Methods of Group Exercise Instruction

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Methods of Group Exercise InstructionCarol A. Kennedy-Armbruster, Mary M. Yoke
3rd Edition
US Price: $82
440 pages

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Formats, modalities, and trends in group exercise are constantly evolving. Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, Third Edition With Online Video, explores the most common group exercise modalities, enhancing readers’ marketability by giving them the skills to lead dynamic, safe, and effective classes. This text highlights the commonalities of a variety of group exercise formats through training principles, correction and progression techniques, and safety tips to enhance the skills of both group exercise leaders and program directors.

Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, Third Edition, moves from theory to practice in a logical progression. Rather than simply providing routines, this book helps instructors develop the core skills needed for creating routines, use proper cueing, and adapt their teaching to new modalities. Teaching techniques convey appropriate training for each muscle group and methods for warm-up, cardiorespiratory training, muscular conditioning, neuromotor training, and flexibility. In addition, starter routines, modification strategies, and instructor assessment criteria are presented for seven class formats: kickboxing, step training, stationary indoor cycling, sport conditioning and boot camp, water exercise, yoga, and mat-based Pilates. The text also touches on alternative modalities, including dance-based classes, fusion, and mind–body training.

Thoroughly revised and reorganized based on industry standards, the third edition of Methods of Group Exercise Instruction offers expanded content to help readers become better instructors. Updates to the third edition include the following:

The three-part structure of this book is retained from the previous edition, but the content is reorganized to better reflect industry standards and guidelines. Part I provides a general overview of group exercise: the evolution and advantages of group exercise; the strategies for creating group cohesion in a class; the core concepts in class design; and the use of music, choreography, and cueing methods in designing and leading a class. Part II offers guidelines for leading the four major segments of a group exercise class: warm-up, cardiorespiratory training, muscular conditioning, and flexibility training, and includes a new chapter on neuromotor and functional training. These basic concepts pertain to all modalities covered in part III, which focuses on practical teaching skills. Basic moves, choreography, and training systems are covered for each type of class. Sample routines and class formats for each modality offer a confident starting point for novice instructors and fresh material for veterans. The final chapter discusses customized or hybrid classes such as lifestyle physical activity–based classes, equipment-based cardio classes, and mind and body classes.

When used as a course text, Methods of Group Exercise Instruction, Third Edition, includes instructor ancillaries, which offer suggestions for effective use of the book and online video, lesson plan outlines, a sample week-by-week syllabus, lab activities, and test questions. The third edition also features a newly added image bank containing all the figures and photos from the text to use in presentations.

About the Authors

Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the school of public health in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University at Bloomington. During her more than 30 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. Her research interests are translational research for physical activity and functional movement experiences for an over-40 population.

Certified through ACE as a group fitness instructor, ACSM as a health fitness instructor, and FMS as a functional movement specialist, Kennedy-Armbruster is a regular presenter at fitness conferences. At Indiana University, she managed the recreational sport fitness and wellness program that included more than 100 group exercise sessions per week before moving to the department of kinesiology to assist with the creation of the health fitness specialist undergraduate major.

Kennedy-Armbruster 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 completed her PhD in human performance at Indiana University while working with a military over-40 population. She has created and taught methods of group leadership classes at three major universities and continues to engage in and lead group movement experiences.

Kennedy-Armbruster and her family reside in Greenwood, Indiana. She enjoys outdoor activities, biking, tennis, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Mary M. Yoke, MA, MM, has more than 30 years of experience teaching and training group exercise leaders. In addition to leading group exercise classes on a regular basis, she is a lecturer in the school of public health in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University at Bloomington, where she teaches several undergraduate courses 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 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 master’s degree in exercise physiology from Adelphi University, where she has coauthored several research studies on group exercise.

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Reference for fitness, physical activity, and group exercise instructors, including those preparing for certification; textbook for exercise science, fitness, physical education, kinesiology, public health, and recreation students preparing to teach various group exercise classes.

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