In recent years, self myofascial release (SMR) has become a hot topic. As more research comes out, we are learning how fascial restrictions affect and influence movement. Taking group fitness participants through SMR techniques in your warm-up may give them more freedom from joint stress and pain, and their recovery times may improve. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Use this self-myofascial-release routine in your next warm-up.
Many studies have focused on the benefits of listening to music before and during exercise. Now scientists have shifted focus to determine the effects—if any—that motivational music has after exercise.
Have you ever noticed that many veteran group fitness instructors share a hallmark trait—a raspy voice? If left unchecked, vocal exhaustion can lead to permanent damage. This may result in lost wages, a voice to rival Joan Rivers’ and potentially the loss of one’s career.
Your goal as a group fitness leader is to provide consistent, predictable service in each experience you create. However, when circumstances prevent you from being able to appear in your regularly scheduled time slot, responsibility for creating positive experiences falls on substitute teachers, commonly called “subs.” When this occurs, the question arises, “Will the sub teach as well as the regular instructor?” The following tips will help you prepare yourself and your class participants for a positive experience in a non-ideal situation.
It’s 6:00 am Monday, and you are the drill sergeant of the toughest outdoor boot camp in the area. You spent all night dreaming up an hourlong workout that would make real soldiers cry. Now 15 anxious “recruits” stand before you awaiting their warm-up and your outdoor voice. How you begin this class will help determine your cadets’ performance, efficiency, safety and results.
If you’ve been teaching group fitness for a while, you may find yourself stuck in a rut. Maybe you’ve been following the same format, doing similar moves and using familiar music for too long. At some point every instructor goes through a slump—it’s normal. But mundane, routine classes devoid of any wow! factor won’t motivate your steady participants or attract new ones. So try a few simple strategies to take your classes from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and watch the energy level climb.
Dance-inspired classes offer an exhilarating approach to movement, giving participants a chance to work their bodies in out-of-the-ordinary ways. This fun option also provides members a diversion—a place to feed their souls for an hour. Whether you teach hip-hop, Latin, jazz or your own style, the following sample class will help you ensure participants’ success.
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