One of the studios visited this week was Move to Live at Buena Vista. The open floor and high ceiling studio is a great place to work up a sweat. The range of classes offered at Move to Live varies across a range of styles including Muay Thai, Boxing and Yoga, with each session focused on form, flexibility and building strength. In an attempt to burn off all of that Chinese New Year feasting and recharge for the week ahead, today we endured through a high-intensity and extremely rewarding midday Circuit Training class.
Why you should be doing circuit training…
Move to Live’s circuit training class involves a dynamic range of drills and exercises. This type of workout activates major muscle groups to burn fat and increase the heart rate. Combining weighted exercises with cardio, this hour-long session is a total body workout. Today’s instructor, David instructed the class through my first circuit training session EVER. Taking it anything but easy on me, the class was worked hard through two main sections.
The Endurance Circuits – muscle strength, stamina and overall mobility
After stretching and a light warm-up we began the endurance circuits. The goal here is to increase muscle endurance and strength by performing as many repetitions against the chosen resistance as possible. Our resistance here was kettlebells with the starting weight left for you to decide. If you’re unsure where to start from, your instructor will decide for you.
One thing that was great about this class was the range of people who turned up. Slim and toned members working hard on the lowest weight option alongside powerlifters choosing 5x that progressed through the circuits at a range of speeds. Everyone was working at their hardest and were able to push themselves at their own level of strength making it perfect for any fitness level. Here, you’ll notice your muscles waking up very quickly, able take on more and more as the sets continue.
The Met-Con Circuits – fat burning, cardio fitness and lean muscle development
Following this was our metabolic conditioning, usually meaning a workout of cardio plus weights. We were taken through a circuit of 5 or 6 exercises each lasting 20 seconds, and even that was a struggle by the end of the 3rd set. The goal in this part of the session is to get the heart rate up and jump-start your metabolism. Increasing your heart rate doesn’t just have the immediate effects of burning calories, but has been shown to increase your metabolism for up to 48-72 hours post workout. This means your body is working more efficiently at using the calories you intake throughout the day whilst attacking fat storage deposits all over the body.
After finishing your crunches, box jumps, medicine ball slams and kettle bell swings, your heart rate is up and your body has been through one serious workout. If you’re up for the challenge, Move to Live’s Circuit Training is definitely one to try – you’ll probably still feel sore 3 days after, but isn’t that the whole point?
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Amenities: Towels (for rent), mats, showers
#GuavaTip: Classes like these are really up to you to push yourself, so ask the trainer for the heaviest weight they recommend and go for it!