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Melissa Weigelt

Melissa Weigelt is an ACE-certified group fitness instructor, NASM-certified personal trainer and vinyasa yoga instructor with 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. As an ACE- and AFAA-approved provider of continuing education for fitness instructors and a member of the BOSU® master trainer and development team, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and ideas with others.

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Creative Class Design

August 19, 2014

You’ve worked hard to become the best instructor you can be. You now have a “following” and, while you no longer feel the need to prove yourself, you some- times worry about how to keep your classes enticing and effective. It requires great effort and planning—not to men- tion talent and skill—to be an effective group fitness leader. But don’t let your- self get bogged down in the “admin- istration” aspect, which can zap all the creativity and fun out of the experience.

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Sample Class: Pump Up!

December 20, 2013

If your students want to build upper- body strength while being challenged with intense, calorie-burning intervals, try Pump Up! The exercises focus on muscular strength and endurance, core stabilization and cardiovascular condi- tioning. The workout also incorporates balance challenges to recruit additional muscles and offer a functional approach to fitness.

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6 Exercise Barriers: Help Clients Break Through

October 24, 2013

Part of your role as a group fitness instructor is to help students reach their fitness goals. This is not always an easy task. Each person has different objectives, as well as unique obstacles to overcome. If you can understand some of these factors, you’ll be in a better position to meet participants’ needs, and you’ll be a more effective teacher, coach, motivator and leader.

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How to Create Outstanding Outcomes

May 23, 2013

Part of your role as a group fitness instructor is to help students reach their fitness goals. This is not always an easy task. Each person has different objectives, as well as unique obstacles to overcome. If you can understand some of these factors, you’ll be in a better position to meet participants’ needs, and you’ll be a more effective teacher, coach, motivator and leader.

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Sample Class: Core Conditioning Camp

September 5, 2012

Boot camps are everywhere, and there’s something for everyone. If your students are looking for the challenge of a boot camp with additional focus on stability training, try Core Conditioning Camp. This class includes powerful calorie-burning cardio moves and unique strength training exercises, with an emphasis on balance training to challenge the core. Keep the following principles in mind when leading Core Conditioning Camp:

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Sample Class: Sculpt Fusion

August 24, 2011

What are students looking for? Do they want to look better, perhaps perform better in sports or leisure activities? Do they want to be stronger? For many, it’s all of the above. In addition, most people want to feel better. What can we do as instructors to help participants feel empowered and rejuvenated? In this sample class, we apply yoga principles to traditional strength training moves. This fusion offers the best of both worlds: improved strength, posture, performance and appearance, as well as an increased sense of calmness and self-acceptance.

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