If you are looking for a plateau buster
to challenge your students, this class has been designed for you. It’s intended
as an occasional class to help participants adapt to a higher level of strength
and endurance through progressive overload. “Overload” is an amount of
resistance (stimulus) necessary to further improve fitness; “progressive”
refers to a gradual app...
Do you wish you could clone yourself to
get more done, to help more people or simply to earn more money for a better
lifestyle? Most personal trainers do. Presently, cloning is not an option, so
let’s explore more available ways to step beyond earning purely
The reality is that you only get 24 hours in a day. If all you do
IDEA member Melanie Johnson, in New
Haven, Connecticut, created PowerFlowCIRCUIT for
her more advanced Pilates apparatus clients (up to nine students). According to
Johnson, the class “alternates between 15–20 minutes each of a choreographed,
fast-paced reformer workout and a classic Pilates mat class. Each client also
does an exerci...
Wake up your group strength or boot camp
warm-up with animal-themed movements that include static and dynamic stretches.
Encourage participants to focus on precision, breathing and progressions. Take
these moves through a full range of motion to increase the stretch. Remember
that not all exercises are appropriate for all populat...
Fitness can be fun, particularly when your participants think that they are playing a game. Most don’t realize the many health benefits they are achieving as they are focused on the fun. This game gets all participants involved and has something for everyone, so that each child can feel successful in a physical education class. Fitness Monopoly gives students an opportunity to...
Kids just want to have fun and it is possible to show them how to enjoy exercise while improving their health and fitness. A Fitness “ABCS” class will include the fundamentals of fitness as well as the following components:
Agility, Balance, Coordination and Strength training drills
Introduction to the basic components of fitness—cardiova...
Research continues to validate the need for effective cross-training and frequent changes in the way we train. Biomechanically, the more we train the muscles in the same way, the less they respond (Kravitz 1997). This research bolsters the case for “hybrid,” “combination” or “fusion” classes, which flood the neuromuscular system with...
There are seemingly endless issues to consider regarding exercise selection, execution and class design. Abdominal/trunk/core exercises tend to receive a lot of attention because people are usually more concerned with how their mid sections look rather than, say, their shins. As a result of this hyper awareness, numbers in core-theme...
In a previous issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked: Do you have your own “secret formula” for creating yoga sequences? Do you prepare your lesson plans before class or do you improvise depending on the collective tone?