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How to Become a Spinning Instructor

If you’re already dedicated to fitness but want to take your skill to the next level, perhaps it’s time to add “become an instructor” to your list of New Year’s resolutions. While there are numerous courses and classes that you can become certified to teach, spinning is a popular choice. While most health clubs offer cycling classes, only some of them are certified spinning classes.

Find an orientation: If you want to become a spinning instructor, the most direct way to become certified is to visit spinning.com and find an orientation course close to your home or workplace. In the 9-hour class, you’ll learn how to properly teach bike setup and safety, develop workout profiles, hone your coaching skills and use techniques to enhance the mind/body connection during a workout.


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Hybrid Workouts and Nike + Top List of Fitness Trends for 2011

Well, 2011 is here at last and is your fitness level where it needs to be? 2011 brings us new and improved ways to get in shape and build your fitness habit. Check below for the top fitness trends of 2011 to watch for!

Piloxing: Piloxing is a hybrid workout that combines the benefits of Pilates with boxing. Pilates offers relaxed movements that tone and strengthen the body as a whole while cardio-boxing adds intensity and sharp movements to increase the heart rate and burn fat at a rapid pace. Check your local gym for classes.

Kangoo Jumps: This trend transformed the pogo stick into pogo shoes. You can jump in your shoes while taking a Kangoo class, or tone and improve your balance while walking or jogging. They are a fun and enjoyable way to add a twist to your current routine.


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Mandy Ingber’s Fitness Background

Mandy Ingber is a personal trainer, fitness and wellness adviser, and possibly one of the best yoga and spinning teachers in Los Angeles. For more than 15 years, Mandy has been helping people become healthier and happier with their bodies and themselves.

“Having the body you want begins with loving the body you have,” Mandy tells her students on a regular basis. This philosophy and idea of accepting yourself as you are helps students love themselves while making physical improvements in their bodies.

Mandy has created a yoga-hybrid workout called Yogalosophy, a “motivational hybrid technique [that] revolves around cycles of change.” Yogalosophy combines constant motion (spinning) with stillness and strengthening (yoga) to challenge your body into becoming it’s best.  Many celebrities have come to Mandy for help getting themselves into better physical form. Some of her followers include Jennifer Aniston, Ricki Lake, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt.


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Jennifer Love Hewitt Dedicated to Fitness

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Remember not too long ago when Jennifer Love Hewitt was being stalked on the beach, while every microscopic bit of cellulite was being analyzed and scrutinized by the paparazzi? That whole ordeal was blown out of proportion, of course. We expect our Hollywood starlets to be like cartoon characters without an ounce of human frailty.

Anyway, Hewitt is single now. Being newly independent often leads to a little shape-up in ones appearance, sometimes for good, other times bad. After breaking up with “Ghost Whisperer” costar Jamie Kennedy in March, Hewitt gave herself a makeover, which included a little more attention to her fitness routine.


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A Beginner’s Guide to Spinning

spinningCardiovascular training can get monotonous from time to time; that’s why it doesn’t hurt to modify or change up your cardio routine every once in a while. Spinning is a great way to do so. Spinning is among one of the most popular group fitness classes out there today. Spinning consists of upbeat music, a motivating instructor, and a hard core calorie burning workout.

The stationary bikes offer a great cardiovascular workout all while improving your lower body muscular strength and endurance. Every class is a little different, depending on the instructor, but mainly consists of a combination of sprints, varying resistance levels, and normal rides.

The best thing about spinning is that you can go at your own pace or keep up with the instructor; it’s totally up to you. Spinning is also a great way to exercise with a friend, make new friends, or break through the boredom barrier with a new style of exercise.
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