Chapter outline

This chapter focuses on the practical aspects of exercise delivery for phases III and IV group-based exercise classes. Different methods and styles of arranging the group within a space are given to provide interest and variety for the class. In addition, integrating information from previous sections, this chapter explores practical methods for individualising and ideas for progressing exercise prescription. Designing an exercise class requires a good working knowledge of the various physiological responses to exercise and monitoring skills discussed in previous chapters. The components of warm-up (with pulse-raiser, mobility exercises and preparatory stretch), followed by a conditioning component and finally a cool-down incorporating pulse-lowering and developmental stretches are described in order. The use of musculoskeletal endurance exercises as a form of active recovery is discussed. The chapter concludes with advice on the use of music during exercise.

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