Hip Hop Housework

After a hard day at the office or school, the last thing on every parent’s mind is housework. However, if done correctly, Hip Hop Housework can be quite a workout. This article provides some activities that both child and parent can do to make exercise fun and get the house clean at the same time.

It is essential that you start with a general warm up. Music can make the workout more fun and useful. A checklist is added to the end of the article and a completed checklist can be given for a parent/child agreed-upon prize.

Preparing for Your First 5K

Preparing for your first 5K can be a wonderful experience. First of all, you should be making sure you are physically able to do a 5K walk/race. Going to the doctor for a general check-up and blood work should be the first step. The second step is to make a decision to do a race that is five to eight weeks away and register for it. The next step is to tell family and friends of your intention of running that race. That should start to fuel the motivation it takes to do the race.

The next progression is a clothing inventory of what you already have and what you will need for race day. You should make a decision about what clothing you will need for training and for the day of the race. Layering and avoiding cotton is essential. Going to a running store to buy proper shoes for your race is crucial. The staff can check your gait and foot type. Pick clothes that are loose fitting but comfortable. Avoid tight underwear or slippery clothing that might deter your time during the race. A good hydration belt that does not bounce, such as a spider or I-Fitness belt with pockets, is a good option for carrying water/sports drinks during the race. It is also good during your training runs to carry identification such as a driver’s license, state identification, or a road ID that lists your address, contacts in case of emergency, and blood type in case something happens during your training or during the race.

Using Group Heart Rate Monitoring to improve results and sales of group HIIT Training

Accurate systems for monitoring heart rate during exercise have been around for many years, but to date have not been widely deployed and used for group athletic training or group personal training. Several systems exist to provide both the coach and participants access to individual and group heart rate data in real time during a workout and afterwards via access to the data which is recorded and stored on the web.

These systems are deployed with flat screen monitors so that the entire group and coach can constantly see their actual heart rate, percentage of maximum heart rate, calorie burn, and current training zone.
Participants wear chest strap or arm/leg band monitors which can accurately monitor heart rate and transmit it to a computer, cell phone, or Ipad which is then wired or wirelessly connected to the flat screens.

The Language of Strength Training Program Design

Much like writing software or music, a universal language of program design is required for strength training. Trainers need to have a consistent prescription format in order for trainees to obtain consistent results. Your program may be exceptional, but a haphazard interpretation will lead to haphazard results. To remove the variability, specific training parameters must be defined. This is the system that I propose to maintain consistency among practitioners.

Strength training programs should be listed in the following manner:

Sequence. Exercise: Sets x Reps @ Tempo, Rest Interval

Keys to Being an Excellent Fitness Coach

In the industry of wellness and fitness, it is hard even with this economy to compete with the vast array of fitness coaches that make part of our industry. But at times, there are a few that shine above the rest. Do you want to be that coach? Here are some ways that you can stand out and be the person whomakes a difference in someone’s life.
First, a coach has to motivate his athletes.
If athletes believe in themselves, they are apt to play and do their best. This can happen as a result of positive talk and messages from their coach. The coach’s goal should be to motivate their player to come back and be excited to play that particular sport again. A good coach must like people and have lots of enthusiasm. This is why people are drawn to a great coach.

Attention All Personal Trainers: Guess, Do Not Assess!

Much like my dietary advice this article will go against the grain, so to speak. Every personal trainer is taught that they must go through a thorough assessment with their clients. The more information they gather, the better. Well, after 17 years in this business, I do far less assessing and far more guessing – not to be different, but to be efficient. I have found many similar patterns that exist among individuals, and through the years I have developed systems of training that produce “reproducible” results. Where the client fits into these systems depends on their individual needs and goals. Often, assessments can be conducted through the training process, rather than a separate entity on its own. This can save the client time and money and can actually lead to better results.

3 Tips to Storing Your Fitness Equipment

If you run a fitness business or have your own private gym in your home, then you know how much space and hassle fitness equipment can cause. Although the preferred use of this equipment would be for you or your clients to break some serious sweat with it, it is important to be realistic. You need to recognize what fitness toys you are not using but are just taking up too much space. Parting with your equipment is probably a little daunting and too permanent, so why not settle for moving some of your unused fitness tools into storage? Here are 3 tips on determining whether or not you should move your equipment into storage.


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