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Entries in Jessica Matthews (8)

Wednesday
Sep102014

Why are there more women in group exercise?

With 48 percent of club members male, one would think that participation in group exercise classes would also be split down the middle.

Surprisingly, according to the latest IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, only 38% of group exercise participants are men. And, seeing options like yoga and spinning can often see numbers closer to a 50-50 split, other options like Zumba, P90X, Tabata and others have 3-to-1 or even 4-to-1 women-to-men ratios.

So, why the discrepancy? And, does it really even matter?

Read on to see what club managers think, and their suggestions.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Are 30-minute personal training sessions the new trend?

Remember in the late-1980s movie “There’s Something About Mary” when Ben Stiller’s character picks up a hitchhiker who says he has a better idea than the then-popular “8 Minute Abs” video by trimming a minute and finishing it in seven minutes?

That is not the premise behind 30-minute personal training sessions that are gaining momentum across the country. There is much more behind the 30-minute options than just under-cutting the traditional hour-long segment.

That isn’t to say that everyone is a promoter of cutting a session in half. Of course, there are pros and cons on both sides.

Read on to see what personal trainers, managers and a professor of exercise science have to say on the 30-minute vs. 60-minute personal training sessions subject.

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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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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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Wednesday
Jun122013

High intensity workouts see results, popularity

David Castillo Dominici image, FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe studies, research and personal testimonies are all out there. So, it looks like high intensity interval workouts here to stay and apparently a healthy way to exercise.

Of course, that doesn’t mean low intensity or endurance programs should be, or have to be, ditched entirely.

“I am certainly an advocate of high intensity workouts. It has a place in anyone’s program,” said Jessica Matthews, exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise in San Diego. “The pendulum is swinging now – many people have abandoned longer workouts and have focused solely on high intensity. But, low and moderate intensity (workouts) have benefits, too.”

Read on for the entire story.

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