Creative Ideas That Inspire

by Joy Keller on Sep 30, 2010


Are you doing all you can to reach the “unreachables”?

Fantasy Fight, offered by The Village of Niles group fitness department in Niles, Illinois, caters to participants who are looking for fighting flair in their workouts. This 60-minute class offers “choreographed, low-impact fight sequences derived from martial arts, boxing and basic self-defense.”

The University of Minnesota recreational sports department offers several indoor cycling options for its patrons. High Gear is a “75-minute cardio challenge that attempts to push participants the extra mile, and finishes with core body strengthening.” For people who are intimidated by the bikes, Spin 101 is also on the schedule. This introductory class offers “detailed information on bike set-up, pace, proper cadence and tension.”

Portland, Oregon, Parks & Recreation makes full use of its pool with S.M.I.L.E. (Slower Movement Intensity Lowered Exercise) and AquaGroove Teen Fitness classes. The former is a “shallow-water class that focuses on improving circulation, strength, range of motion and flexibility through low-impact exercise.” The latter is a special class for teenagers that emphasizes “strength training and river running and dance moves.”

The Almaden Valley Athletic Club in San Jose, California, has found a way to encourage group fitness participation among newbies with Just Enough. This class is geared toward group exercise beginners, postrehabilitation patients and older adults. Participants enjoy 20–30 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity movement in a basic, easy-to-follow format.

Aqua Tude is a total-body workout in the water at Hockessin Athletic Club in Hockessin, Delaware. This high-energy class includes stretches, core work, strength training, cardio and deep-water training, as well as some plyometric drills.

Sunset Pilates Fitness in Palm Beach, Florida, helps members and clients get back into the core of living with Coping With Cancer Through Pilates. During this series, students attend 90-minute sessions—50 minutes of “traditional” Pilates movements, and 40 minutes of meditating and practicing mental imagery. According to a press release, the purpose of the program is to “restore range of motion, improve appearance and enhance core strength and endurance.”

IDEA member Jeanne Lieder created HoopFit, along with other classes that cleverly use a one-and-a-half-pound hoop. This particular total-body class integrates the hoop throughout the workout and includes cardio, strengthening and stretching segments.


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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.