July 22, 2016 / Category: Fitness Advisor
The fitness industry is changing, and boutique gyms are leading the transformation. But traditional fitness facilities can learn from the industry shift and replicate the appeal of the smaller, niche gyms.
Successful boutiques combine novelty, friendly competition, a sense of community and proper guidance. Fitness facilities can use this blueprint to create similar excitement for their members. But traditional health clubs need to keep in mind some other key aspects of the small group training experience outlined in the Life Fitness Guide to Small Group Training.
The right equipment mix. Small group training can be built around several types of functional training equipment. But adding cardio equipment for high-intensity interval training can ratchet the experience up a notch in intensity and fun.
A unique environment. A distinctive space that includes edgy lighting, music and other inviting aspects helps exercisers get excited about their workouts.
The right trainers. Not all personal trainers are cut out for group training and some excel with one-on-one interactions. Finding a energetic trainer who offers enthusiasm, encouragement and effective technique can transform any small group training program into something special.
The combination of a well-planned approach, a fair amount of creativity and the right equipment can make any health club and exciting an inviting place to be.
October 05, 2015 / Category: Hammer Strength
How intense is your everyday exercise? Even if you diligently go to the gym five times per week, you can still improve your output and results by changing the pace of your workouts. The secret to amping it up? Learning how to HIIT.
June 16, 2015 / Category: Fitness Advisor
The popularity of high intensity interval training (HIIT) has been on the rise for years, and understanding how to successfully implement a HIIT program in your facility is essential. According to ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), HIIT involves repeated bouts of high intensity work followed by varied lower intense recovery times. The intense work periods are typically performed at or above 80% of the theoretical max heart rate, which should feel “hard or very hard” for the exerciser. And it varies in length from as short as 10 seconds to several minutes long. Recovery periods are usually performed at 40 to 50% estimated max HR, which should feel “very comfortable” to the individual and last the same length, less or more than the intense periods.