Human Kinetics Articles News and Excerpts en 2008 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:48:06 CST 1440 Affino 5 RSS Generator Choose great music to keep a class energized and engaged <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser1" style="float:left;"> The music used in fitness classes can be a determinant for the motivation levels in those classes, and therefore should be adjusted to the client&rsquo;s profile. </div> </div> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:54:00 +0000 Design the ideal fitness class and learn the proper warm-up format <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser2" style="float:left;"> For the most favourable conditions, each GF workout, regardless of its type, should maintain the recommended structure. This allows instructors to include all health-related fitness components in a single workout. </div> </div> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:41:00 +0000 Essential warm-up techniques for resistance training <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser3" style="float:left;"> The warm-up is an essential introductory part of the training session that helps participants prepare both mentally and physically for the training session. Warm-up techniques can be broadly classified into two major categories: passive warm-ups and active warm-ups. </div> </div> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:31:00 +0000 The Benefits of a Year-Round Nutrition Program <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser4" style="float:left;"> By implementing a year-round nutrition program in conjunction with their training program, endurance athletes can reap the benefits of enhanced health, improved performance, and better control of weight and body composition. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:40:00 +0000 Tips on creating a healthy eating plan <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser5" style="float:left;"> Although the specifics for each sport and athlete may differ, all athletes will benefit from keeping these three strategies in mind when creating their own plan. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:39:00 +0000 Rep and load variations for specific goals in resistance training program <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser6" style="float:left;"> Resistance training methods refer to the strategy used for organising training sessions. Methods should be selected by the strength zone and goals of the workout. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:27:00 +0000 Eating for Power <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser7" style="float:left;"> To achieve superb shape and maximum performance, forgo the usual approach of three meals a day. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:37:00 +0000 Training for an 8K or 10K race <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser8" style="float:left;"> Three training schedules are provided to prepare you to race your best at 8K or 10K. Each training schedule is twelve weeks in duration. Simply select the schedule that starts closest to your current training mileage. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:07:00 +0000 Stretch to develop flexibility and mobility <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser9" style="float:left;"> Flexibility is the capacity to move the limbs through a range of motion for optimally performing a given activity. Mobility is the skill of making coordinated movements in various planes, such as forward, sideways, and diagonally. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:46:00 +0000 Improving balance and momentum will help you on the mound <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser10" style="float:left;"> Before we delve into the nuts and bolts of lower-body mechanics, be sure to note that the lower body—feet, legs, and hips—is directly responsible for the creation of momentum in the delivery. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:26:00 +0000 Discover how rapid growth is changing the sport industry <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser11" style="float:left;"> Growth in the world of sport is reflected not only in the introduction of many new sports but also in the increasing number of opportunities to participate in sports and activities, an upsurge in the number and variety of sport-related publications and social media platforms, enhanced mass media exposure and source publicity of sporting activities, and growth in the number and types of sport facilities and events. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:56:00 +0000 Seven reasons why you should be working out with dumbbells <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser12" style="float:left;"> While most exercise machines are expensive and can typically be used in performing only one exercise, dumbbells are relatively cheap and adaptable to a huge range of exercises. Former U.S. Olympic strength and conditioning coach Allen Hedrick says that nearly every barbell exercise you can think of can be performed with dumbbells. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:58:00 +0000 The 11 strategies for changing your behavior to reach fitness goals <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser13" style="float:left;"> Whether it’s taking on the challenge of eating healthier, stopping smoking, or beginning an exercise program, relying on willpower alone will lead to nothing but failure. Setting out on a fitness journey requires strategies for achieving a change in behavior. As American Council on Exercise (ACE) master trainer Nancy L. Naternicola points out in her book, Fitness: Steps to Success, you need to be able to answer questions such as how you will exercise regularly instead of sporadically or how you </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:59:00 +0000 Components of a weight training program <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser14" style="float:left;"> Although you may have a specific weight training goal, there are several components for all weight training programs. First and most important, beginning and intermediate exercisers should start with a 5- to 10-minute aerobic warm-up, such as walking on a treadmill or jumping rope. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:45:00 +0000 Two weeks until marathon day <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser15" style="float:left;"> Marathons are hard work. They don’t begin at the starting line but in the training that begins many months earlier. They take hours to run, and they end not at the finish line, but with recovery that lasts for weeks. </div> </div> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:15:00 +0000