Streaming sensations

The walls of gyms, village halls and community centres have long reverberated to the sound of a thumping bass, as people lunge, bounce and punch their way to fitness. All over the UK, people come together on a weekly basis to follow and instructor and to get their sweat on.

As the Coronavirus pandemic took hold, instructors decided to stop classes. Then, the UK Government shut the facilities. Within days, though, instructors were reaching out to their classes and – through the magic of technology – the UK was once again moving and grooving. Two very interesting things have now happened. Friends and family have been able to attend each other’s virtual classes on Zoom or Zoho from hundreds of miles away, but we’ve also been able to explore some new and exciting types of classes…

Here’s some of our faves…

For some of us, we work better on a one-to-one training basis and can really drill down when we’re working with our PTs. With social distancing making this an impossibility to do in person, the PT world has also gone digital. Work on the parts that you want to – more conditioning, hike your cardio-vascular or give your back a good stretch – with a one-hour slot without having to leave your own home.

Many gyms have reopened but check their risk assessment before deciding to return!  A 100 square feet minimum is required per person and there should be a minimum of 15 minutes between each class using the same studio but it is recommended it is 30 minutes.  Equipment should be cleaned down by the gym instructor to avoid cross contamination.

Piloxing®

Oh yes – that’s Pilates and boxing combined. Get your pulse racing with this epic blend of boxing, dance and Pilates. Perfect for those who like to keep their workouts fresh, the activity switches rapidly between the three different disciplines. It’s perfect to keep boredom at bay and keep the mind focused on what’s coming next rather than the sweet, sweet burn!

The Pilates will help your muscles to become stronger and leaner. You will improve your flexibility and coordination, which is perfect for those boxing jabs and uppercuts too! Your dance moves will release those all-important endorphins and boosts your metabolism.

For some of us, we work better on a one-to-one training basis and can really drill down when we’re working with our PTs. With social distancing making this an impossibility to do in person, the PT world has also gone digital. Work on the parts that you want to – more conditioning, hike your cardio-vascular or give your back a good stretch – with a one-hour slot without having to leave your own home.

Many gyms have reopened but check their risk assessment before deciding to return!  A 100 square feet minimum is required per person and there should be a minimum of 15 minutes between each class using the same studio but it is recommended it is 30 minutes.  Equipment should be cleaned down by the gym instructor to avoid cross contamination.

Nia

Nia is a workout with a difference. Bringing together dance and martial arts, alongside mindfulness, Nia looks after your body, your mind and your soul. Perhaps more a practice than a workout, Nia is a holistic approach to taking care of yourself. Many people can sense an unleashed energy and potential within which Nia promises to help you access. By spending time listening to your bodies and tuning into your senses, Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit. Non-impact and practiced barefoot it is a wonderful way to dissolve the stresses and strains of modern life.

Barre Balance

Who didn’t want to be a ballerina when they grew up? Most young girls have a notion that they probably won’t be a princess when they grow up, but a ballerina is a possibility.  And why not? Ballerinas are as graceful as they are fierce, with a lion’s strength and the poise and posture of, well, a ballerina.

If you’ve been working from home, without the health and safety guidelines that you might count on a work, you might find that you’re tighter across the shoulders than usual. Barre-style fitness brings together Pilates, with the flow of yoga and the finesse of ballet. Barre fitness will help to strengthen and tone your muscles without increasing your bulk and, helpfully, will improve your posture. More than a gorgeous-looking stretch, barre workouts also increase cardiovascular endurance and metabolism.

For some of us, we work better on a one-to-one training basis and can really drill down when we’re working with our PTs. With social distancing making this an impossibility to do in person, the PT world has also gone digital. Work on the parts that you want to – more conditioning, hike your cardio-vascular or give your back a good stretch – with a one-hour slot without having to leave your own home.

Many gyms have reopened but check their risk assessment before deciding to return!  A 100 square feet minimum is required per person and there should be a minimum of 15 minutes between each class using the same studio but it is recommended it is 30 minutes.  Equipment should be cleaned down by the gym instructor to avoid cross contamination.