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Classes That Pop!

by Joy Keller on Sep 01, 2007


Enliven your schedule with fun formats.

IDEA member Nancy Trock, director of T-Renegade Fitness in Oak Park, Illinois, created Stress Busters Experience. The offering enables her to share her academy martial arts training with women who might not otherwise have the opportunity to get to know their “inner warriors.” The class warms up with basic calisthenics and Pilates mat work to challenge and prepare the entire body for a fusion of skill-based, body-mind activities and experiences. The women learn how to “raise the voice” and practice street-smart self-defense moves in a safe, focused, stress-blasting series (no sparring). After the workout, participants cool down and unwind with a 10- to 15-minute guided meditation/visualization.

The HoopGirl Workout provides instruction in the principles and spiraling movements of hoopdance—a form of dance fitness using adult-sized hoops. Creator Christabel Zamor says the class is designed to help students feel good about getting physically fit, creative, connected, happy and positive. “Students learn the art of dancing with hoops, how to energize movement with emotions and imagery and how to perform athletic moves,” Zamor says. “We also learn the art of performance as ‘transformance.’ Students leave smiling, sweaty, sensually empowered and energized.”

The Sports Club/LA San Francisco offers Diva Las Vegas, a 6-week program that weaves the techniques and skills of burlesque and cabaret performance into a fun cardiovascular-based training. The program ends with an invitation-only performance.

Tatjana McAlister came up with Fit and Fun as a way to encourage member retention. This 90-minute class includes cardiovascular, resistance, balance and flexibility elements, but the highlight of the program is its community connection. “Since our populace is very community-oriented, I decided to incorporate a social aspect,”McAlister says.“At the end of each 8-week session, everyone is invited to attend breakfast at a local restaurant. This helps build camaraderie, and participants feel as if their absence will be noticed.”

QiBounding uses a rebounder (mini trampoline) for a body-mind experience that—according to its creator, Sylvia Dreiser Farnsworth—transcends the usual benefits of low-impact exercise. The class is designed to help participants improve proprioception, balance and coordination, and incorporates breath and awareness of how chi moves in the body.

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Joy Keller

Joy Keller IDEA Author/Presenter

Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master.