Paperback, 2004, 254pages, new
Methods of Group Exercise Instruction is the most comprehensive research-based book available for health and fitness professionals who want to learn how to lead effective group exercise classes. It describes the methodology required for setting up classes, how to create effective teaching progressions, and how to choreograph and program to music. More than 15 different class formats are covered, including hi/low impact, step, kickboxing, indoor cycling, and water exercise. No other text goes into such detail or covers many of the unique class formats in this book, such as water exercise and cycling.
Methods of Group Exercise Instruction can also prepare group exercise instructors for certification examinations. Practical mini-teaching assignments at the end of each chapter help instructors to apply the information presented and build confidence in their teaching skills. The following are other helpful components in the text:
·Three distinct parts cover the principles of group exercise, guidelines for class segments, and practical teaching skills.
·Illustrations, photos, written descriptions, and DVD examples work together to demonstrate the proper techniques for warm-up, cardiovascular training, strength training, and flexibility training.
·The most popular forms of group exercise classes and key details for a variety of formats, ranging from technique and music selection to step-by-step class routines, are included.
·An instructor evaluation form for directors of group exercise classes.
·Practice drills along with written and practical assignments make the material easy to teach and learn.
Included with the book is an accompanying training DVD of video clips that provide valuable visual and practical information. It contains examples of fundamental instructional techniques for alignment and counting out the beat; segment demonstrations for warm-up, cardiorespiratory training, muscular conditioning and flexibility training, and cool-down; basic moves, progressions, sample music, and sample routines for five class formats (hi/low impact, step training, kickboxing, stationary indoor cycling, and water exercise); and demonstrations of 10 other popular group exercise class modalities.
Based on more than 250 articles and research studies on group exercise, Methods of Group Exercise Instruction and its companion DVD will ground you in the common training principles, correction techniques, and safety issues of group exercise formats so that you can teach any group exercise class with confidence.
Specifically developed for instructors of Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, the instructor guide includes an assortment of tools to make course and lecture preparation easier. Instructors will find a sample syllabus, class guidelines and handouts, and lesson suggestions, as well as practical exam guidelines and certification information.
The test package for Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, created with Respondus 2.0, includes a bank of questions in multiple-choice and essay format. With Respondus LE, a free version of the Respondus software, instructors can:
• create print versions of their own quizzes and tests by selecting from the question pool;
• create, store, and retrieve their own questions;
• select their own test forms and save them for later editing or printing; or
• export the tests into a word-processing program.
A Respondus upgrade also offers the capability to create and manage exams that can be published directly to Blackboard, eCollege, WebCT, and other course-management systems. Instructions for downloading a free version of Respondus and for acquiring the test package are online.
About the Author
Carol A. Kennedy, MS, is a lecturer in the fitness specialist program within the department of kinesiology at Indiana University, Bloomington. During her more than 25 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.
Certified through ACE as a group fitness instructor and ACSM as a health fitness instructor, Kennedy is a regular presenter at fitness conferences and has produced videos on exercise progression and water exercise. At Indiana University, she created and managed the Recreational Sports Fitness/Wellness Program, which included more than 100 group exercise sessions per week before moving to the department of kinesiology to assist with the creation of the fitness specialist undergraduate major.
Kennedy 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 has created and taught a methods of group leadership class at three major universities and continues to teach group exercise classes on a regular basis.
Mary Yoke, MA, MM, has more than 21 years of experience teaching and training group exercise leaders. In addition to leading group exercise classes on a regular basis, she is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University in New York, where she teaches a graduate course 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 over 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 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Indiana and Florida State Universities, respectively. She then earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Adelphi University, where she has authored several research studies on group exercise.