Find the Fun

by Joy Keller on Oct 01, 2004


Be inspired by these unique class ideas.

A flag made of weighted fabric is the main prop in Flag Dancing. Offered at Philadelphia Sports Clubs, the class takes participants through a choreographed dance routine set to upbeat club music. The goal is to target the muscles of the shoulders and upper back while having fun.

The New York Health & Racquet Club in New York City offers a workout called BodyWedge21 for all ages and fitness levels. The 45-minute class uses body weight as resistance and incorporates elements from yoga and Pilates. Students perform 21 exercises—with 21 repetitions per set—on a wedge-shaped piece of vinyl-covered foam.

SWERVE Studios in West Hollywood, California, gets members moving with Yoga Booty Ballet, which blends yoga with muscle sculpting and “ties it all together with a graceful ballet bow.”

Mind-body meets the water in The 4 Sea-Zens, a class created by Lawrence Biscontini, MA, the 2004 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year. This “circuit journey” adapts Feldenkrais, yoga, tai chi and Pilates for the water. Harmony, form, endurance and balance are the themes for this class, which also adds seasonal elements for a creative twist.

Participants get in touch with their elementary-school recess memories in Dodge Ball 101. Offered at Crunch gym’s SOHO location in New York City, the class includes a “gym-style warm-up,” three to five rounds of dodge ball (yes, the actual game), a focus section on abdominal training and a final stretch. n

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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.