Custom programs for specific age groups are holding steady, according to data from the 2004 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey. Respondents from facilities set up to offer these classes believe the trend will continue.
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According to industry definitions, “multipurpose” health clubs have fitness facilities and racquet courts. “Fitness-only” health clubs have fitness (group exercise and/or a fitness center with equipment), but no racquet courts. Either type of club may have a swimming pool or a gymnasium.
About 30 years ago, the first wave of
group fitness instructors (known then as aerobics teachers) got their start in
an industry yet to be defined. Many of those people are still teaching and
training, yet as the industry grows and changes, continuing to shape itself,
the need for a steady influx of teachers is evident. Since the world of fitness
is radically differ...
Exergames are “games for health that get the player moving, using physical challenges and interfaces that require movement and exertion,” states Debra Lieberman, a lecturer in the department of communication and a researcher in the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Rese...
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...
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...
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...
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...