A Workout for Everyone

by Joy Keller on Aug 27, 2008


How creative can you be when designing a class for your membership?

FACTS Fitness, a fitness company based in suburban Philadelphia, offers a program called C.L.I.M.B. (Creative Ladder Intervals and Mega BootCamp). “This class is a high-energy, dynamic workout that combines creative agility ladder drills and boot-camp-style activities and exercises to work on speed, agility, muscle tone, fat burning and stamina,” says IDEA member Debbi MacArthur, who is the director of marketing and public relations at FACTS Fitness. “We also do partner exercises for added motivation, encouragement and team building.”

The L.A. Boxing Workout™ at LA Boxing in Orange County, California, mirrors an actual boxing match. The workout includes five 3-minute rounds with active 1-minute breaks.

The Pohl Recreation Center at the University of North Texas, in Denton, is literal in its class title Not So Intense. According to the online schedule, this class focuses on conditioning, functional strengthening and range of motion. “If you need a workout but do not want the high impact, this is your class,” states the description.

The McLean Racquet & Health Club in McLean, Virginia, spices up its cross-training offerings with XXX (Xtreme Xercise Xperience) and Muscle Hustle. Both classes offer a full-body workout with the added benefits of variety and injury prevention.

Floor-Barre® is a mind-body program developed by Zena Rommett that focuses on controlling movement around a strong core. Two distinguishing aspects of the program include movement refinement and a “constant emphasis on length.” According to a press release, this technique also purports to help prepare the body to move through space by “teaching students how to redistribute their weight.”

FIT Athletic Club in San Diego takes advantage of its unique location—overlooking center field of the San Diego Padres PETCO Park—to offer two one-of-a-kind classes. Seventh Inning Stretch is a “vigorous, nonstop, sweat-inducing yoga class with high energy and challenging postures.” Center Field Cycle “combines aspects of speed, strength and endurance training” in one indoor cycling workout. “With a constantly changing routine, this class ensures a solid, well-rounded workout for all levels of athletes,” states a press release, which also urges participants to bring a baseball glove (just in case).

Hoopnotica® Hoopdance blends Hula-Hoop moves, belly dance and hip-hop. According to a press release, this low-impact work-out “is great for balance, coordination and stress reduction.”

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Joy Keller

Joy Keller IDEA Author/Presenter

Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.