Fitness Boosts Morale in the Middle East

Speak Out:

March 31, 2003: I have been deployed to Kuwait for Operation Enduring Freedom and am based at Camp New York. I’ve been in this country about 50 days. The sandstorms and SCUD missile attacks are not all that goes on over here. My soldiers and I are currently building an outdoor workout area. We started by building an aerobics floor out of plywood on top of pallets. We have a Reebok step bench, a stability ball and a few weights. There was already a weight room on New York, but I thought this would be a nice project for the soldiers. It keeps them motivated and teaches them new skills. The IDEA magazines have given us ideas and inspired us to keep fit. It isn’t hard to get depressed around here; however, physical training is the foundation for good mental health.

SFC Michael Lind

IDEA Work-Study Assistant

El Paso, Texas

Grace Under Pressure

My husband, a very caring paramedic, shares his knowledge with me every day. I enjoy listening but often wonder if I will remember what to do if the time comes.

Today I found out. I saved a life! Wow!

I was teaching my “Cardio Interval” class on the pool deck when a very sweet, quiet girl who works at the club suddenly let out a “My GOD, what do I DO?!”-type yell.

I ran across the pool deck to the Jacuzzi, and there he was, face down . . . not a good sign. I flipped him over and began CPR in the water. There was a definite “bounce” issue, but I didn’t have the strength to lift him out of the Jacuzzi. I asked for help, told someone to call 911 and took charge. Some people asked what they could do; others did “the chicken,” just staring; and others ran away.

I continued to give the member CPR until water began coming out of his mouth. I turned him on his side. I began to shake and question whether he would make it, but I knew I had to stay calm.

When the head trainer arrived, he acted quickly, and we worked together. We began to talk to the member, and his eyes opened. My heart felt light and strong. He looked at us, unable to talk, but we knew he would be fine.

I called the member that night at the hospital. He was very happy to hear my voice; there are no words to describe how terrific it was to hear his.

What a great day!

Judy Salinsky, CPT

Solana Beach, California

90 Years Young

As you celebrate IDEA’s 21st anniversary, I again want to extend my appreciation for the terrific honor presented to me last June, the IDEA Fitness Inspiration Award.

I also want to let you know that at age 90, I have already competed in two track meets, capturing five gold medals in the hurdles and sprints.

Thank you for your dedication to fitness and health and for motivating us ancient warriors.

Bert Morrow

Escondido, California

Fusion Frustration

I feel I must address both the letter by Sunny Davis and the response by Lisa Wolfe in the May 2003 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source. As a yoga teacher for over 20 years and Pilates teacher for 12, I certainly agree with Ms. Davis’s statements. I had 2 years of training and experience prior to becoming a Pilates teacher; now all one needs is a 2-hour workshop or even a home-study course.

“Gym” yoga is what I call the type of yoga being taught to fitness instructors so that they can, as Ms. Wolfe states, bring variety to classes and increase attendance.

The notion that the only difference between “gym” yoga and “real” yoga classes is the spiritual aspect is preposterous; to suggest that the level of instruction in the asanas (postures) is as detailed in a “gym” yoga class as it is in a “real” yoga class is laughable. Already, there are reports of injuries from yoga classes taught by inexperienced, quickie teachers.

While some instructors will use “gym” yoga as a springboard toward serious study of yoga, I just know that one day I will see “Hip-Hop Pilates,” “Latin-Funk Yoga” and “Get Down With It T’ai Chi”!

Pamela Moody, MS

Certified Authentic Pilates

Method Instructor

Glen Carbon, Illinois

Evaluating New Programs

Implementing new programs and classes to attract people to fitness is paramount to the health, growth and future of group exercise. After all, if people aren’t coming to our current classes, it means they ain’t interested in our current classes. That said, how can we know whether new or hybrid-type programs are attracting new people or simply cross training the regular exercisers?

Both are beneficial, but when the goal is to attract new participants, program directors need a precise system for analyzing and evaluating program participation.

Let’s say a club with 2,000 members has 500 members who participate in yoga classes and 250 different members who participate in Pilates classes. If the club introduces PiYo (a fusion of Pilates and yoga) and 125 people attend, how can the director measure whether those 125 people are from among the 1,250 other members? If they are, the program has had a positive impact. If any of the 125 are new to the club and joined because of the PiYo class, the program has had a smashing impact. But, if the 125 PiYo students were participants in the regular Pilates and yoga classes, the program has had a minimal impact.

To evaluate a program’s success, we need to have an evaluation system. Without such a system, how can we know if a program is truly successful?

Ken Alan

Owner, Ken Alan Associates

Los Angeles

Editor’s Note: Does your club have such a system in place? What are the most effective ways to track member participation in classes? Send your replies to Cynthia Roth, IDEA Health & Fitness Source Speak Out, 6190 Cornerstone Ct. E., Ste. 204, San Diego, CA 92121-3773.

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June 2003

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