Tammy LeBoss

Hello Fitness Professionals, are you ready to embrace change? The Autumn Equinox has come and gone, bringing with it many aspects of change. This includes changes in climate, as well as equal day and night hours, nearly twelve hours each. Because change is ever constant, and therefore inevitable, in this month’s issue, we encourage you to welcome change. This is important because when we allow ourselves to embrace change, rather than resist it, we encourage the process of flow. How do we achieve this phenomenon of flow? Flow can only be achieved when we are cultivating power from within.

Hello fitness friends, look and see what health topic is raising eyebrows along with questions these days: Sugar and its possible link to obesity. According to Phillip and Jackie Mills, MD, authors of Fighting Globesity, over 30 percent of Americans are now clinically obese and 70 percent are either overweight or obese.

Not all cravings are evil

Did you know that cravings are not all bad? In fact, they’re really there for a reason, telling us;

  1. Our bodies might be out of balance,
  2. We need to satisfy (but not indulge) those specific cravings.

Our suggestion is: listen to your gut–literally speaking. Feed your soul with sweetness, but do it with moderation and with real food.

Hello Fitness Professionals! Doesn’t it seem that time flies when we’re having fun? Can you believe springtime is already here? It’s likely that during this time of the year, you’ll be re-assessing goals and speaking with clients about changes. Your clients will likely ask you about re-doing their body fat, re-assessing their nutritional plan and re-defining their goals.

What is attrition and how is it linked to our definitions of beauty?

Is it April already? As we spring into a new season, we’ll need to check in with the progress and changes of each respective client. When was the last time you sat them down to reassess their individual paths and goals? Chances are, you’ll come across a few obstacles, but don’t fret. Remember that encountering obstacles are part of the process! Chances are also you’ve witnessed in your gym setting, exercisers coming and going since the New Year’s resolutions. People start again in the New Year with good intentions, but good intentions didn’t get them very far. Why is this so common this time of the year?

Yoga was my nemesis. It’s now my friend.

In 2004, I opened up my first yoga and Pilates studio. After opening, my partner who was handling the yoga side of the business bailed on me and left me to handle everything myself. Although I had never take the time to become yoga certified, I jumped in and began teaching. I’ve studied and practice almost every yoga modality you can think of. I’ve been teaching various yoga modalities since then—including Yin, Power Yoga, Ashtanga, and hot yoga. I’ve studied various yoga modalities including Iygengar, Anusara and yoga therapeutics.

 

Hello Fitness Professionals! Did you know that February is Healthy Heart month? Chances are if you’re not already working with a client with a heart condition, you will, and we want to prepare you for this. The statistics are alarming and heart disease is no joke. The good news is, according to recent studies, heart disease may be prevented, even reversible through exercise and dieting.

5 Great Cues for 4 Foundational Movements

Trainers, this holiday season, can you reduce stress by reeling in simplicity? Did you know that one of the most common errors most trainers make with training clients is becoming too restless? We may feel stuck in a rut and start adding training ‘toys’ such as bands, mobility, rolling and unnecessary fancy jumps and hops. Because we enjoy keeping it fresh and fun, we allow ourselves to become lured by mindless playful activity and new gadgets and toys. But beware of allowing this ‘monkey mind’ to do a disservice to your client. You can stop this mindless training chatter by recalling the foundational movements of real life: Pushing, pulling, bending or hinging, and getting up and down. Keep it simple and you may even uncover a renewed depth of play, or a new layer of movement that wasn’t there before.

Here are 6 tips about assisting that all trainers should get to know to help the trainer-client rapport remain professional, effective yet fun.
Let’s take a look at some basic guidelines:

1. Understand why you are assisting.

Be careful to not over correct them. Remember that touch can speak louder than words, so if you are feeling like a drill sergeant wanting to tell them they are ‘doing it all wrong’ then they will feel this. Check your attitude first before you offer an unwelcomed, imposing cue.

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