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Fitness Active ‘Twas the Night Before Fitness: Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Group Experiences

‘Twas the Night Before Fitness: Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Group Experiences

At this time of year, adding an extra-special flavor to the group fitness experience gives participants extra reasons for coming to the club instead of getting caught up in the normal holiday rush of things. Here are some easy-to-implement ideas from group fitness experts around the globe for adding some holiday spirit to the group fitness experience.

Behavior Change Active The Power of Giving Thanks in Group Fitness from a Global Perspective

The Power of Giving Thanks in Group Fitness from a Global Perspective

A growing body of research suggests that expressing gratitude on a regular basis can increase productivity, boost happiness and even improve general health. Learn how group fitness instructors can make gratitude a part of the group fitness experience and help all participants reap these benefits and more.

Fitness Active Take the Stairway to Fitness

Take the Stairway to Fitness

You likely pass by them every day, not realizing that a simple staircase offers endless opportunities to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, flexibility and balance. Use these exercises as separate movements or combine them for a quick total-body workout.

Fitness Active Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

Do you Have What it Takes to be a Personal Trainer?

If you’re thinking about a career in personal training, it’s important to consider the unique requirements of this job, including technical skills and knowledge, and personality traits.

Fitness Active How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

Research suggests that the beginning and ending of a training session or group fitness class leave a lasting impact on participants. With that in mind, ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how to make the most of the “intro” and “outro” portions of your clients’ workouts to maximize their experiences and keep them coming back for more.

Fitness Active Effectively Meeting the Fitness Needs of Seniors

Effectively Meeting the Fitness Needs of Seniors

The senior or active aging population—is arguably the most heterogeneous group within the health club setting. As such, having a mindset for inclusive teaching is paramount for all health and fitness professionals. ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains what you need to know about the active aging population so that you can work with them more effectively in today’s fitness environment.

Fitness Active Pilates Morning Wake-up: A Triplanar Routine to Awaken the Spine

Pilates Morning Wake-up: A Triplanar Routine to Awaken the Spine

Warming up the spine before getting out of bed can help clients go about their activities of daily living in a more productive, less painful way. The following routine, which is appropriate for clients who have no contraindications or special issues like osteoporosis, provides a sound biomechanical start to the day.

Career Active Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

The group fitness market is constantly changing, so it’s unwise to take your client base for granted. Here are five proven approaches for encouraging both new and seasoned exercisers to keep coming back to your classes, time and time again.

Career Active New Approaches to Boot Camps

New Approaches to Boot Camps

Boot camps are now at an all-time high in popularity, which isn’t surprising given how fun and effective these classes can be. If you’re thinking about starting a boot-camp class, or if you feel your boot-camp classes could use a little inspiration, here are some great tips from some of the best in the business.

Career Active 5 Practical Tips for Teaching Active Agers

5 Practical Tips for Teaching Active Agers

Fitness programs for older adults are included many top fitness trends lists for 2016, which means the opportunity has never been greater for health and fitness professionals to hone their message to this dynamic and vocal population. Here are five refreshing tips for making interactions with the active aging market both successful and enjoyable.

Career Active How to Make an Impression with Intros and Outros

How to Make an Impression with Intros and Outros

According to recent research, the first and last five minutes of a class or session hold the potential for the most impact. Whether you’re a personal trainer or group fitness instructor, learn how to make an impression when it counts the most with effective Intros and Outros.

Fitness Active 8 Balance Moves for Active Agers

8 Balance Moves for Active Agers

Active seniors are dramatically changing what it means to grow older. And exercise—for both the mind and body—plays a huge role in how active those later years can be. In the second installment of his two-part series, ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini offers some of his favorite exercises for helping active aging clients improve both their physical and mental activities of daily life.

Career Active 10 Career Growth Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

10 Career Growth Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

Interested in picking up more classes and increasing your group fitness income? ACE Gold Certified Group Fitness Instructor Lawrence Biscontini shares his top 10 career growth tips for today’s group fitness professional.

Career Active 6 Words to Avoid When Working with Clients

6 Words to Avoid When Working with Clients

Words matter, especially when it comes to forming relationships and communicating effectively with your clients. To help you become more aware of the power of your words, here are some of the most common verbal phrases that trainers and teachers use, along with some psychologically more functional alternatives.

Active Nutrition Strategies and Recipes from Top Health and Fitness Experts

Nutrition Strategies and Recipes from Top Health and Fitness Experts

Have you ever wondered what health and fitness experts eat to fuel their bodies? From meals to snacks, top health and fitness experts offer insight into their dietary habits, nutrition tips and favorite healthy recipes.

Fitness Active An Active Aging Workout for (Almost) Everyone

An Active Aging Workout for (Almost) Everyone

Active seniors are dramatically changing what it means to grow older. And exercise—for both the mind and body—plays a huge role in how active those later years can be. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini offers some of his favorite exercises for helping active aging clients improve both their physical and mental activities of daily life.

Wellness Active Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

Techniques for Managing and Reducing Stress

Signs of stress can include a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, nervousness, a feeling of general discomfort, nausea, and even irritability. Whether you experience symptoms in chronic or acute form, being able to recognize these signs early sometimes can be half of the battle. After that, two choices exist: management or reduction.

Fitness Active Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

Breathing Techniques That Can Enhance Your Workouts and Help You Relax

From cycling to swimming to yoga, breathing is a common thread that runs through all fitness modalities. ACE Certified pro and renowned mind-body expert Lawrence Biscontini explains several common breathing techniques, which he says can not only deepen one’s sense of relaxation away from the gym, but also enhance focus, visualization, relaxation response and even intensity during workouts.

Fitness Active Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

Anti-aging Benefits of Exercise

Today’s active aging market is the largest growing fitness demographic in the industry, with more than 10,000 people in North American turning 65 years old each day. Scientific research suggests that, of the five types of aging—chronological, functional, biological, psychological and social—exercise can have a tremendously positive effect on four of them. To help kick off Active Aging week, let’s take a closer look at the researched anti-aging benefits of exercise.

Career Active The Changing Face of Group Fitness

The Changing Face of Group Fitness

Whether you’re a long-time instructor or just earned your certification, stepping back to look at where the industry has come in group fitness can offers a fresh appreciation for and industry that, arguably, has never been more exciting than it is right now. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini looks at the face of group fitness—then and now.

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