Stars on the Class Schedule

by Joy Keller on Jun 01, 2008


Give members a reason to highlight the programs you offer.

The city recreation department in Strongs-ville, Ohio, offers S.O.T.: Stations of Transformation to its members. The multilevel class features an “intense and rigorous strength training workout, complemented by classic cardio movements.” The goal of the class, besides fun and camaraderie, is to maximize time while elevating heart rates and developing muscle tone.

The San Francisco Bay Club has Cardio Cognition on its schedule. Taught by IDEA member, author and presenter Laura Sachs, this 60-minute class is “an exercise and neuroscience-based program designed for older adults who want to maintain mental acuity and fitness.” Sachs takes “simple low-impact movement patterns,” repeats them in sequence and then rearranges them into a new sequence. According to the online class description, “participants not only develop cardiorespiratory endurance, but also enhance their executive brain function. Each session includes warm-up and cool-down periods, ‘balance breaks’ and ‘mini-ball play,’ as well as various relaxation poses, simple eye exercises and breathing techniques. When combined, these fun components keep the senior adults moving, while developing and reinforcing their movement and cognitive skills.”

The schedule keepers in the University of Virginia intramural-recreational sports department have fun with the acronyms H.A.B.I.T. and W.A.H.O.O. The former class is “Hips, Abs/Arms, Back/Buns & Incredible Thighs” and uses hand weights, tubing, balls and more to help participants “strengthen and tone all major muscles ... increase metabolism and improve flexibility with an extended stretch.”

The latter offering, W.A.H.O.O., means “Want An Hour of OOMPH?” and uses a variety of strength and functional balance equipment “for an hour of high- intensity exercise, cardio intervals and strength training components.”

Focus on Healing is one of nine classes featured at the Seattle Athletic Club in Seattle. This “fun and therapeutic” class, which is based on the Lebed Method, was originally designed for breast cancer survivors but was found to also benefit other cancer survivors. According to the online schedule description, Focus on Healing helps increase range of motion, reduce pain, stimulate the lymphatic system, increase energy and more. All levels are welcome, and members do not have to be cancer survivors to participate.

Movements Afoot, in New York City, offers members Bring Your Own Beautiful Body, a “free event to taste a new way to appreciate and love your body.” The class is marketed to people who feel self- conscious, have anxiety about the way they look or move, and want to exercise for health.

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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.