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Trends, points of interest for 2013

It’s November, so it isn’t too early for 2013 lists to come out. The American College of Sports Medicine thinks so, as it has released its top trends for the new year. 

Topping the list is resistance training using one’s own body weight. "Body weight exercises are a proven way to get and stay fit," said survey author Dr. Walt Thompson of Georgia State University. "In a time when many people are concerned with cutting expenses, body weight exercises are a great way to feel great and look toned without a big financial investment." 

Also on the list are childhood obesity, programs for older and adults and strength training. 


‘Maori Tae Bo’ sweeping Germany, New Zealand

A former Les Mills fitness instructor has created a new workout that is sweeping Germany, New Zealand.

Aroha, which mean loves in Maori, is a mix of haka, kung fu and tai chi. It has been describerd at Maori Tae Bo and is taught in more than 200 gyms.

According to the website, the haka part "demonstrates the extraordinary force that is slumbering within every human." 


College dumps athletics, uses money for health and wellness

As a way to better serve the majority of its students, and a to get them in better shape, a Georgia college is ditching its intercollegiate athletics program for one focused on health and wellness.

That’s nearly $1 million to spend on the new programs.

With the obesity rates for all groups of Americans rising as fast as waistlines are increasing, it is a move that won’t resonate with schools with large and successful sports programs, but could push smaller ones to follow suit.

In the late 1800s sports was introduced to colleges as a way to get students in shape. Schools have gotten away from that, but Spelman, a historically black all-women school in Atlanta, has decided to get back to it. 


Free workouts at 24 Hour Fitness for military

24 Hour Fitness once again is offering free services during the week of Veterans Day to the those in the military.

Active, reserve and retired members of the U.S. armed forces must present valid military identification or a DD214 Discharge document in order to take advantage of the offer that runs Nov. 11-17. Spouses and children ages 12 years and older are welcome, provided they have proper identification cards. The full offering of amenities - state-of-the-art cardio, strength and functional training equipment, high-energy Group X classes and more will be available. 


Common mistakes why you aren’t seeing progress

If you are not an expert or seasoned veteran of working out and work outs, it is easy to miss the signs that you aren’t making progress.

Tara Zimliki, nutritionist and founder of Tara’s Boot Camp, explains the top eight things you might be missing. Some may be obvious, others not so much.

Topping the list are doing exercises incorrectly, not taking a rest day and not mixing cardio work with weight training. 

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