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How to Find a Happy Balance at the Gym

by Jamie Kennedy on Thursday 10 December 2020

 

It's easy to get swept up in one workout you know and love at the gym. And that's OK! But there are benefits to changing up your gym time.

For example, more workout variety means less boredom and you'll also be less prone to a muscle injury due to overuse. More variety also means you're moving your body in various ways, leading to better mind-body connection whilst also improving body coordination.

Once you join a gym, you might already be familiar with a workout and gravitate toward it. Which one are you?

High Intensity is your thing

Believe me, we get it (and love a good sweat). You love a good Grid workout to get your heart rate up and those muscles burning. High intensity is great for all-around strength training, and can help with better body coordination. Taking classes like this also set you up for better success in the open gym since the coaches are helping you better understand how to use weights and cardio machines.

On the flipside though, it's important that you give yourself permission to enjoy mind-body classes that will help you reset. This balance is important to stretch those aching muscles, and give your mind the space to rest and revitalise. With mind-body classes (think Yoga and Pilates), you'll find an improvement in your stress levels, sleep quality, digestion and immune system. On top of that, these workouts also tend to strengthen and stretch your muscles at the same time.

Our spa, saunas and pools are also great ways to relax from all that heavy strength training you're doing.

Low intensity is your sweet spot

Yes, we couldn't agree more. Whether you're swimming laps in the pool, heading into a yoga class or Reformer Pilates, we know you like it steady. Not to say you won't get your sweat on, but if you gravitate toward these workouts, you are probably more of the mindset of "slow and steady wins the race." And we love that about you.

On the flipside, introducing a higher intensity workout into your gym routine can have wonderful cardiovascular results and improve your overall fitness. Workouts like Boxing, Grid, Cycle and more can help build muscle strength as well as burn calories. They're a great way to tune out and let your body take over. 

It's about balance

That's what we're trying to say! Both high intensity and low intensity workouts (and everything in between) have amazing benefits your mind and body. But both can be overdone, so finding that sweet balance in your weekly routine is key. If you're heading to Boxing four times a week, why not try Boxing three times a week and add a Yoga Flow class in one time a week? Trust us, your body will thank you.

Dare we say, add in a Live or on-demand workout? From Meditation, Yoga and Pilates to Barre, Boxing, Grid Training, Cycling and even Stretch, we've got you covered anywhere you want to workout. 
 
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