Nia celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Under the current leadership of Debbie Rosas, co-creator and co-founder of the Nia Technique, the program continues to expand, with approximately 2,500 instructors worldwide. Th is year’s highlights include the launch of a new, high-energy program called “52 Moves,” which offers an adapted approach to interval training.
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AquaFLEX, featured at the AquaCon Fitness Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, takes participants into the pool for a dynamic class that focuses on strength training, core conditioning and flexibility. Attendees use a lightweight AquaFLEX bar to increase the natural resistance of the body moving through water.
Cycorga combines cardio, strength training and flexibility into one format. During this class, found at Executive Sports & Fitness Center in Chicago, participants get a mix of indoor cycling, Pilates and yoga.
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“Pilates has changed,” says Nora St. John, MS, education program director for Balanced Body®.
Today, she explains, many Pilates teachers are well educated in biomechanics. “An understanding of both anatomy and the mind-body connection makes you a better teacher and certainly a better problem solver.
“In the best situation, Pilates is taught with the idea of, ‘Who is the client in front of me? What are his or her goals? How can I use this environment to help the client achieve those goals?’ I think this is a good contemporary view of Pilates.”
At Unique Health & Fitness Club in Farmingville, New York, members who are new to exercise or need something with a slower pace can attend Zoga. This class combines modified Zumba® basics and simple yoga poses into a relaxing option for beginners and older adults.
Golden Barre, an offshoot of the Bender Barre Method®, is designed for active aging participants with injuries. This class, offered at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, slows down the Bender Barre experience and focuses on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.
A martial-arts–inspired warm-up increases circulation, improves dynamic flexibility and range of motion, integrates sport-specific activities and connects body and mind. The series presented here is an excellent way to begin almost any general fitness class. Start slowly and encourage students to be patient and “listen” to their bodies.
Awaken the Center
First, bring attention to the back and abdominals, the body’s “center.”
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1. Consider Less Traditional Facilities
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.