Creative Ideas That Inspire

by Jessica L. Cline on Oct 24, 2013

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Golden Barre, an offshoot of the Bender Barre Method®, is designed for active aging participants with injuries. This class, offered at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, slows down the Bender Barre experience and focuses on balance, strength, flexibility and posture.

At My Fitness Boutique in London, members participate in a variety of classes, including Dynamic LBT (Legs, Bums and Tums). This session targets common “problem areas” with cardio and strength training exercises. Participants use equipment, such as ankle weights or resistance bands, to increase the demands on their bodies.

BodyBalance, a 55-minute offering at Fitness First in Balga, Western Australia, combines different mind-body disciplines to give participants a unique, full-body workout. Tai chi gets the session moving, followed by various yoga and Pilates sequences. The class ends with 10 minutes of meditation. This blend allows attendees to improve flexibility and core strength, reduce stress levels and center themselves.

At East Bank Club in Chicago, members have a variety of classes to choose from, including two aquatic sessions: Hydrocore and Hydrotone. The first is a combination of high-intensity cardiovascular exercises followed by waterbased Pilates. The second choice focuses on strength enhancement, balance and flexibility and uses specialized HydroTone® equipment.

Muscle Playground, offered at David Barton Gym in Bellevue, Washington, uses a “playground” to teach participants about proper weightlifting form and function. The sessions are loosely designed so that attendees can choose to add to or take away from the exercises, depending on their abilities and goals. Fitwall in La Jolla, California, offers participants a 40-minute session designed to improve strength, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. This vertical training modality promotes muscle activation through use of body weight, coordination, spinal decompression and increased caloric consumption.

Fitwall in La Jolla, California, offers participants a 40-minute session designed to improve strength, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. This vertical training modality promotes muscle activation through use of body weight, coordination, spinal decompression and increased caloric consumption.

Yoga Tune Up®: Restore, offered at Pure Yoga in New York City, uses specialized poses, sequences and moves to identify over- and underused areas of the body and eliminate unhealthy tension patterns and restore physiological balance. The class integrates body therapy, kinetic conditioning and yoga to increase the body’s ability to heal itself.

At Equinox® Gym in Newport Beach, California, members find a plethora of classes, including Tread&Shred:30 and Stacked! The former is a 30-minute treadmill class designed to increase cardiovascular fitness through interval training. Participants modify their speed and incline based on their fitness level. Stacked! is a 45-minute session that uses SandBells® for strength training. Attendees start with a warm-up; transition to sets of six target moves, lasting 30 seconds each; and end with a cool-down.

Fuse Tower, offered at Fuse Pilates in Washington, DC, utilizes the cadillac and spring weights. Participants receive a full-body workout while enhancing their strength, flexibility and balance. The class description promises to help attendees “find muscles that they didn’t know they had.”

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Jessica L. Cline

Jessica L. Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI ce...