Using a Private Facebook Group for a fitness class is a very simple and fun way to stay connected all week, encourage participants to stay on track and accountable, and share information specifically to the group. This summer I am teaching Cycle three days a week; I will create a special Private Facebook Group to keep those folks engaged, prepared, and excited for their workouts. For another class, Synrgy 360, the Private Facebook Group shares recipes, workout ideas, and I post the workout from class for anyone who was absent.
Ideally, Fitness instructors set a healthy example for their class participants at work and online. Although sometimes our lives are not consistently stellar examples of living a healthy, fit life. If that is the case, chances are the manager or club owner would prefer a censored personal page or for employees to create a professional or personal brand social media page.
Seniors are a special population that is well served in the Aqua Fitness group class. As our body ages our joints become more rigid, we become prone to injury for a variety of reasons, and often our social life fades. Aqua Fitness class addresses these issues and creates a positive environment and friendly atmosphere for Seniors to thrive. I spoke with Rhonda Gann, the FiTOUR® Director of Training Team, about three key benefits Aqua Fitness addresses for Seniors:
There are countless benefits to strength training. BodyBuilding.com is an incredible source on the subject and undoubtedly the best resource for strength training workouts online. According to bodybuilding.com strength training improves cholesterol, lowers the risk for a number of chronic and fatal diseases, builds bone mass, and reduces PMS, stress, and anxiety. The benefit of strength training that seems to appeal most to my class participants is improved metabolism.
Social media has changed the landscape of how we interact on many levels. We rely on social media to keep up with close friends, meet new friends, stay on top of trending topics, and learn. Yes, learn. There is a sea of information awaiting us on the various platforms of social media. That being the case, I have come to understand three basic truths about participating in social media with the hope of growing a [personal] brand.
Truth 1: Be human.
Teaching Aqua Fitness is rewarding because the workouts are designed to help a wide range of participants. An Aqua class is a good choice for the general population but it also is an excellent exercise format for special populations as well: seniors, pregnant women, asthmatics, those with arthritis and osteoporosis, persons recovering from stoke, those with high blood pressure, or heart disease, diabetics, children, those with knee or low back pain, and the obese. Each of these special populations can be served by participating in the Aqua format.
Looking to supercharge your cycle class this week? This high intensity play list is just the ticket. With a nice long warm up to limber the body in preparation this list plays with the anaerobic zone quite a bit. The calorie burn was high and the ride was fast!
Super Fast Cycle (57 minutes)
Exercising is brutal for some folks. We see them in classes each week, that handful of members who are there because they are supposed to be there. This group doesn’t love exercise. The truth is, though, not loving exercise does not automatically mean that person doesn’t like being active.
I caught up with FiTOUR® ProTrainer Joyce Hayes shortly after her Primary Group Exercise Certification Workshop to get her take on succeeding with fitness. As a veteran ProTrainer, Joyce has helped hundreds of instructors get their start and nurtured their professional development. Her positive energy and motivating spirit are evident to anyone who meets her.
MV How long have you been in fitness and what are your certifications?
It’s official – summer is here! It always seems like a rush at the gym, similar to the New Year’s Resolution rush. New faces pop up in class, the weight room is full of college kids, and the parking lot is packed. Today Cycle and Sculpt class was full; folks were asking bring extra bikes in! As with any fitness class, safety comes first. Form is critically important to keep participants safe; beyond that, though, the environment of the class matters. Today the room got hot and sweaty and the floor became slippery. It is important to cue for ca