We all know about the group fitness offerings from Les Mills (www.lesmills.com.au), BTS (www.bodytrainingsystems.com), Zumba Fitness® (www.zumba.com.au) and Radical Fitness (www.radicalfitness.net). But there are many other innovative classes available overseas and, in some instances, just arriving here on Australian shores that you may not have heard of yet.
“If you’re looking for ways to revitalise your group exercise timetable, check out these innovative programs, which just might be what you’re looking for.”
So, if you’re looking for ways to revitalise your group exercise timetable, check out these innovative programs, which just might be what you’re looking for.
Taking your timetable virtual
If you’ve ever had members terminate their membership because they just can’t fit their lifestyle around the group exercise timetable, or if you’re tired of trying to find instructors to cover classes then a virtual group exercise timetable may be the solution you’re looking for.[highlight_red]1.[/highlight_red] Fitness On Request (www.fitnessOnRequest.com) is ideal for health clubs, hotel/resort facilities, and even corporate and healthcare organisations as it allows facilities to offer group fitness classes all day, every day. This customisable platform is uniquely designed to fit your environment. Fitness On Request enables you to offer pre-recorded classes with top-notch instructors, as well as interactive scheduling (where people can invite others to join their class) through web and kiosk-based scheduling platforms. [highlight_red]2.[/highlight_red] Similarly, Fitness on Demand (www.fitnessondemand247.com) allows your members to choose from a number of fun, exciting, heart-pumping exercise videos like kickboxing, Latin dance, cycling and more, with just a touch of a button. You can schedule the classes you’d like to offer – either in advance, where they automatically start at the designated time; or ‘on demand’ where your members simply pick, click and play. With Fitness On Demand, the motorised screen will lower and the on-screen instructor starts the class, and when the class is finished, the system automatically powers down, which eliminates the need for you to even be on-site. [highlight_red]3.[/highlight_red] Virtual Training by Wexer (www.WexerVirtual.com) is another brand delivering Virtual Group X and Cycling Cinema programs. Their programs are touted as being the solution to saying ‘goodbye’ to dead hours in your group exercise and spin studios, providing an innovative and inexpensive video-based service that allows you to offer virtual group exercise and cycling classes all day long. In fact, the Wexer Virtual Training programs enable you to schedule more than 100 classes per week: maximising flexibility for you and your members, without increasing instructor costs or music license fees.
So you think you can dance?[highlight_red]4.[/highlight_red] Australian company, HumanFusion® (www.humanfusion.com.au), is a series of eight dance-based fitness programs covering all manner of dance genres, from belly dance, capoeira, hip hop, african to burlesque. The modules range in intensity and complexity, from a gentle 2 to an intense 10, and includes a movement class – ZenFusion that incorporates tai chi, range of motion, breath and meditation, and a martial arts based dance/fitness class – WarriorFusion. HumanFusion trains up your current group exercise instructors, to help ensure you always have an available instructor. Plus, if you need more help, external instructor contacts are provided. [highlight_red]5.[/highlight_red] The Jungle Body (www.thejunglebody.com.au) was founded in Perth two years ago by (then 22 year-old) fitness entrepreneur Tara Franzinelli. The Jungle Body suite of programs are dance-based fusions of hip-hop, dancehall, salsa, disco, boxing and toning tracks to a soundtrack of original pop songs from Beyonce, Rihanna and LMFAO to Michael Jackson and MIA. Programs include Konga Dance Fitness, Vypa Hardcore fitness, Jagua Stretch and Tone and Tyga Hip Hop fitness.
Equipment-based classes[highlight_red]6.[/highlight_red] The Queenax Training System (www.queenax.it) provides functional innovation and a revolutionary use of space. Until now, you couldn’t swing or hang your members. But now, thanks to Queenax, the space around you becomes a tool: ceiling, floor, walls, pillars become interactive. With Queenax you can do suspension oscillation and support training, tractions, stretching and joint mobility exercises. There’s a whole new training world waiting to be discovered. [highlight_red]7.[/highlight_red] AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga is a unique fusion technique, revolutionary in relieving compressed joints and aligning the body from head to toe. The AntiGravity® Hammock acts as a soft trapeze and as a support while you master simple inversions and finally progress to more advanced poses. AntiGravity® Yoga is a fitness regimen designed by Christopher Harrison to increase one’s overall health and physical agility while having fun and creating beauty. AntiGravity® is an acrobatic performance company whose daily workout utilises the AntiGravity® Hammock. AntiGravity® Yoga was developed out of the elite aerial performance work for which his world famous performance company, AntiGravity, is renown. The AntiGravity Team uses the technique as a daily workout routine, but also as a therapeutic approach to assist in the rehabilitation of acrobatic and dance injuries. In Australia, authentic, certified, safety-approved AntiGravity® Yoga instruction can be found through Flightskool in Brisbane (www.antigravityyoga.com.au) and their partners. [highlight_red]8.[/highlight_red] Punchfit® Group X® in the Gym (www.punchfit.com.au) is a program that ensures safe, exciting and challenging group fitness boxing classes. It’s the ideal course to have your group exercise instructors complete, especially for clubs looking to put the real ‘fight’ back into your gym! Punchfit® Group X® in the Gym provides two innovative boxing class formats, both of which eliminate the risky class “fillers” like push ups and running within the middle of boxing combinations, to ensure your members get truly “Punchfit”. If you want to add kicking and knees into your classes then check out the Group Xv In The Park program too. [highlight_red]9.[/highlight_red] Malla, powered by Body Pole (www.mallafitness.com) is a 21st century warrior work out, created by warriors, developed by athletes, perfected by scientists. This high intensity training does more than just burn the calories, it sets fire to them! Inspired by Mallakhamb, the intense and traditional Indian sport that was created to stretch warriors and wrestlers to the limit, Malla uses the specially designed Body Pole, to combine strength training with an intense cardio workout, allowing you to burn an average of 490Kcal in just 30 minutes. It’s powerful, effective and it’s exhilarating — sessions take place in groups, and regular new music and routines make sure your training stays fast, fresh and furious. [highlight_red]10.[/highlight_red] RIDE™ (www.indoorcycling.com.au) is the latest indoor cycling program for clubs, instructors and participants. Providing a broad appeal from the serious cyclists to the complete fitness amateur, a RIDE™ class is an adrenalin-packed experience with dynamic music, exceptional choreography and a serious workout to burn calories. RIDE™ is a fixed-format program providing consistency and reliability for clubs, while providing some flexible options for instructors to ensure a sense of “freedom of expression” when it comes to class delivery. Plus, the future of RIDE™ encompasses a ‘self-led’ class, designed to help maximise studio use during down times, where schedules may not allow a standard instructor-led class to be run. A single program offering multi-level timetable support is currently unprecedented, so the RIDE™ team are excited to be seeing the success of the testing of this video-based program in some Australian clubs. RIDE™ provides a complete package, including an accredited education program for instructors, exclusively produced PPCA-free music, in-house marketing and a program format, all of which is designed to deliver exceptional results for participants, instructors and clubs alike. [highlight_red]11.[/highlight_red] Drums Alive (www.drumsalive.net.nz) uses rhythm as the source of inspiration to create a unique group fitness experience. Drums Alive® combines the benefits of a traditional fitness program with the benefits of music and rhythm, culminating in a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, as well as providing an element of fun and creative expression for participants. [highlight_red]12.[/highlight_red] The JumpSport Fitness Trampoline (www.jumpsportfitness.com) has reinvented the bounce of mini-trampolines (previously known as rebounders) and is now reinventing the workout. With the demands of diverse clients, the need for portability, and a requirement for versatility, the JumpSport Fitness Trampoline provides solutions to your training. This revolution in bouncing will bring joy to your clients’ workouts and provide you with an extremely versatile tool. Push your clients with cardio endurance routines, core and strength training, and plyometric workouts, all with one Fitness Trampoline.