Pilates 50/50 is a combination class that fuses lower-body standing moves with mat exercises for a balanced mind-body experience that emphasizes Pilates principles. By moving Pilates into a vertical position, you bring a more functional experience to participants while continuing to offer the key elements of core control and optimal spinal alignment. The standing work is also a great way to warm the entire body for more effective spinal movement during the mat exercises.
If your cycling participants spend more time gazing at the clock than they do “shifting gears,” you’ll love this class. The Cycle Diversion format doesn’t give them time to be bored. This class is broken down into three segments to stimulate participants’ imagination, challenge them physically and keep them on their toes.
Cycle Diversion Details
Format: cross-training (mix of timed intervals, competitive racing, climbing and tempo riding)
Total Time: approximately 60 minutes
Indoor boot camp-style classes have exploded in popularity recently because they offer a fun, demanding atmosphere that generates results. Often, clients who want tough cardio workouts can be found in the indoor cycling room or at outdoor boot camps, leaving the group exercise studio for the choreography lovers. Not anymore! Sneaker Camp takes the best of both worlds and allows you to provide heart-pumping workouts without all the yelling, while keeping the creature comforts of music and air conditioning!
Practicing yoga with a partner can help students develop trust, strength and compassion. Try adding one or two partner poses to your regular yoga classes or a full partner class to your schedule to give students an invigorating challenge.
A great way to draw parents into your group exercise studio more often is to provide innovative opportunities for parent-and-child “quality time.” At Rome Athletic Club in Rome, Georgia, we offer “Buff Bodz ’n’ Little Bodz.” This class provides a moderate level of physical activity for parents and their children, while incorporating lots of giggles, cross-generational bonding and behavior modeling, plus a little mental exercise to boot.
If you are looking for a plateau buster to challenge your students, this class has been designed for you. It’s intended as an occasional class to help participants adapt to a higher level of strength and endurance through progressive overload. “Overload” is an amount of resistance (stimulus) necessary to further improve fitness; “progressive” refers to a gradual approach to introducing more work for the body to overcome. Through participating in a class like this one, students learn how to choose the resistance levels that will best meet their fitness needs and goals.
This versatile circuit class can be applied to groups of almost any size and fitness level and is limited only by your ability to organize, instruct and train.
Abdominal/Core Circuit Details
Format: a circuit that focuses on the abdominals and core
Total Time: approximately 30–40 minutes