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Pandemic Stress Among Clients?

By Kate Watson | May 20, 2021 |

As U.S. COVID-19 cases surged in the winter of 2020, pandemic stress rates rose steeply. In January, about 4 in 10 adults reported symptoms of depression or anxiety. That’s four times as many as in June 2019 (Panchal et al. 2021). Most likely, some of your clients have struggled to stay steady through lockdowns and job…

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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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Amplifying Your IDEA Membership Benefits

By Sandy Todd Webster | June 25, 2019 |

It’s part of IDEA’s DNA to keep evaluating our membership model and look for new and relevant ways to increase the value of our offerings to you. This drive for excellence is the holy grail of our Inspired Service deliverables as we strive to help you be the smartest and most successful fitness professional you can be. With that in mind, I’m thrilled to tell you about a few new initiatives that our team has just launched or that are on the cusp of release.

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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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Meet Your IDEA Team!

By Sandy Todd Webster | January 16, 2019 |

This month we are delighted to introduce you to the professionals at IDEA who work tirelessly to develop continuing education, cutting-edge experiences and essential business tools to make you successful. We want to show you the faces of those whose drive and creativity bring you this magazine and the other IDEA publications you value; the incredible events you love to attend; the educational products from which you earn CECs; and the stellar inspired service of specialists dedicated to delivering whatever you need from us.

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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 media-weary 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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