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United to Inspire the World to CHANGE

By No Author | June 6, 2020 |

Dear IDEA Fitness Community, IDEA Health & Fitness Association’s staff and members are united in opposing prejudice, bigotry and racism. We denounce all acts and intents associated with these affronts to human dignity. The senseless death of George Floyd (and too many others before him), at the hands of men authorized to protect, is a reminder that all people must practice vigilance to protect the rights of…

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IDEA World 2020 – Event Status Update (4/14/2020)

By No Author | March 19, 2020 |

Updated: 4/14/2020 It is with a very heavy heart that we must cancel the 2020 IDEA World Convention, July 8-12, in Anaheim, CA. Despite making every effort to host the event as planned or to postpone it, the reality is that it cannot take place due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. We are committed…

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IDEA Editorial Staff

By IDEA Authors | February 6, 2020 |

Editor in Chief: Sandy Todd Webster
Executive Managing Editor: Katherine Watson
Executive Editor: Joy Keller
Production Editor: Judy Minich
Publications Assistant: Sarah Kolvas
Art Director: Annie Morley

Vice President and General Manager: Amy Boone Thompson

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A Sample Strength Training Program Design for Women

By IDEA Authors | February 5, 2019 |

Why Do Men and Women Respond Differently to Strength Training?
SEX SPECIFICITY AND GENE EXPRESSION
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Choosing a Sports Nutrition Brand

By IDEA 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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Sample Class: Fun Drills for Boosting Strength

By Melissa Weigelt | August 20, 2018 |

Do you love planning your strength training classes but need to find new ways to keep things interesting? If so, this is your class! Offer a challenge boost by adjusting your sequencing and repetitions. This approach helps students stay engaged and in the moment while getting more done in less time. As a bonus, you learn a variety of drills to apply to all your classes.

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Preventing an ACL Injury

By Catherine Logan, MD | August 20, 2018 |

Your new client, 16-year-old Alexis, is a competitive athlete who wants you to design a fitness program that will help her prevent a second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. She partially tore her ACL while playing soccer and rehabbed it with a physical therapist, who cleared her to play again. Alexis returned to spring softball without an issue, but she would like to be as fully prepared as possible for the upcoming fall soccer season. She hopes to be recruited to play in college, but her parents are concerned she will sustain another ACL injury, perhaps a more severe one.

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Sexual Harassment in the Fitness Industry

By Carrie Myers Smith | July 29, 2018 |

One day, while stretching my client Jim, I was taken aback when I realized he wasn’t wearing underwear. His shorts were swim trunks with interior netting. I quickly looked away and continued to stretch him. This happened with Jim on several other occasions, but I never mentioned it because I wasn’t sure how to broach the matter. I also didn’t feel that he was doing this intentionally, nor did I believe he meant harm.

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ACE Mover Academy Makes the Grade

By IDEA Authors | July 25, 2018 |

A new feature at IDEA World, this educational track led by ACE faculty equipped attendees to coach their clients to lasting behavior change. Topics included diabetes prevention, pain-free movement, exercise for cancer patients, the life of a fat cell and much, much more. Here are just two important reminders from the ACE experts:
* “We are not diagnosing anything—we’re not medical professionals,” stressed Anthony Carey, MA. “We have to be very careful how we respond to clients’ questions.

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