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Posts found under "Group Exercise" within Fit Life

I’m considering taking a new fitness class. What should I look for in a group fitness instructor?

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Thinking about trying out a new group fitness class at your local gym or studio? It’s important to choose wisely, because instructors have the power to make your fitness experience both fun and effective, or they can make it a miserable memory you’ll go out of your way to avoid. Here’s how to choose the right instructor who will keep you coming back to class time and again.




How can I incorporate some competition into my workouts?

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Looking for some fun ways to add some variety and challenge to your workouts? With or without a partner, you can up the competition factor—and enhance the intensity and effectiveness of your workouts—with these creative techniques.




What can I expect in an Aqua Zumba® class?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Ready to try a new twist on your favorite Zumba® fitness class? Aqua Zumba® combines the traditional elements of aqua fitness classes with the upbeat, Latin-infused dance moves and music Zumba fitness is famous for. ACEs own Jessica Matthews gave the class a try and offers her take on this latest fitness sensation.




What can I expect in an aerial yoga class?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, November 28, 2012


It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s yoga performed in mid-air? Aerial yoga gives a whole new meaning to yoga asanas gone airborne. Check out fitness expert Jessica Matthews’ review of aerial yoga, a fun and exciting new way to take your yoga practice to new heights!




What Can I Expect in a Paddleboard Yoga Class?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, August 8, 2012


If you’re looking for a new experience and a change of scenery, stand up paddleboard yoga (SUP yoga) may be the perfect option for you to explore on your fitness journey. ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews explores yet another new fitness classes by attending a stand up paddleboard yoga class on San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay. Check out what she experienced and what she recommends if you’re thinking of trying this popular fitness trend.




What Can I Expect in Popular Group Fitness Classes Like Boot Camp, Barefoot Training and Sports Conditioning?

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Feel like pushing yourself with a group fitness class a bit out of your comfort zone? Higher intensity formats like boot camp or sport conditioning may be just what you need, or perhaps a change of pace with barefoot training. Check out some tips on what you can expect from those classes, and if they’re right for you.




What Can I Expect in a Kettlebell Class?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, July 12, 2012


So what’s all the fuss about kettlebells? Our own ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews continues her journey exploring new fitness classes by attending a kettlebell class in San Diego. Check out what she experienced and what she had to say about the popular fitness trend.




What Can I Expect in a Pole Fitness Class?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, July 3, 2012


If you’ve ever wanted to try pole fitness, check out the experience our own ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews had at her first class. Too intimidated to try? You’re not alone. Jessica checked her insecurities and ego at the door and ended up having more fun than she anticipated. You may be surprised at what she learned.




What can I expect in popular group fitness classes like Pilates, kickboxing and barre?

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, May 9, 2012


You’re just finding your way, and after trying a few of the group fitness standards, you’ve decided Group Fitness is here to stay (at least for YOU anyway)! You love the energy of a class and the watchful eye of the motivator/educator/entertainer at the front of the room. But then again, you want more. With all the choices it’s hard to figure out what you should try next. Take a look at a few of the ‘trending’ classes.




Do the benefits outweigh the risks if individuals hold dumbbells in their hands while doing step aerobics or other cardio activities?

By Cedric Bryant on Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Adding extra weight in the form of hand or wrist weights increases the total mass that must be moved, so it seems logical that using extra weight would be beneficial in boosting the physiological demands of an activity, right? But do the benefits outweigh the risks? Find out here.




Which is better- taking group fitness classes at a gym or following workout DVDs at home?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, June 16, 2010


So you like the idea of having an instructor lead you through your workout, but are torn as to whether to get your sweat on at home or at the gym. How do you decide which option is best for you?




What are the benefits of dance inspired workouts?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, November 11, 2009


In the words of Don Henley “all she wants to do is dance.” And in this case, the girl may be on to something…..