Fitness instructors know that music has the power to stimulate and relax, to divert attention from feelings of fatigue and to enhance positive moods. Now, Tunisian researchers have shown that up-tempo warm-up music can improve short-term bursts of anaerobic exercise
by highly trained athletes in competitive activities.
Group exercise remains a popular option at fitness facilities, and instructors are being stretched to teach in smarter and more strategic ways. In one class you may have a multitude of experience levels, physical abilities and personal motivations. While this generates a unique energy, it also creates a challenge—and may make it more difficult to provide a safe, effective environment for everyone.
High-intensity interval training is enormously popular in the fitness indus- try this year. HIIT workouts typically include short bursts (6 seconds to 4 minutes) of intense exercise (≥ 90% maximal aerobic capacity) alternating with relief breaks of varying lengths (Kessler, Sisson & Short 2012; Boutcher 2011).
The workouts include a limitless vari- ety of exercises, including
Where’s the party? In your cycling class! This segmented ride allows participants to discover their thresholds, stay fully engaged and leave feeling empowered. Ask three questions throughout class to ensure that participants know what’s expected at each stage and can therefore give their best effort:
What’s the goal?
How long is the drill?
How should it feel?
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Zumba® Step puts a twist on the traditional Zumba format by blending step training into the mix. This class, which is available at 24 Hour Fitness® in San Diego, improves strength and cardiovascular endurance with a special focus on the lower body.
At Diamond Athletic Club in Anchorage, Alaska, members build strength and endurance with Sweat Shop. This high-energy class combines hip-hop moves, strength training and endurance exercises, and is suitable for all Fitness levels, including families and children, according to the online description.
Good news for those who don’t enjoy “pushing a stretch.” Many people think that stretching at an intensity of “8” on a scale of 1–10 is an effective way to enhance flexibility. New research shows otherwise. For increasing active and passive ranges of motion, it seems that conventional stretching is no more effective than either strengthening agonist muscles or decreasing resistance of antagonist muscles through low- intensity stretching.
Indoor cycling instructors are part DJ and part coach. The best cycling teachers pair rhythmic coaching cues with powerful tunes that transport riders to an inspirational place. Here are several tested and true ways to take your students on a magical, musical ride.
Play Music Before the Ride Beginsnewsletter_teaser: Indoor cycling instructors are part DJ and part coach. The best cycling teachers pair rhythmic coaching cues with powerful tunes that transport riders to an inspirational place. Here are several tested and true ways to take your students on a magical, musical ride.
Most cycling class participants walk away dripping in sweat, satisfied knowing they got a highly effective cardio workout. But do they have any sense of making progress from session to session--or even improvement within a single session? Do they have a specific goal they can reach in 1 hour and immediately celebrate? Give participants palpable proof of progress with this easy-to-follow formula designed to challenge all levels!
It's early March. Any fitness pro knows the New Year’s cycle: large numbers of nonexercisers vow to get fit, show up in January--and then disappear within a month or two. How can you prevent this? People fall off the workout wagon for many reasons: Too tired. Too busy. Too boring. Too hard. Let’s look at why the motivation to change and the intention to work out aren’t always enough, and how you can help exercisers stick to their resolutions.newsletter_teaser: It's early March. Any fitness pro knows the New Year’s cycle: large numbers of nonexercisers vow to get fit, show up in January--and then disappear
Avera McKennan Fitness Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offers a wide variety of fitness classes to meet all of its members’ needs. Lite-N-Low focuses on strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness and is suitable for all fitness levels.