The definition of core work varies from format to format and means different things to different people. My own perspective has evolved over 28 years of yoga, running, dancing, Pilates, shiatsu massage, cadaver dissection and opera singing. Of all the core muscles, the respiratory diaphragm seems to be the most underutilized.
Weight Training With Yoga Principles is offered by the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, New York. This “personal training experience” combines the benefits of yoga and weight training, according to IDEA member Maggie Thomson, who is the health and wellness coordinator. Thomson says the class combines yoga concepts such as guided imagery, breathing, concentration and awareness with strength training equipment and free weights to create “structurally sound posture.”
Students go on an intense ride in Tabata Trek Spin, offered by the Boston College Flynn Recreation Complex in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. This class “combines intense intervals of work with intervals of rest that challenge every cell in your body,” according to the online description. Participants are encouraged to push to their absolute maximum, which is followed by a “complete rest for a metabolizing boost to your system.”
Imagine you’re shopping in the mall when you hear Beyoncé’s girl-power anthem “Single Ladies” over the house speakers. One by one, dancers—whom you thought were shoppers like yourself—begin mimicking the moves from the infamous video until nearly 100 people of all shapes and sizes are performing en masse. You can’t help but smile, and you’re dying to join in! newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Turn up the volume on fun with these simple, inspiring moves.
Shape and define your inner athlete in this nonstop, calorie-blasting medicine ball workout designed specifically to bring fun back to fitness. Bounce the ball, throw it, roll it, toss it, and reap the benefits of cardio and strength conditioning rolled into one powerfully playful workout.
TOTAL TIME: 45–60 minutes
FORMAT: strength and cardio conditioning
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: one 4- to 8-pound medicine ball that bounces (per person) newsletter_teaser: Sample Class: Bounce! Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Recreate recess with medicine ball drills. As an IDEA member, all of the sample classes in our library are free to you.
Yoga and indoor cycling fusion classes are popular on many group fitness schedules. Case in point: Namaste Cycle, offered by the University of Maryland Campus Recreation Services in College Park. The 85-minute class combines a full indoor cycling session with 25 minutes of Yogafit®.
The fitness industry’s reach extends far and wide. In venues ranging from small fitness studios in large cities to huge recreational health and fitness centers in small towns, scores of people rely on fitness professionals for guidance. While personal trainers bring in considerable revenue, group exercise (GX) instructors, on average, might actually “touch” more people. With this in mind, why aren’t there more opportunities for group fitness instructors to teach full-time? The answer is not that simple.
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in New York City offers its running enthusiasts a chance to excel with Warp Speed. This drill-oriented class includes sprinting, hurdles, relays and stretching techniques. According to the online schedule, participants will notice “improvements in running time, speed and endurance that will assist in national and regional open/master’s competitions.”
Circuit training is such a great option in group fitness. It is efficient and allows you to get more done in less time. A smart way to combine cardiovascular training with strength training, it also helps participants avoid boredom. In this class, for example, one movement never lasts for more than 3 minutes at a time. This cardio/strength circuit focuses on the entire body and utilizes jump ropes for cardiorespiratory training, rubber tubing for muscular-endurance training and the stability ball for core and balance training. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Create a total-body workout using three simple pieces of equipment.
As IDEA Health & Fitness Association celebrates its 30th anniversary, what better moment could there be to look at step, an activity that revitalized the fitness industry? Launched in 1989 by Reebok, with creator Gin Miller at the helm, step continues to be a popular group exercise activity. The step platform is also a widely used piece of studio equipment.