May 02, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community
May is a good month to get moving, and not just because it’s when spring hits full stride. May is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. At Life Fitness, we consider it our job to encourage people to move and be active, so May is the perfect month for us to spread our message and the message of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Do you meet suggested physical activity guidelines?
•2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking, swimming, dancing, etc.) each week OR 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous activity (biking, running, jumping rope, etc.) each week.
•2 days of muscle-strengthening activity (weight lifting, exercise bands, etc.) each week.
April 26, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community
About the Author: Patrick Rapp was a 2015 Personal Trainers to Watch finalist. He is a personal trainer and the owner of Sport Performance Center in Vasteras, Sweden.
When you work as a personal trainer and meet lot of different people, exercisers with different goals, different circumstances and different incentives. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start with each one.
When I began as a personal trainer, I thought I could develop a training method that allowed me to guide my clients through a systematic workout plan—a plan that would show me where to start with my client, when to take the next step and what that next step would be. As you can probably figure out, this simplistic method does not exist.
Everyone is unique and everyone reacts differently to the exercise options, feedback and energy we provide. If you really think about it, a one-size-fits-all fitness plan goes against everything personal training stands for. Trainers want to deliver quality, individualized training and guidance toward the personal goals of each client.
So, how does this personalization happen? The closest thing to a consistent method I have found is, start with success.
Listen to your client and assess where they are in relation to their goals and abilities. Start with an intensity and a program that is just slightly challenging to your exerciser, but one that they are capable of. You exerciser should feel immediate success and be motivated by the fact that they are making progress after just a couple of minutes. Slowly work up the intensity but try to make sure that your client achieves success frequently.
Positive feedback is better than negative feedback, and we know that a positive mind can have great effect on performance. So why not work with the philosophy that you client should feel successful, feel that they are breaking barriers and leave each session feeling like they’re walking on the clouds? Not only will they reach their goals, they will feel great during the journey and recommend you to others.
April 13, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community
About the author: Leon Rudge is the technology solutions manager for Life Fitness. He has extensive experience in the global fitness industry and is immersed in future technologies on behalf of the fitness industry.
Imagine if you were able to create an amazing health and fitness app—one that created memorable experiences and also was able to generate revenue. Would this perfect app become a guaranteed success? It’s not that certain in the commercial fitness industry where digital isn’t necessarily embraced.
There are four key factors/entities in the fitness industry to consider. Each one has to buy in to the importance of the digital experience in order for our perfect app to be a success.