I definitely need some of that functional fitness ( http://www.healthwiseexercise.com ) right now. After being sick for so long I'm having a hard time getting back up to where I was health wise just to be able to do the little everyday things. Has anyone tried it that can tell me what it's like?
1/13/2011 8:55:02 AM
It's always a good idea to try a class before making any commitment -- not only the type of class but the class taught by a specific instructor. I signed up for a series of step aerobic classes once, knowing that it was something I've always enjoyed. What I didn't know was that this particular instructor had a voice like a rusty hinge. After a couple of classes listening to her, amplified to about 90 decibels and backed up with screeching rock music, I went home with a pounding headache and never returned.
I've been going to spinning classes for over a year at our YMCA. Around Christmas, they got a new set of bikes, and it has made a BIG difference! These ones have digital readouts for the gear settings and your RPMs, so it's much easier to keep track of my effort. I'm told that using the spinning shoes that clip on make a big difference, too (in terms of how your effort translates into muscles exercises), but I haven't bought any yet.
What makes a spinning class different from riding a standard stationary bike is that you have the instructor who has designed a workout - one day it might be a focus on hill climbing (increasing the resistance), another day it might focus on sprint intervals (pedaling fast at lower resistance levels), etc.
I actually take a "bike and tone" class, so after the 55-60 minute spinning section we spend about 15-20 minutes doing strength and toning exercises with weights, stability ball, etc.
1/13/2010 11:10:47 PM
The article begins by stating that fitness classes aren't what they used to be, "skinny people jumping around to music". but when I look at the picture on the page, there they are, the skinny people...now granted, they aren't jumping to the music, but they are all thin!! New picture needed, please!
Gosh I wish my "academia" in Brazil offered these. I think I will print this off (?) and see if we can adapt some to personal training (which my gym excels at) and see if I can make some work for me. Thanks!
I try to keep my workouts varied - a little yoga, kickboxing, boxing, weights, and even the bosu. Spinning however just does not inspire me. I push until my thighs burn, but the calorie numbers are always disappointing. I'd rather spend my time on the treadmill or elliptical.
Been using the BOSU for about 4 years at our gym - great fun - use it instead of step sometimes as well as balance and lifts. Particularly dislike (therefore it probably works well) doing press-ups with the rounded side down to the floor, holding the handles. Very effective piece of equipment
4/15/2009 10:41:52 AM
Saw the BOSU last night on Biggest Loser for the first time. It looked tough!
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