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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Super way to exercise

Are supersets going to be the next big thing?

A recent report in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that those who did supersets performed better than those who did not.

Supersets are when you do two different exercises back-to-back, usually with little or no rest. And, the exercises are on opposing muscle groups, like chest and back, to give one time to rest.

Men’s Health said the reason may be due to working an antagonistic muscle group increases the nervous system’s activation of the agonist - in this case, training the hamstrings allowed the quads to work better. 

Supersets the next super workout? (Men’s Health)

Panama tops ‘physical’ well-being study

Those living in Panama have the highest percentage of its inhabitants that are considered “thriving,” according to the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index.

The Index is based on five elements: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. Thriving is considering one’s well-being as strong and consistent.

In the physical category, countries in the Americas are reported being in the best shape: 63% of Panama is thriving, with Costa Rica (45), Brazil (44), Uruguay (43) and Guatemala (41) rounding out the top five.

Panama tops 4 of 5 categories in well-being (Gallup)

Kids getting active outside in New Zealand

No Child Left Behind is a well-known act of Congress in the United States that ensures all students get top education in school systems. 

In New Zealand they have started No Child Left Inside in order to get youth outside and exercising.

In New Zealand a father of three created a program to help with the country-wide edict to get kids moving. It was in response to a report that showed New Zealand the fourth fattest country, behind the United State, Mexico and Hungary. 

Matt Watson’s program was part orienteering and part classroom as kids had to get from checkpoint to checkpoint using numbers, maps, and, of course, physical exertion.

No children left inside, or inactive (Nelson Mail)

10 finalists for Personal Trainer to Watch

Life Fitness has whittled down to 10 a list of 1,700 hopefuls from 43 countries for its Personal Trainers to Watch competition.

“The Personal Trainers to Watch program continues to draw in some of the top personal trainer talent from around the world, and this year’s finalists are no exception,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness, said in a press release. “Each of the finalists’ nominations demonstrated an inspirational and diversified commitment to the personal training profession and their clients.”

The judges looked at more than just their abilities as a personal trainer, including innovative training philosophies, experience and education. Judges were from Life Fitness, the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals, EuropeActive, American Council on Exercise and past winners.

A live competition will take place Oct. 17 in New York where the finalists will be judged on the ability to motivate, praise and collaboration with a client and how they enhance a workout using Life Fitness’s SYNRGY360 system.

Life Fitness personal trainer competition names 10 finalists (MarketWatch)



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