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Ken Alan

Ken Alan is a lecturer in the department of kinesiology at California State University Fullerton and has served on certification committees for ACE, ACSM and AFAA. The author of four book chapters, he is on the editorial review board for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Ken co-stars in the Time-Life Medical Exercise video series and was the content developer, program designer and choreographer for Richard Simmons. A past recipient of the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award, Ken’s workshops and lectures have educated and entertained trainers and instructor or many years.

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Highlighting Positive Change

September 20, 2016

When I teach older adults, I want them to feel better after they exercise than they did beforehand. A tool I use to measure this is the Exercise-Induced Feeling Inventory (EFI). The EFI is a subjective measurement scale that assesses how a person feels at any point during physical activity (Gavin & Rejeski 1993). The EFI can highlight and reinforce the immediate positive changes participants receive as a result of attending your well–designed and skillfully instructed class!

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Sample Class: Cardio Brain Fitness

July 28, 2012

Cardiovascular exercise comes in two flavors: mindless and mindful. Why not layer cognitive tasks into your class design to train the brain as well as the body? Help participants meet the rigors of everyday life by adding mental challenges that also enhance balance, reaction time and agility.

Class Details

Total Time: 45 minutes
Format: low-impact cardio
Equipment Needed: none, except a positive attitude
Music: 115-135 beats per minute (depending on abilities)

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Sample Class: Think With Your Heart

May 24, 2012

Cardiovascular exercise comes in two flavors: mindless and mindful. Why not layer cognitive tasks into your class design to train the brain as well as the body? Research shows that cardio exercise can help ward off cognitive impairments, develop the ability to coordinate multiple things, increase the ability to stay on task for extended periods…

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Sample Class: One-Step, Two-Step

December 31, 2007

The start of the new year is a great time to add a new twist or two on an old standard like step training. “One-Step, Two-Step” is an interactive workout that combines motivational partner training with creative double-step choreography to bring new enthusiasm to step workouts. What better way to stay inspired than by working out with a partner when New Year’s resolutions ebb? div class=”su…

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Senior Moments

January 31, 2005

The cooldown should be like frosting—sweet, smooth and so delicious that students want to stay until they finish the very last section of cake—err, I mean, class…

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Building Socialization Into Choreography

August 31, 2003

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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Building Socialization Into Choreography

August 31, 2003

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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