Fitness Caching is an outdoor training program wherein participants use a hand-held GPS (global positioning system) receiver to hike, locate and find a “hidden” treasure called a cache. Creator Leigh Crews will lead this class during the IDEA World Fitness Convention® in San Diego, July 8–11.
Indoor cycling integrates motivating music, mind-body synergy and unparalleled training benefits. The devotee accepts no substitutes. For others, however, indoor cycling feels more like an hour of pain and suffering than an hour of cardiovascular bliss. Instructors have done a wonderful job of putting this format at the forefront of fitness. Now it’s time to introduce cross-training to the die-hards, craft inviting classes for beginners and create a total-body workout that is inclusive and fun.
Many group fitness instructors use traditional Pilates
exercises in the core-conditioning sections of their classes. However, some of these exercises are too difficult technically and can set the average participant up for frustration. If an individual doesn’t have the strength or the biomechanics to perform the traditional roll-up, for example, then she might use incorrect muscles and injure herself. Yet the roll-up is taught in most classes.
Twenty years ago, if a friend said she was going to “aerobics,” you had a pretty good idea what that entailed. Today, however, that same person might attend any number and style of group exercise classes, including high-low, step, kickboxing, funk, hip-hop, cardio dance and circuit training, to name only a few. These diverse choices only scratch the surface. All of them can be mixed and matched to create fantastic format blends. While not a new concept, combination classes offer myriad benefits to instructors, program directors and participants.
Petra Kolber, the 2001 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, is best known for her creativity and commonsense approach to teaching. As a cancer survivor, she knows firsthand how therapeutic exercise can be, and she strives to share her passion with as many people as possible. “Every day is a gift,” Kolber says. “Life is an unexpected road of miracles and surprises. Let’s be in the best health we can be in, so we are ready for whatever life decides to throw at us.”
What is your favorite
music mix? Why?
If you’re like most group fitness instructors, having current and motivational music has always been a priority. The right tunes can make a big difference in your classes. Luckily, good songs have never been more accessible. Whether you need an entire CD of indoor cycling songs or just one track for your cardio cool-down, downloading music from the Internet may be the way to go.
Are your clients trying to lose weight on their own? They may be better off as part of a group. Why? New research conducted by Aston University’s Mike Green, PhD, and Nicola Elliman, in conjunction with the Western Human Nutrition Center at the University of California, found that organized weight loss groups had some significant advantages.
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.