Our job is to find ways to reach out to these back-row participants while still giving our seasoned students what they have come to expect. Here are some proven practical strategies that can help you extend a hand to even the most timid participants. ‰ Supplement to November-December 2002 IDEA Health & Fitness Source
Q:I feel stuck in a cuing rut. Although I really try to vary my teaching cues, they still sound boring and repetitive, especially the cues related to alignment and form. Fortunately, none of my participants have complained—so far! Then again, maybe they are not listening. It’s so hard to tell. Any ideas and strategies to develop interesting, helpful new cues?
BY PAU L RO B B I N S
Use heart rate to design progressive, effective cardiovascular training programs based on your clients' training zones.
Training by Heart
Monitoring heart rate to determine and manipulate training zones is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in both group fitness and personal training. Why? Because regular exercisers are beginning to realize that performing the same routine...
Because the concept of what's safe--and what's not--has changed over the years, experts advise fitness professionals to focus on weighing the risks against the benefits when determining the safety of common exercises.
Defining When an Exercise Is Contraindicated--Then & Now
BY AMANDA E. VOGEL, MA
Have you ever stopped teaching a common exercise because you read in an article or ...
Keeping Members Happy
When the Music Slows Down
When teaching step classes, how can I (and my fellow instructors) successfully switch from music that is too fast to music that meets safety standards, without losing or upsetting participants accustomed to a faster pace? Our group fitness director recently talked to us about slowing down our music in order to stay within the...
If you’re like most group fitness instructors, you’ve probably devoted a good deal of time to planning
innovative cardio workouts for your participants. But how much time have you spent worrying about the warm-ups for your cardio classes? Your cardio warm-ups may last only 5 or 10 minutes, but they deserve your attention, too.
Group Fitness Instructors
IDEA CODE OF ETHICS
As a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, I will be guided by the best interests of the client and will practice within the scope of my education and knowledge. I will maintain the education and experience necessary to appropriately teach classes; will behave in a positive and constructive manner; and will use truth, fairness and integrity to ...
Do you charge for specialty classes? A few years ago when specialty classes
requiring specific equipment or more highly trained—and hence, more expensive instructors—grew on the fitness scene, owners and managers played with the idea of charging fees
in addition to membership fees. What happened?
It appears that the extra charges never became part of the game, and
facilities instead chose to absorb the costs. What is the balance between charging extra to cover costs and
upsetting the membership?
Q:My director knows our studio microphone is broken and agrees we need to fix it right away. She says she has requested a repair. Yet 3 weeks have elapsed, and nothing
has been resolved. Meanwhile, my voice
is shot. If I refuse to teach until the mike is repaired, I will be considered a problem instructor. But if I continue to teach without a mike, my voice will suffer even more. What should I do?