Overcoming Gym Anxiety In The Great Outdoors

Introduction People often talk about feeling a little lazy or unmotivated to head for the gym, but if you are one of the many people that has ‘gym anxiety’, then you know that your reasons for staying put run much deeper. For people who are nervous or anxious about their performance, the gym can feel… Read More

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New Group Class Concept by David Lloyd Leisure to Combat Boutique Fitness Studios

David Lloyd Leisure has thrown down the gauntlet to the UK’s boutique studios by investing £15 million to roll out a new Blaze group exercise class across 49 of its 114 health clubs. The high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class combines cardiovascular training with strength and combat exercises in a format not dissimilar to those from 1Rebel… Read More

What are the Most Popular Group Workouts in 2018?

Indoor cycling has been identified as the most popular group workout in the UK – beating pilates and yoga – by a new industry report from ukactive and the DataHub. The Moving Communities: Active Leisure Trends 2018 report indicates that group cycling currently makes up 13% of all exercise classes (2015, 10%; 2016, 14%; 2017, 25%). Other findings from the report – which was… Read More

When was the Term ‘Aerobics’ Coined?

Until the late 1960s, the idea of exercising for good health and well-being was virtually non-existent. Then in 1968, Kenneth H. Cooper, a Major in the US  Air Force Medical Corps, published a global bestseller in which he coined the term ‘aerobics’ and explained that the more the human body moves, the better it performs.… Read More

When Sweating Makes You Smile: Sweat at Boot Camp to Make Life Smile at You

Whether people realise it or not, we humans are hardwired to pursue goals that challenge us and keep us sharp and engaged with the fulfilling life we want to have. Laziness, sedentary habits, and the blind pursuit of a life that holds comfort as its single goal are recent aspects of the modern life that… Read More

Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors

By Shannon Fable (a USA Veteran Fitness Instructor): “Knowing how to make an impact as a Group Fitness instructor (GFI) is sometimes a misunderstood art. Most of us become GFIs because we LOVE exercising in groups. […] To increase your opportunity to make the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants, consider these 10 important… Read More