What exercise classes do you do? Come and tell me about them.

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CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Thu 09-Jan-14 17:17:45

I started trying out some classes in November and was just wondering what others do and how they find them.

I do Yoga, body balance and Zumba but I've signed up for spinning next week.

Please tell me spinning is fun and won't kill me....

McPie Sun 12-Jan-14 20:02:23

I do loads, 15 a week shock! I would just see what's available and give as many as you fancy a try, you never know you may find something you love.
Body Balance is brilliant for a good stretch, Body Pump is great for building muscles and Body Combat is good for co-ordination, all the body classes follow the same release for 12 weeks so you do get better as the weeks go by, this weeks been a nightmare as everything is new and I feel lost grin.
Kettlercise is also good for building muscles, not so good if you have a bad back. Metafit is 30 mins of hard work which never, ever gets easier as you only move faster and harder the more you do it. Our Boxfit is taught by an ex boxer and Para so is pretty tough, and lastly I do a Dance Fit class which is taught by a lady who has been doing Body Jam and Zumba for years and I do it as more of a fun light hearted class as I don't really work up a sweat but it does give my brain a good work out!

HollyBen Sun 12-Jan-14 18:17:07

citrus you don't have to make a long term commitnent with pure gym you simply cancel your payment when you want. I got a pre opening deal amd paid £25 joining and £9.99 per month. Cost does vary but worth checking out.

I use the local council gym - you can do pay-as-you-go or get a membership. The membership works out cheaper if you do 3+ classes per week

citruslemon Sun 12-Jan-14 17:15:54

Can I ask what gyms you use? Am considering Pure Gym because they do a day pass for £5.99. I can't sign up to a long-term contract because I am a single mum and my daughter is permanently attached to me. She goes to see her dad once a month and I am hoping that I can use this to go to a class. I do Jillian Michaels workouts at home everyday but would be nice to do a class and see people. I went to a few before baby and really enjoyed them.

sweetheart Fri 10-Jan-14 19:56:48

No TRX is not easy but the results are bloody brilliant!

RiojaHaze Fri 10-Jan-14 18:48:23

Ohhh I so want to try the TRX thing! Is it easy to do?

powerhoop is hooping using a weighted hoop. I have my own 5lb hoop but classes tend to provide their own 3 or 4lb hoops.

www.powerhoop.co.uk/

piloxing is a mix of pilates and boxing moves

sweetheart Fri 10-Jan-14 16:15:54

I haven't tried spinning but I recently started a fitsteps class which I really enjoy - it's basically ballroom and latin dances, it's a bit like going to a strictly come dancing fitness class.

Rebounding was another fun one - an exercise class on a trampet!

Pilates is a nice relaxation on each week and I love a good boxercise class, smacking the shit out of something really releases tension grin

I'm going to give Barre pilates a go next - it incorporates ballet moves and is supposed to be great for body sculpting - last thing I tried that was really good at that was TRX

gindrinker Fri 10-Jan-14 16:09:47

Boxercise is good fun.
Boxing class with cardio exercises thrown in for good measure.
Its a friendly class as you have to buddy up and punch each other.

I'm another body pump lover. TRX/suspension is a whole world of pain too.

jolyonwinter Fri 10-Jan-14 16:04:22

I have been thinking about trying a local 'boot camp' exercise class but haven't quite mustered the nerve yet. Starting off doing some running first as a friend who has done it tells me it could kill me - a bit harsh I thought as I'm not THAT unfit.

My wife rows and has been going to some intensive classes to develop greater core strength. She's campaigning for me to arrange some for some male friends and I. Again, I like the idea but think I'll do some running to build my fitness up first.

CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Fri 10-Jan-14 15:36:10

Is powerhoop hula hooping?

And what on earth is piloxing confused

I'm going to give spin 3 sessions to decide if I like it or not. If I'm honest, I'm not one to put up with too much pain. Classes work for me because I'm not brave enough to walk out half way through and look a failure. Usually by the end I'm fine but it takes the threat of shame to make me push through the wall grin

I'm hoping as I get fitter that will change though. I must admit that I am starting to feel more energetic after the classes and I felt great yesterday after Body balance.

I just think my default setting is Sloth!

I dont like spin - it makes you want to throw up and your bum aches for days afterwards!

I do Pump, Powerhoop and Zumba and will be trying a new Piloxing class when it starts here at the end of January

Good I do loads of pole fitness too, it's my first love smile

Interestingly enough, calorie burning wise, spin is the slowest burner for me which surprised me, esp with all the hard work I put into it!

Spin is brilliant, esp if you get a good teacher with good music. Beware though and dont decide after your first session whether you like it or not, give yourself four or five sessions.

Pump is brilliant and if you want a bit of cardio, body combat and body attack are great as it Metafit.

I used to do a lot of classes but now just do a couple a week and gym with either weights or the trx strap the rest of the time, it has had far more effect on my body shape than endless classes.

Most importantly though, have fun and enjoy smile

There was lots of side stepping to left and right whilst doing comedy 'uppercuts' and generally bouncing and bobbing and weaving. I was far too mortified at myself and never went back!

However I am a weirdo and don't like candles etc when I'm having a bath because I'd be too embarrassed for myself!

BodyPump is a winner. static poses that teach the principles of good form for if and when you move on to free weights.

45 minute 'hour of power' would infuriate me too! - and my DS, who asked nursery why they sing 'songs and stories everyday' in the nursery song each morning when they don't in fact get a story every day!

CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Fri 10-Jan-14 10:30:31

Lots of positive words for spinning then. My gym has a 15 minute first session to get you comfy on the bike and ready for the full class. I'm all booked up to try it next wednesday smile I will come back and shout at you if it's horrible!

Kato the first rule of any class is avoid the mirrors surely? I suspect I would also look like a pirate! For some reason in my head body combat has you standing in one spot quite a bit...... Is it a lot of pirate prancing moving around then?

Our gym has Hour Of Power (which is actually 45 minute and that annoys me no end) has anyone done this? Is it like pump? They pile in after my yoga class grabbing all sorts of weights and bands so it's scared me off a bit. May spy through the window next week...

Love spinning, as the others said you will have a sore bum at first and I felt like I was dying half way through first class but it becomes addictive!

Body combat and body pump are also fab. Go easy on weights at first but you get great results!! grin

mammmamia Fri 10-Jan-14 09:41:46

Ooh interesting thread, I'm looking to try new classes too. I don't like the gym but I love trying new classes.

I do Zumba and pilates which I love. Also Body combat when I can get there as my gym doesn't have many of those classes.

Would like to try body pump and kettle bells.

Have recently noticed my calves really need toning, can anyone recommend the best class for this? I'm not keen on spinning.

goodasitgets Fri 10-Jan-14 02:30:05

I love spinning, it's a massive endorphin rush for me grin
Body pump is on my list to try but I'm a bit nervous blush about going to new classes on my own
Pole fitness is the other thing I do, which I absolutely adore. Does wonders for core and upper body strength

If you have poor coordination body combat is not for you! I hated it! Caught myself in the mirror going the wrong way looking like a pantomime pirate!!

Spin is amazing, your first class may feel like you're going to die but it's amazing and addictive but very much 'marmite' oh and you will have a sore fanny (not bum!) but this eases promise! Make sure you go early to learn how to set up your bike and have a chat with the instructor!

Bodypump is also brilliant, I love it and my lovely defined arms and shoulders and lifted bum! (Not a boast for my sake but it works!!)

Pilates is great to add to the mix as a strong core will help all your other classes.

Kettlercise is also great and I reduced by body fat percentage by 8%

CrossFit. Changed my life. smile

RiojaHaze Thu 09-Jan-14 23:07:15

You'd be fine! Bodymax you can choose the weights to use and in tabata you do 20 seconds of the exercise of which my instructor gives a low and high impact option.

We have a lady with bad knees in our class who can't do jumping type exercises but still works the class to her advantage.

Have you looked at body combat or boxercise?

CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Thu 09-Jan-14 23:02:05

I might give those a miss then Rioja - I am very far from being considered the fittest type!

RiojaHaze Thu 09-Jan-14 22:57:00

My favourites are body max with weights and tabata which is high intensity, short bursts of exercise. Floors even the fittest of people!

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