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Creative Ideas That Inspire

May 27, 2011


Incentivize people to participate in your program.

The RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club in Orlando, Florida, focuses on inspiring members and helping them reach their goals with NEWtrition and The Biggest Mover Contest. The first offering complements the group fitness program and educates members about sound nutrition and how to combine it with exercise. The second idea is a contest that “involves active participation by members in any group fitness class.” Participants attend a class three times and submit a punch card for a weekly drawing. Extra points and chances for winning are given if someone brings a guest. The prizes are spread out over a 6-week period and include a private personal training session, a $50 gift card and a free annual membership.

Focus on Fitness Nashua Athletic Club in Nashua, New Hampshire, likes to keep participants guessing with Sunrise Surprise. According to the online description, members “wake up to a surprise!” The instructor chooses the cardio for the morning. “It could be step, cardio salsa, high-low, a combination of any of these, or who knows?” This same facility also has Crossline on its schedule, which is another cardio and conditioning class that includes intervals of step combinations alternating with segments of strength training.

The MIT department of athletics, physical education and recreation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has innovation in mind with its classes. Global Grooves is an “expressive, heart-pumping and easy-to-follow workout that blends world styles of dance with fitness. Choreography and music styles include hip-hop, Bollywood, modern, jazz and Latin.” Intended for all levels, the class is limited to 25 participants. Pool Tools uses “hand buoys, noodles, paddles and ankle cuffs” to ramp up the fun. The online description challenges people to “think outside the box as you noodle surf to strengthen your core, mogul sky with ankle cuffs and do aqua push-ups to strengthen your arms and upper back.”

30 Minutes of Function is a “nonstop class with vigorous exercise sequences designed to kick your body’s metabolism into full swing for a full 30 minutes.” Offered by the Barber Physical Activity Center in Quantico, Virginia, this class, according to the description, is “a great way to get a lot of fitness accomplished in a short amount of time.”

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