Fuse, Lose, Cruise (Buzz)

by: Joy Keller

Will your anchor class focus on fusion, weight-loss or something completely novel?

Among the wide range of choices on the schedule at the 12th Street Gym in Philadelphia is Piloga. This fusion class flows from Pilates mat work into yoga postures. The focus is on breath and alignment, with an eye toward strength, balance and flexibility.

IDEA member and professional musician David Dworkin created Conductorcise® after noticing how good he felt when conducting a concert. While playing a wide variety of music—from marches to concert, ballet and operatic classics, —Dworkin “leads participants as they enjoy a natural, invigorating upper-body workout, learn basic conducting techniques, improve listening skills and find out about the lives and works of great composers.”

Interval training gets a fresh coat of proverbial paint with Intervalocity at The Aspen Club & Spa in Aspen, Colorado. This specialized routine combines step choreography, agility and floor drills with jump ropes and resistance training.

IDEA member Dianne Ambrose introduced a 45-minute Teen Pilates class for 13- to 17-year-olds. “Doing 500 crunches is out,” reads her promotional flier. She uses balls, foam rollers and bands for variety and allows participants to bring a friend, which adds to the fun and encourages adherence.

Although the holidays are now a distant memory, many members returned with a little extra baggage to get rid of. That’s why Sport & Health Clubs in the Washington, DC, area offered Snowman Meltdown. This timely class included a 45-minute cycle challenge, followed by a 45-minute “jingle jump” segment and an abdominals workout.

Dance Hoop Workout uses a weighted Hula-Hoop and combines rhythmic dance and yoga to “boost the heart rate and increase strength and flexibility.” The 60-minute session is low impact and an accessible option for all populations.

IDEA Fitness Journal , Volume 3, Issue 3

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About the Author

Joy Keller

Joy Keller IDEA Author/Presenter

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