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Program Trends

Dynamic Drive

By Joy Keller | December 31, 2004 |

TaikoFit™, invented by group fitness instructor and personal fitness trainer Michelle Unrau, PhD, from Port Moody, British Columbia, combines Japanese-inspired taiko drumming with traditional floor aerobics. Participants get a workout while using big sticks called “bach…

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Active Empowerment

By Joy Keller | October 31, 2004 |

The 92nd Street Y in New York City offers Spiral Gymnoyoga to its members. The class uses “spiraling circular exercises and deep breathing massage” to warm the muscles and prepare joints for movement. Instructor Peter Knue combines elements of Nadha yoga, dance and the meditative martial arts in an offering for all ages.

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Find the Fun

By Joy Keller | September 30, 2004 |

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.

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By Patricia Ryan, MS | September 30, 2004 |

Public-health officials and the press talk about good health and weight loss, but dedicated fitness professionals are doing the work of inspiring people to exercise. Using creative ideas, good science and great personal rapport, the fitness community is purposefully working behind the headlines to change lives.

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Trends in Personal Training

By Patricia Ryan, MS | August 31, 2004 |

Personal training continues to grow, despite the political and economic turmoil of the past few years. Responding to the 2004 IDEA Programs & Equipment Survey, IDEA personal
fitness trainer (PFT) members reported positive directions in their profession.
Highlights of this first-time survey showed trainers are experiencing

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A Motivating Mix

By Joy Keller | August 31, 2004 |

Yomenco combines yoga movements and breathing exercises with flamenco dance rhythms. Program creator Bruce Van Horn, chief executive officer of Yoga for Business Inc. in Spring Valley, New York, teaches Yomenco to nursing home residents in the New York metropolitan area. “Many of my students are in wheelchairs,” says Van Horn in a press release. “Their energy and enthusiasm for this type of physical stimulation carry them through the session. The movements enhance their stamina and markedly improve their mental state.”

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Are you finding it hard to come up with creative new classes? Use these bright ideas as a springboard:

By IDEA Authors | March 31, 2004 |

Ageless Energy is a specialty program offered for people 55 years and older by Julie Luther at PurEnergy Health & Wellness Services in Greensboro, North Carolina. Luther developed the program with the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The 50-minute class provides information on balance, nutrition and osteoporosis; explains the components of an exercise program; and teaches at-home exercises for strength and flexibility. “This program has expanded, and [its participants are] becoming our largest growing membership sector,” says Luther.

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Just when you thought there were no more ideas for group fitness class, along comes a new and nifty way to get people moving.

By IDEA Authors | January 31, 2004 |

Russian Kettlebell classes are popping up at places like the SweatShop in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the Ridgewood, New Jersey, YMCA. The kettlebell is a weighted iron ball with a handle that comes in weight increments from 9 to 88 pounds. The workout is for approximately eight people and is touted as being useful for core strength conditioning as well as cardiovascular fitness.

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Balance Training for Older Adults

By Diane Lofshult | April 30, 2002 |

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls account for the highest number of accidental injury deaths in adults 65 years and older. To address this concern, more and more fitness facilities are offering balance training for their older members. Should you?

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Ready to Hop on Board?

By Tina Anderson | January 31, 2002 |

What Exactly Is the Core Board?

The new core board program and equipment developed by Reebok offer users three-dimensional motion on an oblong platform. The platform has feet that hold the board in place on the floor while the platform itself reacts to movement. Participants must adjust their balance in response to the

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Fitness Programming Equipment Trends

By Patricia Ryan, MS | December 31, 2001 |

Strategically developing your fitness business is like planning a garden. A gardener has many elements to consider—location, climate, space—and the elements can go together different ways. There are as many “right” ways to put together fitness programs and equipment as there are garden styles. And like a gardener, you have the opportunity to change things around every year.

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6th Annual IDEA Fitness Programs and Equipment Report

By IDEA Authors | September 30, 2001 |

Everyone wants to know them and to benefit from them. Fitness consumers demand them—except
for those who try to avoid them.
What are the newest fitness trends?, we ask.
A trend, according to Webster, is a “line
of general direction and movement” or a “current style or preference.” Being trendy
is being fashionable. And in fitness, there can be a lot of fashion!

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Key Trends in Programs and Equipment

By Patricia Ryan, MS | September 30, 2001 |

Managers and staff in the fitness industry are very resourceful. The quality and quantity of activities they produce show a flair for innovating an apparently unending blend of exercise formats and equipment. This capability is captured in the results of the 2001 IDEA Fitness Programs and Equipment Survey. IDEA members reported on their clients, programs, equipment and work environments, and painted a landscape of tried-and-true activities integrated with new options.

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What Do Facilities Offer?

By IDEA Authors | December 31, 2000 |

With so many fitness activities available, how do you determine which ones are a good fit for your business? Asking current customers is your first step to answering that question. Surveys, informal conversations and tracking participation are good ways to find out what clients are interested in. The second step is to see what other facilities are offering, both locally and nationally, and predict if your customers will like the same programs their customers do.

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