Incorporating Alternative Approaches to Fitness

by Annette Lang |  Date Released : 18 Jun 2005

  • Introduction
  • Info/technique/modality overload
  • How to apply Pilates, yoga, etc. into PT program
  • Shifting the “framework of thought”
  • Allowing vs. Imposing movement
  • General philosophy -> Specific Application
  • Pilates Philosophy – a question of “function”
  • Sequencing of movement – inside->out efficiency
  • Balancing movements
  • Conscious vs. Unconscious cuing -> to “draw in” or not?
  • Alexander Technique – retraining movement to alleviate stress
  • Opening to age-old wisdom to find a new training paradigm.
  • We’re all approaching the same truths.
  • Yoga – a question of patience
  • Those who think they don’t have time need it most.
  • General philosophy -> integration of whole body
  • Specific applications
    • Full body warm up into training session
    • Self dynamic stretching
    • Using yoga to challenge clients – incorporating into exercise
  • Doing more than one thing with your body at the same time.
  • General -> specific
  • Respect the complexity of the craft.

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Annette Lang

About the author: Annette Lang

Annette Lang has been in the health and fitness industry since 1983, working in sales, education, management and personal training. She is one of the most sought-after presenters at health and fitness conferences in the US and abroad. She speaks on a variety of topics related to the education of fitness professionals, contributing to the integrity of the personal training business within health clubs. The conference groups include: Perform Better, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Health and Racquet Sports Association (IHRSA), Club Industry, Towne Sports International (TSI) Summit, Reebok International, Sara’s City Workouts and more. In 2005, Annette presented at international conferences in Moscow and Portugal.

Annette is a Reebok University Master Trainer and helped develop Reebok Reactive Neuromuscular Training (RNT), Reebok Core Training, Reebok One to One Flexibility Training and Reebok Deck Training. She presents for Free Motion Fitness exercise equipment and is one of the original authors for Annette was on the original team of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, developing and teaching the nationally recognized education program for Equinox personal trainers.

Annette teaches at numerous health clubs on a regular basis, some of her programs being a standard component of the facilities’ education process. The clubs include Equinox, Crunch/Bally, Wellbridge, NY Health & Racquet and many private facilities. Trainers enjoy Annette’s practical way of teaching, making concepts easy to understand and relating topics to real life training on the gym floor. Annette works as a private trainer in New York City.

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