Ever heard of the paradox of choice? Where you are faced with so many options that you just cannot make a decision. Such as spending half a Friday night deciding what film to watch on Netflix that you become overwhelmed and watch nothing at all. Well, the same could be said for fitness classes, which is why I want to provide you with some fresh workout trends that sound too interesting not to try!
Whether you’re limited for time and want the most out of your workout, or become disinterested half way through a workout, bike x asana may be for you. This is where you spend half an hour sweating it out cycling and the other half stretching it out on the mat. This is a truly balanced approach to fitness and a solid workout session. The Australian standards recommend that we spend between 2.5 to 5 hours each week practising moderate intensity physical exercise. However, if you’re more into gentle exercise, this options offers the benefit of both.
This is next level boxing. This is where teardrop punching bags are filled with water, which reduces the impact of the punch but also requires you to work harder at the punch you pack. Essentially, this workout puts less strain on your joints but increases the amount of resistance, i.e. your muscles work harder than a typical boxing class.
Ladies who Lift
National recommendations for exercise comment that we should be spending at least 2 hours a week on strength exercises. Commonly, when women think about doing weights we think that we’ll bulk up. This is a myth. Weight training is actually the most effective form of exercise to burn fat. The benefits of weight training can also complement other exercises such as running and yoga due to the increased strength and resistance.
For a more affordable exercise option, joining a run club can help perfect your running outside of the fitness group. Sessions focus on speed and interval training, which uses different methods of running programming to help develop and increase both anaerobic and aerobic fitness, whilst also working on technique. Being outdoors also helps contribute to daily vitamin D requirements if you spend your working days in-doors.
This is a workshop that will turn your fitness regime on its head, literally. The exercise is about working on headstands, handstands and strengthening the shoulders, rotator cuff muscles and joints to support the weight of the body. This may not be for everybody, but for people interested in yoga and improving their inversions, this is the workshop for you!
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Ben Lucas is the owner and co- founder of Flow Athletic studio based in Paddington, Sydney. Prior to getting into the fitness industry, Ben was a professional NRL player. After finishing his stint with the NRL, he went on to own three personal training studios and also turned to Ultra Endurance running.