- The cycling action offers a low impact form of huff n puff exercise. Spin classes are perfect if you’re recovering from an injury, starring down the barrel of knee surgery or just feel as if you need to take things a little more gently on your joints. Regardless of your fitness goals, you will still achieve a great workout. A well-designed class by an experienced instructor will allow you to go at your own pace. Afterall, fitness and physical activity is about improving the way you look, feel and function.
- Whether you’re looking to increase your huff n puff fitness, lose weight or increase leg and core strength, spin classes can offer it all in a single workout. The action of pedalling with resistance will help your body deal with any instability as a result of weaker muscles. Increasing your heart rate will help you burn calories and increase your metabolic rate. You can burn up to 600 calories in a spin class. That’s the equivalent of 6 glasses of wine.
- Increasing heart rate for prolonged periods like you will experience in a spin class will help to increase your bodies tolerance to other physical activities such as weight training, bush walking or hanging out the washing.
- Beyond the physical benefits you gain from a spin class, you will not find a single person arguing about the benefits exercise can have on mental health. Increasing your heart rate and moving your body is scientifically proven to relieve stress and anxiety. This partly occurs as a result of the body producing endorphins, sometimes known as the “feel good” hormone. Spin classes are a great way to do this, along with the added social benefits of being in a room with like-minded people and the affect it can have on your mental well-being.
- Chronic stiffness and pain
- Lack of mobility and strength in varied positions
- Lack of heart rate variability – HR stays high, won’t go up, or takes longer to recover!
- Unable to get down to the ground and up again with ease
- Coordination and balance challenges
- Are you struggling with complex movement sequences?
There are 3 or 4 aspects of “Being Fit” that we may focus on with you at Personal Best:
- Improving your cardiovascular/aerobic fitness/ huff and puff.
- Help you increase your range of motion or flexibility.
- Improve your strength.
When getting started at Personal Best your personal trainer will direct you to the appropriate zone for you, taking into consideration the following:
- Your health
- If you have done vigorous exercise recently
- Any aches and pains that you may have
- And what goals you have
- If it is hypertrophy that you are after then 4 reps at 90% of your maximum load to 10 reps at 75% of your maximum load is required. Hypertrophy is a term for the growth and increase of the size of muscle cells.
- If muscular endurance is what you are after approximately 15 to 20 reps at 70% is required. Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to sustain repeated contractions against a resistance for an extended period of time. Some of the activities that require muscular endurance are, sustained walking or running, cycling, swimming, circuit training, aerobics and of course resistance training.
Thank you for being a part of our journey as we continue to help you look, feel and function better.
In my , I wrote about the importance of exercise and exercise variability on mental health. I’m going to expand on this topic in regards to what is happening in the brain and the tissue and how that can be incorporated into exercise.
Regular physical activity plays a crucial role in health maintenance and disease prevention. However there is an increasing occurrence of excessive exercise among certain population groups, which have adverse effects on both physical and mental health. I want to set a framework to help you find balance and question your perspective about what exercise is for you and how you approach it.
I believe, all too often in our society we approach exercise as something we have to do often because we want to lose weight or use it as a mechanism to keep on top of our mental health. Both of these reasons are perfectly valid and effective forms to achieve such outcomes, however I want to prompt you to think about why it is you exercise and whether what you are doing is enjoyable.
In my previous article I wrote about the Default Mode Network (DNM) and how it is active when a person is focused internally, e.g. Ruminating, and is less active when focused on attention-demanding tasks. Previously I wrote that a hyperactive DMN is associated with mental health issues such as obsessive behaviour, anxiety and depression. I explained how a hyperactive DMN results in less neural patterning, meaning we continue to strengthen the same neural networks, therefore have the same thought processes, increasing our anxious thoughts.
When relating this to exercise, one of my favourite sayings is ‘create more movement options’. What does this mean? Simple.
Move more, move different and move more often .
It doesn’t matter HOW you move, as long as you are spending time doing different exercises, reaching in different planes of motion and getting your heart rate UP and DOWN in different increments regularly. Any exercise is good exercise, however if relating this to our brain activity, we want to be able to keep exercise enjoyable and variable in order to thrive rather than survive in everyday life.
Having spent a lot of time working with cyclists, I always think they’re the quintessential example of what we’re talking about here. Cyclists are by nature pretty obsessive people! They often have what we term ‘type-A’ personalities, i.e. they’re ambitious, rigidly organised and status conscious. They’re your classic ‘high achievers’. Cyclists spend a lot of time in the same position, often a lot of time in a similar heart rate zone and, are quite often in high achieving occupations.
Which comes first, the obsessive behaviour or the rigid exercise routine? It’s a chicken or egg situation. Someone with a type-A personality is likely to be more attracted to endurance sports, e.g. cycling, running etc, because being driven in this sport is what allows them to excel at it, however too much of this type of activity, ie. low neural patterning, will also result in a hyperactive DMN.
There is nothing ‘wrong’ with cycling itself (I spend a lot of time riding bikes myself), however for people who spend a lot of time doing one thing, even sitting at a desk, should consider creating more movement patterns.
This is where at Personal Best Fitness we see the benefit of implementing tools such as ViPRs in your exercise routine. ViPRs bridge the gap between movement and strength. By shifting weight, rather than lifting it against gravity, engaging your muscles with variable stimuli. They allow us to adapt to new movement patterns by stretching and loading as you move, resulting in a lean, long and strong system.
“Any exercise is good exercise, as long as what you are doing resembles what you ‘think’ you are doing.”
Written by Senior personal trainer, Sofia Tsamassiros
Some years later she updated her skills to include spin and kick boxing. However her true love is teaching step classes. Larnie has been in Hobart now for 10+ years and at Personal Best for over 6 years. After 3 decades in the fitness industry, Larnie still has the same passion and love for teaching classes.
“ I just love the enthusiasm of those who come to my classes and also the social contact that brightens all of our days”.
Lifting weights both pin loaded and free weights is Larnie’s favourite form of exercise for herself. Away from fitness Larnie enjoys all things Thai and to relax she enjoys horse riding, a good movie and a Kahlua on ice. Larnie favourite quote is;
“time waits for no man and neither do I”.
Here are tips to help you ‘maintain your gains’ during the month of December.
1. Stay ActiveStaying Active over the silly season is a great way to stay on top of your goals. Your body doesn’t know what time of year it is, so keep exercising, you will be happier and healthier for it.
2. Keep HydratedIn between the Christmas cheer make a deliberate attempt to drink water.Not only will this help to keep you hydrated but increase your ability to get the most out of your muscles during the next workout you do.
3. EnjoyAllow yourself to enjoy your Christmas lunch and or dinner. This shouldn’t be a stressful time for you if you are focused on weight loss. Enjoy your food on Christmas Day, just don’t continue on the ‘merriness’ of it for days afterwards.
4. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”– Lao Tzu.Think for a moment about the things you domake time for… your health and quality of life can be scheduled in somewhere.
5. Short Term GoalsSet yourself some. Make them SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.
6. Plan AheadIf you are travelling during the festive season, eat something before you go to avoid stopping for fast food. Take a bottle of water in the car with you so you can hydrate as you go.
7. Set Realistic PlansMake time for yourself. Cramping too much in can stress and drain you.
8. Suggest Healthy alternatives as giftsIf someone asks you what they can buy you for Christmas, why not suggest a walk along the beach instead, a swim at the pool.
9. This is OKIf you receive that box of chocolates, re-gift them…this is ok…or share them with your visitors.
10. Be MindfulEating for the sake of eating is something we do often. Especially in times of celebration. Be mindful of the amount of food you are eating and when you are eating it. Ask yourself . . . am I hungry?
11. Book a Personal training sessionWhether it be for a program up date to start the New Year or to ensure you do some exercise in the break. It is a great way to stay strong.
12. “The best thing about time is that it comes one day at a time’ – Abraham LincolnWe can achieve the most amazing goals if we take things a step at a time. Fran Sullivan Master Personal Trainer
Research suggests that fad diets fall into five general groups:
- Food – specific diets, which encourage eating large amounts of a single food, such as the cabbage soup diet.
- Low-Carb diets, such as the Atkins diet, which first became popular in the 1970’s.
- High fibre, low – calorie diets, which often prescribe double the amount of recommended dietary fibre.
- Liquid diets, such as SlimFast meal replacements drinks.
Consider the following:
- Start by removing the word ‘diet’ from your vocabulary. When the time is right for you avoid saying ‘you are on a diet’, but rather you are improving your health by making better choices.
- Slow down with the time frame you give yourself to lose the weight you have gained. Weight creeps on gradually, you may not always notice it straight away, but it’s that one morning when you wake up and think how did that get there. Weight is generally gained over a long period of time, so make a realistic goal with your personal trainer about how you can shred it safely and keep it off. Small goals often achieve big results.
- Understand how your body reacts to the food you eat. Ask a personal trainer to explain this to you. Understanding the ‘why’ may help when you are about to make that not so good choice.
- Forget about what other people are doing to lose weight. Concentrate on your own lifestyle, your own situation and set realistic goals accordingly.
- Have less time sitting in front of the TV and introduce a sustainable exercise regime. Talk with a personal trainer about a weekly plan. About how many times you should exercise, what program you should do on what day and how these best fit with your personal training session.