Dec 6, 2018
Group fitness classes are consistently one of the most popular programs or services offered by a health club or fitness studio. Exercising with other people creates a social environment that makes the process more enjoyable. Many people also enjoy group fitness because it is a chance to shut down the brain and let the body do the work while an instructor coaches the class through a workout.
Body Pump. CX Works. Grit. Body Combat. All are group fitness classes designed by Les Mills. Working out in a group setting has come a long way since Jane Fonda pulled on some leg warmers and encouraged us to 'go for the burn!' While Ms. Fonda and the early pioneers of group fitness were responsible for creating their own dance-based workout programs, group fitness has evolved and now includes a variety of different formats for all levels of exercise experience. As the fitness industry has matured it is now possible to make a living as a full-time group fitness instructor In general, there are 2 different types of group fitness instructors:
Freestyle instructors design their own workouts for the classes they teach
Pre-choreographed instructors teach a workout designed by a third party.
Les Mills is a chain of health clubs in New Zealand that has changed how the world does group fitness. Les Mills was the first club operator to realize there might be a market for formatted group fitness classes that provide a consistent, effective, safe and, most importantly, FUN workout experience. On this episode of All About Fitness, Bryce Hastings, the Science Director for Les Mills, pulls back the curtain and shares how Les Mills designs the workouts and conducts the research that makes thousands of people around the world get sweaty every day. Learn how Les Mills identifies the programs that will be successful as well as conducts the research to prove the benefits of the workout.
To learn more about Les Mills, Les Mills programs or how to become a Les Mills group fitness instructor (it's a great place to start!) visit their home in cyber space: Les Mills
Review the research that Les Mills conducts on its own programs:
https://www.lesmills.com/us/research/ (I'll be reviewing this)
Learn how to design your own workout programs using only one piece of equipment in my book: Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple; coming soon from Human Kinetics
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