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May 22, 1987 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-22

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B'NAI B'RITH FAMILY NIGHT
. 1 .4%1 13
AT TIGER STADIUM
%`',

Wednesday, June 24, 1987, 7:30 p.m.

I Vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS I
Tickets Available Thru B'nai B'rith
25835 Southfield Rd., Sfld., MI 48075
Bus Transportation — Nominal Fee
For Additional Info. — 552.8177

SOLOS,
EX-CELIBATES, &
CO-HABITANTS

SINGLE

Kindred spirits dwell at the
Amber Apartments of
Royal Oak, Clawson &
Troy.

FITNESS

Ask for "menu" of May &
June re-rentals ; all sizes.
All styles.

Interrogate Diane,

280-2830

Choosing
An Instructor

Community Network
for Jewish Singles

presents

FIT FOR SINGLE LIFE
a singles symposium
June 13 & 14, 1987

Saturday Dance to Gamut
9:00 p.m. A 60's Sockhop

Sunday A day of Workshops
9:00 a.m. Safe Sex, Intimacy in the 80's,

Self Image, Dating, Single Parenting,
Computer Literacy, Health Issues,
Aerobics, Financial Planning.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Edward M. Lichten
"Safe Sex"
David Blake
"Taking Control of Your Life"

Special Attractions

Photography Exhibit by Linda Solomon
Live People Connector Ads
Picnic Lunch
Wine and Cheese Afterglow

To reserve your space, purchase
Advance Tickets

$20.00 package "FIT FOR SINGLE LIFE"
$15.00 Symposium and Picnic
$7.00 60's Sockhop with Gamut

For further information, call our
Singles Program Director
Jill Cole, ACSW at 661-1000, extension 347.

Jewish Community Center
of Metropolitan Detroit

6600 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, Michigan

BECKI COLE

Whether you have been
contemplating the merits of
exercise, or exercise classes
are already an integral part
of your life, you should know
what to look for in an exer-
cise instructor. His or her
abilities as a teacher could
make or break your career as
an exercise enthusiast.
Body Mechanics: An exer-
cise instructor should have
some basic knowledge of
anatomy and physiology. This
understanding of body
mechanics 'should ,be
exemplified in the class for-
mat and in the execution of
movements. Proper align-
ment, placement of the body
during various exercises and
other technical considerations
should be visible in the in-
structor.
He/she should set an
example for the class in his/
her presentation of moves,
giving 100 percent of his/her
ability at all times. Chances
are, if he/she is improperly
aligned (during a forward
kick perhaps), you might not
understand the exercise, and
you yourself will perform the
move improperly, running
the risk of injury.
The class should have a
natural progression of mo-
tion, allowing the body to
warm-up properly and
gradually increase in diffi-
culty. A knowledgeable in-
structor will not bounce your
body through a stretch, or
ask you to lock your knees.
You benefit from his/her
knowledge of the complex
workings of the body.
Your instructor should
identify the muscle groups
you are working, and indicate
why you need to work them.
You may think that by work-
ing your quadriceps you will
look like Charles Atlas, not
realizing the importance
these muscles play in protect-
ing your knees. Understand-
ing your body's make-up
helps produce the results you
desire. Your instructor should
be able to adapt a particular
exercise to suit your body.

If you have a bad back, for
example, there are alternate
exercises you can do for the
abdominal muscles without
putting . strain on the back.
Your instructor should have

Becki Cole is the co-owner of
Body Inc. Exercise Co. in
West Bloomfield.

82

Friday, May 22, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

the knowledge necessary to
make these adjustments for
you during class. If he/she
does nothing but count each
move, your improper form
may go uncorrected, creating
opportunity for injury.
The instructor should know
CPR. He/she should be able
to spot the warning signs of
possible over-exertion,
fatigue, and other risks to
your health. You should
know when you are turning
blue and why.
Training: Ask for your in-
structor's background. After
all, it is your body he/she is
twisting and turning. Per-
haps he/she had classical
dance training. A degree in
an exercise-related field or
certification from one of the
numerous dance exercise
associations may be bene-

The class should
have a natural
progression of
motion.

ficial, but they are not neces-
sarily a guarantee of his/her
qualifications. Educational
programs alone do not pro-
vide the practical training
necessary to teach a proper
class, nor do they insure
knowledge of safe and unsafe
practices.
His/her training should be
thorough, either through the
company he/she works with
or from another source. Look
at his/her track record — how
is he/she regarded in the
community?
Preparation: The class
should flow with a smooth
progression of movements. A
well-prepared class allows for
easy transition from motion
to motion. This'is very impor-
tant during aerobics so that
your footing is not in
jeopardy. A prepared in-
structor can cue you, giving
you signals of the moves to
come.
Skill: The instructor is a
role model for almost
everyone in the class. What
type of image is he/she por-
traying? Does he/she smile,
like he/she is having fun, or
is he/she aloof? He/she should
inject energy into the room.
Generally speaking, you
should see the results of his/
her physical training. Good
muscle tone, coordination and
flexibility are the results of
his/her exercise regime.

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