Movement Menu

by Joy Keller on Jan 01, 2007

Use a variety of playful options to reinvigorate your participants.

Les Mills International has added BODYVIVE to its range of group fitness programs. Geared for Baby Boomers, BODYVIVE is a low-impact, 55-minute class that incorporates cardiovascular activity, strength, stability, stretching and mobility work. Sessions incorporate balls and bands to exercise the body in different ways and with various intensities.

ZENnis integrates the breathing and relaxation of yoga with the movements and rhythm of tennis. A typical routine includes 20 minutes of yoga, 30 minutes of tennis drills and 10 minutes of relaxation. Creator Betsy Wise draws parallels between the two activities on her website: “In our yoga practice, we lengthen and twist the spine, which is excellent preparation for the torquing motion required in tennis. In yoga, we lengthen the muscles, which is excellent for the agility and quickness required in tennis. In both yoga and tennis, breathing is essential to achieve balance, rhythm and focus.”

Equinox Santa Monica members who want additional intensity opt for Doubleshot. IDEA members Desirée Bartlett and Amy Dixon offer “two shots of high-intensity, heart-pumping athletic movement.” The class blends plyometric training, strength training and cardiovascular work with athletic-style power yoga.

IDEA member Connie Morrill teaches Power Fusion at John Garey Pilates Studio in Long Beach, California. The class uses stability balls, BOSU® Balance Trainers and free weights and works on core, balance, strength and focus issues.

The STOTT Pilates® Pilates Circuit Training class makes use in 1 hour of almost every piece of Pilates equipment available. While the concept encourages creative variety, in order to stay true to Pilates principles, STOTT recommends that instructors be thoroughly trained before leading a class.

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Joy Keller

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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. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 16 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.