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A Sample Strength Training Program Design for Women

By Ideafit Authors | February 5, 2019 |

Why Do Men and Women Respond Differently to Strength Training?
We know that men and women have different quantities of muscle fiber types: Women carry more type I, and men carry more type II, but it is also worth noting how men and women react to resistance training—specifically how their muscles react to the demands—as it relates to gene expression.

Core Exercises to Boost Balance and Stability

By Sarah Schrenk, MS | November 19, 2018 |

Balance, which is essential for integrated movement, declines as we age. However, you can teach group fitness students how to maintain balance while also taking them through some fun, creative core exercises. Having a strong trunk and hip complex helps us maintain balance for years to come. In your next class, incorporate these multiplanar exercises targeting the core musculature and the gluteals. Each move is done in a standing position, and equipment is optional. Encourage attendees who struggle with balance to perform these exercises against a wall or while holding onto a barre.

Add Some Fun to Your Workouts

By Debra Orringer, MS | November 19, 2018 |

Do you remember recess? That break in the monotonous school day when you could run wild and free, lost in playful movement? The glory of the playground lingers in many of your participants’ memories, too, and you can help to recreate that experience by taking your next class a little less seriously.

Turning the group fitness studio into a playground is a great idea for stressed-out, time-crunched, social mediaÔÇôweary adults who need a break from responsibility. So grab a whistle, cue the bell and get ready to inject some fun into everyone’s day!

Help Group Fitness Participants Get in the Zone

By Olivia Ellis, MS | October 18, 2018 |

For a moment, think about your own workouts. Tap into that feeling of being completely absorbed in your favorite fitness routine. Everything else fades away, and your entire focus is on the present moment. You feel confident in your body’s abilities, you’re challenging yourself, and you find great meaning in what’s happening now. You’re in the zone. Before you know it, your workout is over, and you can’t wait to do it again.

Can You Benefit From Failure? Top Fit Pros Say . . .

By Amanda Vogel, MA | September 21, 2018 |

There’s a problematic F-word that the fitness industry rarely cares to discuss: failure. We’ve all experienced failure to one degree or another—and so have our clients—but you’d hardly know it in this industry where being positive and motivating is our specialty. We push success, and we push it hard, leaving little room for clients to feel accepted and supported during periods of low success or even spectacular failure. Some people who fall off the workout wagon might simply feel safer fading away from fitness rather than answering to a trainer with a staunch #noexcuses attitude.

Choosing a Sports Nutrition Brand

By Ideafit Authors | August 28, 2018 |

Naturally you want the best for your clients and yourself, whether it’s a perfectly tailored workout or the ideal diet and nutrition regimen. But when it comes to supplements, how do you assess quality? For 30 years NOW Sports has been making pure, unadulterated sports nutrition products, and we have some helpful tips on what to look for when choosing a sports nutrition brand that’s ideal for you and your clients.

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