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Ten Reflections From the May/June Issue

Roy, Brad A. Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2018 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 1
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000386
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  • 1. Ten to the 67th Power! Fitness professionals have a myriad of exercise combinations to choose from when developing an individualized exercise training program for their clients. Although the Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type, Volume, and Progression (FITT-VP) principle provides the basic design structure, it is important to keep a strong focus on the specific adaptation(s) desired and each individual’s capabilities and internal motivations. Articles and columns in our May/June issue provide thoughtful information to consider as you apply these principals to structure your client’s program.
  • 2. Progression: The ART of Exercise Prescription. Guiding your clients to appropriately progress their exercise training program is critical and will have a profound impact on their exercise adherence, injury prevention, and goal achievement. Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, shares some important insights regarding how to help your clients advance their exercise training program in this issue’s Wouldn’t You Like To Know column.
  • 3. Bilateral, Unilateral, or Both? Although most fitness professionals have an outstanding knowledge base regarding various resistance training exercises, choosing the right combination of exercises for each client takes a special knack and thoughtful approach. Charles J. Fountaine, Ph.D., FACSM, shares some provocative information regarding the use of unilateral and bilateral exercises with your clients. Be sure to read his article, “Unilateral and Bilateral Exercise Movements: Considerations for Program Design.”
  • 4. CAUTION! Consumption of Energy Drinks Could be a Real Downer! Although many food and drink sources are touted as giving you an extra performance edge, not all are beneficial or safe. Strong marketing efforts, especially targeted at youth, have increased the popularity and use of caffeine-containing energy drinks. Unfortunately, their use has not been benign. John Higgins, MD, MBA, FACSM; Kavita Babu, MD, FACEP, FACMT; Patricia Deuster, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM; and Jane Shearer, Ph.D., share some critical information regarding the science behind energy drinks and their use. Reading this ACSM Contemporary Issues Paper, “Stimulant Containing Energy Drinks: What You Need to Know,” is a must for all of us.
  • 5. Share Your Expertise! As an experienced and highly trained health and fitness professional, you have valuable insights that can help Journal readers advance their skills and client results. Perhaps you have thought about writing an article but the process seems daunting. If that is the case, our feature article, “How to Write and Submit A Feature Article to ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®” breaks down the process to guide you toward sharing your expertise.
  • 6. Turmeric: Good for Your Dog, Even Better for You! Be sure to read “A Nutritionist’s View,” by Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., LD/N, FACSM, and learn more about the benefits of this old spice and how your clients can incorporate it into their diets.
  • 7. Selling, or Providing an Opportunity? Asking people to hand over their hard-earned money for services and products can be intimidating for many. Yet, not offering key services and opportunities to our customers may set them up for failure. Jennifer Bacon, M.S., shares some insightful and thought-provoking tips in this issue’s “Business Edge” column, “Removing the Stigma from the Sale.”
  • 8. Surfacing, Communicating, and Aligning: A Simple but Critical Process. A solid organizational “culture of health” is far more than providing screening, coaching, and wellness activities. Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, discusses steps organizations can take to advance their desire to build a culture of health and well-being in this issue’s Worksite Health Promotion column.
  • 9. Working with Kids: Children or Miniature Humans? In light of the global obesity and diabetes epidemic, it is becoming increasingly common for health and fitness facilities and fitness professionals to include children and youth in their clientele. However, because kids are different than adults and lack mature cognitive skills, the risk of harm is heightened. This issue’s The Legal Aspects column, penned by guest author Betul Sekendiz, Ph.D., shares some important considerations that health and fitness professionals and facility managers should consider when working with children and youth.
  • 10. What’s Your Odorprint? I’m always amazed at what my Siberian Husky and Norwegian Elk Hound can pick up with their noses. Each of us projects a special set of odors that can give away our deepest secrets. Learn more about your odorprint by reading this issue’s Take Ten column penned by James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM.

Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM,


Kalispell Regional Medical Center

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