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Programs With Promise

by Joy Keller on Oct 01, 2007

Cross-train participants with a mix of new ideas.

Crunch helps its members get in touch with their inner daredevil performers with Club Cirque.The class is based on movements from static trapeze and other circus disciplines and focuses on agility, flexibility, acrobatics and strength.

Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood Shores, California, caters to children ages 8–13 with a well-rounded, specialized Youth Exercise Program. The program combines BODYPUMP, indoor cycling and yoga to help kids increase aerobic capacity, develop lean muscle mass and sharpen mental focus in a supportive, noncompetitive environment.

Sunrise Incineration is one way the YWCA of Minneapolis wakes up its members. The 30-minute indoor cycling class revs up the metabolism with an intense interval workout.

Elements for Women, which is based in Miami but has clubs nationwide, offers Elemental Video-graphy to its members. This class involves learning choreography from music videos. According to the company’s press release, members select their favorite videos each season.

The Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club in San Francisco uses two types of bands to inspire its members with The Big Band Workout. According to the club’s online schedule, this class is a 30-minute routine performed to Big Band–era music “and something more.” The “fun and gentle” class utilizes the Thera-Band® to help participants improve their balance, strength, flexibility and stamina.

The McConnell Heart Health Center in Columbus, Ohio, has Danskinetics on its schedule. The class offers a “fusion of dance and yoga with energy and passion.” The class description urges participants to “move like no one is watching to the rhythmic beat of world music, Motown, Latin, soul and rock ’n’ roll.”

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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.