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Sample Class: Core Circuit Training

By Fred Hoffman, MEd | February 28, 2006 |

According to the 2005 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey, 56% of respondents offer circuit classes, while 63% offer core conditioning. “Core Circuit” provides a great way to reap the benefits of both activities in a single session. This class uses closed-chained…

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Bring on the Burn!

By Joy Keller | January 31, 2006 |

Weston Fitness in Philadelphia gets the most out of its equipment stash with Pump Slide Workout. This 30-minute class features high-intensity, low-impact interval slide training combinations with Body Bars, stability balls, light weights and resistance tubing.
Participants get an intense athletic workout with BURN! Med Ball Conditioning at Equinox in New York City. The circuit tra…

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Sample Class: Performance-Driven Indoor Cycling

By Stacey Lei Krauss | December 31, 2005 |

Have you ever eaten a cupcake from the Magnolia Bakery in New York? The cake itself is delicious—rich and flavorful. The icing is smooth and not too sweet. If you ate the cake alone, it would be a little dry; but if you ate only the icing, it would make you sick!
Indoor cycling has something of a “cupcake” personality. Some instructors are technical, athletic-ba…

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Indoor Cycling Sample Class: Explore Your Zones

By Shannon Fable | January 31, 2005 |

A properly designed indoor cycling program can enhance cardiovascular health, regardless of age or ability level. But you must integrate various intensity levels to get the most from participants. Ideally, cardiovascular training should provide a mix of the following intensity zones (as used in the Schwinn® Indoor Cycling Program):
Zone 1 (easy/comfortable)
50…

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Sample Class: Ready, Set, Go!

By Jennifer Renfroe | December 31, 2004 |

Do you want to transform your group fitness studio into a training ground for speed, agility and power? Get your participants into the game with nine stations equally focused on key athletic principles. Sports conditioning enthusiasts and students looking for a new challenge will be drawn naturally to this format.

Ready, Set, Go! Details

Fo…

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Sample Class: Cycle Circuit

By Mindy Mylrea | May 31, 2004 |

Indoor cycling integrates motivating music, mind-body synergy and unparalleled training benefits. The devotee accepts no substitutes. For others, however, indoor cycling feels more like an hour of pain and suffering than an hour of cardiovascular bliss. Instructors have done a wonderful job of putting this format at the forefront of fitness. Now it’s time to introduce cross-training to the die-hards, craft inviting classes for beginners and create a total-body workout that is inclusive and fun.

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The Best of Both Worlds

By Linda Freeman | March 31, 2004 |

How many times have you
heard students say, “I just don’t have
time to do strength training and yoga” or
“I’d like to try yoga, but I don’t think I can be still for that long”? Take away their excuses with an inspired combination. By adding resistance exercises to yoga,
you create a more active and results-oriented class. This time-efficient format appeals to participants who want both strength and flexibility benefits in one stop.

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Sample Class: Core Storm™

By Tim Borys | January 31, 2004 |

Many facilities offer some type of “core” or “functional” training circuit classes. While these may meet club members’ demands, instructors don’t always have formal knowledge of their subject. This can be detrimental. A successful circuit is designed with a goal in mind, and the exercises should reflect this. It is also important to consider participants’…

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Building Socialization Into Choreography

By Ken Alan | August 31, 2003 |

Creative choreography is both an art and a science. It can even act as a catalyst for social connections in older-adult classes. As participants age, developing new friendships can be difficult. People want to connect to other people—and group exercise provides this connection. Choreography is a perfect vehicle for social growth as well as physical…

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Find Your Balance With the BOSU® Balance Trainer

By IDEA Authors | March 31, 2003 |

No two ways about it: Functional balance training is hot. This progressive concept has permeated all aspects of fitness, sports and elite athletic training and often brings with it a prop or two. Whether you are the type of person who hops on the balance trainer without a second thought or the type who prefers…

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Ankle Flexion and Extension

By Sue Hitzmann, MS | February 1, 2003 |

Because the ground constantly has variables, human feet need to adapt to their interface with it immediately on contact. In normal function and anatomical position, the ankle joint has extension (dorsiflexion) and flexion (plantar flexion). All other movements in the ankle region are created by the foot’s dynamic joint structure. The ankle is composed of…

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