Methods of Group Exercise Instruction Course-3rd Edition

Methods of Group Exercise Instruction Course-3rd Edition

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    Online Course

    Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:
    • The text Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, Third Edition
    • Online video
    • Study guide
    • Continuing education exam
    Formats, modalities, and trends in group exercise are constantly evolving. Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, Third Edition CE Course explores the most common group exercise modalities, giving students the skills to lead dynamic, safe, and effective classes. This course includes training principles, correction and progression techniques, and safety tips for a variety of group exercise formats to enhance the skills of both group exercise leaders and program directors.

    Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, Third Edition CE Course moves from theory to practice in a logical progression. Rather than simply providing routines, this course helps people develop the core skills needed for creating routines, use proper cueing, and adapt teaching to new modalities. Teaching techniques convey appropriate training for each muscle group and methods for warm-up, cardiorespiratory training, muscular conditioning, neuromotor training, and flexibility. In addition, starter routines, modification strategies, and instructor assessment criteria are presented for seven class formats: kickboxing, step training, stationary indoor cycling, sport conditioning and boot camp, water exercise, yoga, and mat-based Pilates. The course also touches on alternative modalities, including dance-based classes, fusion, and mind–body training.

    Online video included with the course contains over 100 minutes of video clips that demonstrate teaching demonstrations, cueing techniques, warm-up and cool-down, progressions and modifications, and basic moves for a variety of exercise modalities. The study guide contains a course syllabus, chapter objectives, and end-of-chapter learning activities to prepare students for the continuing education exam at the conclusion of the course.

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    Table of Contents

    Book Table of Contents

    Preface
    Accessing the Online Video
    Acknowledgments
    Part I: Fundamentals of Group Exercise Instruction
    Chapter 1. Best Practices
    Evolution of Group Exercise
    Role of Group Exercise
    Trends in Group Exercise
    Business Basics for Group Exercise
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignment
    Chapter 2. Social Aspects of Group Exercise
    Creating Group Cohesion
    Instructors as Role Models
    Creating a Healthy Emotional Environment
    Student-Centered Versus Teacher-Centered Instruction
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignments
    Chapter 3. Foundational Components
    Integrating Components of Health Into Class Design
    Creating a Positive Preclass Environment
    Principles of Muscle Balance
    Balancing Strength and Flexibility
    Range of Motion for Major Joints
    Progressive Functional Training Continuum
    The Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignment
    Chapter 4. Traditional Concepts
    Applying Music Skills in Group Exercise
    Traditional Choreography
    Basic Moves
    Elements of Variation
    Creating Smooth Transitions
    Building Basic Combinations
    Additional Choreography Techniques
    Cueing Methods in Group Exercise
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignments
    Chapter 5. Coaching-Based Concepts
    Motivational Strategies for Coaching-Based Group Exercise
    Creating Dynamic Team Environments
    Exercise Modification for Injury Prevention
    Demonstrating Proper Alignment and Giving a Variety of Cues
    Programming Music in a Class That Is Not Beat Driven
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignments
    Part II: Primary Components of Group Exercise
    Chapter 6. Warm-Up and Cool-Down
    Designing a Warm-Up
    Evaluating Stretching in the Warm-Up
    Designing a Cool-Down
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignments
    Chapter 7. Cardiorespiratory Training
    Cardiorespiratory Training Systems
    Beginning Intensity
    Appropriate Intensity Levels
    Intensity Monitoring
    Principles of Muscle Balance in Cardiorespiratory Training
    Safety Issues, Good Alignment, and Technique
    Importance of Participant Interaction and Enjoyment
    Cool-Down After the Cardio Segment
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignment
    Chapter 8. Muscular Conditioning and Flexibility Training
    Recommendations and Guidelines for Muscular Conditioning
    Cueing Muscular Conditioning Exercises
    Demonstrating Progressions, Regressions, Modifications, and Alternatives
    Safety Issues in Muscular Conditioning
    Equipment for Muscle Conditioning
    Recommendations and Guidelines for Flexibility Training
    Cueing Flexibility Exercises and Ending a Class Appropriately
    Safety Issues in Flexibility Training
    Muscular Conditioning and Flexibility Exercises
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignments
    Chapter 9. Neuromotor and Functional Training
    Neuromotor Training Principles and Recommendations
    Functional Training Principles
    Safety Issues in Balance and Functional Training
    Equipment for Balance and Functional Training
    Teaching a Balance Class
    Teaching a Functional Training Class
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Assignments
    Part III: Group Exercise Modalities
    Chapter 10. Kickboxing
    Creating a Warm-Up
    Technique and Safety Issues
    Basic Moves
    Combinations and Choreography Techniques
    Other Kickboxing Formats
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignment
    Chapter 11. Step Training
    Creating a Warm-Up
    Technique and Safety Issues
    Basic Moves and Step Patterns
    Basic Combinations and Choreography Techniques
    Training Systems
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignment
    Chapter 12. Stationary Indoor Cycling
    Positioning, Alignment, and Safety
    Creating a Warm-Up
    Basic Moves
    Formatting Indoor Cycling Classes
    Intensity Monitoring
    Cueing and Coaching Techniques
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignments
    Chapter 13. Sport Conditioning and Boot Camp
    Creating a Warm-Up
    Equipment and Setup
    Planning Safe, Effective Movements
    Basic Moves
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignments
    Chapter 14. Water Exercise
    Benefits of Water Exercise
    Properties of Water and Newton’s Laws of Motion
    Creating a Warm-Up
    Formatting Water Exercise Classes
    Training Systems
    Water Exercise Equipment
    Basic Moves
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignment
    Chapter 15. Yoga
    Philosophy of Yoga
    Breathwork in Yoga
    Beginning a Yoga Class
    Verbal Cues and Music
    Technique and Safety Issues
    Equipment and Class Setting
    Basic Asanas (Postures)
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignments
    Chapter 16. Pilates
    The Pilates Method: Basic principles
    Creating a Warm-Up
    Verbal Cues and Music
    Technique and Safety Issues
    Ending a Pilates Class
    Basic Moves
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignments
    Chapter 17. Alternative Modalities in Group Exercise
    Creating a Client-Centered Group Exercise Class
    Group Exercise for Niche Markets
    Lifestyle-Based Physical Activity Classes
    Dance-Based Classes
    Equipment-Based Cardiorespiratory and Strength Training
    Mind–Body Classes
    Fusion Classes
    Ethical Practice Guidelines for Group Fitness Instructors
    Chapter Wrap-Up
    Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form: Key Points
    Assignment
    Appendix A Group Exercise Class Evaluation Form
    Appendix B Short Health History Form
    Appendix C Long Health History Form
    Appendix D Informed Consent and Agreement Form
    Appendix E PAR-Q and You
    Appendix F Sample Step Warm-Up
    Appendix G Sample Water Exercise Plan
    References
    Index
    About the Authors

    Audience

    A continuing education course for fitness, physical activity, and group exercise instructors.

    About the Author

    Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the school of public health in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University at Bloomington. During her more than 30 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. Her research interests are translational research for physical activity and functional movement experiences for the over-40 population.

    Certified through ACE as a group fitness instructor, ACSM as a health fitness instructor, and FMS as a functional movement specialist, Kennedy-Armbruster is a regular presenter at fitness conferences. At Indiana University, she managed the recreational sport fitness and wellness program that included more than 100 group exercise sessions per week before moving to the department of kinesiology to assist with the creation of the health fitness specialist undergraduate major.

    Kennedy-Armbruster 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 completed her PhD in human performance at Indiana University while working with a military over-40 population. She has created and taught methods of group leadership classes at three major universities and continues to engage in and lead group movement experiences.

    Kennedy-Armbruster and her family reside in Greenwood, Indiana. She enjoys outdoor activities, biking, tennis, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

    Mary M. Yoke, MA, MM, has more than 30 years of experience teaching and training group exercise leaders. In addition to leading group exercise classes on a regular basis, she is a lecturer in the school of public health in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University at Bloomington, where she teaches several undergraduate courses 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 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 master’s degree in exercise physiology from Adelphi University, where she has coauthored several research studies on group exercise.

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