After more than a decade, step classes are still going strong. Our longtime, dedicated steppers are growing ever stronger—or so we assume. And our step teaching awareness is at an all-time high—or is it?
Water Exercise for Seniors Improves Living on Land
BY M ARY E. SANDERS, M S
Why aquatic fitness programs help older adults exercise in a safe environment.
Research shows that physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health into older adulthood. And among older adults themselves, exercise has been linked to reductions in premature mortality, functional decline, disability and...
Did you know that innumerable teaching opportunities exist beyond the conventional health club setting, which caters mostly to the already fit? The truth is that moneymaking options for group fitness leaders are plentiful—if you are motivated to move beyond the comfortable limits of traditional facilities and if you widen your clientele to encompass those who are less fit.
COPY AND DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR CLIENTS
M o v i n g F r o m Tu r f t o S u r f
Transferring land workouts to the pool can be really fun--and great for cross training. Water fitness expert Mary E. Sanders, MS, adjunct professor of health sciences at the University of Nevada at Reno, offers these suggestions for making workouts like running, cycling and kickboxing all wet.
industry watch: program trends
MOMS + BABIES = REVENUE + RETENTION
After longtime group fitness students give birth, they want to return to classes but often don't feel comfortable leaving their babies in day care. On the other hand, new mothers who haven't exercised much prepregnancy may now be motivated to become active. Fitness facilities are capturing both these markets through innovative mom-...
As amazing as it now seems, back in the 1970s we had to prove that aerobic dance could actually increase your heart rate. “Yes, cardio activity is effective,” our new and growing industry asserted. Once this effectiveness was established, researchers began publishing studies that detailed injuries sustained during aerobics classes. So in the 1980s and 1990s, our adolescent industry committed to making classes safe.
I suspect that one of my colleagues has an eating disorder and another suffers from exercise addiction. While I’m inclined to mind my own business, participants are starting to talk. Some of them are worried and asking me whether these instructors have a problem. Others comment on how great these instructors look and are asking me their “secret to success.” What do I do, if anything?
Experienced teachers know that class variety is one secret to long-term success and self-preservation. Teaching a wide repertoire of class modes—for instance, step, indoor cycling and kickboxing—can help prevent burnout and improve your teaching skills. Developing options within a mode—endurance cycling, mind-body ride and power spin, for example, or step interval, multiple step and advanced step—is also important.
My Joints Want to Give Up, but I Don't
I love teaching fitness and motivating people to move! I especially love teaching energetic cardio classes such as step and high-low impact. But my joints just can't take heavy stress anymore. The thought of teaching stretch, yoga and other "low-key" classes does not appeal to me. Call me an aging baby boomer who is not ready to hang u...