TaikoFit™, invented by group fitness instructor and personal fitness trainer Michelle Unrau, PhD, from Port Moody, British Columbia, combines Japanese-inspired taiko drumming with traditional floor aerobics. Participants get a workout while using big sticks called “bach...
The 92nd Street Y in New York City offers Spiral Gymnoyoga to its members. The class uses “spiraling circular exercises and deep breathing massage” to warm the muscles and prepare joints for movement. Instructor Peter Knue combines elements of Nadha yoga, dance and the meditative martial arts in an offering for all ages.
Public-health officials and the press talk about good health and weight loss, but dedicated fitness professionals are doing the work of inspiring people to exercise. Using creative ideas, good science and great personal rapport, the fitness community is purposefully working behind the headlines to change lives.
A flag made of weighted fabric is the main prop in Flag Dancing. Offered at Philadelphia Sports Clubs, the class takes participants through a choreographed dance routine set to upbeat club music. The goal is to target the muscles of the shoulders and upper back while having fun.
Yomenco combines yoga movements and breathing exercises with flamenco dance rhythms. Program creator Bruce Van Horn, chief executive officer of Yoga for Business Inc. in Spring Valley, New York, teaches Yomenco to nursing home residents in the New York metropolitan area. “Many of my students are in wheelchairs,” says Van Horn in a press release. “Their energy and enthusiasm for this type of physical stimulation carry them through the session. The movements enhance their stamina and markedly improve their mental state.”
Yoga for Scoliosis. Yoga Union, located at Lila Wellness in New York City, offers the only
regular “Yoga and Scoliosis” class on the East Coast. Taught by registered yoga therapist Deborah Wolk, the class is promoted as being ideal not only for those with scoliosis, but for anyone with asymmetries of the spine.
Pilates Ring Workshops. Small-group classes on how to use the Pilates ring are offered as a “Group Exclusive” at select clubs in the Town Sports International network, including the New York Sports Clubs.
Personal training continues to grow, despite the political and economic turmoil of the past few years. Responding to the 2004 IDEA Programs & Equipment Survey, IDEA personal
fitness trainer (PFT) members reported positive directions in their profession.
Highlights of this first-time survey showed trainers are experiencing