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Establish change readiness in your clients

This is an excerpt from Professional's Guide to Small-Group Personal Training, A by Keli Roberts.An essential element of your success will ride on your ability to recognize your client’s readiness to change. In the transtheoretical model of behavioral change (TTM), behavioral change is broken down into five distinct stages. The stages can be related to any behavior, but in the exercise context the stages are as follows: Precontemplation stage. In this stage, people are sedentary and not even considering an activity program. These people do not see activity as relevant in their lives, or may even discount the importance or...

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Facilitating SMART goals and motivation

This is an excerpt from Professional's Guide to Small-Group Personal Training, A by Keli Roberts.Participation in your SGT classes is driven by the client’s experience, so staying centered on their goals helps them not only achieve success, but also assists them in enjoying the process. Meaningful goals ideally provide the framework for that process. Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based goals, or SMART goals, create that framework.Specific GoalsSpecific goals need to be quantifiable. Vague statements such as “I want to get in better shape” don’t create enough focus. Instead, have clients write down their specific goals, such as “I want to...

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Understand different types of stretching

This is an excerpt from Professional's Guide to Small-Group Personal Training, A by Keli Roberts.Before getting started on any specific warm-up or cool-down, some definitions and applications need to be established. It’s important to understand the different types of stretching appropriate for a variety of participants in an SGT class. Different methods are applicable to different phases of the workout and for diverse populations. Not every warm-up or cool-down protocol will suit all participants. The art here is in choosing the best, most appropriate stretches for the type of class and for the level of your students.Dynamic Movement StretchingDynamic movement...

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A comprehensive introduction to dance as an art form

Through this text, students discover that dance is an accessible art form that can bring greater self-awareness and self-confidence. It helps beginning dancers learn how to express themselves through dance.

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Good pain versus bad pain

As a yoga practitioner, it is important to be able to discern the difference between good pain and bad pain. Part of the human experience is to feel natural discomfort within the body.

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