High-intensity Interval Training for Active Older Adults

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High-intensity Interval Training for Active Older Adults

Unsure if you should be using high-intensity interval training with your older clients? This article examines the researched benefits of HIIT for people age 60 and older, including those who may have health challenges, as well as the safety concerns and best practices of incorporating HIIT workouts into the training programs of clients who are active older adults.

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Hitting the Barre: Understanding the Popular Group Fitness Trend 

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Hitting the Barre: Understanding the Popular Group Fitness Trend 

While there is little published research on the effectiveness of barre exercise, previous research into high-volume exercise makes it possible to glean some insight into what might be happening to the muscles during a barre workout. Additionally, given the popularity of barre classes, the opportunity to teach this format has never been greater, and health and exercise professionals who are looking to expand their offerings may find barre to be a good fit.

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Benefits of Resistance Training for Active Agers

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Benefits of Resistance Training for Active Agers

If you are looking for a way to improve your health, enhance your quality of life and increase your overall lifespan, consider adding more resistance training to your current level of physical activity. And if you’re still unconvinced that resistance training is important, here are nine reasons why you should reconsider, especially if you are over the age of 50.

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8 Reasons to Take a Rest Day

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8 Reasons to Take a Rest Day

Feeling stressed or burned out or having a tough time falling asleep even though you are physically exhausted are all possible signs of overtraining and an indicator that you need to allow for more rest time in your workout program. But if the thought of a day away from the gym or not enjoying your favorite activity leaves you feeling concerned, here are eight benefits of taking a complete rest day.

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Getting in Shape for Winter Sports

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Getting in Shape for Winter Sports

If you have clients who thrive in cold weather and enjoy outdoor activities during winter, you want to help them get in shape now so they can be ready to have fun once the snow begins to fall. Check out this workout featuring compound sets, which was designed for general strength and conditioning and is ideal for helping your clients get in shape for their favorite cold-weather outdoor activities.

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Making the Connection: The Latest Research on Fascia

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Making the Connection: The Latest Research on Fascia

The body’s myofascial network is an area of continuing study and research, but it is often overlooked or misunderstood. In this third installment of a three-part series on fascia, we introduce new understandings from experts who have developed exercise strategies and techniques that can improve the function of fascial tissues, as well as specific fascia-strengthening movements that can be integrated into a comprehensive exercise program.

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Can Meditation Enhance the Exercise Experience?

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Can Meditation Enhance the Exercise Experience?

While meditation plays an important role in many religious practices and is often an integral component of yoga, could it also have a place in a well-rounded exercise program? More specifically, could meditation play a role in helping clients and group fitness participants achieve results or, at the very least, help enhance the overall exercise experience? Here’s what the research and the experts have to say.

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Help Clients Flow Through Their Workouts: The Flow State and Exercise

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Help Clients Flow Through Their Workouts: The Flow State and Exercise

As a health and exercise professional, you strive to create positive and engaging fitness experiences for your clients and class participants—to help them achieve what researchers call the flow state, when they’re hyper-focused on what they’re doing and time seems to stop. Learn about the characteristics of the flow state and the conditions necessary to achieve it so you can develop specific strategies to coach your clients into flow with every workout.

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Stability vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

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Stability vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

While cardiovascular exercise is important, doing exercises that can establish optimal mobility and stability relationships in the body is essential for staying injury-free and experiencing long-term success. Here are six things you should know about the stability and mobility relationships in the body, along with a few exercises that can help your clients improve their movement skills while also reducing their risk of experiencing an injury.

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8 Fitness Trends for 2018

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8 Fitness Trends for 2018

2017 is winding down and it’s almost time to flip the calendar to 2018, which is the perfect opportunity to gaze into the future and try to predict what will happen in the fitness industry over the coming year. Check out these eight trends, which represent opportunities for you to increase your knowledge as a health and fitness professional, and identify potential areas of growth for 2018.

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