Most group fitness instructors introduce and close their classes with some remarks to participants. Style will vary depending on personality, but openings and closings are always important opportunities. Petra Kolber, 2001 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, says, “People may not always remember the actual choreography, but they will recall the first and last 5 minutes. Since we only have one chance to make a great first impression, being prepared for the beginning and ending is key for success.”
Imagine you’re shopping in the mall when you hear Beyoncé’s girl-power anthem “Single Ladies” over the house speakers. One by one, dancers—whom you thought were shoppers like yourself—begin mimicking the moves from the infamous video until nearly 100 people of all shapes and sizes are performing en masse. You can’t help but smile, and you’re dying to join in! newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Turn up the volume on fun with these simple, inspiring moves.
Shape and define your inner athlete in this nonstop, calorie-blasting medicine ball workout designed specifically to bring fun back to fitness. Bounce the ball, throw it, roll it, toss it, and reap the benefits of cardio and strength conditioning rolled into one powerfully playful workout.
TOTAL TIME: 45–60 minutes
FORMAT: strength and cardio conditioning
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: one 4- to 8-pound medicine ball that bounces (per person) newsletter_teaser: Sample Class: Bounce! Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Recreate recess with medicine ball drills. As an IDEA member, all of the sample classes in our library are free to you.
Circuit training is such a great option in group fitness. It is efficient and allows you to get more done in less time. A smart way to combine cardiovascular training with strength training, it also helps participants avoid boredom. In this class, for example, one movement never lasts for more than 3 minutes at a time. This cardio/strength circuit focuses on the entire body and utilizes jump ropes for cardiorespiratory training, rubber tubing for muscular-endurance training and the stability ball for core and balance training. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Create a total-body workout using three simple pieces of equipment.
In its most basic sense, power is simply a measure of work in relation to time. Formerly available to outdoor cyclists who could afford the technology, the ability to quantify output (work) is now changing the face of indoor cycling. This presents unique opportunities to progress attendees. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Use power training concepts to teach participants how to specialize and blast past self-imposed boundaries.
Masterpiece Fitness Training in Bandon, Oregon, offers a large variety of classes for all fitness levels, including Recess and Integrated Training. Recess takes busy moms through a fun dynamic training routine at a local park. Integrated Training is an all-inclusive format that combines flexibility, cardio, core, balance, reaction and resistance training.
Avera McKennan Fitness Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offers a wide variety of fitness classes to meet all of its members’ needs. Lite-N-Low focuses on strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness and is suitable for all fitness levels.
Mountain Fitness: Guide Training, offered by Discover Outdoors in New York City, is specifically designed to train the outdoor adventurer. The company’s philosophy is that form and fitness should follow function. Mountain Fitness: Guide Training uses rocks, logs and outdoor equipment to give participants a 90-minute, nontraditional workout.
Classes that appeal to athletes often intimidate many beginning- and intermediate-level exercisers; however, participants of all levels can do a challenging plyometrics class if you give them options. Jumping, in fact, can provide a foundation for inclusive, fun and effective training. By teaching with layers, you facilitate self-paced progression that challenges everyone.
Jump Onboard Details
FORMAT: Layered plyometric intervals using a step platform.
Step used to be one of the most popular group cardio formats. Although it has recently seen a slight decrease in popularity—mostly because new programs have proliferated and time slots are limited—step still has its place. Delivering step classes requires creativity, strong teaching skills and preparedness. The following routine includes a full breakdown with a choreography progression.