12/03/2012

Fun At The Gym

I love working out but hadn't been to the gym in a few years. So for as a Mother's day gift my fiance' got me a gym membership. I was ecstatic. Haha

You know, at first, going back to the gym made me feel a little nervous because the one I am a member of is a it bigger than what I'm used to. Luckily, they have a Women's Only area that is smaller but still has a lot of great gym equipment in it. Also it's great because there are no big roid-raged men gawking at you while you work out...(i'm kidding, of course, not that all men that go to the gym are on steroids. I know there are a lot of guys that go to the gym who have never touched steroids and just eat healthy and work out, which is great.)

Anyway, I would workout in there 2 to three times a week for only an hour a day. I'd get on the treadmill, the elliptical machines, the stationary bike, and the captain's chair. Then, at home, I'd do some yoga on the days when I wasn't at the gym. Wasn't seeing the results I was hoping for. Now I wasn't looking to lose a ton of weight because I was pretty slim when I started. I really just wanted to tone up and feel more energized throughout the week.

when you walk into the gym that I go to, there is a clear glass studio where they offer classes that you can take. Occasionally while waiting for my ride I would watch the classes in action. They actually looked like a lot of fun. I'd took a few gym class in the past, while in college, so I thought, why not? So, I got myself a copy of the class schedule. They offer Les Mills courses---at the time I had no idea what that,meant, and in case you don't I will explain more about that later...They have a Body Pump class, Body Combat class, Body Flow, Body Step, Body Attack, CX Worx, RPM, and Aqua Fitness, Cycle, Gentle hat a Yoga, Classic Mix, Total Body Conditioning, and Zumba. Wow, right? Nice selection, I think.

What is Les Mills or should I say who?

According to Wikipedia, "Leslie Roy Mills is a retired New Zealand athlete, who represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games for over two decades. After he retired he became a gym owner and business man...His son, Philip Mills, who founded Les Mills International (named after his father), and it is now the world's largest provider of choreographed exercise-to-music group fitness classes distributed to health clubs. for more info on this feel free to visit the link: More About Les Mills International

Now I'm sure you'd like to know what each class offers, so here is a brief description of each:

Les Mills Body Pump- (one of my favorites that 8 take twice a week) It's a weight lifting class in which you get pretty fast results by doing a ton of reps of squats, lifts, curls, presses, and even crunches. You choose your own desired amount of weight to use. This class is great because you work your entire body out. It is about an hour long.
Les Mills Body Combat-(My second favorite that I take once a week and is an hour long.) This class rocks because it combines several different fighting styles such as Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Tai Chi, Karate, and Boxing. It's a class in which you are constantly moving and great cardio. You burn a ton of calories while fighting an imaginary oponent,.
Les Mills Body Flow-(I take this class occasionally if I am unable to make it to another. It lasts an hour and is great.) I have always been a huge Yoga fan so I knew I would enjoy taking this class. It combines Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates. This is a great class to increase your flexibility, lengthen your limbs, improve your posture and add some muscle tone.
Les Mills RPM and Cycle- (I haven't tried this class but would love to some day when I have a chance.) These are both indoor cycling classes where you are burning calories while riding a stationary bike.
Les Mills CX Worx- (I love this class and although it's only half an hour long, it is a tough one.) In this class you use resistance bands, sometimes a plate ( weight), or nothing at all. You work out your glutes, ABS, obliques, and back. It's an all over body workout.

Les Mills Body Step- (I haven't tried this class yet, but have watched it in action and it looks awesome.) You sometimes use a step that's adjustable to your height and workout your entire body. You also do many other exercises on your feet. Excellent cardio for your body.

Les Mills Body Attack- (A fun and very energetic class that I've taken a few times.) It's a sports inspired cardio workout to help give you more stamina and make you stronger. It's an hour long.

Zumba- ( I take this class once a week and it's an hour long. Such a fun class if you like dancing.) This class involves several different Latin type choreographed dance routines and sometimes even hip hop dances are involved. This class is so much fun and even if oyu don't know the exact moves you can dance in whatever way you choose--just keep your body moving.

Gentle Hatha Yoga- ( Never taken this class but I took beginning and intermediate Yoga in college and it was amazing.) This class focuses on several relaxation and breathing exercises and will definitely help tone your body.

Classic Mix- (Haven't taken this one before but it looks great.) This is a low impact class which includes a mixture of aerobics, resistance and also stretching exercises. Total Body Conditioning- (I've never taken this class nor seen it in action.) This class is a circuit style class with both cardio and weight training. What a great combination!

Well since stating the classes, I go 2-3 times a week, 2 and a half hours each time. I also do some cardio and yoga at home and run on the treadmill from time to time. It is all a great mix for me and I am starting to see some great results. I also feel stronger and more energetic. I can't wait till next summer wen I'll be more than bikini ready for the first time ever...and it will be around the time my fiance' and I go to the beach for our summer vacation. Exciting!