Adrenalin pumping fitness is what going to the gym is all about. Group exercise classes enable those of us who are motivated to exercise, and conversely those of us who are not so motivated to also achieve their fitness goals, whatever they may be for you.
This is where "it's getting hot in here" is so amazing, yet you wouldn't go so far to take your clothes off. You wouldn't need to as you would be dressed in normal (minimal) gym clothes. The aim of life is to engage in activities that make you feel good, and these group exercise classes make people (both genders alike) feel absolutely amazing.
Not for the faint hearted. Once you have been on a gym membership for at least a few months, your fitness levels will definitely be up for the challenge. Otherwise you need to be fairly fit to cope with half an hour of non-stop cardio before engaging in some push ups. Then again, be prepared to run around the room before the full on agility track comes on. Something would be wrong if you aren't working up a sweat after two tracks. Likewise, you will need that towel and a full water bottle to see you through with or without the fan on in the room. The ideal cool down recovery after Body Attack would be a session of Les Mills Body Balance if at all possible. You do not need to be a marathon runner to cope with this challenging, fast paced workout. Body Attack is also fantastic training if you're competing in such long distance running events like the City2Surf to name.
It is advisable to come to a Body Attack class as early as you can. Many gyms cap their class numbers to 45 people in a given Body Attack session for safety reasons. A few people are asked to leave and attend another session. This is how popular this 'hot' exercise workout really is. Old style aerobics, oh yeah. After a Body Attack session, a warm relaxing shower afterwards feels so fantastic. The hardest part will be turning the taps off.
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It takes a bit of time to adjust to wearing sports shoes and socks to a party theme that guarantees a sweat. Zumba feels like Latin dance where a lot of shaking your butt is going on. The tracks are busy, yet unlike Body Attack, you have a few more moments to catch your breath. Still a popular class. Even if a class was held at Melbourne's Federation Square, it would be a bit of a squeeze to head up the hill to the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre.
Many different yogis advocate that heat brings greater flexibility to a given yoga workout. When the room is hot, you're sweating. Hot yoga can also be known as Bikram yoga. It takes a bit of time to get used to the heat. In saying this, you will need a litre of water at hand. A heated room combined with going through a number of powerful vinyasa repetitions, you will see the sweat dripping from your face in most cases.
This is where you have a bit more control over the sweat factor. The responsibility lies with you to adjust your weights as soon as you have outgrown the previous weights you were using. Heavier weights for repetitive squats will guarantee some sweat generation, and an amazing adrenalin fuelled workout. This program is designed to increase muscle tone all over with the emphasis on the upper body area, and with two leg tracks you can't help but sweat if you're sticking to the program and upping your weights in challenging yourself to reasonable limits.
Generating sweat from such group based gym workouts means that your heart is pumping and you're burning kilojoules. Therefore you're generally fit and well. You're doing something right and you will be rewarded with persistence. This is where generating body heat brings out those happy endorphins where the only drink you will crave is the clear stuff. These types of workouts also encourage healthy eating and lifestyle habits that feed off into other important areas of your great life.
If there are other gym workouts that you believe generate a significant amount of sweat, please feel free to share by leaving a comment for everyone's benefit.