Category Archives: Fitness

Valley Fitness Center. Part 2

All of these classes and programs help those who aren’t regular exercisers become more comfortable with working out and with the fitness center environment. For those who are ready to tackle “regular” group exercise classes, there are many to choose … Continue reading

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Valley Fitness Center. Part 1

There has been lots of talk in the fitness industry lately about catering to “special populations,” and attracting non-typical health club members to boost numbers and to get the population back into shape. When it comes to this, Valley Fitness … Continue reading

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An Effective Mood Enhancer and Energizer, Part 2

Exercise is essential for overall health and well-being and finding an exercise activity that gets heart rates up and is enjoyable is important to keep us committed to it. According to Lisa, “Tae-Bo is fun like dancing.” Being able to … Continue reading

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An Effective Mood Enhancer and Energizer, Part 1

In our society we tend to look to over-the-counter or prescription drugs to get a quick fix for our maladies. Many of us suffer from mild to severe depression or inertia. But there are a growing number of us finding … Continue reading

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Flexibility Training Who Needs It?

My first experience with flexibility, or should I say inflexibility, came early in my childhood. In dance class, I wasn’t able to kick my leg as high as everyone else, and in cheerleading I struggled with my splits.

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Quadriceps Stretches

Prone One Leg Quadricep Stretches: Lay belly down (prone) on a pad on the ground. Grasp the left foot at the instep or front of the toes with the hand of the same side. Put the knee of the left … Continue reading

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Personal Trainers. Part 5

Promoting the truth Employers of personal fitness trainers are working against a commercialized industry of myths, lies, tricks, gimmicks and magic potions, with hopes of miracles attached. It??s up to you to educate your trainers and clients on what it … Continue reading

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Personal Trainers. Part 4

Creating challenges Clients. For clients to improve their health, state of mind orbasic function, or to maintain their physique, their programs can be less demanding, even more fun than work,andcan be performed fewer days of the week. But don??t expect … Continue reading

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Personal Trainers. Part 3

A solution: Pre-employment assessment To avoid hiring personal trainers who don??t really know the science of exercise or how to apply it, I created apre-employment questionnaire that asks basic questions necessary for a fundamental understanding of exercise (see Pre-Employment Questionnaire … Continue reading

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Personal Trainers. Part 2

The problems Primarily, clients want to see that the time, money and work thatthey are devoting to their bodiesis giving them what they want:results.However, they alsoneed education. It isn??t about taking them through another circuit training program; it??s about teaching … Continue reading

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