concerns over a faltering economy, business appears to be booming for health
clubs, states the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
(IHRSA) in its annual survey of U.S. health and sports club companies.
According to the survey, average revenues increased by more than 18% in the
third quarter of 2007.“This growth pattern has been observed duri...
International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) has determined that Baby Boomers
will continue to reshape the landscape of aging and has released its list of
“eight trends that will define active aging in 2008.” According to ICAA chief
executive officer Colin Milner, “active aging means staying involved in life,
and the Boomers are planning to do that. This a...
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...
Healthways’ SilverSneakers fitness
program has introduced YogaStretch and SilverSplash
to help add variety to older-adult programming. The former
uses a chair for support as participants work at their own pace to build
flexibility and endurance, while learning to r...
If you are eager to create something new for your group
fitness participants, fusion classes are a great way to go. Fusion programming combines
(or blends) different disciplines, equipment or modes from the fitness training
Interactive video games, like Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution (a dance simulation game) and Nintendo’s Wii, are fueling the newest movement in fitness—exergaming. Part exercise and part video game, exergames enhance the video gaming experience by demanding that a player meet game-related objectives through physical activity. With over two-thirds of American heads of households playing video and/or computer games every year (ESA 2007), clubs have the potential to reach a broader audience by implementing video game programming.
IDEA member Kimberlee Jensen Stedl and
her husband, Todd, created a workshop, Yoga for Scuba Divers,
which is also the title of their book. The workshop is practiced on land (not
in water) and teaches poses, breathing exercises, visualization te...
Yoga 360, created by IDEA member Desiree Bartlett, MS, uses a special circular yoga mat (called the 360 Degree Mat) that "optimizes feminine energy." The 75-minute multidimensional movement class is "full of arcs, ellipses and spirals." "Fluid sequencing allows for greater freedom in movement and is inspired by yoga and dance, while the shape of the mat...
Members at 12th Street Gym in Philadelphia can play their favorite (or not so favorite) childhood game whenever they want with Drop-In Dodgeball. The class is held on the facility’s basketball court and closely resembles the recess game where participants try to avoid a thrown ball by dodging, ducking, dipping and diving.Fitness 4000 in Wallingford, Connecticut, ...