Over the past few years I found myself testing and trying various different fitness approaches, trying to figure out the things that work for me and I like.
I tried several of the activities available in my local gym including, treadmill, circuit and weights. Found all of these rather tedious fairly quickly. Not wanting to give up, I thought I would give group fitness a go. This proved my bliss, so over time I have established a mix of classes that do everything for me that I need and more.
Les Mills – Body Combat
High intensity cardiovascular workout. Get’s my heart pumping and increased my fitness to the highest level it has ever been. My resting pulse is below 50 and I feel like a man half my age. It also combines mixed martial arts into the workout. There is a point to doing this class that goes beyond just exercise. Significantly more effective than a treadmill and a lot more fun. Even when the instructor is shouting at you…
Les Mills – Body Pump
Group fitness weight class. Using weights choreographed to rhythmic music you get a full body weight lifting workout. Easy enough to challenge yourself if you want to. If you find a good instructor, motivation is easy and the results are phenomenal. I use this for muscle building. Great substitute for any weight or circuit work that you could do, and considerably more fun.
Les Mills – CXWorx
Good solid 30 minute core work fitness class. Focuses from the neck down to your but. Front and back. Though I admit this is probably not my favourite class, and most certainly I would not drive to the gym just for this class, I have seen some near instant benefit from this. Improved core strength, balance and many other benefits especially when tacked onto another group fitness class.
Les Mills – Body Flow
I do this mostly as a resting day workout. As a Yoga – Thai Chi – Pilates based class it is a fabulous stretch. It certainly is a good workout if it is your only workout. For me it is about keeping me moving and flexible. I do a lot of tough fitness work and this makes a massive difference to my bodies ability to endure the challenges of these.
Let the party start. A dance fitness class that will keep you coming back over and over and over. In fact I love it so much I ended up taking the instructor training. Loads of fun and a great workout if you are looking to up your cardiovascular fitness.
No matter what anyone says. If you are not trying to be a competing body builder, group fitness is the way to go. Not only will it help you reach your goals but it will let you do it with joy. It is fun, engaging and worth the trouble. Works for me…