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The Art of Subbing

May 18, 2010

Your goal as a group fitness leader is to provide consistent, predictable service in each experience you create. However, when circumstances prevent you from being able to appear in your regularly scheduled time slot, responsibility for creating positive experiences falls on substitute teachers, commonly called “subs.” When this occurs, the question arises, “Will the sub teach as well as the regular instructor?” The following tips will help you prepare yourself and your class participants for a positive experience in a non-ideal situation.

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Empower Your Evaluations

April 1, 2010

Welcome to part three of our five-part “Crash Course in Excellence” series with takeaway strategies. This article explores performance reviews in the fitness environment, especially the often overlooked piece of the puzzle called “bilateral evaluations.”

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Five People Walk Into a Fitness Facility . . .

February 11, 2010

The following people will not really appear in every personal training session or group fitness class you offer, but having conscious awareness of these imaginary attendees will dramatically enhance your service and teaching skills.

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Refine Your Cuing

May 27, 2009

Regardless of our roles within the realm of fitness, communication unites all of us. Defined in Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ (NLP™) circles as “the response you get regardless of your intention” (Andreas & Faulkner 1996), communication takes place in the verbal, visual and kinesthetic arenas. It can be broken down to approximately 7% words, 38% tone and 55% body language (Bandler & Grinder 1975). The following refresher will help you hone your communication skills in these key areas.

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Creative Programming for Challenging Times

April 13, 2009

Members love group fitness programming, and it is truly the heart of the facility. The current financial situation, however, has affected most group fitness budgets. If this is the case for you, purchasing costly new equipment and training may not figure into your business plan this year. However, you can still offer creative and press-generating classes.

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Concentrate and Connect

February 2, 2009

You don’t have to teach a full mind-body class to pass along the benefits of mind-body moves to your participants. The cool-down portion of class—in which you bring down heart rates and core body temperatures—is a perfect time to introduce elements of tai chi and yoga. Participants sometimes have a difficult time making the transition from the work phase of class to this final section, and it can be a challenge to help them rein in their thoughts and concentrate.

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Universal Highlights

October 24, 2008

As an international continuing education provider, I experience firsthand the fitness and wellness disciplines that are popular in different cultures and countries. One consistent trend I am seeing is a shift from traditional fitness to holistic wellness. Fitness professionals are embracing the concept of training as a trilogy of mind, body and spirit. The following details offer a peek into what’s shaping the schedules in other parts of the world.

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Secrets of Spa Fitness

May 1, 2008

One of the largest trends in the wellness movement is the emergence of spas around the globe. Today’s evolved spa offers a plethora of self-care modalities, including body treatments, nutritional approaches to wholesome eating, educational platforms ranging from guided meditation to stress management, and fitness components. More often than not, the fitness components prove distinct…

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Fusion Classes: The Blends Justify the Means

March 28, 2008

If you are eager to create something new for your group
fitness participants, fusion classes are a great way to go. Fusion programming combines
(or blends) different disciplines, equipment or modes from the fitness training
trilogy (cardiovascul…

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The Blends Justify the Means

February 29, 2008

Research continues to validate the need for effective cross-training and frequent changes in the way we train. Biomechanically, the more we train the muscles in the same way, the less they respond (Kravitz 1997). This research bolsters the case for “hybrid,” “combination” or “fusion” classes, which flood the neuromuscular system with…

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Sample Class: Body-Mind Fusion

August 31, 2007

Fusion classes typically combine two or
more formats, equipment choices and
training methods. Sometimes these cross-
training opportunities can yield more benefits
than practicing a single discipline. This
sample class draws from the influences of
yoga, Pilates, tai chi and the Feldenkrais
Method®. Feel free to replicate the class exactly,
or use it to stimulate your creative

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Spin the Globe

March 31, 2006

In 2005, I took time away from Puerto Rico’s Golden Door Spa (during a busy hurricane season!) to check out the state of fitness in a few different countries. In addition to varied tastes in programming, one common theme I noticed was the concept of large “expo” events for both fitness professionals and consumers. Instructors attend sessions with their regular…

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Reaching Out to Newcomers

October 31, 2002

Reaching Out to Newcomers
By Lawrence Biscontini, MA

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hen preparing to teach our group fitness classes, we sometimes overlook the participants who most need our

help: the new attendees. Whether they are novice exercisers or just fresh faces in our own classes, these students tend to gravitate to the far recesses of the room, where they can’t see or hear properly. It’s a Catch-22 situation that…

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Reaching Out to Newcomers

October 31, 2002

Our job is to find ways to reach out to these back-row participants while still giving our seasoned students what they have come to expect. Here are some proven practical strategies that can help you extend a hand to even the most timid participants. ‰ Supplement to November-December 2002 IDEA Health & Fitness Source

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