Whether it be the beauty of the outdoors or the craziness of the holiday season, inevitably there will be times when group fitness class attendance starts to dwindle. When this happens instructors start to question their skills or fear management cutting classes – because class sizes have always been the
One of the amazing aspects of group fitness is that we have people of all ages, genders, skills, and backgrounds coming together to experience the joy of movement together. With this however, comes the challenge of teaching to all levels and abilities. As group fitness instructors we must understand how
Have you ever videoed yourself teaching a Group Fitness class? If not, try it out sometime. It’s an amazing tool to assess yourself as an instructor. It can also be excruciatingly painful to watch in that you’ll immediately notice you say the same 5 phrases over. and over. and over.
Our lives are simply an interconnected weave of unique stories that come together to shape our existence. For some, these stories are full of positive emotions and memories. For others their stories carry moments of darkness and despair. But everyone has stories; and often one’s ability in life comes down to
I have to admit something out loud…. In order to effectively explain my programming and thoughts to clients, I draw comparisons and use metaphors. Storytelling and imagery really helps a person who may be an expert, not in the field of fitness, to grasp and understand my coaching concepts and
I never intended to be a fitness instructor—I was a happy Nia® consumer, until it struck me that teaching Nia tailored for Seniors would be a reason to become a Nia teacher. Then I attended an Ageless Grace® Certification with Denise Medved, who demonstrates, in every moment, engaging and empowering
The old cliché that cueing can “make or break” your group-fitness class continues to ring true—especially when leading choreography. Ultimately, we want to meet the learning needs of ALL of our participants, so they can easily follow us and have a positive experience. Here are three common cueing faults that we
In a recent social media post, I offered a reminder to fitness professionals that we should be coaching and not performing. I loved the feedback, comments and questions. The post’s interactions has inspired me to share my own story, as well as more of what I have learned from teaching
Unless you’ve lived in a major bubble (or hole) for the first few days of 2017, you witnessed Mariah Carey’s epic fail of a performance in front of 2million people on Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin Eve stage in Times Square. In what she claims to be “technical malfunctions” and a lack
In October 2016 Michael and I packed all our stuff into a POD and set off on an adventure. We took what could fit in our cars, and hit the road. Our only goals have been to (1) spend time with our family/friends, and (2) see all the National Parks.
Founder, GXunited Lecturer of Exercise Science, MSU Denver
Summer Sides (MS, CSCS) is a self-proclaimed exercise science geek. She loves exploring human movement and finding ways to help people stand taller, move easier, and perform better. Her training methodology includes a mixture of movement pattern training, yoga philosophies, Pilates technique, and aerobic endurance training.
Her fitness career began over 15 years ago and has provided her with some great opportunities to train athletes, create certifications and CEC courses, and teach group exercise classes. These days she focuses on fitness education as a full time Lecturer of Exercise Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Founder of GXunited.
“I hope we make you challenge the status quo, rethink what you know, and discover new group fitness experiences”
-Summer Sides, Founder of GXunited
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