newsletter_teaser: Back in Canada, when my colleagues and I developed strength and fitness programs for hockey athletes, we began to notice something fascinating: Farm kids had distinct advantages when their “farm strength” was transferred to the ice.
As interest in cycling continues to grow—both on and off the road—equip- ment and technology advancements are pushing athletes and exercise enthusiasts to achieve their best performance levels. The addition of power meters to many cycles has given instructors the ability to measure feedback and improvements. Understanding power and its application to indoor cycling opens up a whole new instructing dimension and allows you to help riders customize their workouts.
What Is Power?
You’ve worked hard to become the best instructor you can be. You now have a “following” and, while you no longer feel the need to prove yourself, you some- times worry about how to keep your classes enticing and effective. It requires great effort and planning—not to men- tion talent and skill—to be an effective group fitness leader. But don’t let your- self get bogged down in the “admin- istration” aspect, which can zap all the creativity and fun out of the experience.
Do you enjoy playing tennis? Do you want to help tennis players stay injury- free and improve their sport-specific fitness levels? If yes, you may want to consider training tennis players as a career niche.
According to a survey from the Tennis Industry Association (TIA 2012), over 28 million people in the United States play tennis each year. Business-wise, tennis players can provide a great source of clients—if you have the interest and knowledge to effectively help them.
newsletter_teaser: Classes that appeal to athletes often intimidate many beginning- and intermediate-level exercisers; however, participants of all levels can do a challenging plyometrics class if you give them options.
Many strength-and-conditioning or sports-oriented exercise enthusiasts say they have no desire to add mind-body programs such as yoga or Pilates to their routines, citing lack of time, lack of interest or an inability to “unwind.” To help your boot camp addicts get a taste of the benefits of mind-body movement, seamlessly integrate aspects of yoga and Pilates into your functional boot camp class.
Whether you teach sculpting classes, Pilates or step, you likely feel pressure to deliver a top-notch, innovative and motivational workout week after week. You are part deejay, part emcee and part physiologist as you stay on the beat, execute perfect form and deliver cues a beat before you move.
How do you consistently deliver a fresh, rock star–style performance without investing hours of prep time (that you honestly don’t have)? Keep great records and refine your focus! Here’s a 3-month—and beyond—plan that will take your classes from stale to stunning.
Do plyometric exercises work for every client? Different trainers share their opinions.
Enhancing Sports and Everyday Lifenewsletter_teaser: “Jumping, bounding, hopping—plyometric movements like these are great to have in the toolbox, but like any powerful tool they must be used appropriately and with discretion,” says Janice Enloe.
For years, yoga has supported my career as a b-girl (breakdancer) and professional contemporary and hip-hop dancer. From this stable foundation, I’ve built strength, grace, balance and power. The following sequence—which blends dance, yoga and footwork drills—has the basic structure of a hip-hop class. The combination gives participants a unique cardio experience while safely building flexibility and increasing upper-body and core strength.newsletter_teaser: For years, yoga has supported my career as a b-girl (breakdancer) and professional contemporary and hip-hop dancer. From this stable foundation, I’ve built strength, grace, balance and power.
If your students want to build upper- body strength while being challenged with intense, calorie-burning intervals, try Pump Up! The exercises focus on muscular strength and endurance, core stabilization and cardiovascular condi- tioning. The workout also incorporates balance challenges to recruit additional muscles and offer a functional approach to fitness.
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