Step used to be one of the most popular group cardio formats. Although it has recently seen a slight decrease in popularity—mostly because new programs have proliferated and time slots are limited—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.
How do you transition students quickly from the main part of class to the core-conditioning exercises? With larger classes and limited space and equipment, you may want to add creative partner-based moves.
How many times has one of your class participants complained of lower-back pain? It’s a common problem—and one you probably hear about whether you teach indoor cycling, step, strength fusion, yoga or hip-hop. As an instructor, you’re in a unique position to help participants reduce and prevent discomfort in the lumbar spine and hip musculature. Use a few basic tools to bring the body into balance. The cool-down is the perfect time to do it because the body is warm.
The following movements emphasize newsletter_teaser: Check out this great article from the IDEA Online Library. Use this self-myofascial-release routine in your next warm-up.
In recent years, self myofascial release (SMR) has become a hot topic. As more research comes out, we are learning how fascial restrictions affect and influence movement. Taking group fitness participants through SMR techniques in your warm-up may give them more freedom from joint stress and pain, and their recovery times may improve. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Use this self-myofascial-release routine in your next warm-up.
Michael Briody, ACE-certified personal trainer and owner of Covert Fitness in Locust Valley, New York, takes pride in offering fun, creative classes that garner results. Ride and Ripped is an “intense,” 30-minute indoor cycling class followed by a 30-minute hybrid CrossFit® experience that focuses on upper-body muscular endurance. “This fast-paced class is extremely popular,” says Briody, who also offers a 5:00 am Morning Madness class.
Fit Girl Studio™ in Evanston, Illinois, offers a variety of yoga and dance classes, and some options feature both. Dance Party Yoga (DPY!) combines yoga and dance in order to appeal to a larger audience. DPY! offers all the benefits of yoga, including strength and flexibility, while also providing cardio, and is “not for the faint of heart,” according to the class description.
20/20 FUNKtion in Wethersfield, Connecticut, combines two unique workouts into one 40-minute class. Participants choose classes such as Kickin’ Core, a combination of kickboxing and an abdominal workout, and Gentle Grace, a class that merges low-impact aerobics, flexibility, balance and stability exercises for a full-body workout.
Monetary benefits aside, not every personal trainer should create a small group-centered program. Perhaps your instructional strengths lie with the dynamics of large boot camps, or with one-on-one training. Plus, some clients with complex biomechanical or medical needs require a level of personal attention that is best met in one-on-one sessions.
The University of Florida Department of Recreational Sports gets executive with its class descriptions for Upper Management and Lower Management. Both classes
focus on building core strength, but the former is all about arms, chest, shoulders and upper back, while the latter homes in on the legs and glutes.