Most of the duties performed by the editors of professional journals are quite similar, regardless of the nature of the journal. Duties typically include review of manuscripts, assigning reviewers, and assisting editorial staff as needed. As editor of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®, I can share firsthand that there is one other duty that I enjoy above all others, and that is writing this column. Six times each year, I am able to communicate directly with you … the fitness professionals who work at the grassroots level. Again given this opportunity, I would like to say how much I truly appreciate all of the hard work you put forth helping others improve their health and well-being … one class, one client, and one program at a time.
This column also allows me to introduce the feature articles and columns that appear in each issue. So it is with great pleasure that I introduce this year’s installment of ACSM’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013. My sincere thanks to Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, who once again assembled not only the trend data for 2013 but sought commentary from leaders in the field relative to their view of “what’s hot and what’s not.” Accompanying Dr. Thompson’s feature article is an ever so timely article by Carol Torgan, Ph.D., FACSM, and Tara Cousineau, Ph.D., where they introduce the topic of “Leveraging Social Media Technologies to Help Clients Achieve Behavior Change Goals.” Just as the title implies, they review how to use these powerful Internet-based tools to engage and motivate your clients.
While on the topic of excellent articles, I also wish to highlight the seven regular columns in this issue of the Journal. Each one provides unique material aimed at helping us do our jobs better each and every day. Among these, I would like to draw your attention to the column by Mary E. Sanders, Ph.D., FACSM, and James A. Fitzsimmons, Ed.D., in which they describe how they implemented an extreme conditioning program on the campus of the University of Nevada-Reno. This article is especially novel because it describes a popular commercial program (“Cross Fit” by Reebok), yet does so in a manner that appropriately places it in the context of being a community-based strategy aimed at helping a group of people (i.e., students). As resources for new program offerings become more scarce and we seek alternate means to broaden the reach of healthy exercise programs, it is likely that programs such as this that involve academic centers, health care providers, businesses, or local governments will become more and more common.
In closing, again please accept my sincere thanks for all the hard work you do to help others improve their health and fitness.
Our associate editors continue to do an outstanding job of providing well-written summaries on a wide variety of topics of importance to the fitness professional.
* Fitness Focus: This copy-and-share column discusses staying active outdoors during the winter season
* Wouldn’t You Like To Know: For a complete exercise program, “neuromotor exercise training” has been recommended, along with aerobic activity, resistance training, and flexibility exercises. What is neuromotor exercise training? Is this a new recommendation for everyone?
* Take 10: 10 Nice-to-Know Facts About Stretching, Flexibility, and Warming Up
* On the Floor: Extreme Conditioning on Campus: Cracking Open a University Box
* ACSM Certification: Group Exercise Instruction: More Than Aerobic Dance
* Clinical Applications: Periodization for the Clinician
* Medical Report: The Importance of Putting the Fun Back Into Youth Sports
Steven J. Keteyian, Ph.D., FACSM
Henry Ford Hospital