BY KEN ALAN
Well Hello, Cooldown!
Appeal to older adults' love of show tunes.
Many people enjoy Broadway music. Hello, Dolly! may be one of the best-known shows. The original Broadway cast album is hard to find, but the movie soundtrack CD is available in major music stores. The following cooldown is set to the motion picture recording with Barbra Streisand and Louis Armstrong. Top hat and ca...
Ken Alan, IDEA’s 1989 Fitness Instructor of the Year, who teaches in Los Angeles, considers himself a master of the verbal miscue. One of his favorite bloopers came during a warm-up spiel. “I said, ‘Okay, let’s get going,’” says Alan. “‘E...
By April Durrett
reative thinking requires an outlook that allows you to search for ideas and play with your knowledge and experience," says creativity expert Roger von Oech, PhD, in A Whack on the Side of the Head (Warner Business Books 1998). "With this outlook, you try different approaches, first one, then another, often not getting anywhere. Y...
Calling All Role Models
Three instructors talk about experiencing the industry in a larger body.
Since the days of leg warmers and LPs, group fitness instructors have lived with a stereotype that hasn't always been easy to measure up to. In all kinds of settings, from sitcoms to television advertisements to movies, the typical instructor has been portrayed as lean, mean and regi...
The fitness industry has come a long way since the dance exercise craze that spurred a generation of Baby Boomers to move more than 20 years ago. Even though the leg warmers, thongs and fast-paced music are long gone, the fitness craze has not died; in fact, it has flourished.