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A Simple Study of Exercise and Caloric Consumption

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By June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA
It's such a satisfying experience to finish your workout knowing you have created a calorie deficit. Many clients are trying to manage their weight and want to know "How many calories did I burn in this workout?" In order to answer this commonly asked question, it is important to understand the many factors that affect caloric consumption. This quick study will help you guide your clients to better exercise choices and help you better understand the "skinny" on measuring energy production and intensity, and the variables that affect caloric consumption.


Determining Intensity with Aquatic Target Heart Rates

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By Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
Improve the quality of your cardiorespiratory workouts for your clients! Learn how to have your clients working in their target heart rate zones to maximize weight loss and effectively improve function. This course provides evidence based methodology and practice for the often confusing guidelines for aquatic heart rate deductions. Generally accepted equations and methods are provided with easy-to-follow explanations and practice equations. After completing this course you will be able to determine and apply aquatic target heart rates for safe and effective exercise intensity.


Essential Exercises for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. It is a very serious diagnosis with a multifaceted approach starting from identification all the way through treatment. Cancer patients are now encouraged to exercise during and after treatment. This course includes important information for health-fitness professionals about cancer and exercise guidelines. Videos guide you through a simple exercise progression for clients with cancer or who are cancer survivors. In the search for a cure, physical activity proves a valuable tool in prevention, treatment, and a progressive return to daily living activities. Learn how to embrace this client base and provide safe and effective programming options.


Exercise and Sleep

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By Gary Moritz, MS, CPT
Sleep is a fundamental and important human need, but few people know how important it really is. Some people even try to get by with as little sleep as possible. Even so, everyone needs sleep. As a health-fitness professional, you know about the many benefits of regular exercise. You could recite them in your sleep. But did you know that even a single bout of exercise can help improve the quality of sleep? And with that improved sleep comes many additional health benefits. So get ready to add to your list of exercise benefits as we discuss healthy sleep, sleep disorders, and what research has discovered about the effects of exercise upon sleep quality.


WW: Deep Water Performance Challenge

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By Mary O. Wykle, Ph.D.
Add new dimension and variety to your deep water programming. Strap on some Water Walkers and offer advanced programming for your fit clients. Options for Cadence Training and Insanity Intervals are provided. Videos and explanations provided with the exercises, and 2 sample programs included. Feel the benefit of drag resistance to kick up your deep water programming options.


WW: Upper Torso and Core

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By June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA
Water Walkers aren't just for your feet anymore! This course takes the water walkers off the feet and onto the hands for an upper torso and core workout that is hard to beat. This workout is best performed standing in shallow water with no flotation equipment. Enhance your lower torso water walker workout with some great upper torso and core training options with drag resistance that takes on a whole new dimension. Videos provided for upper torso and core exercises.


Post Polio Water Work: Conserve to Preserve

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By Mary Essert, BA, ATRI, Vickie Ramsey
As a health-fitness professional, you may encounter clients with Post Polio Syndrome. Exercise is important, but can easily cause or accelerate serious problems. It is imperative to understand how to effectively and safely work with these clients without causing harm to occur or symptoms to re-occur. Although this course focuses on water exercise, the information is valuable to land exercise as well. Techniques to increase range of motion, strength, endurance and relaxation are clearly shown. Videos and text emphasize independence and functional fitness as the goal. Learn important guidelines for how to work with clients with Post Polio Syndrome and learn how to help them "Conserve to Preserve" to improve and maintain quality of life.


Buoyancy Stretches

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By Ana Oriani, MA, AEA, ATRI
Take your clients and athletes to a new level of flexibility with Buoyancy Stretches. Learn how to maximize the use of Archimedes' Principle and buoyancy equipment with supine, side, and front working positions. These stretches will enable you to help your client enhance relaxation, breathe more consistently and deeply, and maintain the proper level of body alignment that can help to achieve a fluid and controlled stretch. Exercise videos help with visual descriptions.


Application of Water Exercise in Pain Management

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By Maria Sykorova-Pritz, Ed.D
The number of people suffering from chronic pain conditions is growing indicating a need for effective chronic pain management programs. Chronic pain associated health care costs is estimated to be $80 billion each year in the USA alone. People suffering from chronic pain need to be fully educated about the process of managing pain. Knowledge is power for the chronic pain sufferer. With the information and techniques presented in this course, you as a health-fitness professional can increase your client's ability to manage chronic pain.


Burdenko Water Walkers: General Fitness Conditioning Application for Group Fitness and Personal Trai

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By Igor N. Burdenko
Looking for something new in the water? The Burdenko water walking program is just what you need for group, personal training, or rehab. This program based on the Burdenko Method contains unique exercises using the Burdenko water walker equipment. The program is different, functional, maximizes time efficiency, and makes exercising fun. It is easy to remember, and mimics some sports movements. Videos and text give clear instruction for each exercise. Your clients will love these unique exercises that can make up an entire workout, or be mixed with other more traditional exercises.


Exercise, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
According to the American Heart Association, over 47 million Americans have metabolic syndrome. That is approximately one out of every six people. Every health-fitness professional will encounter diabetic clients. This course will help prepare you to effectively work with these clients on many levels. Scenarios are included to help you prepare for inevitable diabetic incidents with clients.


Functional Training for All Ages

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By Sandy Stoub, BA, MA
Learn how to apply and incorporate Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) into training formats for all ages. The application of multiple strategies, drills, and methods of training allow individuals of all ages to become functionally prepared for life. Multi-plane and multi-sensory methods will be addressed through a science-based, practical approach to understanding an integrated body concept. There are sample programs, sample combinations, and video to guide you through the concepts. Freshen your training and group fitness sessions by adding some practical functional elements.


Health Appraisal and Risk Assessment

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By June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA
Health Appraisal and Risk Assessment set the stage for legal responsibility to your client and enable you to limit liability exposure as a health-fitness professional. Understanding this process and using it correctly aligned with industry standards will help you properly screen your client for potential risk. This course teaches you how to navigate through the process dictated by the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines. It includes several printable assessment forms and covers many important topics that all health-fitness instructors must understand to practice within industry standards.


Introduction to Aquatic Personal Training

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By Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
If you are a personal trainer interested in expanding your training options to the water, it is important to learn about the aquatic environment. The water's viscosity provides resistance that surrounds you and provides "work" for every movement in every direction. The water's buoyancy reduces body mass, impact to weight bearing joints, and spinal decompression in deep water. The water's hydrostatic pressure affects many of the body's physiological functions. If you want to be an effective aquatic personal trainer, learn about the special benefits and qualities the aquatic environment has to offer and incorporate that knowledge into your personal training sessions. This course will start you on your way to becoming a successful aquatic personal trainer.


The Issue of Aging

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By Sandy Stoub, BA, MA
This course provides an important overview of aging through physiological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. With a thorough understanding of the aging body, a health-fitness professional can design effective programs to meet the needs of students. Videos and exercise descriptions are included for chair and standing exercises as well as exercises for in the water. Meet the demands of this growing population with safe and effective exercise options.


Kinesiology

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By Jack F. Wasserman, PhD, June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA, Gary Moritz, MS, CPT
Increase your understanding and professionalism by expanding your knowledge in human movement. This course contains text, photos, interactive graphics, and video to help you deepen your knowledge for the fundamentals of human movement and the unique way each person moves. Make each exercise work for your clients. Develop your ability to effectively understand and modify exercises in order to personalize an exercise movement or routine.


Aqua Magic Moves 1

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By Katrien Lemahieu, MESN
Over 100 videos of new moves! You will never run out of aquatic moves and variations for personal training or all levels of group fitness with this exceptional choreography course by Katrien Lemahieu. You are provided with dozens of variations for three base moves: a Jumping T-Jack, a Soccer Jog, and a Tango Twist. Variations include leg variations, arm variations, additional variations, and crazy combinations. Special attention is placed on basic knowledge and careful consideration for safe and effective transitions in the aquatic environment. This course is packed with videos to help you with pool and deck instruction, and to help you see and practice these innovative moves. You will never approach your aquatic exercise choreography the same!


Aqua Magic Moves 2

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By Katrien Lemahieu, MESN
Over 100 videos of new moves! Welcome to the second Aqua Magic Moves course! Aqua Magic Moves is designed to help instructors combine arm and leg patterns and make them into new exercises. They have the Magic to be executed in so many different ways that you will never run out of choreography ideas. There is theory included, cue recommendations, and other information you can use to execute the moves and understand the philosophy behind the system. You are provided with dozens of variations for three base moves: a Circle Ski 3, Corner Kick, and Rocking Mambo. This course is packed with videos to help you with pool and deck instruction, and to help you see and practice these innovative moves. You will never approach your aquatic exercise choreography the same!


Aquatic Fitness Principles for the Larger Adult

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By Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
Obesity has become a world-wide epidemic. Aquatic fitness professionals have an important role in helping to fight and prevent obesity and the water is a safe and effective medium for the overweight client. Explore aquatic exercise as related to the larger adult participant. Special considerations for the obese participant as well as exercise format, and physiological differences are included in this course. Review intensity and safety concerns and see a sample exercise program.


Aquatic Personal Training Programming

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By June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA
If you are a personal trainer interested in expanding your training options to the water, it is important to learn about the aquatic environment. Increase your success by understanding the properties of the water and aquatic physiological responses. This course teaches you training formats that work well in the aquatic environment as well as shallow and deep water exercise techniques. It also addresses the proper way to monitor and manipulate intensity in the aquatic environment, a skill critical to the success of your client reaching his/her goals.


Backsplash: Post Rehabilitation for People with Back Pain

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By Connie Jasinskas M.Sc.
Over 80% of the U.S. population suffers from low back pain at some time in their life, some with chronic low back pain issues. Most low back pain is attributed to muscle imbalance and is relieved and prevented by a properly executed exercise program conducted by a knowledgeable professional. This course shows how vertical aquatic exercise can be used in post-rehabilitation for back pain by aquatic rehabilitation practitioners, as well as aquatic leaders providing individual or group exercise for this population. Videos and pictures give you a clear understanding of the exercises and progressions shown in the course. If you want to get exceptional results with your back pain clients, this course is a must!


Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and in Water

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By Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, Mary Essert, BA, ATRI
There are over 2 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Due to the ramifications of treatment, exercise is a modality that can be used to facilitate recovery. Numerous studies have demonstrated that exercise can improve quality of life, reduce side effects of treatment, and improve strength and endurance. This course will help health-fitness professionals understand diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care for cancer patients and survivors. Important guidelines and information are provided for safe and effective exercise through course and multimedia content. Embrace this client base with practical exercise options to improve recovery and function.


Children's Aquatic Fitness Programming

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By Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
Childhood obesity and physical inactivity are making it more important than ever for youth fitness programs. This course provides ideas and information on effective aquatic programming for children through creative teaching methods, class formats, leadership styles and more. See videos showing developmental progression with motor skills as children of different ages jump, hop, skip, gallop, and more! Age appropriate formatting recommendations are given to enable you to develop appropriate programs with game and activity ideas included.


Gravity vs Buoyancy: Friend and Foe

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
Explore the basic properties of gravity and buoyancy and how they affect movement and equipment use on land and in the aquatic environment. Exercise and equipment options are given for all primary muscle groups for land and water resistance training exercises using weights, tubing, buoyant and drag equipment. This course is an easy to access, comprehensive library of resistance training exercises with over 70 videos, written explanations, variations and safety information beneficial to both land and aquatic health-fitness professionals.


PNF in the Pool

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By Terri Mitchell, PTA, BA, ATRI, Julia Meno-Fettig, BS, CTRS, ATRI
PNF is characterized by mass movement patterns that are spiral and diagonal. You use PNF patterns of movement and components of them in most of your functional daily activity. This course offers basic educational information regarding proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques appropriate for performance in the aquatic environment to use with all levels of clients. See text, photos and video demonstrations as the authors teach PNF movements for use in therapy and fitness environments, one-on-one or in group fitness applications. PNF training helps your clients maintain important functional movement patterns.


Aquatic Options 1: Special Populations & Post Rehab Fitness Training

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By Monique Acton, MS, Laurie Denomme, B. Kinesiology, Judi Powers, MS
This course is the first module of a two-part series. Aquatic Options was specifically designed for aquatic fitness professionals, Personal Trainers, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Recreational Therapists, and any professional working with special populations and post rehab individuals in the aquatic environment. This course will review important fitness training guidelines and help you better understand how to integrate progressive aquatic fitness exercises for shoulder, knee and hip orthopedic considerations and low back pain.


Aquatic Options 2: Special Populations & Post Rehab Fitness Training

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By Monique Acton, MS, Laurie Denomme, B. Kinesiology, Judi Powers, MS
This course is the second module in the Aquatic Options series. Aquatic Options was specifically designed for aquatic fitness professionals and any professional working with special populations and post rehab individuals in the aquatic environment. In this course you will learn modifications for participants with specific medical conditions including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, and be introduced to the assessment, evaluation, documentation, and reporting process. Choose appropriate equipment for all of the populations, and be able to design your own safe and effective aquatic fitness programming.


Aquatic Sport, Function and Performance

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By Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
Whether designing aquatic programming for the professional athlete, the "armchair" athlete, or somewhere in between, this course will provide numerous options for improving performance and functional capabilities using creative and carefully developed aquatic exercise. The focus is on formatting for optimum efficiency in relation to a variety of student goals: sports related, recreational activity, or daily function. Participant goals, muscle involvement and equipment interaction are considered, along with movement patterns to improve performance and enhance exercise retention at any level of activity or sport.


Older Adults and Aquatic Applications

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By Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
Older Adults comprise the fastest growing segment of the American population and aquatic exercise can help them maintain functional fitness and independent living skills. A thorough review of the physiological aspects of aging in this course will introduce aquatic fitness professionals to important considerations for providing safe and effective programming for the older adult population. This course includes programming and exercise descriptions with videos for three levels of senior aquatic programming to help you reach the needs of ALL older adults!


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