Artistic Activity

by Joy Keller on Nov 01, 2006

Progressive group programming from around the globe.

Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, introduces guests to the concept of a balanced fitness and wellness regimen with its six-point program. For optimal results, the resort recommends that participants choose from a wide list of offerings that include: cardiovascular workouts, strengthening and “toning,” stretching and flexibility, coordination and balance, relaxation and “personal rewards.” A sample of a balanced program would look something like this: African dance class, Pilates-based mat work, restorative yoga, tai chi, meditation and a hot stone massage.

Equinox Fitness in New York City uses medicine balls as resistance tools during Speedball. Created by Steve Feinberg, the class uses “nonstop movement” from martial arts and boxing to help participants get their heart rates up while keeping the mind focused and engaged. According to the company’s website, Speedball “increases agility, speed, core strength and stability.”

Yoga Style Fitness in Arlington, Texas, takes the boot camp concept to new heights with its Yoga-Style BootCamp. The day includes “yoga-style exercise sessions,” relaxation time and a healthy meal in a “luxurious garden setting.”

Argentinean and IDEA member Tamara Di Tella teaches Tangolates™ to students in her Buenos Aires studio. Di Tella takes Pilates reformer and mat exercises and choreographs moves to tango music. Since it takes two to tango, the class is designed for partners, but a client-instructor combination works as well. Tangolates consists of five different routines that last approximately 35–40 minutes each. The class originated as an option for people with Parkinson’s disease.

The Bar Method™ is an hourlong class featuring eight or nine strengthening exercises followed by stretches. The strength work combines “holding positions that use the body’s own weight with small, controlled moves that increase range of motion and stamina.” According to the company’s website, the stretching exercises focus on the hips, chest and lower back, to improve posture and body alignment. A typical class begins with free weights and push-ups, followed by leg and abdominal work on the ballet bar, topped off with core work and stretching on mats.

Have you heard of a creative new class? Drop us a line and share the buzz. Send an e-mail, a letter or a fax detailing the class. We’ll be publishing your ideas in upcoming issues.


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Joy Keller

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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.