The past six Presidents of the United States, Barak Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Cinton, George HW Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, have had one thing in common: each enjoyed exercise. The past number of White House residents were each shown participating in favorite fitness-based pastimes from jogging to basketball to weightlifting to mountain biking and from selecting Arnold Schwarzenegger for the President's Fitness Council (HW Bush) to hosting yoga on the White House lawn (Obama) each played an active role in setting a positive example for health and fitness.
Both in and out of office President George W. Bush has set a positive example for an active lifestyle.
On this episode of All About Fitness, Assistant Professor of American History and Co-host of the Past-Present podcast, Natalia Petrzela, and I discuss the role that Presidents have played in establishing promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle. This is based on the excellent article that Dr. Petrzela wrote for the Washington Post on President Trump and his well-known diet which is does more to expand the waist line than shrink it and is far from a positive example of healthy.
President Reagan with Arnold Something-or-other
The discussion specifically focuses on the role that the occupant of the Oval Office has played in helping set a positive focus on health and fitness. From Teddy Roosevelt boxing with his Secret Service protection to John F. Kennedy calling Americans 'soft,' over the years most Presidents have understood that they have an important role in promoting good health in our nation. If you are both a history and fitness buff you will really enjoy this discussion of Presidential fitness habits on All About Fitness.
President Carter and his wife walked the 1 mile (or so) from Capitol Hill to the White House during their inauguration in 1977
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Why would you hire a personal trainer? Would it be based on looks or knowledge? Just because a trainer looks great does not mean that he or she has the skills to help you optimize your level of health and fitness. It's important to remember that exercise is stress applied to the body; when done correctly you can achieve awesome results. If applied incorrectly exercise can cause injury or be fatal. When it comes to working with a personal trainer you want to make sure you select one who knows what the heck he or she is doing. On this episode of All About Fitness I interview Matt Berenc, the Director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI) about the education process required for ALL of their trainers.
Matt Berenc giving a talk on how to optimize human performance.
Equinox is widely for having one of the best, most comprehensive education programs in the fitness industry. The company knows that education is the best way to enhance the member experience while strengthening employee engagement and retention. If you've ever wondered why you should hire a personal trainer and how they could help you maximize the results from your workout program you will enjoy this insightful episode of All About Fitness.
Matt using his favorite piece of exercise equipment.
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Not all health clubs are the same; many have similar types of equipment like treadmills, free weights and machines, but what really sets one health club apart from another is the environment, the education of the staff and how that creates a unique member experience. When was the last time someone from your health club or gym talked about understanding how exercise affects the human genome? David Harris is the Vice President of Health and Human Performance for Equinox, an upscale health club company with locations in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Among his other duties for the company David chairs the Health Advisory Panel for Equinox which includes neurologists and molecular biologists who study how exercise affects the human body down to the cellular level.
David Harris, Vice President for Health and Human Performance, Equinox
The purpose of All About Fitness is to introduce you to the thought leaders and companies who are making a difference in how fitness is delivered to you, the consumer. As a health club company Equinox provides a variety of programs and services beyond just being a place to sweat. On this episode David and I speak about the role that exercise plays in preventative health care and how Equinox is positioning itself to offer a variety of lifestyle solutions that will help members maintain optimal health. In addition, we talk about the core pillars that establish Equinox's unique brand of fitness, why they exist and how they can help you to enhance your overall quality of life.
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Did you know that currently ZERO states require personal trainers or fitness instructors to have a license? Did you know that you need a license to cut hair or do nails (non-living tissue) yet anyone can simply call his or herself a 'fitness expert' and begin dispensing advice that could potentially be deadly? On this Quick Fit Tip of All About Fitness I explain the fitness certification process and why you should only work with instructors that have earned an accredited certification or have a college degree. As someone who currently does freelance work for two of the largest fitness certification organizations and teaches personal training courses in college (ok, junior college, but still) I offer unique insight and background into the process and why you should only be working with certified fitness professionals.
For 15 years I've been educating personal trainers and fitness instructors around the world to help them earn and maintain their professional certifications.
Back in the early 2000s the fitness industry agreed to an accreditation standard for fitness certifications (the National Commission for Certifying Agencies - NCCA run by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence - ICE). Since then health clubs have been advised to hire personal trainers and instructors with a certification accredited by the NCCA but this is only a suggestion and NOT a legal requirement.
Some health clubs have rigorous standards for hiring personal trainers and fitness instructors and offer extensive continuing education to ensure they are delivering the highest level of service possible. However at other health clubs trainers and instructors are often hired based purely on their appearance and are allowed to teach or train without having any existing credentials.
Why does this matter? Exercise is physical stress applied to the body, when done correctly it can impose the desired adaptations such as weight loss, muscle growth or improved definition. However, if an exercise program is too intense or too technically challenging at best it could cause an injury and at worst it could be fatal. On this episode I explain the education and certification process and tell you what you should be looking for when seeking the services of a trainer or fitness instructor. As one of my favorite quotes says: 'Now you know and knowing is half the battle.'*
Here are the largest (and most popular) certification organizations - in alphabetical order. Each one provides information on the certification process and has search engines to help you to find certified professionals in your area:
REPS - Registry of Exercise Professionals - You can check here to see if your trainer or instructor has an accredited certification.
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