Creative Ideas That Inspire

by Joy Keller on Oct 12, 2009


Fusion classes and oldies but goodies still inspire members.

EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Illinois, gives its members a blast from the past with Retro-Cardio. The schedule touts the 60-minute timeslot as “an aerobics class from the good old days” and features a high-low floor routine combined with strength training.

Helen Garabedian, an infant developmental movement educator and registered yoga teacher, created Itsy Bitsy Yoga® for “your baby, tot or tyke.” The program includes more than 125 yoga poses for babies from birth to age 4 that are “developmentally nutritious and deepen the parent/child bond.”

Piloxing is motivating patrons at V Pilates Studio in Toluca Lake, California, to don boxing gloves and do Pilates. According to the description on the V Pilates Studio website, the class is “a creative mix between Pilates and boxing geared toward women, with a mental and physical goal of attaining a sleek, sexy and powerful self-image.”

“There is no other exercise that contains two extremes,” says Viveca Jensen, creator of Piloxing. “The powerful feeling of boxing, throwing solid punches, then transferring your body movements into Pilates and feeling like a ballerina, are both extreme workouts, yet both share the common ground of working from the core region.”

Pumped and Peeled is an “adrenaline-pumping cardio session” offered by Fitcorp in the Boston area. The full-body workout incorporates plyometrics and high-volume resistance training.

M.O.D.A. stands for “Michelle Obama Defined Arms” and is offered by the Running Center LLC in New York City. The 60-minute class focuses on strengthening arms using bands, free weights and body weight. Partner exercises are included in the circuit, which also targets chest, back and core muscles.

IDEA member Terry Stocker teaches several classes at the various senior centers and assisted living facilities in the Cape Cod, Massachusetts, area. Dem Bones is an osteoporosis prevention program that includes light weight-bearing activity, strengthening and stretching. Twinges in the Hinges is a gentle range-of-motion workout that is performed seated and created for people who have arthritis.

The KSC Fitness Centers in Cape Canaveral, Florida, feature Hit All the Bases on their schedules. The full-body workout uses a variety of tools, including balls, bands, steps, BOSU® Balance Trainers, free weights, body weight and more.

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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.