Article - Group Exercise

By admin
05 Jul 2017
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At first glance, it may appear that spontaneity and a free spirit are the key elements that make up a group fitness instructor (GFI). After all, few people display as much enthusiasm for their profession as the outgoing, high-energy instructors at work in nearly every fitness facility around the world. These personality traits are a common thread, but underlying that excitement is a foundation of preparedness that is absolutely essential to creating a balanced and effective group...

By admin
23 Jun 2017
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For the past few years, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been one of the biggest fitness trends worldwide. Long a staple of training regimens of athletes and fitness enthusiasts, in the past 10 years HIIT has been shown to be both safe and effective for people with a wide range of health challenges, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart failure and obesity.

As a health and fitness professional, you undoubtedly encounter clients with a similar...

By admin
23 Jun 2017
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The spinal column serves two different functions in the human body. It stabilizes and gives shape to the core, that’s why it needs be strong. Also moves the body towards all planes of motion, so it needs to be flexible. Of course what moves and stabilizes the spine is the muscles attached around it.

Deep abdominals as the transverus abdominal and the obliques, the pelvic floor muscles and the diaphragm, when they contract create an inner corset around the spine...

09 Jun 2017
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Leading group fitness classes can be an uplifting, exciting and rewarding experience, but there are times when it can be extremely challenging and even frustrating. After all, when you have a room full of participants with different levels of fitness and skill, each with his or her own movement preferences, injury history, needs and goals, it’s anything but a one-size-fits-all environment.

So, how can you successfully teach a class of individuals with many differences...

By admin
22 May 2017
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Rolling or wheeled devices designed to train the abdominal muscles are not new; in fact, they have been around for many years. Core Flyte, a new product created by New York City–based personal Trainer Paul Nicholas, takes the basic concept of a wheeled ab-training device and updates it for the 21st century. We take a close look at the Core Flyte to determine if it is as functional and effective as the company claims it to be.

THE PRODUCT
Core Flyte inventor...

By admin
21 Apr 2017
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(ACE Sponsored Research)

Older adults are among the least physically active of any age group, putting them at increased peril for developing chronic diseases and other health risks (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Couple this with reduced function, decreased muscular strength and endurance, and an increased risk for falls, and it quickly becomes apparent that remaining active and preserving as much health and physical fitness as possible should be of...

By admin
23 Mar 2017
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When you step in front of a group to teach a fitness class, do you present yourself in exactly the same way you would at home with just your family around? Or do you play up certain aspects of your personality to create a public identity or instructor persona? Trying out a persona doesn’t have to be about cloaking yourself behind a façade (although that’s one definition). Merriam-Webster defines the word as “the personality that a person projects in public.” So what’s your most...

By admin
10 Mar 2017
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An exciting alternative to dumbbell exercises, medicine ball training is versatile, cost-effective and simple to teach, and it's time-efficient because it requires multiple body parts to work in harmony. Using just one weighted ball, you can help your training clients or class participants improve fitness, strength, posture, movement mechanics, athletic skills and more.

To that end, check out the eight-exercise med ball workout available via this article, excerpted...

By admin
09 Mar 2017
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The truth is not all group fitness classes are created equal. Irrespective of the specific format, there are certain qualities that separate a good workout from a compelling movement experience. While every instructor is unique in his or her own right, the ones who have successfully established and increasingly grown their class sizes seem to apply the same essential ingredients that together create the “secret sauce” that keeps participants coming back for more (and telling their...

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