Common Exercises that Cause Lower Back Problems : Pt. 2

Group fitness classes should teach movements that are easily replicated in the “real world” life of our clients. The motions we teach should be functional and need to move in the natural alignment of the body. If we start to teach exercises that are not in natural positions, we risk injuries for our clients. It Read More …

Common Exercises that Cause Lower Back Problems : Pt. 1

Every weekend, I have the pleasure of training and educating other fitness professionals. I love my job. The life of a fitness educator is not glamorous; I live out of a suitcase.  But I thoroughly enjoy working with other like-minded people. While training instructors in the Barre Above program, I have had numerous trainers complain of low Read More …

Tips for Effective Core Training

Remember lying on the mat in elementary school P.E. or early aerobics classes and doing numerous crunches over and over again? Who would have thought that your gym coach and group fitness instructor would lead you in the wrong direction? Science has shown us that crunches are terrible for your spine. Performing crunches only shortens Read More …

How to Use Different Cueing to Connect with Everyone in Your Room

When you walk into a group fitness class, what do you see? Beginners to athletes, males to females, experienced to newbies, a group fitness class population truly can run the gauntlet. Yet, we as instructors must connect with each student while providing a safe and effective workout for everyone. How do we juggle so many Read More …

Be a Coach in Your Group Fitness Class

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 for over two decades. Also, I Read More …

The Re-Shaping of Your Booty

Trainers, are you contantly asked “Can I spot reduce my gluteus (a.k.a. booty) in your barre class?” I am! And my answer is always…”Nope!” And when asked if one can roll it with a foam roller or similar device to break-up the cellulite and cause the booty to be smaller, I give the similar answer of “Nope!” Read More …

What the tuck?

Last week in my blog 3 Common Barre Misconceptions, I did not speak of the infamous “tuck” position found in some barre classes. I felt that this position shouldn’t be lumped together with other misconceptions, but rather discussed on its own. So this week, let’s investigate this position. I mean seriously, what the tuck? The Read More …