For years, yoga has supported my career as a b-girl (breakdancer) and professional contemporary and hip-hop dancer. From this stable foundation, I’ve built strength, grace, balance and power. The following sequence—which blends dance, yoga and footwork drills—has the basic structure of a hip-hop class. The combination gives participants a unique cardio experience while safely building flexibility and increasing upper-body and core strength.
As a group fitness instructor, you already know the value of a warm-up and how it decreases injury risk and improves performance. Recently, our collective vernacular has expanded to include movement preparation (prep) and/or tissue prep as interchangeable terms for warm-up.
Fitness instructors know that music has the power to stimulate and relax, to divert attention from feelings of fatigue and to enhance positive moods. Now, Tunisian researchers have shown that up-tempo warm-up music can improve short-term bursts of anaerobic exercise
by highly trained athletes in competitive activities.
Clap Attack, a youth program that combines sequenced exercises and hand clapping, is being introduced in physical education classes in Phoenix-area schools. The routine involves full-body exercises that require the children to think while moving. A selection of 15 exercises helps participants improve coordination and teamwork.
At Born 2 Dance Studio in Vienna, Virginia, participants experience a high-energy dance class with Bollywood-inspired music and moves. Doonya incorporates dance, cardio and strengthening into a 1-hour, full-body workout.
CrossFit has become a popular go-to for fitness professionals and enthusiasts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there are some 4,000 affiliates nationwide. Despite its popularity, does CrossFit live up to its “forging elite athletes” tagline?
The Orange 360 sessions held at Orangetheory® Fitness, in Phoenix, feature treadmill interval training, indoor rowing and resistance training. Classes are open to all fitness levels and are challenging enough for participants to reach their maximum calorie-burning zone. Attendees receive customized fitness assessments to keep them focused on their goals.
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.
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FORMAT: Layered plyometric intervals using a step platform.
Part of your role as a group fitness instructor is to help students reach their fitness goals. This is not always an easy task. Each person has different objectives, as well as unique obstacles to overcome. If you can understand some of these factors, you’ll be in a better position to meet participants’ needs, and you’ll be a more effective teacher, coach, motivator and leader.