An Entertaining Fitness Class Idea
Fitness classes are like a spaghetti western – there’s the good, the bad and the ugly. The instructor usually makes all the difference in the world, but it’s difficult to find a really good group fitness leader. If you’re unable to find one then the next thing to do is create a program/class that is enjoyable regardless of the instructor.
Last week I came across an iPhone app called BodyFate. Here’s how it works. You check off the equipment you have (medicine ball, dumbbells, resistance bands, hula hoop, jump rope, etc.). You choose between 3 levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and you choose the length of your workout. When you hit the start button you are presented with two options (doors or hands). Once you have chosen a door (either the left or the right) it will reveal the exercise you (and fate) have chosen. An animated photo will appear to show you how to do the exercise and your workout begins. The exercises are based on your fitness level and the equipment you have available. You never know what exercise is next and that is the fun of it.
You also get 1 “Pass”. If you don’t like the exercise that appears, or you find it too difficult, you can use your “Pass”, but you can only do this once. There are also “Rest” options. You get 3 of these. If you use one of your “Rests” you get one minute to relax. You can earn more “Passes” and “Rests” throughout the workout/game. There’s more to the app, but this is the general concept.
Now imagine taking that idea and creating a group fitness class where the participants take turns choosing mystery options. Behind one door is 2 minutes of jump-roping and behind the other is sit-ups. It’s Donny’s turn to choose and he chooses the red door. It’s jump-roping. Half of the class cheers and the other half moans – and then they all laugh and grab their ropes. Donnie has the chance to use the groups “Pass” but he doesn’t. After 2 minutes have passed it’s Lisa’s turn to choose. She, instead, chooses to use one of the “Rests”. The class thanks Lisa and relaxes for one minute. Now it’s Cindy’s turn to choose…and so on.
The choices can be viewed through a power point presentation, a board with cards taped up on it having the exercises written on the back, or playing cards that can be turned over. This is a program that can create quite a buzz. Everyone is looking for an enjoyable way to stay in shape.