Is teaching your class a no-brainer? Do your participants readily comprehend your ideas? Effective communication begins and ends with you. If your cues aren’t being understood, the problem may lie not in what you are saying, but in how you are saying it.
Ageless Energy is a specialty program offered for people 55 years and older by Julie Luther at PurEnergy Health & Wellness Services in Greensboro, North Carolina. Luther developed the program with the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The 50-minute class provides information on balance, nutrition and osteoporosis; explains the components of an exercise program; and teaches at-home exercises for strength and flexibility. “This program has expanded, and [its participants are] becoming our largest growing membership sector,” says Luther.
Every now and then, participants need
to be reminded that training in the swimming pool offers numerous benefits for all fitness levels. Based on speed, power and strength rather than rhythm and choreography, H2O Bootcamp incorporates pyramid training, kickboxing drills, interval training, power drills, speed bursts and strength exercises. While this class requires no coordination, it does demand a lot of stamina and is great for students who need a new challenge and prefer hard, athletic workouts.
Do you have clients with severe osteoarthritis (OA) who want to improve their strength and function? You may want to encourage them to exercise in the pool, according to a study from the December 2003 issue of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (vol. 62, pp. 1162-7). This study’s findings indicate that people with OA can exercise at much higher intensities than popularly believed.
Russian Kettlebell classes are popping up at places like the SweatShop in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the Ridgewood, New Jersey, YMCA. The kettlebell is a weighted iron ball with a handle that comes in weight increments from 9 to 88 pounds. The workout is for approximately eight people and is touted as being useful for core strength conditioning as well as cardiovascular fitness.
Group fitness instructors have always been innovators, viewing movement as something they can continually make more creative and fun. High-low is an example of an evolution that worked. This mixed-intensity class followed on the injured heels
of the 1980s’ high-impact aerobics.
Kickboxing continues to be popular among consumers, but fitness professionals have long been concerned about the rate of injuries in classes.
Although researchers have studied
incidence and injury in other fitness
formats, little information has been available on kickboxing injury rates—until now.