Group Exercise

A Class for Every Reason

by Joy Keller
IDEA member Melanie Johnson, in New Haven, Connecticut, created PowerFlowCIRCUIT for her more advanced Pilates apparatus clients (up to nine students). According to Johnson, the class “alternates between 15–20 minutes each of a choreographed, fast-paced reformer workout and a classic Pilates mat class. Each client also does an exerci...

Lifelong Learning

The department of kinesiology at Calif­­or­nia State University, Long Beach (CSULB), serves approximately 500 undergraduate students in eight options, 250 pre-major students and 150 graduate students in 10 options. According to its mission statement, the department’s purpose is to “facilitate wellness among individuals through the study and application of human m...

Scheduling Variety

by Joy Keller
Healthways’ SilverSneakers fitness program has introduced YogaStretch and SilverSplash to help add variety to older-adult programming. The former uses a chair for support as participants work at their own pace to build flexibility and endurance, while learning to r...

The Fitness Farm

by Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, Julie Vardaman
Wake up your group strength or boot camp warm-up with animal-themed movements that include static and dynamic stretches. Encourage participants to focus on precision, breathing and progressions. Take these moves through a full range of motion to increase the stretch. Remember that not all exercises are appropriate for all populat...

Guiding New Instructors

As vice president of GoodLife Fitness clubs in Canada, Maureen “Mo” Hagan, PT, still teaches group fitness, inspiring 200 participants per week in her classes. She also travels to several new club openings a year, introducing hundreds of members to group fitness programs. She combines her passion for group exercise and her intere...

Creative Cross-Training

by Joy Keller
IDEA member Kimberlee Jensen Stedl and her husband, Todd, created a workshop, Yoga for Scuba Divers, which is also the title of their book. The workshop is practiced on land (not in water) and teaches poses, breathing exercises, visualization te...

Sample Class: Mindful Fusion Fitness

by Helen Vanderburg
The popularity of yoga and Pilates has spawned several fun and effective fusion offerings. This particular class, “Mindful Fusion Fitness,” uses “traditional” fitness-based exercises as the foundation and then layers on Pilates moves and yoga postures. This approach allows instructors and participants to begin with familiar exerc...

Educating for Wholeness

The physical education program at DePaul University in Chicago offers students a choice of two majors: teaching or fitness management and wellness. The latter concentration is unique in that it prepares students for a career managing or developing fitness programs...

The Blends Justify the Means

by Lawrence Biscontini, MA
Research continues to validate the need for effective cross-training and frequent changes in the way we train. Biomechanically, the more we train the muscles in the same way, the less they respond (Kravitz 1997). This research bolsters the case for “hybrid,” “combination” or “fusion” classes, which flood the neuromuscular system with...

A Balancing Act

by Joy Keller
Yoga 360, created by IDEA member Desiree Bartlett, MS, uses a special circular yoga mat (called the 360 Degree Mat) that "optimizes feminine energy." The 75-minute multidimensional movement class is "full of arcs, ellipses and spirals." "Fluid sequencing allows for greater freedom in movement and is inspired by yoga and dance, while the shape of the mat...
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