Laura's Corner - September 2013
|Fitness Trends |
Small Group Training: A hybrid between personal training and group exercise, small group training is usually offered in 8- to 12-week sessions to allow for progression. Often taught as a circuit with participants moving from station to station, the workouts include cardio and strength training. This is a cost-effective option for those who enjoy group interaction while benefitting from instructor attention. Look for small group training programs this fall in the JCCSF Fitness Center.
Boot Camp: These often take you outdoors for your workout, emphasizing variety, drills and challenges. The friendly competition can be motivating or intimidating, depending upon your outlook. Not all exercises are appropriate for everyone and you are expected to monitor your own abilities which can be overlooked in the heat of the moment and lead to injury.
Obstacle Courses: Growing in popularity, hard core obstacle course races bring the fun and games back into fitness, but these events are not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to crawl under barbed wire through a field of mud and swing on a rope over an icy pool of water.
Tabata: You will get more results from a Tabata workout than from an hour of jogging on the treadmill. High intensity interval training with minimal rest periods are meant to improve your aerobic and anaerobic systems. The workout includes strength and resistance exercises, including push-ups, squats, medicine ball slams and sprinting or jumping rope. This is a great fat burning activity for those who don’t have a lot of time.
It’s always beneficial to change up your workout and challenge yourself both mentally and physically, so consider incorporating these options into your current routine.
|Have questions about fitness or training? Email Laura Greenfield.|