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Risks of Exercising in the Heat

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / March 14, 2022

Experts caution about risks that can occur when exercising in the heat, particularly for those with preexisting cardiovascular conditions.

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Personal Trainers Ready to Inspire the World to Fitness®

By Joy Keller / February 13, 2022

People Need to Exercise Again, and IDEA Personal Trainers are Ready San Diego – February 14, 2022 – Even if people exercised on their own during the past 2 years, it’s not the same as working one-on-one with a personal trainer. Positive health results matter more than ever, and that’s exactly what IDEA Health & Fitness…

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Fitness Trackers and Clients

By Joy Keller / January 13, 2022

Fitness trackers aren’t new. Remember when you first strapped on a heart rate monitor and synched it with your watch or cardio machine?

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Hiking: It’s For Everyone!

By Judy Minich / December 6, 2021

Telling a person to “take a hike,” used to be a bit of an insult, but sending someone on a trek is really more of a favor. Besides having physical benefits, hiking improves mental health by fostering a relationship with nature. Research shows that spending time among trees and the great outdoors reduces blood pressure, lowers cortisol and adrenaline levels, and amps up the immune system (Mitten 2016).

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Learning Theories and Personal Training

Applying Learning Theories to Personal Training

By Terry Eckmann, PhD / November 3, 2021

Updated on November 2, 2021 Successful personal trainers are effective teachers and know how to apply learning theories. While personal training in part involves changing the body, teaching is the art of changing the brain—not physically rewiring it, but arranging information and experiences to stimulate learning. Learning involves a change in behavior and alters thinking…

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Health Benefits of Green Exercise

By Shelby Spears / October 11, 2021

the proliferation of “green exercise” programming resulting from mandated gym closures during COVID-19 has been striking and, by many, welcomed. Like so many of the adaptations that have evolved during this era of pivots, exercising outside is likely here to stay and will give gym owners, fitness entrepreneurs and clients alike more options for creative programming moving forward. Fit pros can use these ideas to keep green exercise sessions fun, safe and productive.

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How To Create a Workout Community

By Daniel Marshall, MS / July 21, 2021

As we return to the group exercise studio, it’s good to remember how a workout community not only brings us together, but helps us thrive.

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Virtual Training Assessments

By Joy Keller / July 14, 2021

Virtual personal training isn’t new, but the business aspect is growing, thanks to increased demand and improved technology across the board.

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Fitness Class as Experience

By Meg Root / June 30, 2021

Is your fitness class just a class, or is it an experience? People are ready to move and are seeking experiences that engage them on an emotional level.

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Green Exercise and Urban Settings

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / January 25, 2021

A study showed that outdoor exercise can bring about physiological and psychological relaxation in urban environments as well as forest settings.

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Safety Tips for Outdoor Group Exercise

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / January 11, 2021

The following tips from the San Francisco Department of Public Health will help fitness professionals take training outside to promote health and safety.

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