SparkPeople Fitness Instructors Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4162 Fitness instructors, wannabe fitness instructors, and those of you who might be interested in becoming a fitness instructor: Here’s your team! Let’s share tips and FUN about what we love doing! SparkPeople Fitness Instructors Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4162 What Type Of Activity Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x67111776 Today is day 11 of my new routine. <BR> <BR> I basically do fitness pedal exercise. Occasionally I do Walk Away The Pounds. <BR> <BR> I bought 4 new workout DVDs from a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and want to attempt to do them...Biggest Loser, Prevention, etc. My pedal exerciser is simply more convenient. <BR> <BR> Be good and have a wonderful day! Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:58:28 EST Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x66404241 Hey there! <BR> <BR> Today, I placed groceries away, did an article, washed dishes (numerous occasions), got garbage ready,... <BR> <BR> My housemate was in our garage. I went to go talk to her and saw my futon I had forgotten completely about. It is a futon chair, but as you know futons may open up to be a bed. When I moved in years ago, I stored it in the garage and forgot all about. I usually do not go in our garage. It is my housemate's little cave. So, anyway, I placed it in my ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:46:10 EST OCTOBER Cha- Cha- Chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x65306286 What's on your OCTOBER 2016 calendar?! New goals? New workouts? New classes? New clients?! <BR> Let us know! <BR> <BR> NOTE: We still have -3- months of 2016 left! <BR> That's *still* time to accomplish great things with our business, ourselves and/or our clients! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new month... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:07:44 EST Getting Certified, Re-Certified? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x65299713 Am strongly considering doing the NASM CPT in 2017. Anyone have feedback, experience? I'd probably do the least expensive, "self-guided" course. Time for some decisions! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:42:25 EST Fitness Challenge: 9/21 - 11/20 (61 Days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x65230106 This is a challenge that I do every year as I get ready to meet another birthday! This year... I'll be turning 61---thus, a 61 day challenge! <BR> <BR> Anyone is SUPER WELCOME to join me!... (and I'd love it if you do!!!) <BR> <BR> Or, create a NEW topic/thread here in the Challenges Forum and track their own! It's your choice! <BR> <BR> Here's how I came to the exact dates of my fitness challenge (9/21--11/20). I will turn 61 on 11/21. So... I counted backwards 61 calendar days. That tak... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:23:14 EST SEPTEMBER 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x65098944 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/481f16d8-5385-42fd-b66e-40ee63a57cb2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What's on your SEPTEMBER 2016 calendar?! Let us know! <BR> <BR> NOTE: We still have -4- months of 2016 left! <BR> That's *still* time to accomplish great things with our business, ourselves and/or our clients! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unl... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:43:28 EST AUGUST 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x64899467 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/272e10ef-087d-4f24-aee8-024089c9fae4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What's on your AUGUST 2016 calendar?! Let us know! <BR> <BR> NOTE: We still have -5- months of 2016 left! <BR> That's *still* time to accomplish great things with our business, ourselves and/or our clients! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 21:50:36 EST P90X LIVE Instructors' Training 2016 Aug, Sep, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x64883965 Have any group members done Beachbody instructor training? <BR> <BR> In the next few months, they're offering P90X LIVE one-day trainings all over the USA ($250.00, with an extra 10% discount for Team Beachbody coaches). <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about taking the class. More info here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.beachbodycertification.com/p90x-<BR>certification/what-is-it </link> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:29:41 EST JULY 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x64675861 What's on your JULY 2016 calendar?! Let us know! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new monthly chat thread.... oops! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just comment on someone else's post! <BR> <BR> You can even ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:05:12 EST Pressed for Time? Do a Short HIIT Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x64420870 I know that I'm retired and supposedly have ALL THIS SPARE TIME to workout, right? <BR> <BR> But... I am *still* interested in short workouts. <BR> <BR> So when I saw this article, I thought it was interesting enough to share: <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.yahoo.com/news/just-shor<BR>t-workout-151747837.html </link> <BR> <BR> Happy reading! <BR> And happy SHORTER workouts! <BR> <BR> Susy Wed, 25 May 2016 21:59:19 EST MAY 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x64253058 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d19e7ab3-3ced-4e3f-ab8a-47f5514a6cb8.jpg"> <BR> What's on your MAY 2016 calendar?! Let us know! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new monthly chat thread.... oops! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't h... Sun, 1 May 2016 23:42:47 EST "Renew Your Fitness Vows" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x64033689 Seeing this title intrigued me... "Renew Your Fitness Vows." <BR> <BR> I won't give away the content of this blog, but... let me just say that it is VITAL that we develop concrete plans for what we want to accomplish--and they NEED to be written down and then referred to frequently. <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy---and can use---this very helpful article! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/he<BR>althy-living-article/60/5887/renew-you<BR>r-fitness-vows </link> <BR> <BR> Now ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 11:22:03 EST APRIL 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x64030591 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/585984cf-f743-48f5-81cd-476ff5a54cab.gif"> <BR> <BR> What's on your A*P*R*I*L 2016 calendar?! Let us know! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new monthly chat thread.... oops! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your li... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:05:38 EST Zumba DVD's, CD's and instructional info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x63934695 I know that I can't sell these items. I am no longer doing Zumba and I'm moving and cleaning out my house. Just wondering if anyone knows of anyone that could use these items. I would be happy to ship them to someone that would use them if they would pay me for shipping. I have all of the cd's and dvd's in cases too all organized. Let me know if you know of anyone that would want these....Thank you!! Lisa Marie :) Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:37:55 EST FALSE: "Cut-3,500-Calorie s-to-Lose-a-Pound" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x63902803 After 55 years of following the "cut-3,500-calories-to-lose-a-pound" theory... there's now an update. <BR> <BR> Apparently not BRAND new.... but certainly new to me! <BR> <BR> November 2014 Issue <BR> <BR> Farewell to the 3,500-Calorie Rule <BR> By Densie Webb, PhD, RD <BR> Today's Dietitian <BR> <BR> "Researchers have developed new mathematical formulas RDs can use to more accurately predict the rate of weight loss in patients. <BR> <BR> If you've counseled clients and patients for weig... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:56:59 EST MARCH 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x63848615 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65bfdcec-0868-437e-bd96-ea764fcbf4ba.gif"> <BR> <BR> What's on your M-A-R-C-H 2016 calendar?! Let us know! (eek! I'm late... again!) <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! We’re still in the first quarter of 2-0-1-6 !!! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new monthly chat thread.... oops! <BR> <BR> Here'... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 12:40:46 EST FYI: "Professional Trainer Society" taking members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x63690476 FYI, everyone! Trainer and business coach to fitness trainers Jon Goodman has officially opened his new "Professional Trainer Society." Those who join early qualify as founding members. <BR> <BR> I am not yet associated with PTS, nor with Jon Goodman. I'm sharing this because it could be really helpful, and because Jon Goodman has a pretty good reputation for helping trainers both as coaches and as entrepreneurs. <BR> <BR> PTS details are here! <link>www.professionaltrainersociety.com </l... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:18:48 EST FEBRUARY 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x63571993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d9005d4-0f30-494f-a950-04eaa39f2aeb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What's on your FEBRUARY 2016 calendar?! Let us know! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! We’re still in the first quarter of 2-0-1-6 !!! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new monthly chat thread.... oops! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just s... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:03:43 EST New Girl Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x63449360 Hi everyone, thanks for letting me join the group although I'm not a fitness instructor yet! <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear from anyone with tips and advice about how to prepare for my level 2 course (Exercise to Music) which is coming up this summer, and will enable me to be a fitness instructor in the UK. The plan is to be self-employed and run a small number of group classes in my town. <BR> <BR> How best to spend my time - reading about muscular structure? making up routines? or simply gett... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:45:41 EST JANUARY 2016 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x63314918 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a14f3172-75cd-402f-a944-57c6d7258e9b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What's on YOUR 2016 calendar?! Let us know! <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! Let's get 2-0-1-6 started!!! <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new monthly chat thread.... oops! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you'r... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 22:10:35 EST December 2015 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x63103335 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/568f7018-ad70-4397-8601-92bf03986bff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> C'mon in &amp; let's visit! It's our LAST MONTH of 2015 already!!! Can you believe it??? <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> ***Unless we f-o-r-g-e-t to send out a new monthly chat thread.... oops! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just com... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 01:04:29 EST Personal Trainer Certification Recommen dations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x63094407 Hi team! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to study and become a personal trainer sometime in the future -- maybe begin in a few months. <BR> <BR> I have been reading up on NASM, ACE, ISSA, and NSCA... they all look pretty good, and fairly comparable - with my current leaning towards NASM. But I was hoping to get input from anyone else who may have experience or anecdotes about these programs! <BR> <BR> Would love to know your thoughts! :) Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:38:48 EST Maxing Out for 8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x62791017 On Monday, I started the BeachBody Insanity Max30 workout program. The premise is simple: 30 minutes of crazy high intensity exercises 6 days a week, and track when you first need a break. Then keep going. <BR> <BR> I started a journal then, but after talking to a Spark Friend, was encouraged to try sharing it here and as a blog, to gain extra support. Note: I do get cynical in my speaking, as it entertains me when I type - but I do love the program thus far :) <BR> <BR> So, here was my Day... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 01:00:23 EST FYI: The Final 100 Days of 2015---Begins 9/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x62459557 If you're looking for a challenge, how about this "built-in" challenge?!: <BR> <BR> The final 100 days of 2015 will begin on Tuesday, September 22. <BR> <BR> So instead of struggling with possible weight gain or missed workouts during the upcoming holiday season, why not link up to the final 100 days of 2015 to make sure you are ON TARGET with your exercise and nutrition goals?! <BR> <BR> You can also make sure that your clients and members are aware of this date in case it may motivate th... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:31:14 EST Fitness Challenge: 9/22--11/20 (60 Days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x62451416 This is a challenge that I do every year as I get ready to meet another birthday! <BR> <BR> Anyone is <em>235</em> to join me!... (and I'd love it if you do!!!) <BR> <BR> Or, create a NEW topic/thread here in the Challenges Forum and track their own! <BR> <BR> Here's how I came to the exact dates of my fitness challenge (9/22--11/20). I will turn 60 on 11/21. So... I counted backwards 60 calendar days. That takes me to TUESDAY, 9/22. I will continue this challenge for 60 full days so th... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 14:30:12 EST Nat'l Women's Health & Fitness Day: Sept. 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x62398167 "National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages, and is always held on the last Wednesday in September." <BR> <BR> <link>www.fitnessday.com/sponsor/documents<BR>/whfd_fact.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> It "focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women." <BR> <BR> "Hundreds of local organizations throughout the country will host women’s health <BR> and fitness events at hospita... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:50:28 EST What Is On Your September Reading/ Learning List? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x62398019 Disclaimer: <BR> I would "like" to remember to start a new thread each month asking what is on your reading / learning / re-certifying list. Will I remember? LOL That's anybody's guess! Or... is anyone even interested? We will see! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to broaden this discussion if needed, and not feel constrained by the topic title. <BR> <BR> Example: What interests you this month in the "health" realm... <BR> <BR> Also... if you don't have time right now to post yourself, be sure ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:29:07 EST Instructor: Become a Silver Sneakers / FLEX / BOOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x62397862 Interested in becoming a Healthways SilverSneakers® or FLEX instructor? <BR> <BR> <link>https://instructor.healthways.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> You will need to create an account at the above link. (It's free.) <BR> From the information you enter, you will then be on a mailing list for listings of classes held in your area. <BR> <BR> It's my understanding that you will: <BR> 1. Need to take online courses. <BR> 2. THEN take a live instructional class (which are only offered periodically)... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:07:26 EST September 2015 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x62389970 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/761ad8db-58a7-4d0c-a7b1-9e8eb72634ab.jpg"> <BR> C'mon in & let's visit! It's SEPTEMBER already!!! Can you believe it??? <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just comment on someone else's post! <BR> <BR> = = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! =... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:35:04 EST Can we talk sports bras???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x62360358 Okay since losing weight and exercising....I needed to change my bra size. Down to a 34b. I finally purchased my "regular" bras...now on to sports bras. Now mind you, I'm a bargain shopper big time (got my bras at kohls on sale with all kinds of discounts) so I don't pay full price for most of my clothes. Ok...now on to the sports bras...what do you like? I would say I need a medium intensity one. I do like some padding for no-show :) I've looked on eBay and such...just not sure...... ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:09:59 EST "How to Make the Plank Exercise Harder" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x62323691 As if we needed the plank exercise to BE any harder!!! <BR> <BR> But here's the article: <BR> <link>www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Make-Pl<BR>ank-Exercise-Harder-34376722 </link> <BR> <BR> Basically, the gist of the article is to flip your hands facing UP so your palms are facing up. <BR> <BR> What I like about this is how it's explained which muscles are affected from just very slight variations; i.e., palms down versus palms up. As well as explaining what's exactly affected when you cl... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:17:25 EST Anyone into the new craze "Cize" by beach body??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x62305822 Just wondering if anyone has heard or is into Cize. I just ordered my set from eBay. I'm looking forward to learning some new dance moves to bring into my cardio dance fit classes!!! Lisa Marie :) Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:23:05 EST August 2015 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x62161493 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ac5559d-286f-4ac2-93dd-15e98dd67e60.jpg"> <BR> <BR> C'mon in & let's visit! It's AUGUST already!!! Can you believe it??? <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just comment on someone else's post! <BR> <BR> = = If you've never participated before, now's your chance... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:45:03 EST How Do You "Make" Yourself Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x62017902 Terrific article below.... Entitled: "The Essential Trick to Make Exercise a Daily Habit" <BR> <BR> Possibly you know someone.... cough! cough! (Myself!) ...who could benefit from this information, feel free to read, discuss and share with your clients, friends, and family! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-ess<BR>ential-trick-to-make-exercise-a-daily-<BR>habit-124084001802.html </link> <BR> <BR> And let us know if you have any additional tips, hints, tricks! <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:46:34 EST Need cardio ideas for someone with severe asthma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x61908290 Hi there, I'm reaching out in hopes that someone has worked with a client with asthma. My daughter is 24 years old & has some pretty severe asthma. She regularly ends up in the ER a couple times a year, and in fact twice last week - no, she does not take good care of herself! <em>24</em> BUT she told me she's finally ready to do something about her weight and health. I don't know how much she weighs, she won't tell me, but I'm guessing close to 200 lbs. She's trying to eat better (fin... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:19:01 EST July 2015 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x61899210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4da2b262-d5ac-4f46-86e7-c0b6e1f8cd15.gif"> <BR> <BR> C'mon in & let's visit! It's JULY already!!! Can you believe it??? <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just comment on someone else's post! <BR> <BR> = = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:25:35 EST 220 - Age Calculation - A NEW Way of Thinking??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x61827561 Someone asked me a heart rate calculation question the other day, and when I went to refresh myself before trying to answer, I was surprised to find there seems to be some UPDATED thinking on this matter. <BR> <BR> Before I share the article link that I hope you'll read, here are a few things to glance at that you're going to read in it: <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> = Not all 50 year olds wear the same size shoe. <BR> = Not all 50 year olds are in the same fitness shape. <BR> Thus, heart rate... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:34:13 EST Standing Hip Flexor Stretch - Improves Posture! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x61684339 Wanna improve your posture? Or help your friends, family, client improve theirs?! <BR> Teach them this standing hip flexor stretch! <BR> <BR> HERE are some photos that help you get right to the point! <BR> <BR> Standing Hip Flexor Stretch - Can be done practically anywhere! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f2ea12a-2e64-45dc-bcfd-a9e132a21c4a.png"> <BR> <BR> What you're working to correct: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b38a20a-3efa-449c-8991... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 18:01:37 EST June 2015 - Coffee Chats & Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x61640078 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83f5de7e-b3d7-4e53-8756-e2cac93601f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> C'mon in & let's visit! It's JUNE already!!! Can you believe it??? <BR> <BR> Each month on this team, we send out a brand spankin' new chat thread! <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just comment on someone else's post! <BR> <BR> = = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:30:27 EST June is Men's Health Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x61448256 I received a postcard in the mail stating that June is Men's Health Month. <BR> <BR> So if you or your gym is interested in promoting Men's Health Month, you may be interested in the following.... <BR> <BR> Suggestions offered (of what could be done for Men's Health Month) are: <BR> <BR> = Promote Male Health Services <BR> = Host a Wear Blue Day <BR> = Plan a Men's / Boy's Health Fair <BR> = Encourage Boys to Eat Healthy <BR> <BR> More info found at <link>www.menshealthmonth.org </link>... Sun, 10 May 2015 01:04:37 EST Coffee Chat - May 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x61422742 Oh goodness! Am I late posting our new May thread (by 6 days) or what?! oops! <BR> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <BR> <BR> Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if desired. <BR> Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined thi... Thu, 7 May 2015 00:49:28 EST Wednesday is the Best Day for Weigh-ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x61220315 Research has found that the best day for your weekly weigh-in is... Wednesdays! <BR> <BR> After following 40 people for 2,900 weigh-ins, it was found that Wednesdays were the day that had the least fluctuations---and the lowest weigh-in for the week! <BR> <BR> Sounds good to me! <BR> <BR> I know... I know... there are a number of people who don't feel weighing on a scale should dictate their health. And I respect that. But if you DO weigh in, you might want to consider doing it on Wednesd... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:57:55 EST Coffee Chat - April 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x61095794 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if desired. <BR> Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> ~~~Your Fitness Instructor Team Leaders~~~ <BR... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:33:28 EST More Light in the Evening Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x60872042 Yep, I'm POSITIVE we all changed our clocks today, right?! (I finally got all mine done around noon-ish today.) <BR> <BR> So... how do you plan to "use" your extra evening light?! <BR> <BR> Will it affect or change your fitness routine? <BR> <BR> I have to think that the "extra" light at the end of the day will only help me get in my walks. And that would be because I am not (and never have been) a morning person. <BR> <BR> Anybody else?! <BR> <BR> Susy Sun, 8 Mar 2015 13:34:08 EST March 2015: Add an Image of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x60798864 New---brought to you by SparkPeople! <BR> You can now add an image within a post. THINK of the terrific POSSIBILITIES! <BR> t's quick! It's helpful! <BR> <BR> Let's use a new thread each month to add images having to do with health. <BR> <BR> Here's one to get us started: (But it can be anything of your choosing. Exercises. Quotes. Etc. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611977799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> P.S. Hit the SUBSCRIBE button to continue seeing this thread! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:17:10 EST Coffee Chat - March 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x60798814 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if desired. <BR> Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> ~~~Your Fitness Instructor Team Leaders~~~ Sun, 1 Mar 2015 04:47:39 EST Is It Time to REFRESH Your S-T-R-E-A-K-S?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x60733841 <em>215</em> <em>249</em> S - T - R - E - A - K - S !!! <em>105</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople gave us the ability to create streaks for ourselves back in mid-December. You’ve each been using this feature since then, RIGHT?! <BR> <BR> I personally LOVE this "gift"! <BR> <BR> ***If you’re wondering what a streak is, here’s the excellent explanation here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=2019 </link> <BR> <BR> Maybe it’s time to UPDATE ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:31:38 EST Are You a Trainer? Or Are You a Wannabe Trainer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x60633039 <link>https://www.yahoo.com/health/want-to<BR>-work-out-more-think-of-yourself-like-<BR>this-110651626137.html </link> <BR> <BR> There are great take-aways in the article above. It's specifically about becoming more of an exerciser by THINKING of yourself as an exerciser. <BR> <BR> But you can use this same premise to help yourself mentally "become" a fitness trainer... <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this article? <BR> Where are you in your personal training journey? <BR> <BR> Are... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:12:20 EST ACSM: Name Change for Exercise Physiologist Certs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x60558101 ACSM Announces Name Change for Exercise Physiologist Certifications <BR> <BR> New titles will distinguish exercise professionals with advanced training <BR> <BR> INDIANAPOLIS—The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announced today that the names of two ACSM exercise professional certifications will be revised to better represent the scope of practice and expertise of the exercise professionals holding these titles. The new titles, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and ACSM Certifi... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:11:40 EST Coffee Chat - February 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x60526053 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if desired. <BR> Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> ~~~Your Fitness Instructor Team Leaders~~~ Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:09:20 EST New Trend in Fitness Wear: Loose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x60364379 Well... this isn't a new trend for ME! LOL <BR> <BR> I've been wearing loose workout clothes for awhile now. So, now I'm trendy! ha! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.yahoo.com/health/trend-w<BR>atch-loose-workout-clothes-are-back-10<BR>5631594652.html </link> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:43:03 EST Pound -- new fitness class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x60214158 Today I tried a new class. It's called Pound. All the time you are doing a cardio routine to upbeat music, you are pounding drum sticks. Most of the time it is from squat or lunge to pound the floor to pounding them together overhead. There are other upper body moves as well. It was fun and a good workout. I saw a "Living Social" deal for 6 classes for $25. So I decided to give it a try. I always like trying new things. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:31:08 EST Coffee Chat - January 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x60170637 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if desired. <BR> Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> ~~~Your Fitness Instructor Team Leaders~~~ Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:26:26 EST Brain Tricks to Improve Your Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x60115047 Now that Christmas is over, LOTS of people are going to get back into the swing of things (health and exercise-wise). <BR> <BR> As trainers, we can be there to help them out with all kinds of tips and tricks... including BRAIN TRICKS to keep them exercising! (Or to keep OURSELVES exercising...) <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.yahoo.com/health/5-brain<BR>-tricks-to-improve-your-workout-104950<BR>869902.html </link> <BR> <BR> edit: I've been told the link won't work. So... here it is if you ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:48:54 EST Something New to Use: STREAKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x60042702 Spark has done it again! They've brought us something that we can personalize to our needs, AND increase our motivation! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>249</em> S - T - R - E - A - K - S !!! <em>105</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> The link below has the ENTIRE article, but below the link is part of it so you can see what all the excitement is about! (And while you're reading, I'm sure you'll already be thinking of all the ways you can make this new feature fit into your daily Spark experience... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:55:31 EST Doctors Dole Out Prescriptions For Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59993400 EXCELLENT article! <BR> <link>www.wsj.com/articles/doctors-dole-ou<BR>t-prescriptions-for-exercise-1418080961 </link> <BR> <BR> Below are the first few sentences of the article... but be sure to click on it and read in its entirety! Perhaps you'll get some ideas for getting new clients from the healthcare system: <BR> <BR> "Patients are coming out of the doctor’s office with prescriptions for physical activity in addition to drugs, doctor referrals and follow-up protocols. <BR> <BR> Doc... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:57:55 EST Coffee Chat - December 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59939870 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if they'd like to. Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> Susy Fri, 5 Dec 2014 00:18:36 EST Black Fri--Cyber Mon: Buy Any Fitness Stuff?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x59909829 Okay, I did! <BR> <BR> I had tons of emails for pre-Black Friday, Black Friday, Post Black Friday, Pre-Cyber Monday, Cyber Monday, and there could possibly be some Post-Cyber Monday as well. <BR> <BR> My preferred organization: ACE (American Council on Exercise) sent out a 10% off sale for TODAY ONLY on certifications and specialty certifications. <BR> <BR> I called to speak to a customer rep to ask which of the -10- Specialty Certifications were the most popular. <BR> <BR> 1. Senior Fit... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:47:45 EST Coffee Chat - November 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59596530 Okay! Okay! I see that I missed starting an OCTOBER Coffee Chat thread! LOL <BR> <BR> So... let's get November's started just a few days early, shall we? <BR> <BR> Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if they'd like to. Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one ano... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:21:48 EST Next Sunday, 11/2: TIME CHANGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59569606 Quick heads up before I run out the door to go to the Kansas City Chiefs football game today! <BR> <BR> Hubby says that NEXT Sunday, 11/2, is our time change! <BR> <BR> Spring forward... Fall back. <BR> <BR> Just an FYI so we can start getting our minds wrapped around it! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:50:45 EST Coffee Chat - October 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59344787 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. <BR> <BR> --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. <BR> <BR> (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if they'd like to. Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:26:43 EST 25 Free Personal Trainer Scholarships: Help Youth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59243961 Please pass this info along to any that you know would like to be selected for a FREE ACE personal trainers certification to work with youth: <BR> <BR> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <BR> At ACE, we believe that to successfully eradicate the obesity epidemic we need more professionals like you on the ground. <BR> <BR> We need more people dedicated to providing physical activity opportunities and education about the benefits of a healthy l... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:16:15 EST 9/22: 100 Days Left of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59222404 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Monday, September 22 marks the final 100 days of 2014. <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> How exciting! We still have time to accomplish GREAT things! <BR> <BR> Start thinking now about how you’d like to end this year on a SUCCESSFUL note! <BR> <BR> Everyone is always looking for a reason for a "Fresh Start!" <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas to get you thinking: <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:32:13 EST Coffee Chat - September 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x59033588 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if they'd like to. Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . <BR> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:51:14 EST A Few More Spark Changes - Improvements! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58908980 Just learned about this and wanted to share with our team: <BR> <BR> = = Preview of design changes to Message Boards = = <BR> <BR> Message from Spark Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago we asked you to complete a survey about the widened/redesigned SparkTeam and Message Board pages. Based on your feedback, we have made changes that will be launching early next week. We’ve created a short video so that you can see what the pages will look like ahead of time (don’... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:37:36 EST Doing Autumn Calabrese's 21 Day Fix- Portion Sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x58862303 I'm doing the 21 Day Fix program, and wondered if anyone else from "Fitness Instructors" is, too. Someone asked me if I'm going for a "21 Day Fix" t-shirt. Right now, all I'm trying to do is combine the programme with my doctor (for hormone-related weight gain) with continuing my workouts and sports activities, and doing more AWARE and deliberate portion control. <BR> <BR> Right now, that's all I want to do! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:18:17 EST 8/12/14 - Look For the NEW Changes to SPARK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58824623 Hi, everyone! We'd like to make a quick announcement about some changes we made to a few SparkPeople features today. Hopefully you're loving the new look and feel of the site! Here is what we changed and what you can expect: <BR> <BR> Streamlined Articles and Resource Center Pages. We gave our Article and other Resource Center pages an upgrade. Yo12/u’ll find bigger images, a cleaner format, and some other small design adjustments on these pages. <BR> <BR> Get SparkPoints for Re-Reading Art... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:27:12 EST Coffee Chat - August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58710046 Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if they'd like to. Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your participation. We are here for you! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:04:05 EST A Little Walking Can Go a Long Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58590519 FitBits <BR> <BR> July 15, 2014 <BR> Exercise ETC's Review of exercise-related research <BR> <BR> Compiled by Laura Abbott, MS, LMT <BR> <BR> A Little Walking Can Go a Long Way! <BR> <BR> Yale School of Medicine has found that walking as little as 1&#8260;4 of a mile may be the difference between being abled vs. disabled in aging adults. The US-based LIFE study which was coordinated at the University of Florida recruited 1,635 sedentary men and women between the ages of 70 and 89 years of... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:53:40 EST Any Zumba instructors looking for Zumbawear?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58582948 I have some that I'm selling.....mostly size small and possibly some medium. Anyone interested?? Email me at lisamariezumba13@gmail.com and I can send you some pics and pricing. I will weigh them and then you can paypal me the exact amount for shipping. Lisa Marie :) Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:52:38 EST BPM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58511725 Does anyone use or know of a good program (free is best) that will figure the BPM of my music on iTunes?? I would love to know this information. I know that you can input it to iTunes, but where can you get that info from? This would be helpful while planning out my Cardio Dance Fit classes!! Any info would be appreciated!! <BR> <BR> I'm also looking for a program where I can speed up or slow down music. Sometimes my 'beginner' class wants to do a new routine, but the steps are just too... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:03:44 EST Coffee Chat - July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58450783 Oops! I'm about 6 days late in starting our July thread! <BR> <BR> Just a reminder: Our Coffee Chat thread can be used to talk about exercise, fitness, certifications, etc. --or-- just everyday things going on in our life. (Weather, vacations, you name it!) <BR> <BR> And anyone can always create a new topic thread if they'd like to. Our main goal is to be an ACTIVE team of Fitness Instructors supporting one another! <BR> <BR> Everyone joined this team for a reason... Help us by your parti... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 22:22:55 EST Completed my Group Certification Exam!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58438223 Yippee!! I completed my Group Certification Exam today...whew!! Got a 99!!! Yippee....funny thing is the one that I got wrong was only because I marked it as A and the answer was A&B...so I figure..I really got it right...just not 100%..lol :) I'm glad that is done...!! Thank you so much Pam for all of your insight and assistance!! Lots of hugs to you, my friend!!! :) :) <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:13:37 EST Morning Sunlight May Help You Shed Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58226035 "Morning Sunlight May Help You Shed Pounds" <BR> <BR> Quite an interesting statement, isn't it?! <BR> And very inspiring! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the entire article: <BR> <link>fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/ar<BR>chive/2014/04/18/light-exposure-bmi.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> In the meantime, here's a few sentences to get you started: <BR> <BR> "A recent study published by Northwestern University researchers found that people who had exposure to light in the morning were most like... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:52:59 EST I did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58225282 Just cancelled my ZIN membership ...so I'm no longer a Zumba Instructor!!! I am a Cardio Dance Fit instructor now!! This is my 'leap of faith'. I'm excited with the change!! The demographics in my area makes it so that they do not enjoy 70% latin music. I don't want to 'not' follow the rules any longer and decided it was a good time for a change too! I did 'chat' with a few ladies and explained my reasonings in detail!! Just thought I should make my BIG announcement!!! :) Take care all... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:12:38 EST Coffee Chat - June 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58083780 It's already a NEW month... again! <BR> They come around so QUICK! <BR> <BR> So-ooo... anything on the agenda this month? New goals? <BR> New projects? Old projects? <BR> Hopes? Dreams? Frustrations? <BR> <BR> = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! = <BR> <BR> Stay connected with your fellow fitness instructors and let's support one another. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:16:09 EST PILOXING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x58027541 Curious if anyone DOES this format or currently teaches this? <BR> <BR> I am dying to know more about it! It looks amazing!!! Wed, 28 May 2014 13:07:58 EST Taking new class: Pilates machine plus rebounder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57945365 Have this class later today. It's gonna be either Pilates Cadillac or reformer, plus mini-trampoline. I want the Cadillac, but we'll see. Really looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> I'll report on how it goes. <em>213</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:30:08 EST What Exactly is an Exercise "Snack"?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57904650 <link>news.yahoo.com/exercise-snacks-may-h<BR>elp-control-blood-sugar-154844802.html </link> <BR> <BR> I just read an article with the words "exercise snacks" in the title. <BR> <BR> No, it's not a food (which was my initial thought). <BR> <BR> It's a few minutes of exercise BEFORE a meal. <BR> <BR> For what purpose? <BR> <BR> The article states that "Short bursts of intense exercise before meals may help control blood sugar spikes better than one longer, less intense session." <BR> ... Sat, 17 May 2014 12:04:26 EST HELP!! Fitness Days of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57875416 Who wants to help us finish naming the days of the week?! THANKS!! <BR> <BR> MONDAY -- <BR> TRAINER TUESDAY <BR> WORKOUT WEDNESDAY -- <BR> THURSDAY -- <BR> FITNESS FRIDAY Wed, 14 May 2014 20:22:50 EST Exercise -Can- Reverse Skin Aging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57853128 Can Exercise Reverse Skin Aging? <BR> <BR> According to the article (see link below), it sure can! <BR> <BR> <link>http://tanaamen.com/blog/item/can-ex<BR>ercise-reverse-skin-aging?category_id=9 </link> <BR> <BR> One exciting point the article made (in addition to several TERRIFIC points) was that a group of sedentary senior citizens began to exercise just twice a week for three months---and then their skin was measured against the start. <BR> <BR> The results?! <BR> <BR> "The skin ... Mon, 12 May 2014 23:05:39 EST May 4 Only --- Exercise Etc's 70% Off Sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x57751929 Exercise Etc. has a 1-day only 70% off sale of their correspondence courses! <BR> <BR> Overstock Sale <BR> For today only, save 70% on <BR> Selected Correspondence Courses! <BR> <link> www.exerciseetc.com/specials.html </link> <BR> <BR> I see SEVERAL that I'd like to get! <BR> <BR> However, about 6 weeks ago I already purchsed three things (from them) that I haven't even started on yet. Those three will bring me up to my required CEU's for this year. <BR> <BR> But perhaps someone else ... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:18:40 EST Inflammation = Belly Fat; But Dark Chocolate... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57730351 I've been thinking about trying out the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. <BR> <link>www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-i<BR>nflammatory-diet </link> <BR> <BR> Why that particular diet? Well, specifically because of my unwanted belly fat!!! Can you relate?! <BR> <BR> There's a major PERK to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet... You get to enjoy dark chocolate! <BR> <BR> Read on: <BR> <BR> Savor one to three ounces of at least 70 percent cacao chocolate a day. <BR> <BR> In one study, women with exces... Fri, 2 May 2014 12:24:06 EST Coffee Chat - May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57710856 It's already a NEW month... again! <BR> They come around so QUICK! <BR> <BR> So-ooo... anything on the agenda this month? New goals? <BR> New projects? Old projects? <BR> Hopes? Dreams? Frustrations? <BR> <BR> = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! = <BR> <BR> Stay connected with your fellow fitness instructors and let's support one another. Thu, 1 May 2014 00:05:02 EST Morning Light May Help You to Shed Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57636588 Love, love, love this article by Dr. Mercola! <BR> <BR> It's about "people who had exposure to light in the morning were most likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI), regardless of how many calories they consumed, activity levels, or how long they slept." <BR> <BR> Who'd have thunk it?! <BR> <BR> For the entire article, click this link: <BR> <link>fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/ar<BR>chive/2014/04/18/light-exposure-bmi.as<BR>px?e_cid=20140418Z1_DNL_art_2&utm_sour<BR>ce=dnl&utm_me... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:22:48 EST Goodman's "Online Personal Trainer Blueprint"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57596612 Anyone else read, or heard of, trainer-of-trainers Jonathan Goodman's "The Online Personal Trainer Blueprint: Have More Freedom, Make More Money, Help More People"? <BR> <BR> I think it's only available as a Kindle e-book, and only about 58 pages long. More like a booklet. <BR> <BR> Thanks, everyone! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:45:56 EST Being Sedentary May Determine Where You Store Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57580704 Whether You Exercise or Not May Determine the Location of Your Fat! <BR> <BR> An interesting new study has found that being sedentary may determine where you store fat! This also means the more active your are, your fat may settle in a different area of the body than someone who is sedentary. This may further explain why those who are sedentary are at a greater risk of coronary artery disease. <BR> <BR> The focus in this study was a diverse population of older adults (65+). Adjustments in t... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:03:38 EST Insanity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x57477803 Hi there.. So is anyone here certified in the Insanity Program? Or any Beachbody programs? <BR> I have a club here that wants to hire me as GFM.. They also really, really want to have Insanity at their club but certification isn't offered here. There just so happens to be a certification being offered near my hometown while I'm in America. I'm intrigued to take it but was hoping for some input from someone that's gone thru it??? Thanks! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:14:01 EST Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x57412404 Hello there...I wasn't really sure what category to put this under so I thought this was my best choice. <BR> Several years ago my GFM had mentioned to me that she didn't think I was really that great at teaching BodyFlow (I have tight hips and some of the moves are hard for me to get in to) Though my students loved me, I enjoyed the program, I gave it up...that has stuck with me all these years..(Did I mention the GFM was also my oldest sister :( ) <BR> So I swore I would NEVER again teach ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:02:01 EST Coffee Chat - April 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x57338068 It's already a NEW month... again! <BR> They come around so QUICK! <BR> <BR> So-ooo... anything on the agenda this month? New goals? <BR> New projects? Old projects? <BR> Hopes? Dreams? Frustrations? <BR> <BR> = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! = <BR> <BR> We just want to stay connected as fitness instructors in our field and support one another. <BR> <BR> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <BR> <BR> Here's the update for ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:31:47 EST Active April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x57315924 This month's challenge is to try something new. Is there an activity you have always wanted to try? Is there a new to you exercise you can incorporate into your fitness classes? How about changing up your playlist? <BR> <BR> Post your ideas here to help keep things fresh! Can't wait to get some new ideas! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:40:04 EST Ideas for drills? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x57285449 I do a lady's fitness class that uses hand weights and a bench. I do short strength & endurance drills like squats & overhead press, or lunges with a tricep extension or lateral lunges with bicep curl. I also do push up variations and core work.I'm looking for more ideas to keep it fresh what other strength combos or drills should I do? I have a wide variety of ladies in all shapes, sizes and ages. <BR> <BR> Thanks guys! <BR> <BR> Lexie <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:20:22 EST Belly fat- Making my life H-E-double hockey sticks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x57142239 This just happened last year, when I was under a great deal of stress. I was eating more, and working out very little. But I've been back on track for some time. <BR> <BR> After last year, now there's this belly fat I never had before! I have GOT to get rid of this. Trying to figure out how. <BR> <BR> I do know ab exercise is supposed to help -- over time. Seems like my metabolism's pretty slow these days. <BR> <BR> Have to figure out what I can do. <BR> <BR> Thanks for info and sugg... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:21:44 EST Personal trainver vs Group Fitness Instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x57127610 Well I'm looking at the ACSM certifications, and these two are offered but seem very different. I'm wondering which is more employable. I would probably do better in a one-on-one setting, but I'm not a weight lifter, so maybe the GFi would be better. The ACSM GFI seems more oriented toward running a class, and the PT seems more oriented to running a business, although perhaps with a little more A&P, biomechanics & nutrition training. Just not sure which way to go, opinions would be most w... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:02:43 EST Who are the certifiers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x57038173 What organizations out there certify fitness instructors? I know about ACE, but there seem to be several. Which ones (which training programs) did you all use, and which ones do you like? Is ACE the standard? Meaning, does it cover what the other programs also cover? Fri, 7 Mar 2014 09:32:57 EST Coffee Chat - March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56956682 It's already a NEW month... again! <BR> They come around so QUICK! <BR> <BR> So-ooo... anything on the agenda this month? New goals? <BR> New projects? Old projects? <BR> Hopes? Dreams? Frustrations? <BR> <BR> One quick reminder (and I'll personally need several reminders of this!)... <BR> = = Time change is coming Sunday, March 9! = = <BR> Remember to make any adjustments in classes, plans, etc. <BR> <em>52</em> <em>128</em> <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe create a computer reminde... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:59:40 EST "March" through March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x56951011 This month's challenge focuses on movement. How far do you think you will go in March? Post your goal and keep track in this thread! <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:20:26 EST Whatever happened to Supreme Pilates machine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56947093 Anyone know what the heck happened that caused the Supreme Pilates trap table (as they call it) to totally "disappear"?? This was Ellen Croft's invention. I really enjoyed mine. Right now I'm looking for another wooden bar attachment. Thanks! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:42:09 EST Women's Fitness Assoc (USA; founded 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56802457 Has anyone else heard of, or been active in, this 501(c)3 non-profit, the Women's Fitness Assocation? WFA info says it was founded 2012, and is based in Cincinnati. I found this info they posted. <BR> <BR> WFA: <link>http://www.womensfitnessassociation.<BR>org </link> <BR> <BR> Health, wellness, and fitness. Company size: 11-50 employees. <BR> <BR> Focus/keywords: Women, networking, education, mentoring, fitness, wellness, business, and marketing. <BR> <BR> Mission: A local and nati... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:20:19 EST Self love challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x56613670 For February we are going to focus on self-love:) <BR> Once a week write a positive note to yourself. You could do this in this post or you could write a blog entry:) <BR> Feel free to share any motivational quotes you come across that you like. Post them here:) <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:54:07 EST February Fitness Promotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56597690 ------FEBRUARY Awareness/Recognition------ <BR> <BR> ***Use to formulate your fitness plans and/or promotions*** <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> February is... <BR> <BR> National Boost-Your-Self-Esteem Month <BR> National Blah Buster Month <BR> American Heart Month <BR> National Wise Health Consumer Month <BR> National Hot Breakfast Month <BR> National Grapefruit Month <BR> National Snack Food Month <BR> National Canned Food Month <BR> National Embroide... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 01:16:49 EST Coffee Chat - February 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56597648 <em>271</em> C'mon in; let's visit over a cup of coffee! <em>271</em> <BR> <BR> = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! = <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just comment on someone else's post! <BR> <BR> We just want to stay connected as fitness instructors in our field and support one another. <BR> <BR> So c'mon on in and let's visit! <BR> <BR> - - - - - - - - - - -... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 01:06:56 EST Deciding which cert, and getting certified http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56491506 I'm looking more closely at NASM's fitness trainer certification, though not for at least another six months or more. <BR> <BR> Anyone else here have an NASM cert? <BR> <BR> I just got a mailer from NASM - "Get Your Career in Shape," it reads. <BR> <BR> I'll go over it, then deal with other things that are higher priority/more pressing. <BR> <BR> Getting ready for the weekend! Hope to go ice skating again, maybe with the grandkids. <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:19:17 EST Eventbrite http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56459633 Do any of you use eventbrite? Many of my professors use it to schedule meetings, but lately I've been noticing some lovely free health seminars by health professionals! Go check out what's in your area :) Here's what is coming to my area: <BR> <BR> Nutrition Expert Blake Graham: The Link Between Deficiency & Disease <BR> "How to Eat Right in the Real World" by Robyn Openshaw, AKA the GreenSmoothieGirl <BR> <BR> Are there any in your area that you desire going to? Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:51:18 EST CPR Re-Certi ication? CPR Instructor??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56420578 My two year CPR certification is coming due in March. Since I'll be back traveling as of 3/1, I wanted to get it done while I'm still land-locked in the Gulf Shores area. <BR> <BR> First, I did an online search for CPR training and came up with the Red Cross. I called them and it was $55 just for the CPR/AED portion. (If I had included 1st Aid, it was $70.) <BR> <BR> The last two times I re-certified, one time it was offered free, and the other time it was only $25. (Previous to that, my m... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:55:34 EST Ideas for Pilates/Yoga fusion class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x56346723 Hey guys!! I need help :). I have been assigned an 8 week class (one day a week) at work to teach called Piyo Power : Get the Most Out of your Pilates and Yoga classes: Correct form to amplify your workouts.. OOPS I know only basics about yoga and pilates.. but either way :) I must teach a good quality class!! <BR> <BR> I would love if you showed me any moves, gave me any ideas on what to do? <BR> Here is the class format of my 60 minute class: <BR> 10 Minute warmup <BR> 15 Minute form/tech... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:11:56 EST Teaching while pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56303328 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I recently discovered I'm pregnant, yay! :) <BR> <BR> I've been teaching BodyPump, BodyAttack, CX Worx and cycling for a number of years. I don't teach Attack anymore, but the others I still do. I'm planning on continuing to teach as long as I can, but I'm wondering what intensity I can go at. I've read that you shouldn't work so hard that you get out of breath, but sometimes while teaching and talking it is hard not to! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone else out ther... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:03:42 EST Passing the ACE test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x56259267 Argh -- this new year has tripped me up from the get-go, so I'm TRYING to start anew. One of my major goals for the first half of the year is to FINALLY take (and pass) the ACE GFI test. I have had this material for way longer than I want to admit, so it's time I stop putting it off. <BR> <BR> One thing that keeps me motivated beyond about the first couple of weeks of any new thing is having some accountability, so I'm going to try to post in this thread on a weekly basis, with how far along... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:15:24 EST Goal Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x56228382 I completed my training to become a certified fitness instructor back in November 2013. I still have to complete my demo class before I can start subbing but I'm nearly there. I did my demo once before in December but there were things I needed to work on safety-wise and flow-wise to get the most out of our 30-minute class time before I could start teaching but my next one has been scheduled and I believe I'm ready for it! It'll be another month now but I've just challenged myself on another ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:31 EST A Talking Weight Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56197089 I've heard of a talking weight scale before... and it certainly sounds novel! <BR> <BR> This morning I had an email alert that Mary Lou's Weigh Platform is on special for only $8.99 through midnight tonight on PricePlunge.com. <link>www.priceplunge.com </link> <BR> <BR> While I'm perfectly happy with my scale, I like to see what's out there, so I clicked on it. Here's what it said: <BR> <BR> "Mary Lou's Weigh Platform is a motivational weight loss tool that allows you to successfully ach... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:59:04 EST Coffee Chat - January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x56162915 <em>271</em> C'mon in; let's visit over a cup of coffee! <em>271</em> <BR> <BR> Let's do something a little bit differently this year, team! Let's chit chat each month using a new, updated thread! <BR> <BR> = = If you've never participated before, now's your chance! = = <BR> <BR> Here's where you can just say "hi!", mention something you're doing in your life (doesn't have to be fitness-related), and/or just comment on someone else's post! <BR> <BR> We just want to stay connected as fi... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:45:09 EST Fit and Fabulous in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x56162441 Happy New Year team!!! <BR> <BR> This year we are going to try something new to get us fit and fabulous in 2014. Each month you can expect to see a challenge. Some will focus on physical and some will focus on overall wellness. <BR> <BR> For January, you are going to "jump start" your healthy living lifestyle. Over the holiday you may or may not have tracked how much you ate and worked out. This month the focus is tracking everything eaten 5-6 days out of the week. We also will track o... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:19:23 EST Welcome MRSRACHELS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x56130261 MRSRACHELS! <BR> <em>8</em> <em>235</em> <em>8</em> Your fellow Fitness Instructors would like to welcome you to the team! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>530</em> <em>532</em> <em>8</em> <em>345</em> <em>8</em> <em>244</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. So-ooo sorry for the oversight! I just noticed tonight that I never posted a specific Welcome thread for you! <BR> <BR> We do appreciate that you introduced yourself on another thread! At the time you were getting ready to ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:04:50 EST How to Have Guaranteed SUCCESS in 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x56051329 Brought to you by Tom Venuto. Consider this a gift from him to us on attaining any goal you set for yourself! <BR> <BR> P.S. You might want to copy, save and utilize these steps! I plan to! <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * <BR> <BR> There are two things you can always count on: (1) Nature’s laws of cause and effect and (2) Human nature. <BR> <BR> On that basis, here are my 20 fitness predictions for the new year: <BR> <BR> I PREDICT that if you can r... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:59:12 EST January Discounts on Fitness Gear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55986339 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> What new fitness equipment is on your "wish list"?! <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> — FITNESS GEAR: Unlike other items on the list, fitness gear tends to be a better deal in January not because its peak selling season is over, but because it's just beginning. <BR> <BR> With many Americans trying to stick to New Year's Resolutions to get in shape and lose weight in January, fitness equipment and acces... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:59:05 EST Sometimes hanging-in is a challenge (stress) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x55951879 Coming up for air... <BR> <BR> Snapping out of a "funk" that's lasted months. <BR> <BR> I've missed working out, yet was dealing with far more basic issues. <BR> <BR> Right now I want to close out the evening with some trampoline time. <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are well!! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:13:31 EST Spark Nutrition Tracker: Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55733044 Did anyone notice the changes on the nutrition page that happened today? <BR> <BR> Here's what Spark Coach Tanya had to say about it: <BR> <BR> "This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:54:57 EST New Member Welcome Guide: IT'S MOTIVATING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x55621189 Just this morning as I went to my START page, a new button appeared! <BR> <BR> It's called "NEW MEMBER WELCOME GUIDE." And you complete it in sections--each time earning additional spark points (up to a total of 500). <BR> <BR> Even though I've been with Spark since 2006, I thought I'd go through the guide to renew my motivation, plus learn any points that I've somehow missed (or forgotten) over the years. <BR> <BR> One neat piece of information in the 1st article said this: <BR> "For exa... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:22:59 EST Welcome STORMACOMIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x55538153 STORMACOMIN! <BR> <em>8</em> <em>235</em> <em>8</em> Your fellow Fitness Instructors would like to welcome you to the team! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>530</em> <em>532</em> <em>8</em> <em>345</em> <em>8</em> <em>244</em> <em>8</em> <BR> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 11:18:01 EST What's Your "Fitness Age"? Find Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x55511196 Interesting! Interesting! <BR> <BR> Using just five measurements — waist circumference; resting heart rate; frequency and intensity of exercise; age; and sex — set into an algorithm, allows a person’s VO2 max to be predicted with noteworthy accuracy. <BR> <BR> Maybe your physical age is one thing, and your fitness age is MUCH YOUNGER! <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> Read the article first... And the 2nd link is the actual calculator. <BR> <BR> <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/ho<BR... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:15:24 EST Welcome BEBEGURL808 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x55382038 <em>8</em> <em>235</em> <em>8</em> Your fellow Fitness Instructors would like to welcome you to the team, Celeste! <BR> <BR> Please settle in and tell us about your particular field of interest. I'm certainly interested in hearing about Hot Hula Fitness! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>223</em> <em>244</em> <em>179</em> <em>8</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:00:16 EST A Minute Here... A Minute There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55366797 Wow! This was encouraging: <BR> <BR> <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnew<BR>s/10278981/Minutes-add-up-in-daily-exe<BR>rcise.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Even the briefest bursts of intense physical activity can make a noticeable difference to body weight and lower the risk of obesity, researchers found." <BR> <BR> Now, I can tell ya for a fact, the article is NOT saying that we only need to do one minute of exercise per day! <BR> <BR> The encouragement is still to get "at least 150... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:30:43 EST Your NEW Spark Start Page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55340835 It's simply WONDERFUL! <BR> <BR> How so? <BR> <BR> = It's more personalized! <BR> = It's more simple! <BR> = It's got the information right there that I want to see! <BR> <BR> NOTE: <BR> You -will- need to take the time to set it up the way you want it. (And you can easily change it as needed.) <BR> <BR> If you are pressed for time, just set it up in segments. (There are three segments; do one today, another tomorrow, and then the third one---and you're done!) <BR> <BR> I am even MORE ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:29:51 EST CHANGES TO OUR START PAGES EFFECTIVE MONDAY 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55313054 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Coach Jen has notified us that effective Monday, 10/21 that there will be changes to our START pages. Check out the information on the link below for further details. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you and HUGS <BR> Pam Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:56:11 EST Don't WAIT For Motivation... Get Started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x55309743 I just came across this article (listed below) on How to Stay Motivated. And let me tell you, I will read ANYTHING on motivation: How to Get It; Create It; Keep It Going... because let's face it, without enough motivation our healthy habits whimper to a stop. <BR> <BR> And then... <BR> there goes any progress and hope of reaching our goals. <BR> <BR> Since I have this new-found DEEP DESIRE to attain my goals, I am really digging deep into how-to articles promising me help to help myself. ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:11:05 EST 48 Hr FLASH Sale: IDEA Fitness 30% + Free Ship http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55263183 IDEA Health & Fitness Association <BR> <BR> 30% off + Free Shipping <BR> <BR> No minimum. Use code FALLFLASH at checkout. <BR> <BR> CEC/CEU <BR> IDEA Fitness Journal Quizzes <BR> Gear & Accessories <BR> <BR> <link>www.ideafit.com/fitness-products?cou<BR>poncode=FALLFLASH&utm_source=Education<BR>%20October%202013&utm_medium=email&utm<BR>_campaign=10-9-13%20Ed%20October%20%281%29%20C </link> <BR> <BR> I gotta rush off, but wanted to post this as quick as I could! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:36:55 EST 15 Minute Exercise Classes!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x55188989 Yep, you read that right! I was looking at the offerings at a local community center, and they just began offering group exercise classes in 15-minute session lengths. It's $2 per segment. <BR> <BR> So... I attended one last night! The trainer said that most have taken at least two consecutive sessions (1/2 hour for $4), but that she only teaches for a max of 45 minutes ($6). <BR> <BR> I know that I enjoyed the experience! It was so-ooo nice to have someone ELSE tell me what to do. I just g... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:06:24 EST PiYo strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55172124 Hello! Does anyone teach PiYo Strength? Or have you attended a class? How did you like it? Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:27:15 EST 30 New Emoticons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x55124149 Have you seen the new emoticons?! How fun! Which ones will become your new favorites?! <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> <em>521</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>523</em> <em>524</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>548</em> <em>549</em> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>532</em> <em>533</em> <em>534</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> <em>537</em> <em>538</em> <em>539</em> <em>540</em> <em>541</em> <em>542</em> <em>528</em> <em>529</em> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:46:12 EST Month of October: Awareness / Observances http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x55106867 October is . . . . <BR> <BR> American Heart Walk <BR> Auto Battery Safety Month <BR> Childrens Health Month <BR> Domestic Violence Awareness Month <BR> Health Literacy Month <BR> Healthy Babies Month <BR> Healthy Lung Month <BR> Lupus Awareness Month <BR> National Breast Cancer Awareness Month <BR> National Chiropractic Month <BR> National Crime Prevention Month <BR> National Dental Hygiene Month <BR> National Depression & Mental Health Screening Month <BR> National Disability Employment Awa... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:48:54 EST Simplest Challenge Ever: Just Huddle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x55099438 <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> = = OCTOBER CHALLENGE = = <BR> <BR> Yes, just come huddle with us on the Fitness Instructors Team! <BR> <BR> No thinking required! <BR> Just pick one of the 10 pre-chosen messages. <BR> <BR> C'mon! Let's see some new faces on our Huddle Wall this month! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_h<BR>uddle.asp?gID=4162 </link> <BR> <BR> . . . Your Fitness Instructors Team Leade... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:10:59 EST Hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x55032034 Hello all! I have missed this group so much, and I'm extremely sorry for my abrupt disappearance with no notice. <BR> I was having some family difficulties that had to take first priority unfortunately. Things have seemed to settle down and mellow. I am so excited to be back with you all in such a supportive community. <BR> Leah Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:07:32 EST Welcome JOHNAIDAN22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x55022924 Welcome to the Team JOHNAIDAN22!! <em>213</em> When you get a chance tell us a little bit about yourself!! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:16:10 EST How to Become a Group Fitness Instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54982470 This article was posted on my Spark Start page. Very interesting reading! After the author shares her history of becoming a group fitness instructor, she then interviews Spark Coach Nicole. <BR> <BR> <link>www.blogilates.com/group-exercise-2/<BR>how-to-become-a-group-fitness-instructor </link> <BR> <BR> Do you remember how you got started? Care to share?! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:49:11 EST Sunday, 9/22: The Last 100 Days of 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x54934416 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Sunday, September 22 marks the final 100 days of 2013. <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> How exciting! We still have time to accomplish GREAT things! <BR> <BR> Start thinking now about how you’d like to end this year on a SUCCESSFUL note! <BR> <BR> Or use this idea to get new clients! Everyone is always looking for a reason for a "Fresh Start!" <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas to get you th... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:35:50 EST September is national yoga month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x54857915 Try to attend at least one yoga class Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:30:48 EST September is National Yoga Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54846780 <em>606</em> <em>403</em> <em>606</em> <em>414</em> <em>606</em> <em>401</em> <em>606</em> <BR> <BR> Yoga! Is there anyone who has never tried it at least once? <BR> <BR> September is the month dedicated to yoga, so if you have any yoga dvds, or know of a yoga class, maybe this is a good time to add it back into your fitness routine (if it's not already a part of your routine)! <BR> <BR> To get you started, here's a link to several -free- yoga poses and yoga sequences. Quite... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 23:51:55 EST Welcome TINYDBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54822035 <em>213</em> Welcome to the team TINYDBS!!! When you get a chance tell us a little bit about yourself!! <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>229</em> <em>236</em> <em>199</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 04:00:26 EST Welcome DENVERH ITCHETTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54822033 Welcome DENVERHITCHETTE to the TEAM!!! drop by when you can and introduce yourself to the rest of us. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>213</em> <em>252</em> <em>199</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 03:59:15 EST 9/25 - Nat'l Women's Health & Fitness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54786715 Coming up this month... Wednesday, September 25 is National Women's Health and Fitness Day! <BR> <BR> NOTE: Always the last Wednesday of September. Mark your 2014, 2015, 2015 (etc.) calendars! <BR> <BR> Wouldn't you like to offer something extra special to your clients for this event? <BR> <BR> Wouldn't you like to use this event to widen your client base and/or use it for marketing purposes?! <BR> <BR> Simply go to this link for further information: <link>www.fitnessday.com/women/index.... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:10:32 EST September is Better Breakfast Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x54754181 Breakfast! A good one gets your whole day started on the right path! <BR> <BR> What are some of your "to to" choices? <BR> <BR> Both when you have the time to prepare it, as well as your "out-the-door-in-a-jiffy" choices?! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made scrambled eggs with spinach, mushrooms and turkey pepperoni slices. <BR> <BR> This morning I had leftovers (but there wasn't much there), so I also had avocado slices! <BR> <BR> Anyone else care to share?! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:01:15 EST 2-Day Discount on Renewing CEUs: Hurry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54741741 Disclaimer: I do not benefit from sharing this information. Just trying to help others get their CEUs/CECs at a reduced cost. <BR> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <BR> <BR> For those of you that need CECs/CEUs: <BR> I have posted in the past about Exercise Etc's online specials. They are never announced ahead of time; they just "appear" in my email on the day that they're in effect. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today is something REALLY extra-special! Not o... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 16:25:47 EST Creating New September Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x54741435 <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> September is... <BR> <BR> National Farmer's Market Month <BR> National Fruit and Veggies Matter Month <BR> National Yoga Month <BR> <BR> 9/12 is Discover Your Optimal Health Day <BR> 9/25 is National Women's Fitness and Health Day <BR> 9/28 is National Family Health and Fitness Day <BR> <BR> ...and there are LOTS more observances during this month! <BR> <BR> If you hav... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 15:57:57 EST Sept 12: Discover Your Optimal Health Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54686544 Thursday, September 12, 2013 is National Discover Your Optimal Health Day! <BR> <BR> As a trainer in the fitness field, we have the opportunity to influence people to take care of their health. <BR> <BR> Some health-minded groups are organizing a Healthy Happy Hour in recognition of this day. <BR> <BR> Some groups on Meetup.com are making sure that they have an event to do SOMETHING healthy together. <BR> <BR> If there's a Meetup in your area with a health focus, perhaps you can contact t... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:59:06 EST Corporate Wellness Programs: Employment Opportunit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54620187 Not long ago on our "Daily Chat" thread, a great topic came up: <BR> <BR> Tips for starting a corporate wellness program--and/or finding employment at an established company with a corporate wellness program. <BR> <BR> So... in order not to lose that fabulous topic, we're starting a new thread dedicated just to this! (Feel free to add comments, etc.) <BR> <BR> One suggestion is to become subscribed to a free online wellness workplace ezine. This way you'll receive tips, hints, and LOTS of ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:56:34 EST Can't Stop Smiling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x54614682 I just got a job as Group Fitness Coordinator...my first job in Australia, at a gym I fell in love with from the sight of it (it is purple after all)..timing was in my favour...I can't wait to get started!!!! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 02:26:52 EST Wecome PP24740 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54609530 <em>213</em> Wecome PP24740 to the TEAM!! Glad you have made the step to join us and hope you will drop in and tell us all a little bit about yourself! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>144</em> <em>229</em> <em>236</em> <em>334</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:11:27 EST Today Only: Extra 20% Even Sale Items! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54569079 = = No, I don't receive anything (i.e., kickbacks) from sharing this. = = <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you need CEC's?! <BR> <BR> I have used Exercise Etc. over several year's time to (A) study for the ACE personal training test, and (B) to get some of my needed CEC's. <BR> <BR> I am on their email list, and one thing they do is send out periodic sales. (However, there is never any advance notice. The day they send out the email is the day of their sale. So you have to be ready to act right then!) ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:49:09 EST How to fill classes and keep em that way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54537683 So I am a new instructor and I teach Group Ride through BTS. This is my fourth month teaching I only have two classes a week. Tuesday morning does really well, I consistently have between 5 and 10 people. My Thursday evening class leaves a lot to be desired. Things picked up a tad when school started last week. I had 9 then and this week I had 2. If I can't get my numbers up I could loose that class. It's hard for me to not take it personal. So what can I do to keep people coming back to my c... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:39:45 EST Exercises When You're Short on Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54432669 Looking through old fitness magazines and thought this would be a super-great "If-you-can't-do-anything-else" quickie! <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> SQUAT WITH DIAGONAL WOODCHOP <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> *One Move, 10 Muscles* <BR> <BR> Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a medicine ball above your head--above your head and to the side--arms straight and abs contracted. <BR> <BR> Bend your knees to squat down while moving the ball in... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:56:48 EST Working at the Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54406888 I have been hired to start in the wellness dept. of the Y in our neighborhood:) I am responsible for the Mobile Fit 3.0 and training new members on the equipment. I will eventually teach some classes also. It is a really small Y. <BR> <BR> Anyone else work at the Y? What are your responsibilities? Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:42:18 EST Legitimate Certification Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54406542 I am looking for advice and recommendations for legit certification programs to be a fitness instructor/personal trainer/wellness coach? <BR> <BR> I see advertisements in the back of Natural Health Magazine and other fitness magazines but do not want to get suckered into one that is not reputable. Any recommendations? <BR> <BR> Thank You!!! <BR> <BR> -Ashley <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:05:03 EST Balancing muscle groups -- how? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54367401 Bear with me -- I have a question, I'm just not sure how to word it. <BR> <BR> I'm studying the ACE Group Fitness Instructor manual, and also reading as much as I can about strength training. One thing that keeps coming up is an advisory to be sure to "balance" your lifting, so that when you work out one muscle group, you also work out the opposing (or complimentary) muscle group on the other "side" or whatever. One example that is always given is Hamstrings Vrs Quadriceps. <BR> <BR> Someti... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:52:00 EST Fitness Nutrition Specialist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54365841 Just passed my certification:) Any other nutrition specialists out there? Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:05:57 EST August Goals and Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x54357448 Hello Team!!! <BR> <BR> Have you set any Goals for August? For some it may be getting a certification, trying a new class, teaching a new format, drinking more water..whatever it is we want to know and support you in it so tell us about it!!! <BR> <BR> August Challenge: <BR> I picked this up from a page I follow on Facebook: <BR> It is a 21 day challenge, you can pick to start at any time over the next week as long as you take this on for 21 consecutive days..then it could become a lifeti... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:25:12 EST Welcome BUNBUN2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54357362 <em>213</em> Welcome to the Fitness Instructors Team BUNBUN2010! <em>334</em> When you have some time drop by the forum and tell the team a little bit about YOU! <BR> <em>229</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>199</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:17:36 EST You Can Help Our Team Be GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x54354296 <em>215</em> We are only as good a team as the ACTIVITY of its members. <BR> <BR> = = = = Please, help us be a GREAT team of Fitness Instructors! <BR> <BR> Below is our team's WELCOME letter. Please read and ensure that you stay "in the know" about what this team can offer you. <BR> <BR> *W*E*L*C*O*M*E !!! <BR> <BR> Most likely you've glanced over the Fitness Instructors team description and decided THIS is the team for you. Well, we're glad you're here!!! <BR> <BR> May we now encourag... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:59:35 EST Welcome LILYOJEDI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54329724 <em>213</em> Welcome to the Fitness Instructors Team LILIOJEDI!!! Glad to have you join our group we hope you will drop in and introduce yourself when you get a chance! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>229</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:58:47 EST Welcome SHEEDERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54329688 Welcome to the TEAM, SHEEDERS!!! Glad to have you join our group and hope you will drop in and introduce yourself when you get a chance! <BR> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>229</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:56:30 EST August: Nat'l Recognition / Awareness Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54327226 NOTE: In our 4th team forum--GOALS, MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION, SUPPORT--you will find the entire 12 months listed for Monthly Recognition / Awareness themes. Use these to formulate upcoming fitness ideas! <BR> <BR> ------AUGUST Recognition/Awareness Month------ <BR> <BR> ***Use to formulate upcoming fitness plans and/or promotions*** <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> August is . . . . <BR> <BR> National Golf Month <BR> National Eye Exam Month <BR> Nati... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:27:49 EST Youth Fitness Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54281482 What programs are offered at the gyms you work at? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:34:20 EST Static Stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54281476 What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> http://nasm.org/landing-pages/static-str<BR>etching-review?utm_source=nasm&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=0726_Accounts_R<BR>esearch&source=c0687bf0a9d64d75862158a6ea27223d Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:33:51 EST Weekly Free Power Music Clip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54259807 = = Make sure that you hit the SUBSCRIBE button to receive the weekly notices! = = <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> Free - Retro Hi-Lo to Go Pt. 1 - Power Clip <BR> <BR> <link>www.powermusic.com/choreography/new/<BR>retro-hi-lo-to-go-pt-1-power-clip.html </link> <BR> <BR> = = Make sure that you hit the SUBSCRIBE button to receive the weekly notices! = = <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:33:04 EST SparkCoach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54170591 Hi all! I've been checking out the SparkCoach trial for free the past 7 days. I still don't know if it's something I want to invest in. I was wondering if any of you ladies and gents subscribe to the SparkCoach feature... If so, pros cons? If not, why did you choose not to? <BR> <BR> Leah Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:57:49 EST Abs / Abs / Abs Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54165822 Everyone loves (or loves/hates!) to work their abs! <BR> <BR> As fitness instructors, we all know that every client is interested in making sure their abs are included in their "wish list" for an improved body. <BR> <BR> And as fitness instructors, we know there are limitless varieties of exercises! <BR> <BR> So.... <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Feel free to add any ab exercise that you'd like to this thread. <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:13:23 EST Pool Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54154007 Anyone know for any great pool exercises? I'm just seeing the same ones over and over. I don't want my women to get bored. BTW, you can touch the bottom standing up. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:02:48 EST Welcome BRNGNSEXYBACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54153957 <em>213</em> Welcome BRNGNSEXYBACK to the TEAM! Glad to have you join us, when you get a chance please drop in and tell us a little bit about you!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:58:19 EST Obtained certificat tion...now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54150313 So I recently became a certified personal trainer. I have sent my application to a few gyms, acquired at a few, been turned down at one, haven't heard back from some. What else can I be doing to try to get in at a gym? I need insurance before I can offer services on my own. I was kinda hoping to get in at a gym first. Am I being realistic? <BR> What types of insurance does anyone else have? Also any other suggestions as far as acquiring clients would be great! <BR> Thanks for the contin... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:59:19 EST Youth Fitness Certification http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54149103 Anyone have any youth certifications? I am thinking of getting certified through NASM as I recently obtained CPT through them. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:15:44 EST "Name brand" classes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x54099599 Hi all! I have to ask a question that I have been stewing on for a while now. <BR> Im certified to teach group fitness through ACE, I have the knowledge and ablity to design and teach my own classes, but I wonder if that is enough to get people in the door? Is it better to have a couple "name brand" classes like insanity or zumba that I could also teach? <BR> Are people more likely to come to a class they have seen or heard of before or will they come to an unknown class just labeled group ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:15:33 EST New: Calorie Ranges Based on Fitness Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x54066054 Hey team! <BR> <BR> Just so that you don't miss out... Spark has a brand new feature you may be interested in knowing about: <BR> <BR> Calorie Ranges Based on Fitness Tracking <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> So... as an example: the "old" way was a standard number of calories; i.e., maybe 1,800 per day. It didn't change. <BR> <BR> But now... with this new feature, you can enter your ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:14:28 EST Support Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x54064081 This is an easy challenge..5 days a week find a motivational quote (or one of your own is awesome too) and post it here to share with the team!! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> "When you nourish your body with pure energy, you transform from the inside out." -Bill Phillips Tue, 9 Jul 2013 17:56:48 EST Welcome LEAH_ASHLEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x54051520 <em>213</em> Welcome LEAH_ASHLEY to the team. When you have some time drop in and say HI and tell us a little bit about you!!! <BR> <em>236</em> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>199</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 19:22:58 EST Nat'l Lightning Safety Week: 6/23 - 6/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53876480 <em>54</em> "When thunder roars, go indoors." <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> How in the world does lightning safety tips affect us as personal trainers? <BR> <BR> For those who just -may- be training outdoor bootcamps, then it's certainly worth your while to pay attention to the following tips: <BR> <BR> Lightning: What You Need to Know <BR> <BR> = NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!! <BR> = If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. <BR> = When you h... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:15:54 EST Welcome AMANDARAQS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x53781727 Welcome AMANDARAQS to the Team!!! We are so glad to have you on board with us. Let us know if you need any help with anything while studying for your ACE exam. <BR> <em>213</em> <em>236</em> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>199</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:09:25 EST Progress! Progress! Progress! 1/2 Year Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53776582 "What have you done for YOURSELF this year to create a better life?" <BR> ~ Jack Canfield <BR> <BR> June means that half of 2013 is over... and we have another six months to go before a new year begins! <BR> <BR> Have you made progress in your career so far this year? <BR> = Studying toward a certification? <BR> = Attaining C.E.U/C.E.C towards renewal? <BR> = Attending any workshops? <BR> = Reading your professional journals to broaden your knowledge? <BR> = Extending your CPR and/or... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:41:16 EST Do You Do Body Fat Msmts For Clients? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53743271 I've never done body fat measurements for anyone other than using a hand-held Omron body fat analyzer. (It was what I was told to use at my previous employment; since no longer working, I no longer have access to one.) <BR> <BR> So... here's my question: <BR> I found an "At-Home Body-Fat Test" in a book using just the calculations of one's height, hips, waist, and weight. <BR> <BR> When I figured mine this morning using their calculations, I felt that it isn't correct; it just seems too lo... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:38:23 EST Whew!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x53722210 Well this is really just me letting out some nerves and a little frustrations on my certification course. For one thing I gotta tell ya, this course is sooooooo much more detailed than when I took AFAA years ago. One module (out of the 8 that I have to do) entails what the AFAA book did..it took me 6 hours to complete the assignment for it. My next module is meeting, analyzing and testing with 3 clients. Now I am all for that if I was getting my personal training cert, but in any gym I ha... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 02:28:01 EST Using Pets to Motivate Ourselves to Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x53617766 This is a two-part post... revolving around pets. <BR> <BR> First, do you use your pet; i.e., walks, fetch, etc., to improve your own fitness? <BR> <BR> Second, take a look at this new fitness gadget... for your pet! <BR> <BR> <link>greatist.com/fitness/whistle-activit<BR>y-monitor-060513 </link> <BR> <BR> It attaches to your pet's collar and tracks the pet's activity movement to help you stay conscious of how active your pet is. The article suggests that you just 'may' be motivated t... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 11:56:18 EST Welcome INSPIRE0125 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x53592456 Welcome INSPIRE0125 to the TEAM!!! Love your "name" inspire..how well, inspiring :) Hope you will drop in and tell us a little bit about yourself when you have a chance!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>229</em> <em>236</em> <em>199</em> <em>213</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:08:16 EST June is Nat'l Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53572103 Okay! Since June is National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month... <BR> <BR> Here's a list of produce that's in season: <BR> <BR> Apricots <BR> Blueberries <BR> Cantaloupe <BR> Cherries <BR> Corn <BR> Kiwi <BR> Lettuce <BR> Mangoes <BR> Peaches <BR> Strawberries <BR> Swiss Chard <BR> Watermelon <BR> Zucchini <BR> <BR> And be sure to support your local Farmer's Markets! <BR> <BR> Two links to help you find your nearest farmer's markets: <BR> = = <link>www.localharvest.org/ </link> = = <BR> = ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 11:13:27 EST June is Men's Health Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53561795 June is . . . . <BR> <BR> Men's Health Month – (10-16 Men's Health Week) <BR> <BR> <link>www.menshealthmonth.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> As fitness professionals, we can be a part of this! <BR> <BR> The above web site gives ideas and how-to's. (Worth looking at!!!) <BR> <BR> How might you and/or your gym use this month's focus to bring attention to men's health?! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:38:15 EST June 1 is "Dare Day!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53561363 June 1 is Dare Day - a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. <BR> <BR> Hmm... what could we do with this challenge?! <BR> <BR> I'll just leave you to dare yourself to do something! <BR> = = Make it something FUN! = = = <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . <BR> <BR> P.S. If it's too late in the day, why not extend this challenge through tomorrow? I dare you; I triple dog dare you! LOL Sat, 1 Jun 2013 13:49:42 EST June Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x53500266 June is right around the corner. Time to revisit your goals..have you met some that you set and need new ones, or maybe tweak them a bit...share with us and let us congratulate you on ones you have reached and cheer you on for any new ones that you have set: <BR> SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> Visualizing and goal setting are important steps to success, especially when it comes to weight loss. <BR> <BR> Also if you have any ideas for June Challenges to set for the team share them here... Mon, 27 May 2013 19:06:18 EST Welcome TRPOINDEXTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x53488008 WELCOME to the Fitness Instructors Team TRPOINDEXTER!! Happy to have you on board, when you get a chance drop in and tell us a little bit about YOU <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 26 May 2013 17:54:53 EST ???'s to Ask Before Becoming a Fitness Instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53473460 I just read an article that may seem initially directed at persons who haven't entered the fitness instructor industry yet--but upon re-reading, it could also be used to reveal a few finer details to those of us that -have- been in the industry for a while now. <BR> <BR> See what you think after reading... and share it with anyone you know who asks you: <BR> <BR> "What's it like to be a fitness instructor? How can I become one too?" <BR> <BR> <link>blog.rateyourburn.com/blog/post/2013<... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:32:06 EST Just Passed the ACE Health Coach Certification! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53464590 <em>224</em> <em>8</em> <em>198</em> <em>179</em> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>179</em> <em>8</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I passed! I passed! I passed the ACE Health Coach certification test this morning! <BR> <BR> What a HUGE feeling of RELIEF! <BR> <BR> For those who may be unfamiliar with this particular designation of being a health coach, there's LOTS of info at the link here: <BR> <link>www.acefitness.org/fitness-certifica<BR>tions/health-coach-certification.... Fri, 24 May 2013 14:03:43 EST acro yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x53402161 acro yoga: I have been wanting to try this ever since I was in Boulder,CO for my aerial yoga training. During a lunch break one of the instructors was practicing a routine with a partner. It was amazing. They have classes at the aerial studio at Virginia Beach, but I hadn't seen any in Richmond. <BR> <BR> Well, one of the gyms where I go is now having a once a month class in it. I took it Friday. It was a lot of fun. I got to do plank on someone's back, and someone did it on my bac... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:03:41 EST May 29: Senior Health & Fitness Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53359656 May is Older American's Month! And did you know that there's a certain DAY set aside to highlight the health and fitness of seniors? <BR> <BR> Here's another opportunity for fitness instructors to participate in our chosen profession! <BR> <BR> This year's theme: "Get moving... Start improving!" <BR> <BR> Check out these web sites for more info: <BR> <BR> <link>www.fitnessday.com/senior/index.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.seniorfitness.net/sfaevent.htm </link> <BR> <BR> = = = =... Wed, 15 May 2013 19:59:08 EST Join Us On The Huddle Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53357551 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just a Friendly Reminder that we would love to have you post a daily Huddle on our Team's Huddle Wall! One can select from the Huddle suggestions there, or one can create his/her own Huddle message. It's fun, and our members will be able to acknowledge accomplishments, offer support if needed, welcome new members, and get to know more about each other. <BR> <BR> Thank you, and Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals. <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam Wed, 15 May 2013 16:03:09 EST Welcome CDCBS2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x53349141 Welcome CDCBS2 to the Fitness Instructors Team, we are so glad to have you join us and hope you will drop by and tell us a little bit about you!!! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:08:11 EST Welcome FATTOFIT86 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x53288275 Welcome FATTOFIT86 to the TEAM! We are so happy you have joined us and hope you will stop in and tell us a little bit about yourself! <BR> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>236</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 10 May 2013 03:31:00 EST May is... National Physical Fitness Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53194139 So... we have an entire month dedicated to Physical Fitness! <BR> <BR> As fitness instructors, there's quite a bit that we can do with this theme, if we choose to. <BR> <BR> Anyone already doing something along these lines for the month of May? <BR> <BR> What about some ideas to kick around? Maybe someone will see something and decide to implement your idea (if you don't mind sharing)?! <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Thu, 2 May 2013 14:39:02 EST 2013: May 12-18 is Nat'l Women's Health Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x53194012 Coming up! National Women's Health Week: May 12 - May 18. <BR> <link>womenshealth.gov/nwhw/about/ </link> <BR> <BR> =Are you doing something with this in your personal training business? <BR> <BR> =Have you noticed anyone else doing something (health-wise) in recognition of this? <BR> <BR> Don't forget: There's always NEXT YEAR that we can start planning for now! <BR> ==Psst! It always begins with Mother's Day and is week-long.== <BR> <BR> Last year I used the search engine on the abov... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:26:01 EST Ideas for May! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x52995810 Hard to believe I am even typing this, but May is right around the corner..anyone have any ideas for a May challenge? Let's hear them :) Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:22:30 EST Welcome SANDYJGRANT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52995790 Welcome SANDYJGRANT to the TEAM! We are so glad to have you join us and look forward to hearing all about you :) <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>199</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:20:54 EST Coupon Book w/Free Passes to Local Gyms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52990642 Oh my! If I lived in one of these four participating cities, I'd certainly do this: <BR> <BR> SPEND A LITTLE, GET A LOT <BR> <BR> American Health and Fitness Alliance Passbook <BR> Want to compare health clubs and fitness studios in your area? This coupon booklet hooks you up with free passes to local gyms for up to a month, plus passes for tons of fitness classes, personal training sessions, and more. The book costs $85, but you’ll be refunded the fee in full if you join any club promoted... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:06:13 EST April! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x52801737 It is Spring for most of you..are you getting outside and enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors? <BR> Make that a goal for this month to at least enjoy 10 mins of the outdoors a day...to relax or take your workout outside!!! <BR> <BR> What goals do you have for this month? <BR> What challenges have you set for yourself? <BR> <BR> We want to know!!! :) <BR> <BR> And don't forget the TEAM SUPPORT CHALLENGE, that is ongoing! <BR> <em>132</em> <em>300</em> <em>502</em> ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:33:41 EST Welcome HEATHER969 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52783557 Welcome HEATHER969 to the team!! Hope you will take a little time to stop in and tell us a little bit about yourself!! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>236</em> <em>235</em> <em>213</em> <em>199</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:07:38 EST Wednesday, April 3: National Walking Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52778712 <em>313</em> <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <em>361</em> <em>362</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> If you'd like to get your neighborhood, or social club, your gym, or co-workers interested in starting a walking club, click on the link below for free resources: <BR> <BR> <link>www.startwalkingnow.org/about_start_<BR>walking_day.jsp </link> <BR> <BR> P.S. Although there are a number of fields to fill in, you ONLY have to supply the minimum of your email address; nothing else is a... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:34:59 EST Happy Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52736604 Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter Team!! <BR> <em>449</em> <em>451</em> <em>375</em> <em>450</em> <em>448</em> <em>452</em> <em>87</em> <em>453</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:11:32 EST Test Yourself Quiz for Leaky Gut Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52686222 Leaky gut syndrome is getting more and more attention these days---as it deserves! <BR> <BR> Many times a person may not be making progress, and wonder: Why? Why? Why? <BR> <BR> Try taking this self-quiz... then read about how leaky gut can develop, as well as the things a person can do to treat it. And if need be, how you can be tested on a professional basis. <BR> <BR> <link>holisticsquid.com/leaky-gut-syndrome<BR>-quiz/ </link> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:47:06 EST Team Support Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x52621518 I am going to challenge you each as a member of this team to do something for a team mate 3x a week. It is easy to pick a team member and leave them a comment on their page, or give them a spark goodie..or pick a blog on the marquee there on the side and comment on it. <BR> Just 3 days out of 7...or if you have too, 3 people in one day, but try spread the love a little!!!! <BR> Have a great day team!!!! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:26:28 EST The -25- Best Alternative Gyms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52588148 Excerpt from article: <BR> "Exploring new fitness-focused adventures will help train new muscles, keep exercisers engaged, and even sharpen the brain. From manmade surfing parks to trampoline-lined fun factories, here are 25 of our favorite alternative “gyms,” guaranteed to thrill, chill, and inspire." <BR> <BR> <link>greatist.com/fitness/25-most-kick-as<BR>s-alternative-gyms-us </link> <BR> <BR> So... here's my top -2- favorites: <BR> <BR> #1. All-trampoline playing surface (walls incl... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:05:59 EST What Certification Do You Have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52571812 CG111 asked: <BR> <BR> What certifications does everyone have? <BR> <BR> I am thinking of going with NASM, but would like to know what others have done. <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:10:39 EST Welcome CGG111 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52534176 Welcome CGG111 to the Fitness Instructors Team! Glad you stopped by and checked us out, and joined us :) We are here to help and give advice on your quest to be a PT!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:14:04 EST Welcome TBOURLON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52534155 Welcome TBOURLON to the Fitness Instructors Team! Glad to have you on board with us !!! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>229</em> <em>236</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:11:33 EST Thank You Susan for All You've Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52470018 <em>755</em> <em>8</em> <em>304</em> <em>8</em> <em>304</em> <em>8</em> <em>304</em> <em>8</em> <em>755</em> <BR> <BR> Susan! (LASKIE2) <BR> <BR> Thank you for serving as a very valuable Team Leader for the Fitness Instructors Team! We appreciate all you've added here, and are THRILLED that you're staying on as a very valuable team member! <BR> <BR> With deep appreciation... <BR> ~ Your Fitness Instructor Team Leaders & Team Members ~ <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> <em>285</em> <em>... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 13:11:45 EST Fingers Crossed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x52416237 I am quite excited and maybe just a wee bit nervous. I was granted my bridging visa AND the right to work while my Partner Visa is being assessed. So as soon as my stuff gets here from America I am going to start looking for a gym (or 2 or 3) to teach at here!!! I have to wait for my stuff because all my certifications and my Les Mills things were packed away. <BR> In the meantime I will be working on my fitness resume since mine was lost in my computer crash and start scoping out fitnes... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:49:34 EST Welcome EBWHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52401472 Welcome EBWHAT to the team!!! We are so glad to have you join our group!!! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:33:52 EST Welcome KWORLDTODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52389020 Welcome KWORLDTODAY to the TEAM!!! Glad to have you on board..stop by and tell us all a little bit about you when you get a chance!!! <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>199</em> <em>236</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:20:25 EST March is . . . . National Nutrition Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52338981 March is . . . . <BR> National Nutrition Month <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>289</em> <em>265</em> <em>373</em> <em>267</em> <em>368</em> <em>492</em> <em>140</em> <em>301</em> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> Does nutrition come up often in your field? <BR> <BR> Maybe you've heard it said that weight loss is 80% of our food choices and 20% of exercising. <BR> <BR> How do you direct your clients in the field of nutrition? <BR> <BR> FYI: It is well-known that we cannot ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:01:52 EST March Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x52326934 Wow it is March already..hard to believe...ok, so for most of you it is still February, but on my side of the world it is March and I am contemplating my March Goals. <BR> My challenge to you is to create a NEW goal to shoot for this month. <BR> Maybe try a new fruit or vegetable as Spring is approaching. <BR> Or a new machine at the gym you have never been on, a new class the gym is offering...a new routine to your day..something NEW to you that is fitness or health related..it could be ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:50:10 EST Welcome CEE_61 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52297552 Welcome CEE_61 to the Fitness Instructors Team! So glad to have you join our group and hope you will stop in and introduce yourself to us! <BR> Have a great evening and again WELCOME!!! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>229</em> <em>236</em> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:34:15 EST Win a Free Rebounder + One-on-One Coaching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52238221 Hey Fitness Instructors Team! <BR> <BR> I just posted some info to my Urban Rebounding Spark Team and thought this team MIGHT like to hear about it also. It involves winning a FREE high-quality rebounder! ($580 value) Below is a copy of that posting: <BR> {{{Hugs}}} <BR> Susy <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <BR> Win a Free Rebounder + One-on-One Coaching! <BR> <BR> Yes, you read that correctly! If you'd like to try your hand at winning a FREE Cellercis... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:48:26 EST Welcome HEYWEND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x52179457 Welcome HEYWEND to the team! So glad to have you join us. Stop by when you get a chance and tell us a little bit about you!!! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:50:51 EST Retrograde Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x52177275 Have you heard of it? and have you TRIED it?! <BR> <BR> ...Retrograde Exercising... <BR> <BR> From an AARP article: <BR> <BR> "Retrograde Exercising. This activity is similar to backward drills, common in numerous sports, including tennis, basketball and football. Now people are trying it as part of their fitness programs. Basically, it involves motions like backward stair climbing (hold on to rails!), which is great for exercising and rehabbing the knee joints. Or walking backward, which ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:57:41 EST February: National Blah Buster Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51937977 As fitness instructors, we know to change up our client's exercise program to retain their interest. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> What about us? What do y-o-u do to keep your fitness instructor skills "fresh"?! <BR> <BR> Since February is National Blah Buster Month, please share your comments on ANYTHING related to our profession that helps keep the blahs away! <BR> <BR> ~Susy~ Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:24:00 EST February Awareness / Recognition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51937258 ------FEBRUARY Awareness/Recognition------ <BR> <BR> ***Use to formulate your fitness plans and/or promotions*** <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> February is... <BR> <BR> National Boost-Your-Self-Esteem Month <BR> National Blah Buster Month <BR> American Heart Month <BR> National Wise Health Consumer Month <BR> National Hot Breakfast Month <BR> National Grapefruit Month <BR> National Snack Food Month <BR> National Canned Food Month <BR> National Embroid... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:28:03 EST February Fitness?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x51884990 So it's almost February--all the New Years Resolutions are wearing off for those that make them every year..the same thing, over and over...gyms are starting to see a decline in attendance.. <BR> What are you doing to keep your fitness going through February and beyond? <BR> I don't make resolutions anymore...tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life..just because a year has changed doesn't mean I should automatically make a decision to change. <BR> Share your thoughts-And PLEASE d... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:08:35 EST Hot yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x51848558 What's your experience with hot yoga. I have taken and taught a lot of yoga class and attended a lot of yoga workshops with national level instructors, but I had not done a hot yoga class. So I bought a Living Social for 3 classes. <BR> <BR> Today, I took my first class I knew they keep the room over 100 degrees. I thought it might feel nice as cold as I have been lately. I definitely don't feel it is better to have the room that hot. It is so hot, and you sweat so much you can't even kee... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:17:36 EST Welcome RHEYNKLAW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x51739573 Welcome to the team RHEYNKLAW!!! <BR> We hope you will stop by when you have a chance and tell us a little something about you :) <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>199</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:35:56 EST How to Make It As a Personal Trainer (Borrowed) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51543264 I saw this on my Facebook and thought it was GREAT enough to bring it to this team! <BR> <BR> Hopefully, you'll find value in it like I did.... <BR> <BR> How to Make It As a Personal Trainer <BR> <link>www.theptdc.com/2013/01/how-to-make-<BR>it-as-a-personal-trainer/ </link> <BR> <BR> It sure has the "ring of truth" to it when it starts out with... a client cancellation---AGAIN! <BR> <BR> Hope this is inspiring to others! <BR> <BR> ~Susy~ Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:05:56 EST Welcome MISTYBEEC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x51247835 Welcome MISTYBEEC to the team, come on by and tell us a bit about yourself when you can! <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:13:44 EST Name 5 Major Accomplishments for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51231725 Name 5 top Accomplishments for 2012. <BR> <BR> My top 5 are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Loss 22 pounds - still maintaining the weight loss. <BR> 2. Joined Fitness Instructors team as a Community Leader <BR> 3. Obtained 3 Permanent P/T Fitness positions <BR> 4. Relocated back to Michigan from Florida. <BR> 5. Designed 7 High-Impact, 3 Arthritis, and 2 Lazy River routines. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:29:26 EST Is It Necessary? Business Cards, Web Sites, Blogs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51158132 I was reading somewhere today (probably on FB) that having business cards, a web site and/or a blog makes a person more professional in their field of work. <BR> <BR> And it mentioned fitness professionals. <BR> <BR> Do you have business cards? <BR> a web site? <BR> or a blog? <BR> <BR> A couple of the suggested places to get started on any of these things were: <BR> <BR> <link>www.gymhouse.com </link> <link>www.zazzle.com </link> for business cards <BR> <BR> and <link>www.weebl... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:28:28 EST How to Select an Age-Friendly Personal Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51074153 I really appreciate people (and organizations) that create things such as this! <BR> <BR> It's a 9-page PDF document helping a person to select the best personal fitness trainer for them. I love it! <BR> <BR> <link>www.icaa.cc/consumer/icaapftguide.pd<BR>f </link> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I thought that we as fitness instructors could use it as a checklist that we're doing the correct things. And it also just might help us tweak how we do things in order to get more clients. <BR> <BR> New Ye... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:22:32 EST Great day to be alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51068684 We are enjoying a WONDERFUL sunny day here in SW Ontario. Great day to get out of the gym and go for a run. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:56:02 EST Welcome CRAZYSTEPPER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x51020063 Welcome CRAZYSTEPPER to the Fitness Instructors Team. Stop in and introduce yourself when you get a chance. <em>236</em> <em>235</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:31:58 EST Ideas for step choreography? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x51019642 I would love your help to create a class for beginner to intermediate level people. I love the complicated stuff....but don't think that I could pull it off! <BR> Thanks! Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:46:15 EST Exercise Etc CECs: 50-60% Off (Fri. 11/30 Only) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x51000506 = = = = Advance Notice of an Exercise Etc Sale!!! (That's rare!) = = = = <BR> <BR> All their CORRESPONDENCE COURSES are 50 - 60% off! <BR> It's a one-day only sale: Friday, 11/30. <BR> <BR> <link>exerciseetc.com/edu-sale.html </link> <BR> <BR> I am definitely going to take a look at some of these (even though I "just" re-certified because they say that by purchasing on 11/30---but accepting a January delivery---you can have until December 2014 to complete! <BR> <BR> My next recertifica... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:27:37 EST Welcome BAMJ111 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x50978617 Please Welcome BAMJ111 to our team!!! We hope you will stop in and tell us a little bit about yourself! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>321</em> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:41:43 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50920193 I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> Hope it is a healthy, fun, safe and loving one for you all. <BR> <BR> Please tell us one thing you are thankful for this year??? <BR> <BR> I can't narrow down to one thing really of course the given is my family and my friends-but this year has been one of major changes and all because of my love for a very special man-it has been a great year, an emotional year, an adventurous year and the best of my life. I am thankful he c... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:12:32 EST Today Only--Exercise Etc CEC/CEU Webinar Sale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50781857 I don't work for Exercise Etc, nor do I receive any compensation... <BR> <BR> But I just know that when I'm needing to get my CECs (or CEUs), and I want them as inexpensively as possible, I would like to know any offers that might be out there! <BR> <BR> Exercise Etc. periodically sends out an email with a "Today Only" sale and there's one for today: 50% off 2-hour online webinars. There are 35 from which to choose. <BR> <BR> Go here and see what you think: <link>exerciseetc.com/virtual.... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:13:49 EST CNNMoney Says: Personal Trainer; One of Best Jobs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x50731752 <BR> Here's yet another reason to be proud to be a Personal Trainer: <BR> <BR> It's ranked #18 on CNN Money's list of Best Jobs in America! <BR> <BR> <link>money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/2012/snap<BR>shots/18.html </link> <BR> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:17:00 EST Becoming a fitness instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50718459 I'm finally doing it! I thought about it for so long and planned on waiting till after my son was in preschool but that doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon because the nice preschools here are all full up. Small town. Oh well. I'm not getting any younger and waiting for the right time is getting me nowhere except a wolrd of impatience and self-doubt. So I told myself the next time I saw Hillary, the woman in charge of the instructors, I would talk to her about getting certifie... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:50:29 EST Need Help Learning (or Remembering) Anatomy?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x50716691 Remember when.... <BR> <BR> The bones (206) you had to memorize to become a fitness instructor! <BR> The muscles you had to learn (600+). <BR> All the joints: their names, their functions, and their origins and insertion points! <BR> <BR> I just ran across a helpful (free!) resource that you might either share with others and/or save into your files for future use. <BR> <BR> <link>www.getbodysmart.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Get Body Smart <BR> <BR> AN ONLINE TEXTBOOK ABOUT HUMAN ANATOMY... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 13:46:21 EST Have You Heard of the November Project?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x50705178 Two Guys Walk Into A Bar And A Free Fitness ‘Movement’ Is Born <BR> <BR> <link>commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/11/novemb<BR>er-project-free-fitness </link> <BR> <BR> Maybe we can learn a thing or two from this powerfully motivating article! <BR> <BR> From the article: <BR> <BR> ‘There’s constant motivation, there’s constant high fives, hugs before and after workouts,” Bojan said. “It’s like nothing else that we know of.” <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:22:14 EST It's not always about the instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x50704182 I try not to take personally the comings and goings of my class participants. People have 3 main reasons to come to my class: they like me (and their classmates), they like the format, or they like the music. They have a million reasons NOT to come, including dental appointments, laziness & inertia, illness, vacations, etc etc etc, most of which is out of my control. Still, it was hard to take when about a quarter of my 8 am class defected to the 9 am that follows it. I couldn't help but wond... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:54:17 EST November is "Good Nutrition Month" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50672417 <em>474</em> <em>289</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>482</em> <em>370</em> <em>373</em> <BR> <BR> November is "Good Nutrition Month!" <BR> <BR> What favorite food that you like qualifies as good nutrition? <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> I'll share mine: <BR> <BR> Sweet Blueberries! Yum! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 13:15:23 EST November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50642039 Well well, November already. <BR> <BR> In a couple of hours, I'm going to a training session to learn about teaching jogging to children. Not sure I actually want to teach jogging to children, but I might pick up some ideas I can use with adults. <BR> <BR> I got a place in the local swimming pool's adult lessons, so that starts tomorrow, then I've got a local charity Santa Run on the 10th where everyone dresses as Santa (I've got my suit already and am accessorizing with sunglasses and a s... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:14:33 EST Welcome DEELB1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x50618621 Welcome DEELB1 to the TEAM! Glad to have you, looking forward to hearing a little bit about you! Drop by when you get a chance and say HI! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>199</em> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:01:44 EST Re-Certifying as a Fitness Instructor! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x50604670 Whew! Just finished re-certifying for another two years as an ACE personal trainer! Y-a-y! <BR> <BR> Feels FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> And... I promise myself not to leave it until the last minute (or minutes) for the next two years! LOL <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> =How do you do your re-certs? <BR> Spaced out so there's less stress... <BR> or like me? <BR> Waiting until near the end of the timeframe? <BR> <BR> =How do you like to get your CECs? <BR> <BR> =Do ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:20:16 EST ACSM's Top Fitness Trends for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50600778 You'll want to read these for yourself... very interesting to see what's on the list--and why! <BR> <BR> <link>www.informz.net/acsm/archives/archiv<BR>e_1511877.html </link> <BR> <BR> = = Do you feel that lists like these influence your personal training business?! = = <BR> <BR> <BR> The top ten fitness trends predicted for 2013 are: <BR> <BR> 1. Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals <BR> <BR> 2. Strength Training <BR> <BR> 3. Body Weight Training - (New on the ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:35:51 EST Welcome MSBOOTCAMP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x50487653 Welcome MSBOOTCAMP to the team! Stop in and introduce yourself to the rest of us when you get a chance! <BR> <em>213</em> <em>236</em> <em>235</em> <em>321</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:35:20 EST Log-In Squats --- Ongoing Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x50485926 Nope! This isn't a limited time challenge... it's on-going! <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> When you spin the wheel, <BR> stand up and do that many squats! <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> Then post about it here! <BR> You can (A) get the opportunity to brag that you did it, <BR> and (B) get 3 points for your post! LOL <BR> <BR> ~Susy~ <BR> P.S. You can always change it from squats to something else. <BR> Just let us know what YOU'RE doing! <BR> <em>3... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 14:01:15 EST Muscle Memory is Really Motor Memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x50370600 We've said these two words before... muscle memory... but what is it exactly? <BR> See below for an excerpt from the article, "How Exercise Can Help You Master New Skills." <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> "The term “muscle memory” is, of course, something of a misnomer. Muscles don’t make or store memories. They respond to signals from the brain, where the actual memories of any particular movement are formed and filed away. <BR> <BR> But muscle memory — or “m... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:49:10 EST October is Nat'l Book Month--What's Your Favorite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x50321386 Well, October is National Book Month. <BR> That means... we get to talk about books! <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> = = Do you have a favorite fitness book (or books)? <BR> <BR> = = What are you currently reading? <BR> <BR> == What's on your "Wish List" to get?! <BR> <BR> Susy Tue, 9 Oct 2012 22:23:04 EST You... A Fitness Writer? Why Not?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x50295220 Okay, so this is just a "for fun" sort of question... (or a couple of questions!) <BR> <BR> If you were asked to write one simple, SHORT PARAGRAPH about a fitness topic, what would you choose to focus on? <BR> <BR> What if you were asked to write a short ARTICLE? Could you do it? <BR> <BR> I won't go as far as asking if you could write a book, but what about a booklet on a fitness topic? Could you do that? <BR> <BR> And here's a biggie... Could you create a VIDEO on your chosen fitness t... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:11:04 EST Free Copy: 2013 Fitness Professional Career Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50294822 I just downloaded a FREE copy of the OnFitness® Magazine 2013 Fitness Professional Career Guide. (I'm such an information nerd!) <BR> <BR> You can get a copy here: <BR> <link>http://onfitnessmag.com/career_guide </link> <BR> <BR> It's a 13-page PDF and a few of the article titles within are: <BR> <BR> = 8 Ways to Stand Out in Today's Fitness Industry <BR> = How to Be an Elite Personal Trainer in 3 Easy Steps <BR> = Invest in Knowledge <BR> = Catering to the Client <BR> <BR> I am rathe... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:52:09 EST Make a Difference Day: Sat. 10/27---Get Involved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50266709 What is Make A Difference Day? <BR> <BR> Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> For those of you who run your own business or those who want to gain more experience in the fitness ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:11:27 EST SPARK is Looking For Success Stories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50256633 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Since we are fitness instructors and are in the field of fitness, I just wanted to share an email that was sent to Spark Team Leaders. Spark is looking for success stories. Please read the info below, and if you know of a Spark success, please respond to the email address given. It would also be fun to know if you responded and were chosen (or you submitted someone and they were chosen)! <BR> Good luck! <BR> Susy <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:32:26 EST Have You Ever Trained Someone Free-of-Charge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50200176 Have you ever trained anyone for free? If so, what were the circumstances? <BR> Or how about very reduced fees? <BR> <BR> What were the person's results and response? <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this? Would you do it again---or at least once? <BR> <BR> What about you? Have y-o-u ever been trained for free? <BR> <BR> = = = And for the last question: = = = <BR> How do you respond if someone ASKS you to offer them your services for free? Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:26:59 EST October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x50166724 Does anyone have a goal for October? Or a challenge you wish to put forward to the team? Doesn't have to be a month long challenge, or even a daily one, can be something simple or as big as you want. maybe something you have done and want to see if the rest of us can? <BR> Share :) Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:09:22 EST Becoming a SUCCESSFUL Personal Trainer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x50146422 I love learning how to be a better personal trainer, don't you?! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I came across an article on Facebook that I wanted to share on this team. Don't worry... You don't have to be subscribed to Facebook to be able to read this. <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> 10 Step Guide to Becoming a Successful Personal Trainer <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/notes/turbu<BR>lence-train... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:52:11 EST Welcome SHELLSBROOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x50045366 Welcome to the TEAM: SHELLSBROOD!! <BR> Come by and introduce yourself when you get a chance!! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:01:10 EST Help! Different Abilities of Students in One Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49951762 Okay, I admit it. I am pretty new at teaching exercise classes that aren't a fixed format. (FYI: I taught at Curves Fitness for eons, and each member did the same equipment, but they either speeded up or slowed down for their own capabilities.) <BR> <BR> So now I've got a very small class of two women, and I'm creating the exercise format. I've got them using a resistance band, a few lightweight dumbbells, and their own body weight. <BR> <BR> My dilemma: One lady is ready to go at it and d... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:37:56 EST Beginning 9/22: The Last 100 Days of 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49949137 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Saturday, September 22 marks the final 100 days of 2012. <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> How exciting! We still have time to accomplish GREAT things! <BR> <BR> Start thinking now about how you’d like to end this year on a SUCCESSFUL note! <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas to get you thinking: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>744</em> <em>8</em> Possibilities! <em>8</em> <em>744</em> <em>8</em>... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 15:59:00 EST Trainers: 30 Ways to Make More $$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49902545 From the IDEA Health & Fitness Association website: <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Trainers: 30 Ways to Make More Money <BR> by Sandy Todd Webster, Ryan Halvorson, Joy Keller <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <BR> Please click on link to read the article... But if you'd like to come back here to discuss, that would be GREAT! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/trai<BR>ners-30-ways-to-make-more-money </link> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:20:11 EST FYI: ACE LWMC Name Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49902494 This interests me because it's the certification (my second) that I'm currently studying for: <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * <BR> <BR> "We have changed the name of our ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach Certification to the ACE Health Coach Certification. <BR> <BR> "We believe the name today more accurately reflects what people want to achieve, and it helps you better market yourself to individuals, organizations and companies looki... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:16:49 EST 9/29/12 - Nat'l Family Health & Fitness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49835477 Three weeks to go until National Family Health & Fitness Day! <BR> Will you or your health facility be doing anything special for this recognition?! <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * <BR> <BR> Family Health & Fitness Day USA <BR> Saturday, September 29, 2012 <BR> <BR> The 16th annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families, set for Saturday, September 29, 2012 (always on the last Saturday in Septem... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:03:57 EST 9/26/12 - Nat'l Women's Health & Fitness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49835274 Two and a half weeks to go until National Women's Health & Fitness Day! <BR> Will you or your health facility be doing anything special for this recognition?! <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * <BR> <BR> Women’s Health & Fitness Day <BR> Wednesday, September 26, 2012 <BR> <BR> Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. This year’s event is set for Wednesday, September 26, 2012, an... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 21:52:15 EST Welcome STEPHMC76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x49785779 Welcome STEPHMC76 to the Fitness Instructor's team. Looking forward to hearing from you! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>236</em> <em>321</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:51:41 EST 30 Essential Equipment Pieces (Personal Training) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49750559 Wait! Just so you know, this article is focusing on the 30 pieces of equipment for someone's personal training STUDIO. <BR> <BR> However, it's helpful to glance at the article to see what they've got to say! <BR> (Keeps us on our toes, right?!) <BR> <BR> <link>www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/esse<BR>ntial-pieces-of-equipment-for-the-succ<BR>essful-personal-training-studio </link> <BR> <BR> - - - - - - Any thoughts? - - - - - - <BR> <BR> Add anything to this list? <BR> What works for ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 13:06:01 EST Clean lyrics AND Good beat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x49747101 Help....does anyone know of any online sites that have 60 minute 32 count music for low impact aerobics that have CLEAN LYRICS and A GOOD BEAT? My senior class told me that their favorite workouts are ones where the music has a good strong beat (not that synthesized stuff), but my music that has the beat they like has lyrics that are rather suggestive and bother many of them. I <BR> <BR> would like my class to be an experience where they do not have to feel stress over suggestive lyrics. ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 09:25:12 EST September? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x49730682 Anyone have any health/fitness goals for September? <BR> Maybe an event? <BR> Share :) <BR> <BR> I am participating in the City to Bay run/walk event in Adelaide with my sweetie and his twin boys. We will probably walk most of it but I am looking forward to my first event in Australia. It's a 12K. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 02:23:06 EST September Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3507x4162x49730654 Every Week for the month of September your challenge is to something "NEW" once a week in each of these things: <BR> <BR> DIET: Try a new healthy item whether it is a new fruit or veg, a new recipe, anything that is new for you and then share it with the group-good or bad reviews are welcomed <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: Try a new move each week..can be adding in a different type of muscle conditioning, or add in a high intensity interval, or a whole new exercise-again please share with the group. <... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 02:14:01 EST New Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49730612 The new picture for our Fitness Instructor's Team was taken during a Body Pump class at THE Les Mill's Studio in Auckland New Zealand. Being a HUGE BP fan as well as other Les Mills programs it was amazing to actually see the studio where the instructor DVD's are taped! That club alone has over 12,000 members...That class was an 11am class on a Saturday (their slow day) and the class had about 50-60 people in it! <BR> <em>34</em> <em>362</em> <em>320</em> <em>406</em> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 02:04:33 EST Tips: Paperclips for Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x49684716 FYI: I just read about this neat idea on a past Spark thread. It's about using paperclips for each pound you lose (or you can use them for other things). <BR> <BR> You know we're always needing ideas to use with our clients to keep them motivated! (And sometimes we ourselves need the motivation.) <BR> <BR> Below is the link where I read about this idea: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=19462x10207<BR>x44037539 </link> <BR> <BR> Also it was ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:03:00 EST Measuring Your Resting Metabolic Rate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49677655 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> The Most Accurate Way to Measure Your Metabolism <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=the<BR>_most_accurate_way_to_measure_your_met<BR>abolism </link> <BR> <BR> The MedGem is an easy-to-use, handheld device that accurately measures oxygen consumption (VO2) to determine resting metabolic rate (RMR)—the number of calories your body burns at rest. <BR> <BR> = = This was ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:22:00 EST exercises to keep shoulders back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3229x4162x49361171 As I get into the swing of leading my first official class, I am getting to know the various students and what their needs are. My class is for senior citizens and the age range of my students is 71 to 86 years old. The exercises we do are done standing or at the barre for support, nothing on the floor at all. There is an option for chair exercises but no one in the class wants/needs that at this time. My current question is: does anyone have any different exercises that would help promo... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 06:17:49 EST August? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x49278246 Does anyone have any goals for August? Fitness related, nutrition related, life in general related? <BR> <BR> My main goal for August is to keep up my healthy eating and exercise plan while on vacation. <BR> Fitness wise I plan to incorporate more focused ST into my week <BR> Nutrition Wise cut out more processed foods than I already have <BR> <BR> Next??? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:31:21 EST August Is... (Awareness Topics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x49273227 Will any of these topics "fit" into your fitness/health/nutrition classes this month?! <BR> <BR> August is . . . . <BR> National Golf Month <BR> National Eye Exam Month <BR> National Water Quality Month <BR> Romance Awareness Month <BR> Peach Month <BR> Foot Health Month <BR> Harvest Month <BR> Studious Behavior Awareness <BR> American Adventures Month <BR> Happiness Happens Month <BR> National Inventors Month <BR> National Win With Civility Month <BR> What Will Be Your Legacy Month <BR> Sin... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:12:09 EST Fit like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x49191514 I suppose I've been lurking long enough, so... hello from NE Scotland (where "fit like?" is the local dialect equivalent of "hi, how are you?"). I'm Alex and I've been leading jogging groups for a while but am now getting ready to start teaching my first actual classes. <BR> <BR> I'm preparing two formats to start with: an old-school dance aerobics class, and an interval-based class. When McZumbaburger hit my area, all the local instructors leapt on the bandwagon and for the last couple of y... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 06:11:15 EST "But I Don't Want to Work Out" - Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18052x4162x49179680 Another great article to help us as trainers with our clients... because not everyone has the same motivation for working out. <BR> <BR> The article is entitled: "But I Don't Want to Work Out" <BR> -- When we see exercise as non-urgent, we ignore it. <BR> So what will move it up the list of priorities? <BR> It's different for everyone. <BR> <BR> <link>www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-hea<BR>lth-0613-fitness-motivation-20120613,0<BR>,7603369.story </link> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:41:06 EST Dreaming for a career change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x49043246 Hello! I have joined this team because I really want a career change and have wanted to get in to the fitness/nutrition industry for quite some time now. And I'm not getting any younger!! <em>20</em> I have been a Marine, I've been fat, I've been skinny and quite fit, and right now I just feel myself being stressed, 30 pounds heavier than I was a year ago, and just generally looking for a CHANGE! I'm looking forward to learning from you all what it takes to be a fitness instructor and h... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:33:59 EST Favorite Format? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x49012691 What is your all time favorite" format" of class to teach, or maybe a "I want to" teach format? <BR> <BR> It is a question that even though I am asking it, is very hard for me to answer :) <BR> <BR> I have taught so many kinds of formats and love most of them so it is hard to pick just one. It is also hard sometimes to separate the fact that the students sometimes make the class better, so to try focus on JUST the FORMAT I have narrowed it down to 3: <BR> <BR> "20/20/20"- a huge hit at m... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:32:20 EST Have You Ever Been a Workshop Asst?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48998810 This would be so-ooo neat to do! <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> Become An Exercise ETC Workshop Assistant! <BR> <BR> We're getting ready for our busy Summer/Fall season and Exercise ETC is looking for workshop assistants across the USA. As a workshop assistant you will work closely with Exercise ETC faculty to ensure the smooth administration of our "live" education programs. In return you will receive free admission to the educational program and the chance ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:25:47 EST Personal Training: Fastest Growing Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48998753 Want to know what the job of the future looks like? Go to the gym. <BR> <BR> According to The New York Times, personal training is one of the fastest growing career options available. Read the full article at: <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/business/<BR>for-personal-trainers-a-boom-fueled-by<BR>-a-belt-tightening-age.html?pagewanted=all </link> <BR> <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> What are your thoughts? Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:21:41 EST Motivation for Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48917061 Sitting Ourselves to Death? <BR> Study Says Cutting Couch and TV Time Could Bump Up Life Expectancy <BR> <BR> <link>gma.yahoo.com/sitting-ourselves-deat<BR>h-study-says-cutting-couch-tv-21231909<BR>6--abc-news-wellness.html </link> <BR> <BR> "There also seems to be something about sitting itself that is bad for one's health. Studies in both animals and humans have found that sitting leads to changes in resting glucose levels and blood pressure, and that lots of sitting bumps up levels o... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:58:30 EST Fitness pet peeves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48908244 This topic came to mind when I was writing how I became a fitness instructor. Your peeve can be about particpants, management, workshops, fitness in general--whatever bugs you! <BR> <BR> My biggest peeve is about workshops. I love going to workshops. (I hate taking correspondence courses). I like the group aspect of the learning experience. However, I hate it when I pay for a workshop, and it's so crowded you have trouble seeing, hearing, etc. <BR> <BR> For example, I love Zumba, but... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:45:59 EST What made you become an instructor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48893909 I'm curious as to why you wanted to become a fitness instructor/personal trainer? <BR> This may already be covered somewhere but thought I would ask anyway? <BR> <BR> Me...I was never really an athlete in school. I played at sports that was about it. In college I was a cheerleader for the basketball team and loved it! Gained weight after college and started attending classes at various gyms. Then my oldest sister became very involved in Group Fitness or "aerobics" as it was called at th... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 03:25:03 EST Do you use a mic in your class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48822221 Just wondering who uses a wireless mic to amplify their voice during aerobics instruction. This is an option now under discussion within our group here. Having never used one, I don't know much about it. However I do know that delivering cues to my senior class at a level they can hear over the (low-level) music is already having an effect on my voice. <BR> <BR> Can anyone offer any pros or cons of mic use and mic purchase? Or any other information/tips that might help educate me on th... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 09:55:08 EST Independence Day workout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48814292 So is July 4th going to be a rest day or a day of some kind of fun exercise? <BR> Either way I want to wish all my team-mates in America a very happy and healthy holiday! <BR> Share what fun things you have in store, or what fun things you did...I can share the holiday vicariously through you all :) <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:14:07 EST Post Celebrations (Birthdays, Anniversaries) Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4162x48793367 If you have a Birthday, Wedding Anniversary or Sparkversary date that you would like us to help you celebrate, please post it here. <BR> <BR> B = Birthday <BR> S = Sparkversary <BR> W = Wedding Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:43:11 EST 6 Months Down... 6 Months Left to Go for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48793330 Everyone has a goal (or resolution) on January 1st. <BR> <BR> And now it’s July… and this year is half over---but the EXCITING part is... there's still another six months left to go! <BR> <BR> Use this opportunity to look at your intentions, your plans, your "what-I-want-to-accomplish" goals. <BR> <BR> No! Scratch that... Think about your dreams! It's so much more motivating! <BR> <BR> ==Plenty of things can be done in six months! <BR> ==Get excited! <BR> ==Frame things in the "possibl... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:40:06 EST Sharing time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48771248 As a fitness instructor we are like actors/actresses up on a stage. We have to put on our smiles no matter what. We should look presentable and of course know our lines. <BR> But, there are ALWAYS the outtakes that happen once in a while, we get a brain fart, or the stereo system messes up, or....??????? <BR> <BR> Or our pants split as we go in to a squat :)---yes that did happen to me, luckily it was my zipper and I had on a long shirt-and at that time no men in class, ha!!!! <BR> <BR> (... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 07:01:40 EST = = Wanted: Additonal Team Leaders = = http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48756629 = = Wanted: Additional Team Leaders = = <BR> <BR> FYI: Your current team leaders aren't going anywhere. (We hope that's a positive! LOL) <BR> <BR> But... <BR> We would LOVE to have some new blood; some "fresh faces" to join us in co-leading this fabulous team! *** Notice that was in the plural form: faces! <BR> <BR> If this interests you, simply respond! <BR> <BR> Our philosophy is two-fold and can be summed up this way: <BR> = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = <BR> (1) To supp... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 00:19:59 EST Companies That Help With Wellness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48721497 I just read an article that was inspiring! <BR> <BR> = = Companies Slip Workouts Into Work = = <BR> <BR> <link>online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052<BR>702303410404577466711101150748.html?mo<BR>d=WSJ_comments_MoreIn_Health%26Wellness </link> <BR> <BR> It's about companies that are "...thinking up clever ways to get people moving without cutting into busy workdays..." <BR> <BR> There are some really practical ideas in there!!! <BR> <BR> {{{Hugs}}} <BR> Susy Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:10:37 EST Fitness Instructor GAINS Fat Weight!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48710299 Okay, I can finally face this... (i think) <BR> <BR> I have gotten used to bouncing around a lot on my weight. Example: 144 - 154 lbs <BR> Although my preference was to always be at my low weight, that just wasn't a reality for me. <BR> <BR> However, recently my life just changed drastically. <BR> (Dh just retired; we took off on our dream goal of RVing/traveling.) <BR> <BR> Between not working at a fitness facility, and acting like I was in "vacation mode" for three months straight, I ha... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:12:51 EST Basal Metabolic Rate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4162x48710195 So... If I run across one of those online calculators that ask you to fill in your stats to get your Basal Metabolic Rate, I will do it! <BR> <BR> Just as a refresher, here's the description of BMR: <BR> "Your basal metabolism represents the number of calories your body burns when at rest, but awake, over the course of one day. This number is one of the factors that determines your total calorie needs for the day." <BR> <BR> I just ran across a new link---and then thought of a great questio... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:02:24 EST