Creative Ideas That Inspire

by Joy Keller on Feb 16, 2012


Dig a little deeper to have a lot more fun.

Yoga and indoor cycling fusion classes are popular on many group fitness schedules. Case in point: Namaste Cycle, offered by the University of Maryland Campus Recreation Services in College Park. The 85-minute class combines a full indoor cycling session with 25 minutes of Yogafit®.

Stability balls continue to be popular, and many facilities find numerous creative ways to use them. The Centre of Elgin in Elgin, Illinois, for example, offers Chair-dominals. This class welcomes all levels in an hourlong journey of “leaning, crunching, twisting and dancing, while sitting on a ball.”

Theresa Racicot teaches Aerial Conditioning at Trapeze School New York in Washington, DC. According to Racicot the class “incorporates the aerial apparatus of trapeze and silks with body weight exercises, core-focused training and aerial flexibility. The goal is to improve whole-body strength, flexibility and anaerobic fitness.” The class is presented in a small-group setting, circuit style.

Lloyd Athletic Club, Portland, Oregon, gives members a new reason to strengthen their bodies with Lift. This class is offered in both 45- and 60-minute options and focuses on “simple and practical free weight moves, coupled with cardiovascular exercises.”

Martial Waters is a “unique blend of kickboxing and martial arts structured for a fluid workout.” This 45-minute, high-intensity water workout is offered by The Arena Club in Bel Air, Maryland. The facility also has Splash A.C.T. on its schedule. This water-circuit class “invites participants of all fitness levels to enjoy interval training in the pool,” according to the online description. In this 45-minute class, participants challenge themselves by traveling to deep water and back to shallow water.

East Side and West Side Athletic Clubs in Wisconsin offer a fee-based adaptive class for developmentally delayed young adults, aged 10 and older, at its Milwaukee location. Achievement Class incorporates cycling, strength building, balance and stretching exercises.

Members of the Colorado Athletic Club in Denver were ready for winter after the facility offered BOSU Blast Ski/Snowboard Conditioning. The 45-minute indoor class prepared participants for outdoor winter sports, activities and training with endurance, strength and speed exercises.

Crunch® Fitness combines two unlikely formats to create Breakti, a yoga and break dancing class. According to the online description this class is a “union of gravity, music and movement.” Participants learn traditional yoga poses “as a means to understanding (and performing) the more explosive movements that are part and parcel of street dance.”

Body Shock, which is on the recreational sports schedule at Northern Michigan University, aims to “confuse” muscles and get results. The class is inspired by CrossFit®, and the moves are created “to stress the body in a manner that is randomized, regular, and varied in style and intensity.”


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Joy Keller

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.