As a barre instructor and personal trainer, I spend a lot of time reading up on trends in the fitness world. Keeping up with what’s happening in the industry is key to being a successful trainer, instructor, and health and fitness blogger, not to mention being successful in building up a business and my reputation as a fitness expert.
I have a few favorite fitness sites for getting the latest health and wellness news, be it business trends in the fitness industry, or new core moves to implement into my barre classes.
(And I’ll admit it… I’ve been glued to the CrossFit Open coverage…)
Well + Good
Well + Good may be my favorite fitness site these days. It’s a great mix of informative posts on workouts, health, and wellness. What I really love are their articles about the fitness industry. A couple of recent favorites are 4 Fitness Trends That Will Be Major in 2017 and Yes, It’s Possible To Make $400,000 As A Yoga Instructor.
One of my go-to sites for research is IDEA Fit’s fitness library. I like to know the hows and whys of exercises, and IDEA Fit provides great articles on physiology and kinesiology. I found a recent article on the effects of intensive weight loss on female physiology especially enlightening.
ACE Expert Articles
As an ACE certified personal trainer, of course I turn to ACE Expert Articles almost daily to expand my knowledge base. I love that ACE posts everything from workouts to nutrition to business tips. A recent article on connecting with students outside of class was super helpful. I already do most of the things listed, but it was a great reminder of little things I can do each class to better myself as an instructor and resource for my students and clients.
Last summer, I spent a few weeks being treated for a foot injury at our local Airrosti clinic. It’s been nine or so months since I was released, and I’m still pain free. Airrosti is good stuff, which is why I go to their blog and do a search whenever I’m looking for info on how to stretch a muscle or work through a pain point. I’m dealing with some lower back tightness related to tight hips right now and their article on lacrosse balls inspired me to swap out my foam roller for the little orange ball of pain. I say that with affection… Now that I can move a little better.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find Self to be a great place to go for new workout moves, especially ones I can incorporate into the tabata segment of my SPORT classes at the studio. Use their workout finder for inspiration or help building a workout!
These are the sites I frequent, but there are so many resources out there. Be mindful when browsing, however, as there is a lot of misinformation. Just be sure your source is credible, and not someone who did a few exercise videos and deemed themselves an expert. Safety first!
What are your favorite health and wellness blogs and websites?