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Group Fitness Out the Box (GFOtBx)
Music: DJ Tracy Levine
House Music Mix 'Have Mercy' available on Podomatic
Host: Raina Casarez
Saturday, February 28,2015
Game Changers for Group Fitness Professionals
Ideas for the evolution revolution of group fitness
Participants were prepared to take your class
Minimum 10 participants were required for a class or class cancelled
All formats taught must have backup instructors
In-house instructor training programs were provided
All classes were broadcast live to facility members
Right now, it's the wild, wild West in this industry. So many certifications and organizations trying to manage those certified and uncertified and newly certified instructors, while simultaneously branding themselves as the leader in group fitness innovation. Who is advocating for the instructor? We must advocate for ourselves. We must agree on our own standards. We must work together to build a product that is 'as sold/ as delivered'
I want to know what you think. Please connect with me through social media or as a guest on the show.
More about Raina:
Twitter - @pendagoddess
FB: MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation
FB: Rhythm Walking
FB: Wii Fitness Examiner
Greetings Group Fitness Instructor peeps!
As I finished my tai chi practice this morning, I was inspired to record this show.
What's MindBody fitness? What does that even mean? I describe how I interpret MindBody fitness and why it is important that GFIs pay attention to this essential healing practice.
Questions explored include:
How do we adapt a tai chi class successfully to a group fitness format?
How do instructors create a standard format for teaching tai chi to students
Is tai chi for fighting or healing in the group fitness arena?
Can fitness instructors learn to mimic martial arts forms effectively?
Do instructors need to know the martial (fighting) aspects of tai chi to teach it?
How long will it take before you can start teaching a tai chi class?
How is a tai chi class structured for a 30-minute session?
You can connect to me on my Facebook page as MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation.
As the CVO of MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation it is my pleasure to host Group Fitness Out the Box. I've been in the group fitness profession for a number of years and am dedicated to recruiting more instructors and developing creative fitness formats and business models.
Today we cover a variety of topics including
MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation's mission
2015 fitness trend forecasting via ACE website
Online fitness training by Vida
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and yes it has something to do with group fitness
Also, next week Ahmad El will be back with more on the mechanics of Tai Chi. Follow the show to make sure you don't miss the episode. Maybe we will take callers...
Comments? Please post them here or on MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation FB page. Thanks!
Attention hard-core Professional Group Fitness Instructors (PGFI)
There may come a time in your fitness life when you have to slow down. Yes, YOU! Even Jack LaLanne eventually slowed down and he was a persistant and dedicated exerciser. Perhaps, for many of you, it is a challenge to slow down and the idea even makes you uncomfortable.
Tai Chi changed my life
My personal journey, as first a professional group fitness instructor (someone whose primary source of income is teaching group fitness classes), then, evenutally, becoming a tai chi instructor, has inspired me to share my story with other GFPI.
The take-away here is that PGFIs who begin to study and practice this internal martial arts will benefit tremedously. It can also be another source of income targeting the expanding demand in the fitness industry for elder-friendly exercise.
What is tai chi
Tai Chi in the fitness world
Story of my personal journey as a PGFI who started practicing tai chi
Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan
Tune in to next week's show when we interview Sifu Ahmad Ptah El
Group Fitness out the Box
We are pleased to have the opportunity of airing this interview which took place in 2011. It's always a pleasure to talk to other group fitness instructors.
Even though it seems a challenge for instructors to stay on the topic of the business of group fitness, that is the focus of this show.
Do you currently teach group fitness classes?
How long have you been in the business?
How did you get your start?
How is your body holding up?
What do you do to stay healthy as a group fitness instructor?
What advice do you have, if any, for those in the business?
What are your specialties?
Have you developed a group fitness format?
If you would like to be a guest on our show, please contact MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation on Facebook. Give us a like while you're there and get the latest relevant information about this business of group fitness. Or submit your request via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional or Unprofessional
Annamarie House, with over 20 years of experience in the field or group fitness, talks today about putting professional in your career as a group fitness instructor.
What are some characteristics of a professional group fitness instructor vs an unprofessional instructor? Can you tell a newbie from a seasoned instructor? Join the conversation and post your comments on the show. Feedback is always appreciated!
Join the conversation:
One thing most fitness professionals have in common - we love to talk. Well, here's your chance. Let's chat professional to professional. What is going on?
Question the future:
What do you see in your crystal ball for your career in group fitness? Do you see yourself getting certified in more formats or areas of health and fitness? Does more education, training and certificates a better fitness professional make? How are you expressing your passion for this business of fitness? What classes do you teach? What new formats do you want to introduce to the world?
Answering the call to answer these questions
Call in. We'd all love to hear from you! Register first though, so you can also log into the chat room and chat amongst each other. This show can be accessed anytime after broadcast by visiting the archives. Downloadable to your computer, ipod or whatever. And best of all, if you called in, you can easily share the show with all your friends and admirers!
Raina Casarez is a seasoned fitness professional specializing in the art of group fitness as synchronized movement.
"I love networking and I love talking to other people who speak my language: BPM's, intensity level, target heartrate, reps, yeah!"
Website: MindBody Group Fitness Arts
Articles: Wii Fitness Examiner
Facebook: MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation
House music is what the world and group fitness needs.
Why? Because music is the key of movement. Popular fitness formats depend on the music to get people up and grooving; and for many instructors, music is our lifeline to a great class experience.
What is house music? Well there are many interpretations. Listen to the mix playing in the background. No, these mixes do not use 32-count phrasing or 8-count blocks as in professionally-mixed aerobic music. Yet, these mixes naturally flow this type of rhythmic musical phrasing making it ideal for instructor cueing.
Lady G is our special guest because she is one of the few that has experienced the fusion of house music and fitness in the form of Rhythm Walking. Rhythm Walking is fueled by house music.
Lady G is also a fixture of the Atlanta house music scene and is dedicated to spreading the love of house music far and wide. She also walks her talk, always out on the dance floor. Listen in while she talks about the power of house music.
Lady G talking about Rhythm Walking
Lady G warming up
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We are thrilled to welcome as our guest, Sifu Ahmad Ptah El to Group Fitness Out The Box! If you listened to our show Tai Chi and professional group fitness instructors, you will appreciate why we're so excited to have Ahmad come on the show.
Ahmad has extensive training in the martial arts focusing on the internal martial arts for years. Today he talks to us about our professional lives and its costs to our health and wellness; and how we can increase our longevity, healthfully, in the field of professional fitness instructing.
What is tai chi?
Why is it beneficial (life-changing, in my case) for fitness professionals?
How to evaluate a tai chi program and instructor
What form should you learn?
What should you expect in terms of training and time commitment? (In our profession, that translates into "can I learn it in a weekend workshop?)
Suggested reading: Tai Chi Health for Life by Bruce Frantzis
For more about Ahmad Ptah El check out his Bagua Taiji website.
Ahmad is available for private sessions in the metro Atlanta area and will travel for workshops. He can be reached by calling (678) 526-4286 or by filling out the contact form on his website.
Confession: I am a rogue instructor. Rogue meaning 'a person who causes trouble in a playful way. So, don't take me too seriously as I break all the rules, create my own way, do my own thing and still want to play with others.
If you are a rogue or wannabe rogue instructor this is the show for you. In fact, I want you on my show! Let's talk about the path less traveled. Let's talk about the business of group fitness and innovative approaches for the 21st century. Nothing is out of bounds. What are you doing? What are you teaching? How are you creating your own fitness format? Developing a following? Training instructors? Getting paid?
You can chose an alias. Mine is Rogue for this show. You can interact with me on Facebook by liking MindBody Group Fitness Arts page. Let me know what you think. And if you want to be a guest on my show, please contact me.
Facebook: Rhythm Walking, MindBody Group Fitness Arts, Wii Fitness Examiner
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Rhythm Walking on YouTube
Join me, Rogue Instructor, as I chat about various boutique formats. Boutique formats are not yet widely available. Why? Because there usually is only one instructor who knows how to teach it and that would be the creator of the format.
Rhythm Walking is one of the boutique formats discussed today, because it happens to be created by me. Check it out and let me know what you think.
While listening to the show I hope you are thinking about some good advice to offer me. I'd love your input, whatever your background, but especially if you're a professional group fitness instructor.
Do you have a new fitness format? We want to hear about it. Yes, you can be a guest on my show; I'd love to interview you! It's pretty easy to do. Just call in on the phone number and we'll chat live.
While you're at it, you might as well sign up for your own BlogTalk Radio show. Speak your mind and find your niche audience. And please become a follower of mine. Thanks!
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