In June, CarolAnn and I attended the IDEA World BlogFest. We were both thrilled to learn that our opening ceremonies speaker would be the amazing Petra Kolber. FiTOUR® began as a continuing education brand that toured the country by reaching into communities to educate instructors. Petra Kolber toured with FiTOUR® as a presenter back then and has been dear to the FiTOUR® family ever since. With 25 years of experience presenting and teaching in over 30 countries, Petra established herself as an expert in the fitness industry.
Injuries are the worst as a group exercise instructor. It can literally take you out of work for weeks. Because our bodies are our tools for work, we must take care to prevent injuries at all times. All Indoor Cycle instructors should keep these three valuable tips in mind.
Your classes and clients will benefit from keeping these tips in mind, too. Share these tips with your Indoor Cycle class participants; encourage participants to avoid injury by listening to their body and implementing these three tips:
Aqua Fitness is a must have fitness certification for any Group Exercise Instructor hoping to inspire a wide variety of participants at their facility.
Do you ever think fitness professionals work together but alone? Often a fitness department is littered with individuals who work at a variety of clubs. We are a nomadic profession - working one hour here, two hours there, three hours of in-homes, and then one more hour back at the first gym. Fitness professionals are often part of multiple departments, wearing a variety of hats, and seldom connecting within one place more than the last.
Having a hard time mustering up some good ol’ fashioned camaraderie in your group exercise schedule or for your department? One way a club can get some action going and shed some fun, positive light on the fitness department is to host a series of special events.
Check out FiTOUR® Certifications Top 10 Group Exercise Special Events and try one at your facility this month:
In fitness, we define the F.I.T.T Principle as: frequency, intensity, type, and time. We include this principle in program design for group exercise and personal training clients in five areas:
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Muscular strength
- Muscular endurance
- Body composition
As a group exercise instructor or personal trainer, if you are dedicated to the job, you are very likely successful. You create new choreography for class, you stay on top of the latest music, you chat with your clients and class members. You make people feel included. You correct form and stress the value of eating well and drinking loads of water. Maybe, like Todd Durkin, you text message your clients motivating videos every morning to start their day right. You are dedicated to the job and your people.
For me, a major challenge as an employed human with kids, is being present. My colleague and friend, Kristen Benton, speaks to this issue eloquently and with great passion; her advice always strikes a chord with me.
Foam Rolling, or Self Myofascial Release (SMR) is a method of self-massage. Originally used in a therapeutic setting, foam rolling is currently trending in the fitness industry because of its proven results at increasing flexibility, relieving pain, and improving mobility overall. SMR can be performed with a foam roller, tennis balls, or hands. There are a variety of types of foam rollers:
- cylindrical rollers
- half rollers
- contoured rollers
- grid rollers
- deep-tissue rollers
Invented by Marc Lebert to help a client progress into a pull-up, the Lebert® Equalize is a fantastic tool for group fitness and personal training. Based on the science of bodyweight training and functional training, the Equalizers are versatile tools for agility, bodyweight, and core training. For beginners through advanced clients, these tools can help us push clients and make those movements that often feel unattainable, like a pull up, a reality.