Methods of Group Exercise Instruction / Edition 1

Methods of Group Exercise Instruction / Edition 1

by Kennedy, Mary Yoke, Mary M. Yoke, Mary Yoke
     
 

Methods of Group Exercise Instruction is the most comprehensive research-based book available for health and fitness professionals who want to learn how to lead effective group exercise classes. It describes the methodology required for setting up classes, how to create

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Methods of Group Exercise Instruction is the most comprehensive research-based book available for health and fitness professionals who want to learn how to lead effective group exercise classes. It describes the methodology required for setting up classes, how to create effective teaching progressions, and how to choreograph and program to music. More than 15 different class formats are covered, including hi/low impact, step, kickboxing, indoor cycling, and water exercise. No other text goes into such detail or covers many of the unique class formats in this book, such as water exercise and cycling. 

Methods of Group Exercise Instruction can also prepare group exercise instructors for certification examinations. Practical mini-teaching assignments at the end of each chapter help instructors to apply the information presented and build confidence in their teaching skills. The following are other helpful components in the text:

         Three distinct parts cover the principles of group exercise, guidelines for class segments, and practical teaching skills.

         Illustrations, photos, written descriptions, and DVD examples work together to demonstrate the proper techniques for warm-up, cardiovascular training, strength training, and flexibility training.

         The most popular forms of group exercise classes and key details for a variety of formats, ranging from technique and music selection to step-by-step class routines, are included.

         An instructor evaluation form for directors of group exercise classes.

         Practice drills along with written and practical assignments make the material easy to teach and learn.

 

Included with the book is an accompanying training DVD of video clips that provide valuable visual and practical information. It contains examples of fundamental instructional techniques for alignment and counting out the beat; segment demonstrations for warm-up, cardiorespiratory training, muscular conditioning and flexibility training, and cool-down; basic moves, progressions, sample music, and sample routines for five class formats (hi/low impact, step training, kickboxing, stationary indoor cycling, and water exercise); and demonstrations of 10 other popular group exercise class modalities.    

Based on more than 250 articles and research studies on group exercise, Methods of Group Exercise Instruction and its companion DVD will ground you in the common training principles, correction techniques, and safety issues of group exercise formats so that you can teach any group exercise class with confidence. 

Carol A. Kennedy, MS, is a lecturer in the fitness specialist program within the department of kinesiology at Indiana University, Bloomington. During her more than 25 years of teaching and training fitness leaders, she has served on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) credentialing committees, and she chaired the IDEA Water Fitness Committee.

Certified through ACE as a group fitness instructor and ACSM as a health fitness instructor, Kennedy is a regular presenter at fitness conferences and has produced videos on exercise progression and water exercise. At Indiana University, she created and managed the Recreational Sports Fitness/Wellness Program, which included more than 100 group exercise sessions per week before moving to the department of kinesiology to assist with the creation of the fitness specialist undergraduate major.

Kennedy earned her bachelor�s degree in leisure studies from the University of Illinois, and her master�s degree in exercise and sport science from Colorado State University. She has created and taught a methods of group leadership class at three major universities and continues to teach group exercise classes on a regular basis.

Mary Yoke, MA, MM, has more than 21 years of experience teaching and training group exercise leaders. In addition to leading group exercise classes on a regular basis, she is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University in New York, where she teaches a graduate course in exercise leadership. She is an adjunct board member and master trainer for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and served on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) credentialing committee for six years.

Yoke has led seminars for fitness professionals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. She gives numerous presentations throughout the United States to both fitness professionals and the general public. She is the author of two other books on fitness, as well as three videos.

Holding over 19 certifications from organizations such as the ACSM, AFAA, American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and Stott Pilates, Yoke received her bachelor�s and master�s degrees in music from Indiana and Florida State Universities, respectively. She then earned a master�s degree in exercise physiology from Adelphi University, where she has authored several research studies on group exercise.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736049078
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
Book and DVD
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Principles of Group Exercise Instruction

Chapter 1. Introduction to Group Exercise

Health-Related Components of Fitness

Student-Centered Versus Teacher-Centered Instruction

Professional Certifications for Group Exercise Instructors

Group Cohesion Research

 

Chapter 2. Evolution of Fitness

Cultural Influences on Body Image and Exercise

Group Exercise Instructors As Role Models

Creating a Healthy Exercise Environment

 

Chapter 3. Instructing a Group Exercise Class

Preclass Organization

Four Class Segments in Group Exercise

Progressive Functional Training Continuum

Communication Skills

Music for Group Exercise

 

Part II: Guidelines for Group Exercise Class Segments

Chapter 4. Warm-Up

Dynamic Movement

Rehearsal Moves

Major Muscle Groups Stretched

 

Chapter 5. Cardiorespiratory Training

Beginning Intensity

Muscle Balance

Movement Options and Verbal Cues

Monitoring Exercise Intensity

Participant Interaction and Enjoyment

Postcardio Cool-Down

 

Chapter 6. Muscular Conditioning

Posture and Alignment

Intensity

Safety Issues

Basic Anatomy and Joint Actions

Muscle Conditioning Equipment

 

Cueing Methods

Exercise Progressions and Modifications

 

Chapter 7. Flexibility Training

Safety Issues

Flexibility Training Exercises

Cueing Methods

Relaxation and Visualization

 

Part III: Practical Teaching Skills

Chapter 8. Hi/Low Impact Programs

Technique and Safety

Basic Moves

Elements of Variation

Smooth Transitions

Building Basic Combinations

Additional Choreography Techniques

Training Systems

Cueing Methods

 

Chapter 9. Step Training

Warm-Up

Technique and Safety

Basic Moves

Basic Combinations and Choreography Techniques

Training Systems

 

Chapter 10. Kickboxing

Warm-Up

Technique and Safety

Basic Moves

Basic Combinations and Choreography Techniques

Other Kickboxing Formats

 

Chapter 11. Stationary Indoor Cycling

Warm-Up

Technique and Safety

Basic Moves

Formatting Indoor Cycling Classes

Intensity

Cueing Methods

 

Chapter 12. Water Exercise

Properties of Water

Newton�s Laws of Motion

Land and Water Differences

Warm-Up

Technique and Safety

Basic Moves

Training Systems

Equipment

 

Chapter 13. Other Group Exercise Modalities

Equipment-Based Cardio Training

Slide training

Rebounding

NIA

Latin, Funk, Hip-Hop, and Country

Barre and Dance-Based Classes

Yoga

Pilates

T�ai Chi

Sports Conditioning

Outdoor Walking and In-line Skating

Ramping

Combination Classes and Other Options

 

Appendix A.      Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form

Appendix B.      Short Health History Form

Appendix C.      Long Health History Form

Appendix D.      Informed Consent Form

Appendix E.      Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

Appendix F. Muscles and Actions

Appendix G.      Sample Step Routine

Appendix H.      Sample Water Workout Plan

 

DVD CONTENTS

Chapter 1. Introduction to Group Exercise

Chapter 2. Evolution of Fitness

Chapter 3. Instructing a Group Exercise Class

         Alignment Correction Techniques

         Counting Out the Beat

Chapter 4. Warm-Up

         Warm-Up Example

Chapter 5. Cardiorespiratory Training

         Cardiorespiratory Training Example

Chapter 6. Muscular Conditioning

         Progression Options and Instructor Cueing

Chapter 7. Flexibility Training

         Flexibility and Cool-Down Segment Example

Chapter 8. Hi/Low Impact

         Lower Body 2-Count and 4-Count Moves

         Arm Patterns

         Smooth Transitions Drill

         Freestyle Practice Drill

         Building a Basic Combination Practice Drill

         Elements of Variation

         Anticipatory Cueing Practice Drill

         Comprehensive Choreography Overview

Chapter 9. Step Training

         Front, Top, and Side Approach

         Step Warm-Up Outlined in Appendix G

         Sample 32-Count Step Practice Drill

Chapter 10. Kickboxing

         Basic Punches, Kicks, and Movements

         Kickboxing Combination Sample

Chapter 11. Stationary Indoor Cycling

         Cycle Setup Demonstration

         Basic Cycling Move Instruction

Chapter 12. Water Exercise

         Water Exercise General Movement Overview

Chapter 13. Other Group Exercise Modalities

         Treadmill Class Demonstration

         Slide Class Demonstration

         Hip Hop Class Demonstration

         Latin Class Demonstration

         Yoga Class Demonstration

         Pilates Class Demonstration

         T�ai Chi Class Demonstration

         Sports Class Demonstration

         Walking Class Demonstration

         Ramp Class Demonstration

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