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Workout your Workout
These days there’s a raft of information, advice, bold claims and tactics to get people to try the latest and greatest workouts. You can do upside-down yoga, aerobics to happy hardcore and pirouette in a pool. After years of trying all the stuff that says it’ll make you buff, Workout Warriors put together their top tips for getting fit depending on your goals.
No one wants to do the same thing day in day out; our advice is to mix it up and keep your body guessing, retain focus and motivation and always keep it fun.
If you want some help and advice, our tailored private group training sessions in our Swindon studios are the best way for you to kickstart your programme and make sure you’re working out smart. Get in touch via email or social media; we would genuinely love to hear from you.
Low Intensity Steady-State Cardio (LISS)
This involves jogging, cycling, rowing, walking or swimming at a low level of intensity that you are able to maintain at a steady pace.
We recommend engaging in low intensity cardio for 30-60 minutes. Your heart rate should be steady throughout, try the talk test; you should be able to have a conversation without feeling like you might keel over.
Benefits of LISS
- High calorie burn rate
- Builds endurance
- Low impact
- Quick recovery time
- Helps to maintain heart health
- Great for weight loss
- Increases overall fitness – lowers blood pressure and heart rate
- Helps build confidence post injury – this kind of low impact training is easier on joints and muscles
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT is at the opposite end of the spectrum to your LISS, it requires determination and focus, and it’s one of our favourites to teach in our group personal training at our Swindon studios.
HIIT involves bursts of maximum effort followed by short rest periods, for 15-25 minutes; done properly the results really are impressive.
- Benefits of HIIT:
- Builds strength and fitness
- Increased calorie burn for up to 24 hours
- Flexibility: you can do HIIT anywhere using your body for resistance
- Minimal time investment – train for 15-25 minutes up to four times a week to maximise the results
- Good for weight loss thanks to that awesome continued calorie burn post workout
- All over body conditioning
- Rapid results increasing fitness and improving strength
Weight and Resistance Training
Training with weights or using your own body weight for resistance needs power and strength, and to achieve noticeable results requires intensive training; which let’s face it, isn’t for everyone.
There are different variants of weights and resistance, including dumbbells, kettlebells, plates, medicine balls, slam balls, resistance bands and Olympic bars. Come to one of our Swindon studios for an intro to them all, or to find the one that works best for you. There’s a myriad of moves to accompany your hardware of choice, they can all be used differently to target specific areas of the body, and with our group personal training, we’ll develop a programme to suit you and your goals.
Benefits of Weight and Resistance Training:
- Choose from variety of weights and resistance equipment
- Build strength and increase muscle mass
- Tone or ‘bulk’ your body (depending on your preference and how hard you want to workout)
- Increase metabolism (more muscle = higher calorie burn)
- Decrease risk of injury and osteoporosis by building bone mineral density
- Increase athletic performance
Yoga / Pilates / Body Balance
Various forms of each of these exercises use your body weight in a series of dynamic moves to help improve fitness, flexibility and core strength.
Benefits of Yoga and Pilates:
- Improve strength, flexibility and balance
- Lengthen muscles
- Low impact exercise is great post injury
- Reduced recovery time for sore muscles
- Improve balance and coordination
- Tone the body
- Perfect for a high intensity post workout cooldown
- Excellent for stress management, relaxation and practicing mindfulness while you work your body
Fun Stuff - to Entertain and Keep You Fit!
Do whatever already floats your boat, or try something new; go horse riding, snowboarding, rock climbing, or pole dancing!
Do something for you that’s good for you, your mind, body and soul; even better, do it with a friend, hang out with your girls, have a giggle and when you don’t feel like you want to go and slog it in the gym, do something that keeps you active, gets you out, and most importantly, invest time in you.
Get your mates together and get in touch with us to talk about our private group training in our Swindon studios; we’ll help you to workout your workout!
Lisa and Jodie x