Creative Ideas That Inspire

by Joy Keller on May 18, 2010


Enliven and reinspire members with thoughtful approaches to class design.

Equinox in New York City spices up its pool-based programming with Brazilian Body Surf and Hydro Dance Party.The former is “a combination of cardiovascular and muscle conditioning drills taught using water resistance.” The latter is a “cardiovascular workout set entirely in the water.” This class plays a variety of music styles, from salsa to hip-hop. No dance experience is required.

Washington Athletic Club in Seattle finds many different ways to use the TRX® Suspension Trainer. One example is Cy-TRX®. According to the online schedule, participants begin the 55-minute class on stationary bikes, then transfer to TRX suspension apparatus and then return to bikes for “a power-packed, plateau-busting, sweat-inducing workout.”

Road Rage takes indoor cycling to a new level at Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma. This 45-minute, high-intensity cycle class features a series of simulated climbs, sprints and other drills paced to push the anaerobic threshold. Horns are not included.

Keeping in mind the custom needs of its members, the recreation center at the University of Northern Colorado offers many different classes, each with varying length and focus. Ultimate Upper Body, for example, hones in on strength training for triceps, biceps, shoulders, upper and lower back and chest in 25 minutes. Most of the classes on the online schedule also feature a link to a sample video, so the member can view the class in action.

STROLLGA is a new format from IDEA member Kristen Horler, CEO and founder of Baby Boot Camp®. This 55-minute yoga-inspired fitness class for moms and babies combines yoga with a “new prop”—a child in the stroller. “Pregnant moms as well as highly conditioned moms appreciate the benefits of a class entirely dedicated to stretching and breathing, while spending time closely interacting with their child,” says Horler.

IDEA member Emily Belanger says the most popular class at the Strong Body Studio LLC in Agoura Hills, California, is Cardio/Fusion Pilates. According to Belanger, this class, which is limited to 5 people, combines “intervals of coached cardio (think indoor cycling–type coaching for resistance and speed), along with intervals on the Pilates reformer and tower. Cardio/Fusion combines strength and flexibility training with core-strengthening cardiovascular conditioning for “an intense and satisfying hour,” Belanger says. “The final cardio piece always includes short-burst training to jump-start the metabolism and carry the metabolic ‘bump’ well beyond the workout.”

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Joy Keller

Joy Keller IDEA Author/Presenter

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.