Defining the Problem
Instructors who field desperate questions from participants about spot reducing and calorie burning know firsthand about people’s preoccupation with body image. And negative body perception runs rampant in our own industry.
Once upon a time, group fitness instructors started their strength training classes with a relatively static warm-up that consisted of single-joint movements, such as head circles, shoulder rolls backwards and forwards, and hip swings side to side. As the industry progressed, warm-ups became more varied and we branched out—maybe too far out! Today’s warm-up options range from no warm-up at all to 10-minute, low-impact cardio warm-ups, with many variations in between.
Q:What do you say or do when two (or more!) people in your class keep talking during the workout? These magpies are nice people, but they have no clue how irritating their conversation is to everyone else in the room. What can I do to retain class control without looking like a control freak?
Whether you are a gym rat, enjoy a class setting, play a team sport or just like adventure, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has something to offer. Popular fitness classes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two largest emirates, include Spinning®, RPM™, BodyPUMP®, BodyCombat™, step, Pilates, yoga, t’ai chi, aqua, mind-body, FitBall™ and strength training.
Q:I would love to travel to other countries, teaching fitness classes as I go. I’ve heard of so many instructors who have done this that I know it is possible. But I’m not sure where to begin. What does it entail besides having experience, strong teaching skills and a good fitness knowledge base? I would be grateful for any advice you can offer!
Some controversy surrounds the role that stretching exercises play in regard to fitness training, especially group fitness classes. Perhaps more than ever, debate is brewing about the proper time and place to stretch. Exactly when and what type of stretching exercises do we need to include in our classes? Although little definitive research is available on the subject, fitness experts are trying to reach a consensus.
According to IDEA's 2001 group fitness Trendwatch report, yoga and Pilates are increasing in popularity at fitness facilities around the country. What makes these activities so popular? Mind-body modalities boast benefits such as stress reduction and improved breathing, posture and body awareness. In addition, the calming and centering aspects of mind-body classes bring balance into in...