Ten Impressions from Reading this Issue
1. Congratulations! Whitney Allen, an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, was recently named the 2020 winner of the Lawrence A. Golding Student Scholarship Award. Be sure to read the article in this issue that takes a look at her unique journey along the exercise science and lifestyle medicine career path. Congratulations, Whitney, on a well-deserved award.
2. Now what? As health and fitness professionals, it is our responsibility to maximize the health and safety of our clients and facility users. However, this is a two-way street, and sometimes clients and facility users do not pay close attention to what is in their control. Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI, shares 14 practical steps for your clients to take in this issue's Fitness Focus column, "Health and Safety at the Gym." A great column to clip and share!
3. Ahh, what was that calculation? Yep, those darn metabolic calculations can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you are not familiar with them or do not use them regularly. Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, provides an excellent review regarding the utilization of a few key calculations in this issue's Wouldn't You Like to Know column, "Metabolic Calculations in Action: Part I." Not only will you find the information helpful, but it is an excellent column to share with others.
4. Mental well-being: Physical activity is a critical component. The continued expansion of mental health challenges in society is deeply concerning as they have a dramatic effect on a person's quality of life, and in far too many cases lead to unnecessary medical complications and, most extreme, even death. Stephanie L. Cooper, Ph.D., ACSM-CEP, discusses the importance of physical activity in the prevention and amelioration of psychological challenges such as anxiety and depression in her feature article, "Promoting Physical Activity for Mental Well-being."
5. Are you teaching correct deadlift technique? The deadlift is an excellent exercise for training the posterior chain muscles and consists of a variety of styles. Clifton J. Holmes, M.S., reviews these various styles and the associated technique for performing each in his feature article, "Understanding the Deadlift and Its Variations."
6. Themed personal training: What's that? As a personal trainer, you do much more than simply deliver a challenging workout for your clients. You are an educator, coach, encourager, and trusted expert with a strong focus on correct movement/technique. Andrew Schaeffer, B.A., in his feature article, "How Themed Sessions Can Elevate Your Business," shares a potential tool for your toolbox that may increase your effectiveness with certain clients.
7. Capsaicin? What does that have to do with exercise? Find out more about this compound that has been around for more than 142 years by reading "Capsaicin and Exercise Performance," this issue's A Nutritionist's View column penned by Associate Editor Stella L. Volpe, Ph.D., RDN, FACSM. It's an interesting read, and I learned a few things.
8. Does your facility demonstrate a comprehensive "culture of safety"? Although many organizations focus on the safety of their workers, fitness facilities and professionals have a responsibility to protect the safety of their facility users and clients as well. JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, discusses and provides practical steps regarding this critical culture in this issue's Fitness Safety column, "Creating a Safety Culture in Your Fitness Facility: Part I." This is a must read for all of us!
9. Too much to do? Feel like you are in a never-ending sprint? If that is you, rest assured you are not alone! Associate Editor Patrick Freeman, B.S., shares a few strategies that might help you balance out that workload in this issue's Business Edge column, "As A Fitness Industry Manager, How Fit Are You? Strategies for Driving Balance & Productivity." Guess I'd better read it again!
10. Really, it depends? Ever been asked if your worksite wellness program works? Find out a bit more about this challenging question and what the "it depends" answer really means by reading "What Works in Worksite Health Promotion?" this issue's Worksite Health Promotion column, expertly written by Associate Editor Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP.