In this issue
DID YOU KNOW??
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
GET THE BOUNCE RIGHT!
Find out how to teach beginners basic bouncing and lift off exercises and how to implement different levels of cardio exercises to suit all skill levels.
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You tell us!
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Calling all CYCLE instructors
Australian Fitness Network have put together a survey to get ideas of what people want when it comes to Indoor Cycling education and music. If you teach cycle classes please take the time to complete this survey and you could be in with a chance to win the draw!
The link to the survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ice_survey2012 and everyone who completes it will go into a draw for a free I.C.E course which is transferrable if they are already qualified. The survey is open now and will be active until Monday 23rd January.
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2012...my top 6 tips to stay in the game.
As a fitness professional, did you start this year with a bang or a whimper? Did you think to yourself, this year I will make a difference no matter how great or small, or did you think, haaaa another year of the same?
At the 22 year mark, I often wonder, why does someone choose to enter the world of fitness and then why do so many people leave? Here are my top 6 tips of how to stay in the game and never lose sight of why you started in the first place:
- 1. Never forget what it is like to be 'your first time' in a class, at the gym, or starting a program. This is gold, because it reminds me of the challenges and the importance of a smile, an encouraging word or even a touch on the shoulder. All these little things are forms of encouragement that people so rarely receive in their lives
- 2. Define 'making a difference' and avoid giving lip service to this popular cliché. How DO YOU make a difference? It is a verb, it needs to actioned and it needs to be real. The thought is nice, but the action delivers.
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Article of the Month- You're On! by Judy Davenport
In the last couple of weeks, I have been reminded of something very basic, yet something that we as group exercise instructors can sometimes forget. And it can be summed up in just two words.
You're on. Yep, it's that simple. Never forget that as an instructor, you are "on" the minute you hit the "Play" button on the stereo. In fact, you're "on" the second you walk into the room or venue where you teach.
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Pelvic Floor First
2011 was a huge year for Pelvic Floor First with conferences, educations and the launching of their website and resources. In June 2011 the Continence Foundation of Australia partnered with the Jean
Hailes Foundation to host a video conference on pelvic floor fitness. Presented by Dr Margaret Sherburn and Marietta Mehanni, the session includes:
- An overview of the risks and causative factors of urinary incontinence and prolapse
- Managing incontinence using pelvic floor muscle training
- Pelvic floor safe exercises
- Appropriate exercise for pelvic floor strengthening
Want to learn more about the pelvic floor?
The Continence Foundation of Australia is excited to announce the launch of "Positive Practice for the Pelvic Floor", an online CEC course for fitness professionals in partnership with the Australian Fitness Network.
For more information click here
In late 2010, Lisa Champion, a director of Australian Fitness Network, came up with the idea of creating a charity organisation for the fitness industry. The goal of Fit for Good is twofold – to encourage the fitness industry to reach out to Australians in need with the passion, energy and enthusiasm for health and fitness that is our trademark, and to inspire the helping community to embrace the power of exercise as a means by which people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and anxiety can feel healthier and better about themselves.
This is something I truly believe in and was delighted to receive a mention in the Fit For Good newsletter last month. Click here to read how Gymstick Australia and I have shown support to this amazing cause.
PELVIC FLOOR & REAL CORE TRAINING- HORSHAM
Having a strong core is important for all movement, from sports to dynamic movement to the basic functions of daily life. A strong core is a prerequisite for the prevention of injury, enhanced sports performance, improved balance and proper training and muscle development. Peel away the myths and learn the flesh of the facts
SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY
Time: 10.30am Click here for more information
WAFIC 2012 - PERTH
Marietta presents Step under Construction SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY
Time: 10.30am Click here for more information
WAFIC WETS SEMINAR - PERTH
A day of Aqua Training for Specific Populations SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY Click here for more information
Stacey Saviane presents- Corrective Exercise for Overuse Shoulder Injury. SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY click here fot more information
Exercise of the month - Step Lunge
- As the leg moves backwards off the step, make sure that the body weight is still distributed over the leg on the step
- Ensure that the heel of the back leg stays off the floor throughout the lunging action
- To increase intensity, keep knees slightly bent on the step at all times, especially as the feet come together on top of the step
- Begin with both feet on top of the step. Extend one leg behind the step.
- Place the back toes on the floor with the heel lifted off the floor and lower the back knee towards the floor
- Extend the back knee and lift the back leg off the floor, bringing feet together on the step
- Inhale as the leg extends behind the body and exhale on the up phase the lunge and when bringing feet together onto the step
Testimonial of the month - Christine Naysmith
I think I'm possibly one of the luckiest people in the enitre world! I am very proud be Marietta's assistant, but even more happy to have her as a close friend.
We met whilst I was studying my Cert 3 and it's quite the fairytale to tell the journey we have been on together since then. Her passion for the industry has inspired me to achieve more than I thought was even possible. I arrived in Melbourne from Scotland on a year long visa and was banished to the asparagus farm to earn my rights to stay here longer. It was a cruel and torturous time, spending 8 hours with the dreaded purple elastic bands each day. I made it through 3 weeks and decided this was not why I moved to the other side of world. I shrugged my shoulders in acceptance the dream was over. Within a month it was like Marietta had waved a magic wand and I had my dream job and the opportunity to stay. Our tale is not over yet and I'm delighted she continues the magic as my fairy godmother!
Marietta is truly kind and generous. She gives up her time and energy to help others and is always able to make people smile. Her knowledge astounds me and I have never before met anyone so driven and committment to continual learning and self improvement.