Cassandra Forsythe, Ph.D, R.D, C.S, says that ultimately, “You need to be doing enough cardio to go into a calorie deficit.” Which means you need to b
As fitness studies continues to provide new information, exercise programs are developed as a result of this research. Aerobic exercise came about consequently due to the research which showed the benefits of increasing the heart rate to cardiovascular health overall.
This is also the case with the BodyPump resistance weight training group program. Designed specifically to increase muscle tone and strength, along with other added benefits, without adding the bulk that many people do not wish to gain.
A simple explanation of the BodyPump program is as follows:
It consists of 60-minute resistance exercise using a barbell, however rather than focusing on heavy weights, the emphasis is on low-weight barbells that are used in a more rapid exercise. This is because the idea behind the program is to “exhaust” your muscles so that they strength and tone but do not add bulk.
You will complete 5-6 specific exercises but with so many reps of each one, ending up having completed approximately 800 reps in one 60-minute session; as the weights used are minimal, these are not horrible to achieve, and thus the program can become addictive. The 6 exercises consist of; squat, chest press, deadrow, clean and press, lunge, and reverse curl.
All exercises are done to music in the BodyPump program and therefore plays a key factor because there must be a rhythm. The original program which was developed by Les Mills has specific music tracks for all levels or progress. As you improve and gain confidence, there are music tracks that require more rapid movement that you are able to move up to.
Whilst it is usually taught in a group class which has the benefit of
Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to really test your physical strength, stamina and mental grit. An interesting point to make is that the obstacles are very team orientated so the organisers are very keen to point out that you will cross the finishing line with more friends that you started with.
This is not an event for personal glory, it is about working with others. On a lighter note Tough Mudder also boast that in addition to the 20+ world class obstacles that you will face you will also get 500,000 litres of mud and 40 tons of ice!
The stats are certainly very impressive with 2.5m participants in 200+ events since 2010, in 6 countries. Another important aspect to note is that many participants compete for charities and in total £5m has been raised for various charities.
So when Virgin Active won the contract to run Tough Mudder classes to help people prepare for the real thing they turned to Physical Company to help them create obstacles that would mirror the real things. But the challenge was also to ensure that wherever you were taking the course you would have the same spec and high standards of equipment. Physical Company were also chosen for their reputation for delivering on time and to budget.
“When the Tough Mudder project landed in our laps we knew it would be a great opportunity but also a great challenge,” says James Trevorrow, Virgin Active Product Innovation Manager. “We had a very tight deadline for the size of the project and knew it would need a fast thinking, problem solving team with a ‘can do’ approach.
Physical Company is a company we do work with on a wide range of existing products so we intuitively turned to them first to help source what we needed. They have an extensive catalogue and have been very reliable in the past.” In fact Physical Company had only 3 months to deliver and to 95 different Virgin Active sites.
The outcome was realistic kit that could really help prepare participants for the real challenge including cargo nets, floor ladders, hurdles, battle ropes, slam balls but also water canisters, electric shock balls and even a fog machine. In addition the Tough Mudder is about unpredictability and creating instability for your body. To achieve this Physical Company recommended the hydro inertia kit Kamagon Balls and Surge as the sudden shift of water takes
Cross trainers (elliptical trainers) are one of the most popular forms of cardio training on the market. They provide for low-impact workouts that are less stressful
So you’ve decided to lose weight. Maybe you’ve joined a gym or invested in some fitness equipment yourself. There is much advice regarding weight