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Archive for August 2003

Fast Foods Done Right

Food
Prepare tantalizing and healthy meals in less time than it takes to teach your cycling class.

Fast Foods Done Right
When time is at a premium, food choices are often the first casualties. We munch snacks on the fly or graze on processed convenience foods when we get home late, because cooking a real dinner seems daunting. Finding the time and energy to prepare healthy, balanced meals can be …

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Crafting the Exercise Class Proposal

Instructor

By Catherine L. Tully Distinguish yourself as a professional.

Crafting the Exercise Class Proposal
You’ve reached a point in your career where you are comfortable with your knowledge, skills and ability to motivate. Everyone describes you as adaptable, outgoing and consistent. You’ve been around long enough to have your own style and, thanks to ideas you came up with while attending f…

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Make the Mind-Body Connection

By Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS

Make the Mind-Body Connection
How many of you took group fitness classes in the 1980s? Do you remember exercises that mimicked the “downward dog” and “plough” poses? During those years, many fitness instructors–specifically those who taught aerobics when it was associated with veterans Jacki Sorensen and Jane Fonda–used yogaand Pilates-based movements in their class…

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Building Socialization Into Choreography

Building Socialization Into Choreography
Facilitate interaction in your older-adult classes.
By Ken Alan

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reative choreography is both an art and a science. It can even act as a catalyst for social connections in older-adult classes. As participants age, developing new friendships can be difficult. People want to connect to other people–and group exercise provides this connection. Choreog-

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Climbing the Wall Between Instructors and Personal Trainers, Problem Solver

Climbing the Wall Between Instructors and Personal Trainers

Q: A:

Like many other group fitness instructors, I am making the transition to personal training (while keeping my classes). However, I am sensing resistance from the personal trainers at the club where I work. They act as though I have no knowledge, skills or industry longevity. What can I do to climb the wall dividing “trainers” from …

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Building Socialization Into Choreography

Creative choreography is both an art and a science. It can even act as a catalyst for social connections in older-adult classes. As participants age, developing new friendships can be difficult. People want to connect to other people—and group exercise provides this connection. Choreography is a perfect vehicle for social growth as well as physical…

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Make the Mind-Body Connection

How many of you took group fitness classes in the 1980s? Do you remember exercises that mimicked the “downward dog” and “plough” poses? During those years, many fitness instructors—specifically those who taught aerobics when it was associated with veterans Jacki Sorensen and Jane Fonda—used yoga- and Pilates-based movements in their classes without knowing it. Today,…

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Climbing the Wall Between Instructors and Personal Trainers

Like many other group fitness instructors, I am making the transition to personal training (while keeping my classes). However, I am sensing resistance from the personal trainers at the club where I work. They act as though I have no knowledge, skills or industry longevity. What can I do to climb the wall dividing “trainers”…

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