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.
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.
Before the start of each Tour de France, Lance Armstrong goes out with his coach, drives the route and creates his riding plan. This famous road cyclist mentally choreographs the way he wants the ride to go. Indoor cycling coaches can take the same methodical approach to their classes, using music as the driving force.
Why is it that while some participants love your class, others walk out in
the first 15 minutes and never return? Is it your music? Your clothes? Your hygiene? Of course not. Odds are you simply didn’t cue these people in the mode in which they learn most quickly and easily. While you can’t please everyone, you can please most of the people most of the time when you recognize the three primary learning styles and know how to integrate them into your cuing.
Q:The teacher before me is running late again. Our back-to-back classes have only 10 minutes between them, and now my class will start late. What should I do? Barge in? Wait? My class participants expect me to do something. I need advice for handling this problem immediately, when the director isn’t around.
Program directors dream of employees who are responsible, respectful, well-rounded and educated. When a director builds a bridge between the group fitness and personal training departments, this dream team becomes reality. The result
is a unified staff with a dual focus: satisfying both the fitness needs of members and the fiscal needs of the company.