help her learn new fitness skills and reach her health goals.

Personal trainer Tim Minnick and client Rocky E

Aging Into Fitness

Rocky E. had never set foot inside a gym, but at age 60, he was ready to try something new and reached out to personal trainer Tim Minnick.

Lindsay Maurer and Lilly Deringer

Child’s Play and Namasté

Lilly was like many clients, struggling with anxiety and overwhelm. And for her, it seemed that yoga could be effective as a stress reliever.

Natiya Guin and Desi Bartlett

A Pregnant Pause

Desi Bartlett, MS, CPT, E-RYT, met Natiya Guin at her yoga class and later guided her training through her second pregnancy.

2020 IDEA Awards

IDEA World 2020 Fitness Awards

The IDEA World Fitness Award recipients and finalists each have a tale to tell. Here, all the honorees share their journeys, strategies and triumphs.

September 2020 IDEA Member Spotlight

Sally Bartlett specializes in helping women come to terms through “the emotional, physical and intellectual symptoms that come with transitioning hormones.”

Karen Gischlar and Julie Kaminski

Healthy-Body, Happy-Mind

Health & wellness coach Julie Kaminski, MA, and her client, Karen, were already set up for success before the COVID-19 crisis and have continued their work.

Nicole Simonin and Colleen Donofrio

Losses and Gains

Starting a fitness program can be daunting, especially when your only exercise is the occasional walk or yoga class. But when Colleen Donofrio, then 57, heard about personal trainer Nicole Simonin’s successful program, Shape It Up, her motivation to improve her health—and her yoga poses—outweighed her fears.

May 2020 IDEA Member Spotlight

Not many fit pros quote a witch for inspiration, but Sue Singer knows that Glinda (the Good Witch of the South) had it right when she told her “client” (Dorothy Gale, of course), “You’ve always had the power, my dear; you just had to learn it for yourself.”

Client Harriet

Pliant Programming

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?

Senior inspired service specialist Calvin La

Meet a Team Member: Calvin La

If you ever wander the halls of the IDEA office, you may have the good fortune to be greeted warmly with a bright smile from Calvin La, our affable senior inspired service specialist. Always one to approach his work and interactions with kindness and integrity, Calvin has a knack for making you feel at ease.

Aaron Seaton and Andrew Sung

Slow and Steady Wins the Gains

Andrew Sung had tried multiple training programs, but nothing seemed to help him reach his fitness goals. When he found personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder Aaron Seaton, that all changed.

“Andrew came to me with a defeated outlook,” says Seaton, a multicertified NASM trainer. Still, “he was highly motivated; just unsure how to put the pieces together.”

Member spotlight

IDEA Member Spotlight: January 2020

Michael Taylor Member Since 2010  ::  Los Angeles “I am a Jedi,” says Michael Taylor, with a smile. And once you know him, the idea isn’t at all far-fetched. Taylor harnesses the power of a…

Meet an IDEA Team Member: Judy Minich

It was little surprise to anyone when, asked to pick her “favorite punctuation mark” for a photo shoot of the IDEA editors, Judy Minich picked the exclamation point. She approaches every situation with the thought that she can spice it up with an extra dash of excitement.

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