Category : Fitness

Swiss Ball Seated Isometric Leg Extension

Starting Position:
Begin by sitting on the ball with your feet on the floor, shoulder width apart, and an approximate 90-degree angle in your knees. Keep the upper torso erect and the arms outstretched to each side. read more

Groin Injuries in Football Players

Members who lift weights to train for football may be at higher risk for groin injuries. New findings have shown a correlation between heavy squat lifting and groin injuries, especially in skill position players. read more

An Overview of Recreational Scuba Diving

From Master Scuba Diver Trainer Verena Sandstede, here is a look at recreational scuba diving from training and certification to equipment and other types of scuba diving. This is the complete guide for anyone curious about scuba diving.

What S.C.U.B.A. Stands for

The acronym ‘S.C.U.B.A.’stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Although there are different methods of submersing under water, which include breath-hold diving, helmet diving, etc., scuba is solely carried by the diver and is not connected to the surface.

Why Scuba Certification Is Important

There are potential hazards relating to scuba diving that divers need to know. Without the proper training and education, divers may not be aware of such hazards that include de-compression sickness, air embolism, hypothermia, physical exhaustion, marine life injuries and out-of-air emergencies. Despite these potential problems, diving is one of the safest sports, if divers are healthy and properly trained, dives are carefully planned and recreational dive limits are followed.

These topics are covered extensively in the entry-level scuba diving course, referred to as the open water course by P.A.D.I., Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

I highly recommend PADI over all other certifying agencies because of their excellent teaching standards and course structures. Divers are sure to receive the best training available worldwide through PADI.

But the Kid Signed a Waiver

The conventional wisdom for fitness professionals is that waivers do not work with minors. While in most states this may still be true, recent cases in some states indicate that waivers may provide some liability protection for fitness professionals who work with minors. read more

Older Fathers, Schizophrenic Children. Part 2

Statistically, a child fathered by a man older than age 40 has a one in 200 chance of having a genetic abnormality — not just schizophrenia. Consider this: While men make sperm throughout their lifetime, the older the man is the more gene mutations (or changes in the DNA code) there may be in his sperm because the sperm producing cells have had to duplicate so many times. read more

Bracing for Golf

A golfer’s passion for the sport can sometimes result in injury. The desire to consistently make the weekly tee time can force golfers to use braces and protective equipment — allowing the golfer to play at all costs. However, consistent use may mask injuries or conditions that need treatment or rehabilitation. read more

Can We Fix Physical Education

Physical education has a terrible rep. PE programs are often said to be free-play, learn-nothing courses taught by unqualified, incompetent teachers who set few standards, exert little guidance and extract little achievement. Some of children’s most devastating mental scars were cut in gym class. read more

Important Issues for Medical Fitness Centers

One important issue faced by operators at medical fitness centers, according to Wing, is balancing profit margin and the center’s mission. She explains, “Medically based programs are available to the entire community based on need in most of our facilities, either through a ‘scholarship’ or outright charity care. The provision of these services needs to be offset by revenue from memberships and other programs.” The community also is important in raising funds, as is diligence in managing expenses, particularly labor, Wing explains. read more

General Tips to Remember

It would be nice to just make up any game and assume that your members will like it. Unfortunately, that’s too big of a gamble to take. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind when designing a new program for your members to enjoy. read more

What if my Legs can’t go Another Minute

If you are new to an exercise program, don’t worry about rating your exertion. You will need to condition your body to the exercise before RPE will be accurate. RPE is designed to reflect the cardiovascular and metabolic impact of exercise intensity — how hard your heart is working and how many calories you are burning. So when local fatigue dominates the scene, RPE will not be a reliable indicator of true exercise intensity. But this doesn’t mean you should ignore fatigue. Pain always calls for analysis and response: strengthening, stretching or resting overloaded muscles and joints should help. read more