Nine Fall Alternatives

  • Out of the Box Workouts - Gyms are not for everyone we get that. The popularity of TV shows like, ABC's

    Dancing with Stars has dance studios popping up all around the country. Hip

    hop, ballroom, Latin and country line dancing combine high energy and

    motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow participants to

    get fit while dancing away their worries. Outdoor boot camps are gaining in

    popularity and local boxing clubs have crowded rings and classes filled with

    people of all ages. For some, these fun, recreational activities hide the fact

    that they really are exercising which is a good thing!
  • Body Weight and Equipment-Free Workouts - Equipment can intimidate some and others want to

    add options and flexibility to their existing workout regimens. These full-body

    workouts focus on movement patterns, repetitions, and plyometric work to target

    multiple muscle groups. These types of workouts are perfect for traveling since

    they require no equipment and, therefore, can be performed anywhere.
  • Event or Sports-Specific Programming - Many Americans participate each year in charity

    runs and walks. Many train up to a year in advance. For many it is a great

    social event and an opportunity to take the focus off themselves and onto their

    charity of choice. This trend doesn't stop there; clubs are offering training

    for surfboarding, golf, football, etc. specific workouts; all while helping

    participants build the strength, endurance, and stamina needed for real-life

    activities and sports.
  • Boomer Fitness Focus - Individuals age 50+ are redefining our expectations about age, vitality, and

    life realizing the importance of physical activity as we age. For the aging

    population, regular exercise is critical in keeping the body limber, injury

    free, and more youthful. AARP, the noted advocacy group for individuals age

    50+, launched a major fitness initiative in September of 2007 aimed at providing

    a wide range of affordable fitness services to its 39 million members.
  • Focused Express Workouts - Group classes lasting 30 minutes or less that focus on one component

    of fitness or training a specific part of the body (e.g., core stabilization,

    upper-body strength, balance and agility, aerobic training/fat burning).

    Participants enjoy targeting a specific goal within a short time commitment.

    Many clubs piggy-back these classes in their schedules for members to attend

    two classes in a row.
  • Total Wellness Programming - Prevention is the key for long-term health and optimal quality of

    life. More and more people will focus on injury and disease prevention and

    understand how food, exercise, weight and a healthier mindset must interact for

    the body to achieve balance and total wellness. It is a focus on what the body

    and mind need and how to encourage them to work in harmony. Maintaining a

    healthy mind and body from the inside with less of a focus on physical

    appearance is steadily becoming a new ideal.
  • Hybrid Programming -

    Fusion of mind-body techniques like breath work and meditation into traditional

    modalities continues to be popular. Workouts like Spin-Yoga and Pilates Fusion

    combine strength, flexibility and endurance and offer the equivalent of an all-in-one

    exercise experience.
  • Technology-Based Workouts - Consumers are choosing to use downloadable programs to iPods, PDAs

    etc., which offer fitness programming with illustrations and/or streaming

    video. In addition, technological advancements are making it possible to more

    precisely measure a wide variety physiological responses and document-training

    program results. Metabolic testing devices provide more accurate physiological

    data to improve weight management and performance programming.
  • Functional Strength Training - Whether it's walking, hiking or lifting, functional strength is

    needed to successfully complete the task. Incorporating it into an existing

    exercise program enhances strength, endurance, balance, and coordination in

    everyday activities. Individuals will increasingly be searching for workout

    programs that will help them more safely and effectively perform their

    activities of daily living, work-related tasks, and recreational or

    sports-specific activities.

What do you think?