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August 07, 2015 / Category: Fitness Advisor

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In 2010, older adults made up 524 million of the world’s population. That number is expected to triple by 2050. That’s a lot of potential exercisers.

The fastest growing population can’t be forgotten when it comes to small group training, and group exercise is a perfect match for the active ager. Studies show that adherence to workout routines for older adults is positively affected by creating social support and encouraging commitment—two definite aspects of a successful small group training program.

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July 12, 2015 / Category: Fitness Advisor

The Sportspark facility in Norwich, UK has a clever and motivating approach to small group training. The small group training area there went from a nondescript daycare center to the exciting SYNRGY360 Face Off training facility.

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June 16, 2015 / Category: Fitness Advisor

The popularity of high intensity interval training (HIIT) has been on the rise for years, and understanding how to successfully implement a HIIT program in your facility is essential. According to ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), HIIT involves repeated bouts of high intensity work followed by varied lower intense recovery times. The intense work periods are typically performed at or above 80% of the theoretical max heart rate, which should feel “hard or very hard” for the exerciser. And it varies in length from as short as 10 seconds to several minutes long. Recovery periods are usually performed at 40 to 50% estimated max HR, which should feel “very comfortable” to the individual and last the same length, less or more than the intense periods.

Deborah McConnell