Hybrid workouts, such as piloxing, yogalates and cardiolates, have become fixtures in the fitness world in recent years and you can’t go far without finding a studio with a mashup on their schedule. These hyphenated, multi-tasking, fitness fusions have all the very best intentions, we are sure, but somewhere in the mix of lineages, training and methodology, it seems we somewhat lose the true core of what each method is originally designed for.
Enter STILL 30/30, the workout that splits your session into two key, defined portions – the HIIT and the Yoga. In thirty minutes of HIIT intervals you push your aerobic fitness and endurance, build muscular strength and pump out those feel-good endorphins. Straight away you then back it up with a flowing Yoga practice, to bring the heart rate down, nourish the nervous system, elongate worked muscles, flood the body with oxygen and encourage lymphatic circulation
In scientific terms this is working with your nervous and energetic systems by elevating, then nourishing. In blatantly clear terms, there’s no hiding what each portion is – no crossover or blending – simply you sweat hard, then recover harder to reap the benefits of each modality.
Need more convincing? Here are 4 reasons why you should try out STILL 30/30:
4. Ideal for the time poor
You have every intention to attend a sweat session in the morning and a wind-down yoga in the evening, but then life gets in the way – your boss pushes a deadline forward, your inbox is overflowing and you forgot you have that important event tonight.
Sound familiar? STILL 30/30 is THE workout for those on a busy schedule who require a balanced workout regime. In just sixty minutes you get the pure intention of each activity format and walk away knowing you have met the needs of your physical and mental body that day.
3. Manages cortisol rhythms
Stress reduction is an aspect of life we all want (or more correctly, need) to improve. Whilst cortisol, in elevated amounts, can pose a hindrance to the optimal functioning of the body, we do want cortisol levels to be present, as it propels us forward and gets us going each day.
The split format of 30/30 is cleverly composed to manage your cortisol rhythms, by engaging with the elevation of the stress hormone in the HIIT intervals and then lowering the system back down to healthy levels to support the body with the mindful practice of yoga.
2. Reduces overtraining
Long, extended durations of cardio activity can deplete and burn out the nervous system, particularly when repetitively undertaken. With a knock-on effect of frizzling your adrenal and endocrine systems, this is something you actively want to avoid! While we are all about encouraging a good aerobic conditioning session, studies back up the principle to keep the intensity high and the duration low.
In STILL 30/30, you will push to the maximum for only thirty minutes, a sweet spot of time that will enable you to create an adaption and progression in your training, but concise enough that you won’t over-train! It’s the official way to say goodbye to those long, boring hours in the gym!
1. Encourages recovery
Hands up who is guilty of hitting it hard in the gym and then rushing out the door without bothering to cool down? Yep – we see you. Recovery is of utmost importance if you want to progress and improve your athletic capacity. Taking the time to nourish the body, replenish the energy stores, flood the body with oxygen and elongate tight muscles, ensures you can perform better the next time you enter a class.
The Yoga portion of 30/30 expertly hones in on all of these key aspects of recovery, whilst syncing your juicy, stretching movements to the breath and quietening down the mind for increased mental clarity and focus. The additional upside? You won’t be hit with that nasty DOMs the following morning with this class!