Creative Ideas That Inspire

by Joy Keller on Sep 30, 2010


Are you doing all you can to reach the “unreachables”?

Fantasy Fight, offered by The Village of Niles group fitness department in Niles, Illinois, caters to participants who are looking for fighting flair in their workouts. This 60-minute class offers “choreographed, low-impact fight sequences derived from martial arts, boxing and basic self-defense.”

The University of Minnesota recreational sports department offers several indoor cycling options for its patrons. High Gear is a “75-minute cardio challenge that attempts to push participants the extra mile, and finishes with core body strengthening.” For people who are intimidated by the bikes, Spin 101 is also on the schedule. This introductory class offers “detailed information on bike set-up, pace, proper cadence and tension.”

Portland, Oregon, Parks & Recreation makes full use of its pool with S.M.I.L.E. (Slower Movement Intensity Lowered Exercise) and AquaGroove Teen Fitness classes. The former is a “shallow-water class that focuses on improving circulation, strength, range of motion and flexibility through low-impact exercise.” The latter is a special class for teenagers that emphasizes “strength training and river running and dance moves.”

The Almaden Valley Athletic Club in San Jose, California, has found a way to encourage group fitness participation among newbies with Just Enough. This class is geared toward group exercise beginners, postrehabilitation patients and older adults. Participants enjoy 20–30 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity movement in a basic, easy-to-follow format.

Aqua Tude is a total-body workout in the water at Hockessin Athletic Club in Hockessin, Delaware. This high-energy class includes stretches, core work, strength training, cardio and deep-water training, as well as some plyometric drills.

Sunset Pilates Fitness in Palm Beach, Florida, helps members and clients get back into the core of living with Coping With Cancer Through Pilates. During this series, students attend 90-minute sessions—50 minutes of “traditional” Pilates movements, and 40 minutes of meditating and practicing mental imagery. According to a press release, the purpose of the program is to “restore range of motion, improve appearance and enhance core strength and endurance.”

IDEA member Jeanne Lieder created HoopFit, along with other classes that cleverly use a one-and-a-half-pound hoop. This particular total-body class integrates the hoop throughout the workout and includes cardio, strengthening and stretching segments.


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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.