Class Review

Be In Control Of Your Body - It's not just about the calories burnt

Most fitness classes burn a similar amounts of calories as shown later in this blog.  Finding the right combination that meet your lifestyle, goals or personality is the key.  I explore how I found a combination that made me feel like I was in control of my body again and live confidently.

 I woke up this morning sleepy, a bit lonely and fed up.   I forced myself to get in the car and go to horse riding and now I feel great!  The morning is beautiful, I feel really good about myself and more then anything I am proud that all my efforts are paying off as I am improving.  

This is not actually an advert for early morning exercise – whilst I love it I know not everyone does – this is a blog more focused around how sport and fitness is all complimentary and the mixture helps strengthen the body for different activities.

 Just under 5 years ago  I had my daughter, via c-section, which shot my abs.  The most common issues we see from clients in the Studio are weak abs and glutes.  This leads to back pain, weight gain, posture issues and can result in sports injury. So I was the same as most people and needed to re-build strength.  

 

1.    I started with yoga, I would have done reformer pilates too if I could have at the time.  This started to help me with full body strength and flexibility which was great for preventing injury.  

 

2.    I then thought I would do some HIIT as I felt I lacked cardio – instantly I injured myself.  A serious back injury that stopped me doing any sport for fitness for 6 weeks.  This was crazy as before the HIIT I was actually losing weight and my body shape was really changing to become lean and toned so the move was counter productive and put me back several weeks.

 

3.    Over the next 3 months I focused on yoga and reformer pilates, really perfecting my postured and I found my strength built similar to weight training, as in reality yoga is a mix of resistance training and flexibility exercises – just like personal training and many HIIT classes.

 

4.    I then managed to get the courage to start horse riding and running again.  I found that this is where things got really interesting.  I had such a strong core my ability to control my muscles and my stamina was much improved, my posture was amazing and my enjoyment of  the various activities was enhanced.

 

5.    I used to wake most mornings with back pain, tired and varying energy levels.  I now have no pain, I stretch every day to help counter my desk job and find myself doing small exercises around the house too including plank with my daughter and press ups (just to check I still can).

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All fitness and health is interconnected for me. See opposite the similarities in muscles groups for rising and running.

I love the variety, I love that the everytime I go to class I am improving and better still I love life and my figure.  


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So lets review.  Most exercises burn a similar number of calories – see adjacent, therefore the combination that you want are those that compliment your lifestyle, personality or goals.

I have had to change some habits, bit I am in control of my body and that feels GREAT!

Class Review: Suspension Training/TRX

What is Suspension Training?

 

There are so many way to stay fit and healthy now days…in fact sometimes there are so many classes it is hard to know what they are.

 

At studio one we offer the best in yoga, fitness and pilates so you know each and every class is of the highest standard and effective.

 

New to our range of classes is suspension training, this fun yet challenging way to build core strength and tone.  Many will be asking what is it? 

 
“Personally I love suspension training, I love the fact you balance in straps and find the versatility of classes means I am always challenged. My fav is any exercise when I have my feet in the straps.  Even just holding a plank burns….I can just feel my bodying toning and getting stronger each class.”

 

Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

 

The straps are attached to the studio ceiling and leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to create a challenging workout.  As you are in control of your straps you can make the class as challenging as you wish.    

 

This class will honestly challenge anyone that comes, within an enjoyable environment.  The small size of class will result in personal attention and ensure that it is not intimidating.  Give it a go – trust me you will love it!!

 

 

Why do it?

 

    This is a fast, effective total-body workout

    Helps build a rock-solid core

    Increases muscular endurance

    Improves cardio

    Low impact but makes you sweat

    It is fun and different

    Anyone can do it!

Class Review: Real Men Do Barre! (Dance and Pilates Class)

Men love to build muscle and run - do manly things.  "Manly things" is not the typical phrase you would hear in a barre studio......well you would in ours.

The fitness regime of a man can focus primarily round weights and cardio, very open their minds to the benefits offered from other forms of fitness.  This is not a rant, this is an observation that men like weights and football not dance and yoga. 

Whilst I continue my campaign to get my boyfriend into the studio to take a yoga or barre class our very own boxing instructor Simon Collins rushed past me, quick as a whippet into Rosie's Barre class.  

 

"I wanted a workout that challenges me and improves my flexibility, barre offered me this and so much more.  It improved my posture, targeted every muscle group, it was low impact and fun!"

 

Given the way he looked afterwards, I would also say it was quite sweaty!  He needed to sit down for 15mins after.

Barre - classes 7am, lunchtime and evening - see our schedule here.

Class Review: Pilates Girl Gone Yogi

Class Review: Challenging and Playful Yoga. Sunday 10am

"So here’s the thing about me, I’m a Pilates girl! "

 

I practice some form of Pilates pretty much everyday, whether it’s a 10 minute YouTube after a run or session with our Rosie on the Mat or Reformers (see Ali’s review on Rosie’s Barre class!). I desperately want to be good at Yoga, but as yet my knees don’t seem to agree. I wobble, I fall and if I’m honest I feel like a champion when I make it to Savasana at the end (my favourite part)! So I was delighted when Shaun’s first comment in our class was ‘lets just have fun with this’, immediately it took the pressure off trying to be a wobble free “Yogi”.

 

Shaun splits his practice into three parts, warm up, dynamic flow and Savasana. He starts off understanding your practice, and adapting the style to suit everyone’s level. After warm up we go into the all body work out flow, which goes by in a flash and makes you feel powerful and strong. Your arms, core and legs and challenged throughout the flow. Your downward dog is perfected and your salutation to the sun is nailed by the end of the flow session. Your planks are a breeze and easing down with your butt in the air makes you look and feel like a Yoga pro!!

 

So after all of your hard work, Shaun rewards us with our relaxation. The point of relaxation is not to fall asleep (we’ve all heard a little snore!), but is to cleanse the mind. Shaun comes over and puts light pressure on your shoulders to ease your body into relaxation with the soft scent of tiger balm to enhance your Savasana.

 

All in all I left feeling like I could tackle Yoga, I was both strong in mind and body and I loved the fun element which Shaun brought to our class. If you’re an experienced Yogi, challenge yourself with Shaun, if you’re a wannabe Yogi like me let Shaun guide you and build your confidence.

 

See you on the Mat!

 

Sweaty – 3

Strength – 4

Mindfulness - 4