newsletter_teaser: If you’re looking for a fresh, effective way to help your group participants move better, why not include foam rolling in your next class? Chances are, some of your attendees are curious and could use some guided instruction.
Ageless Champions Boot Camp, offered at Inwood Athletic Club in Joliet, Illinois, focuses on improving strength, balance, agility, mobility and stability in people over 50. The class is held four times a week for 45 minutes, and each day focuses on a different ability. Twice a week participants use a TRX® Suspension TrainerTM; once a week they focus solely on flexibility and balance; and once a week they do outdoor agility training.
It’s happened to every group fitness instructor: Time-crunched participants pick up (or abandon) their equipment and leave before the end of the experi- ence. Not only does this create a distrac- tion, but it prevents these students from reaping the benefits that occur in the final phase. How do you get people to stay? Read on for tips on how to encourage everyone to remain in class until the close.
newsletter_teaser: Despite the proliferation of new programs and a limited numbers of time slots, step still has its place. Delivering step classes requires creativity, strong teaching skills and preparedness. The following routine includes a full breakdown with a choreography progression.
newsletter_teaser: Baby Boomers are constantly bombarded with promises to lift, tighten and rejuvenate their bodies and “turn back the clock.” Truthfully, fitness professionals can roll back the clock for older participants! When you improve strength and stability, you increase functionality and combat the effects of sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss).
Countless exercises target the core—but the majority are land-based. What happens when you bring core work into the pool? The aquatic environment complements this type of training and challenges participants in new ways. While the core is activated during most of a water fitness class, setting aside time for core-specific drills can inject even more fun. Try the following variations in your next class.
With the growing popularity of functional training, have you or has your facility offered movement fundamentals classes? If yes, what program(s) are you offering, and are they directed at people in general or at people with specific conditions, such as osteoarthritis or low-back pain? How are the classes being received?
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Tabata training is a popular high-intensity interval training format consisting of 20 seconds of all-out, intense work followed by 10 seconds of passive recovery, totaling 4 minutes of very strenuous exercise. HIIT protocols such as Tabata are effective and promising for time-crunched exercisers whose goals are weight loss and performance enhancement. Deep-water exercise is a great nonimpact fitness experience that includes full-body movements. Combine the two and you have a powerful HIIT workout that features all the intensity without the impact and joint stress.
At XSport® Fitness in Chicago, participants use a soft weighted ball during Sphere-O-Sculpt™ to increase their strength. This challenging interval class combines cardio and conditioning for a full-body workout.
At David Barton Gym in Miami, participants choose from a variety of intense classes. One such offering, Rush Hour, starts with 15 minutes of calisthenics and core training and is followed by 45 minutes of cardio conditioning focused on the lower body.