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Entries in ACE (15)

Thursday
Jul242014

Clubs and members prosper with cross-discipline collaboration 

The growing sophistication of health, fitness, and wellness professionals, and the expanding number of specialties they practice, pay significant dividends for clubs and their members. It’s innovative improvement, with special relevance for the increasingly diverse populations - including those with health issues - that clubs are now being called upon to serve.

But there’s often a fly in the ointment, a pebble in the progress.

As the process of caring for members becomes more complex, the providers - personal trainers, nutritionists, health coaches, group and small-group exercise instructors, and others - tend to work independently within their respective niche, focusing exclusively on their particular skill set.

It’s a situation that’s sometimes referred to as “siloing” - a failure on the part of professionals to communicate, fully and effectively, about the singular goal that they’re all striving toward: the well-being of an individual client.

A number of factors may contribute to the condition: a limited understanding of other disciplines, professional tunnel vision, heavy work loads, lack of opportunities to confer with colleagues, etc. But the result is a disjointed, rather than a seamless, procedure; a limited, rather than a comprehensive, treatment plan.

Read on to see how some clubs and businesses are helping members' overall health with teamwork and collaboration.

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Friday
Feb282014

Technology changing how we train

Lots of talk about technology and latest trends in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

Among the items are an the owner of fitness chain giant Snap Fitness is hoping to score a TKO, while college students have invented a 3D body scan that is being beta tested in southern Virginia clubs. Not to be outdone, a startup has created a workout wristband that shocks you when you miss goals.

Read additional information on these, and more, in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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Friday
Feb212014

New CrossFit documentary is out

David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.netThis Week in the Fitness Industry has stories on four big-wigs in the industry.

Two entries look at companies that are stronger than ever, while another company and its brand is super-hot. Finally, the last story is about an organization that is trying show the personal stories of its members.

Check out This Week in the Fitness Industry and stories on Technogym, CrossFit, American Council oin Exercise and Apple.

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Friday
Jul192013

NYC mayor urging use of stairs

Another well-rounded This Week in the Fitness Industry. Add in the many items in the IHRSA blog throughout the week and there is plenty of informative information here. 

  • NYC mayor trying to get city healthy
  • ACE reviews gadgets
  • Fight childhood obesity as a community
  • Exercise in pill form? 

Read on for more.

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Wednesday
Jul032013

Members weigh in on obesity as a disease

On the surface, the recent announcement that the American Medical Association has decided to designate obesity as a disease is great news.

How can it not be? Now doctors will be able to prescribe various solutions for the overweight, the current epidemic is now being brought to the forefront as a serious issue that needs to be dealt with, and, for the fitness industry, it may bring in more visitors through the doors.

While all of that is true, it is not all perfect. 

First, doctors still need to take the time to talk to patients who are in need of a solution – usually exercise and a proper diet. But, as many physicians get paid on the number of patients they see, squeezing in even a 20-minute discussion on the benefits of hitting the gym may be too much for a primary care physician. And, what if now, with obesity considered a disease the option of surgery, like gastric bypass, or a yet-to-be discovered drug is the easier way?

Then, there are insurance companies. If they don’t cover gym memberships or other options that cost money then there is a viable chance the obese will not take their doctor’s suggestion.

But this doesn’t mean the new disease label can’t be an impetus for battling the ghastly obesity numbers – currently 1 in 5 for children and 1 in 3 for adults.

Read on for the complete story.

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