Creating a Class Blueprint

Jul 05th, 2017
The Importance of Planning At first glance, it may appear that spontaneity and a free spirit are the key elements that make up a group fitness instructor (GFI). After all, few people display as much enthusiasm for their profession as the outgoing, high-energy instructors at work in nearly every fitness facility around the world. These personality traits are a common thread, but underlying that excitement is a foundation of preparedness that... + continue reading

Core Stability vs Core Mobility

Jun 23rd, 2017
The spinal column serves two different functions in the human body. It stabilizes and gives shape to the core, that’s why it needs be strong. Also moves the body towards all planes of motion, so it needs to be flexible. Of course what moves and stabilizes the spine is the muscles attached around it. Deep abdominals as the transverus abdominal and the obliques, the pelvic floor muscles and the diaphragm, when they contract... + continue reading

HIIT for Obesity

Jun 23rd, 2017
How to Safely and Effectively use HIIT with Clients struggling with Obesity. For the past few years, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been one of the biggest fitness trends worldwide. Long a staple of training regimens of athletes and fitness enthusiasts, in the past 10 years HIIT has been shown to be both safe and effective for people with a wide range of health challenges, including diabetes, cardiovascular... + continue reading

Multilevel Teaching Techniques

Jun 10th, 2017
- that will Transform your Group Fitness Classes Leading group fitness classes can be an uplifting, exciting and rewarding experience, but there are times when it can be extremely challenging and even frustrating. After all, when you have a room full of participants with different levels of fitness and skill, each with his or her own movement preferences, injury history, needs and goals, it’s anything but a one-size-fits-... + continue reading

It’s More than Knowledge

May 30th, 2017
- it’s What you Do With it? One definition (Oxford dictionary) of knowledge in English is « The sum of what is known ». As (personal) trainers, we are encouraged to learn many techniques, acquaint ourselves with many tools, earn certification through multiple systems. As a student, I learnt about systems (and tools), as a trainer I sometimes based my training around such systems (and I have integrated tools and... + continue reading

Core Flyte

May 22nd, 2017
The Latest Tools of the Trade: Core Flyte. Rolling or wheeled devices designed to train the abdominal muscles are not new; in fact, they have been around for many years. Core Flyte, a new product created by New York City–based personal Trainer Paul Nicholas, takes the basic concept of a wheeled ab-training device and updates it for the 21st century. We take a close look at the Core Flyte to determine if it is as functional... + continue reading

Social Media: A Simplified Less is More Approach

May 12th, 2017
It used to be a good idea to go “all in” with social media, meaning you employed every available channel to market your fitness business, taking advantage of each platform’s unique features. Now social media is moving so quickly that it’s less feasible for most health and fitness professionals to keep up. Even within one platform, like Facebook, the possibilities for what to post are beginning to exceed what many people have time for: In... + continue reading

Beast Battle Ropes

Apr 28th, 2017
An ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model-Based Workout. The best concepts in health and fitness are the ones that immediately translate to real-world, real-life experiences and provide an easy bridge between the idea and the experience each person has in his or her own body. They create a physical “a-ha moment.” With an understanding of how what you do in a workout correlates with what you do outside of it, daily tasks are done with a... + continue reading

Is Zumba Gold® an Effective Workout For Older Adults?

Apr 21st, 2017
(ACE Sponsored Research) Older adults are among the least physically active of any age group, putting them at increased peril for developing chronic diseases and other health risks (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Couple this with reduced function, decreased muscular strength and endurance, and an increased risk for falls, and it quickly becomes apparent that remaining active and preserving as much health and physical... + continue reading

Can an Instructor Persona Improve your Fitness Classes?

Mar 23rd, 2017
When you step in front of a group to teach a fitness class, do you present yourself in exactly the same way you would at home with just your family around? Or do you play up certain aspects of your personality to create a public identity or instructor persona? Trying out a persona doesn’t have to be about cloaking yourself behind a façade (although that’s one definition). Merriam-Webster defines the word as “the personality that a person... + continue reading