Group fitness schedules increasingly reflect an in-depth understanding of the body and mind.
The Melrose Family YMCA in Melrose, Massachusetts, doesn’t candy-coat the multifunction Wicked Exercise. This class offers several “core” exercises that utilize weights, bands and medicine balls for a “complete body workout for abs, legs and upper body.”
Progressive Postures is a “yoga-inspired” class offered by Campus Recreation at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Students “concentrate on moving meditations [that are] coordinated with deep breathing to integrate body, mind and spirit.”
The Sportscenter Athletic Club in Kernersville, North Carolina, features a long list of creative options on its group exercise schedule. Among them are Cyclone, a class that combines indoor cycling with “toning” and abdominal work, and Tri-30, which is billed as “three different classes in one” and includes “30 minutes of boot camp, 30 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of [water exercises].”
Rapid City Parks and Recreation in Rapid City, South Dakota, has an extensive aquatics schedule. One of the classes offered is Water Transformers. According to the website, this intermediate class “will challenge your movements and get your heart going without all the jumping.” Deep-water exercises are included.
If the pool is passé, try River Aerobics. The North Kansas Community Center in North Kansas City, Missouri, takes its members out to the river for “water aerobics.” The idea is to “challenge both balance and coordination to keep the intensity level up.” Organizers ask that participants be strong enough to “resist the push of moving water” in order to fully enjoy this 50-minute workout.
Students are taking off their shoes in the group exercise studio—and not just for yoga. The University of Illinois Campus Recreation, in Champaign, offers Barefoot Body Blast on its schedule. According to the online description, this 1-hour workout is “based on other barefoot formats and designed for total-body conditioning from head to toe.” The class purports to develop balance, cardio endurance and core strength and “begins and ends with a series of foot-related exercises to help encourage foot flexibility and mobility while incorporating cardiovascular training and other mind-body core principles.”
Crunch Fitness continues its dedication to creative programming with Ripped Rotation, one of many distinctive ideas on the schedule. This particular class explores the transverse plane with “combinations of sport-specific exercises targeted mostly toward tennis, golf and other summer sports.” The movements focus on core engagement, rotation and stability. n
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