Club’s Solution, Part 1

Participation in group fitness classes at Westmoreland Athletic Club in Greensburg, Pa, was on the decline, according to executive director Laurie Corbett, and the club wanted to find a way to increase participation and introduce new people to its classes. Says Corbett, “We needed to add some variety, and introduce club members to the various formats of the classes we offer.”

What the club came up with is a monthly class called Tag Team. Corbett explains: The group fitness instructors get together and choose a theme for the class, including music and class content. The theme is then used as a backdrop for the class, which includes more than one instructor. The class typically starts out with a warm-up, then a hi/lo-impact segment, moves into kickboxing, thento step,then toa weight segment, and ends up with yoga or a Pilates mat class segment.

The Tag Team class lasts about two hours. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. Says Corbett, “We choose one evening the last week of every month to offer the class. The day varies so that participants who may not be able to attend, for example, on a Wednesday, can still have the opportunity to try the class.”

To make the class festive, the room is decorated to go with the chosen theme, and instructors wear coordinating outfits. Sometimes refreshments are served.

Some of the Tag Teams Westmoreland Athletic Club has offered include the following:

Rock and Jam through the Decades. Each instructor chose a decade from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s or today. Music and the instructors’ outfits fit that particular era. The room was decorated with old 45s, albums, posters, cut-out music notes, etc. “We had instructors from a Madonna look-a-like, to a Disco dresser, to [one] with bobby socks and a pony tail,” says Corbett.

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