Would you love to use the stability ball in your next fitness class, but you’re short on equipment? Are you itching to challenge participants with something new, but you’re too busy for special training? Are you worried that people will cringe at the idea of holding hands with a partner? If you said yes to any of these questions, then Partner-Ball is a perfect solution, no matter what format you teach.
format: balance and core class using stability balls Total Time: 40 minutes
There’s something special about running a marathon. Why not bring the marathon indoors and give your cycling participants a runner’s high? In this class we’ll ride the Boston Marathon and create a unique and exciting experience from start to finish. Each stage is described in detail, offering rich visual imagery. By using these cues, you’ll help students feel that they are truly “in the race.” Interchange visual imagery with solid technical coaching (see the chart)—this is a proven method for making time fly by.
Equinox in New York City spices up its pool-based programming with Brazilian Body Surf and Hydro Dance Party.The former is “a combination of cardiovascular and muscle conditioning drills taught using water resistance.” The latter is a “cardiovascular workout set entirely in the water.” This class plays a variety of music styles, from salsa to hip-hop. No dance experience is required.
Are you looking for a class that helps older-adult participants with balance, coordination, agility, flexibility and strength training? Seniors on Strength (S.O.S.) is a dynamic combination of strength development and cardiovascular conditioning for the active older adult. Mixing in some simple choreography blocks, sequenced for easy recall, will round out your class.
If you’re new to group fitness or just stuck in a rut, try this fail-proof formula for creating a class that makes the grade every time! By understanding and applying the basics of kinesiology, anatomy, physiology and party planning, you’ll be in the perfect position to design an experience that pleases even the pickiest patrons.
Most clubs have small pieces of equipment, or props, but not all have exactly the same props. This can be a good thing, as necessity gives you an opportunity to interchange props and jazz up your Pilates mat class—especially if you work at different facilities. This sample class outlines ways to use what you have and be creative.
Mat Pilates: Interchangeable Props Details
format: Pilates mat class using small pieces of equipment
Total Time: 35 minutes
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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The Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, Illinois, offers Bootcamp Spin for its members who are looking for something other than the “traditional” indoor cycling experience. The class is billed as “high-
energy indoor cycling combined with walking or running on the track.” Chicago Style Steppin’ is another option on the schedule. This class allows participants to learn “the latest urban steppin’ techniques with plenty of step-by-step instructions.”
Rowing and riding classes are dynamic workouts with real-life applications to both sports, rowing and cycling. The
introduction of power meters to indoor cycles and various preset programs on rowers have taken these classes to a whole new level. An understanding of the fundamentals of each sport, mixed with a little creativity, is all that is needed for an effective, fun fusion class.
Row and Ride Details
Total Time: 60 minutes
Equipment needed: indoor cycles and rowers