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What does it take to be a top Personal Trainer to Watch?

The 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch winner, Joanne Blackerby, discusses the award and how it's changes her career. 

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Infographic: The Mobile Friendly Gym

There are more than 20,000 fitness and health apps available for download. Is your gym ready? 

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Download the LFconnect App 

The new workout tracking app from Life Fitness is now available for iPhone and Android. 

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Webinar: Open Platform Fitness

Chris Clawson explores the technology shift in fitness, explains what the term “open” really means and how it will affect your business.


May 26, 2015 // Category: Innovation

The best method of tracking your daily exercise may already be in your pocket. 


Life Fitness recently updated its LFconnect app to sync with popular built-in fitness apps — Apple Health, Google Fit and Samsung S-Health — automatically transmitting data collected from our Life Fitness cardio equipment.

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April 21, 2015 // Category: Fitness Advisor

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success. If you're exercising consistently and truly challenging yourself at the gym, but you're still not losing weight or you're exercising and continuing to gain weight, it's time to rethink what you eat. Here's the bottom line: If you don't buy it, you won't eat it. Shop for success to achieve success on the scale.

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April 18, 2015 // Category: Fitness Advisor

High intensity interval training has been showing up on fitness trends lists for a few years. But HIIT has been around much longer than many think.

Interval training dates back to the 1920s. Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi, who won nine Olympic gold medals between 1920 and 1928, experimented with many unusual training approaches, one of which was structured periods of high intensity work and then rest. This method is thought by many to be the beginnings of what was later termed interval training.

Coach Woldemar Gerschler and physiologist Herbert Reindell developed a scientific approach to interval training in the 1930s. Their research involved 3,000 participants who followed a 21-day training program. Using various short distances for the high-intensity work periods, they saw the recovery period or ‘interval’ as the most significant part of the training method, because it provided the stimulus for physiological adaptations to take place.    

Coach Franz Stampfl led the development of interval training into the 1950s. And coach Peter Coe used interval training as part of an overall program with his son Sebastian Coe. The method paid off in the form of Olympic gold medals in 1980 and 1984 in the 1,500-meter run.

The Four-Minute Workout

In 1996, Dr. Izumi Tabata used interval training to develop an effective workout lasting just four minutes. Dr Tabata’s work and other studies have moved the fitness industry and its thinking, from one of volume and the use of continuous training to the use of high intensity, low volume training. HIIT in different forms has clearly been shown to produce improvements. 

HIIT found early success with Olympic athletes, but it’s not just elite athletes that benefit. Here are a couple of simple HIIT approaches that most exercisers can try.

Burgomaster Protocol

  • Appropriate warm up
  • Interval protocol: 30 seconds at maximum intensity, followed by 4 minutes of active recovery [Ratio 1:8]
  • Repeated for 4-7 intervals
  • Cool down

Little Protocol

  • Appropriate warm up
  • Interval protocol: 60 seconds at maximum intensity, followed by 75 seconds of recovery [Ratio 1:1.25]
  • Repeated for 8-12 intervals
  • Cool down


Enjoy your exercise!

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