By now, we know that to get the most out of a workout, it is important to combine weight training with cardiovascular training. But standard, steady-state cardio is not as efficient at burning calories as what is known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The reason is that there is very little excess post-exercise oxygen consumption with steady-state cardio. This means that you are only burning calories during the exercise itself, not afterward.
If you are just starting out your workout journey, chances are that some of the classes your gym has to offer are appealing to you. But how do you know which one to choose? Well, it is easy enough to sample all of them, but four of the very best exercise classes to choose when you are new to the gym are the following:
Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Joe Louis. Some of the greatest boxers who have set foot in the ring have transcended the sport to become cultural icons. Even boxing’s silver-screen characters become larger than life and part of our regular lexicon (“Adrian!”).
Are you on the fence when it comes to joining a mixed martial arts (MMA) class? Perhaps you’re unsure or unfamiliar with the sport. Or maybe you feel the classes might be too extreme for you. They’re all legitimate concerns, but keep in mind that an MMA gym class, at its core, is a full-body workout that is meant to put you in shape. And like every workout you perform, you should go at a comfortable pace to stay with the class. Here are four reasons why we think you should consider an MMA class as your next workout:
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We also know that keeping kids active is not only good for their body, but also their mind.
Getting kids to eat a healthy meal at home is hard enough. Making sure they get a proper lunch at school, with the siren call of recess and the pandemonium of the cafeteria all around them, can seem almost impossible. Sun Basket’s Registered Dietitian Kaley Todd shares some of her findings and offers real-life lunchtime solutions.
Whether you’re just starting on your journey toward new fitness goals or you’re looking to speed up your progress, it may be worth considering some group activity to get the results you want.
Group exercise can take several forms, from doing a group training session to joining group fitness classes. Here are some reasons why ditching the solo workouts—or at least mixing them up with some group time—may get you fit faster:
Beyond its athletic benefits, boxing can create positive results in your everyday life. From a better posture to a clearer, more thoughtful mind, the reaches of boxing’s positive effects stretch well beyond the punching bag. Here are four new attributes you can expect from wrapping up a pair of 14-ounce gloves:
You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about functional fitness in your gym, by your trainer, or even around the water fountain. But functional fitness is more than just a fancy gimmick name or the newest exercise fad. Functional fitness is a method of training that uses exercises that work the muscles that help you do everyday activities safely and more efficiently to maintain or improve your quality of life. If you are still asking yourself, “Is functional fitness for me?”, here is some more information to help you decide.
If you want to burn a ton of calories in a short amount of time, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) works. But there’s more than one way to crank up your heart rate, shed fat and calories, elevate your metabolism, lose weight, and get your hustle on.
Kickboxing classes are growing in popularity in gyms across the country, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a total-body workout that incorporates cardio and strength training and tones muscles while you perform plyometric movements and utilize your mental toughness, all at a high heart rate. And best yet, it’s fun! Kickboxing classes keep you free from weights, alleviate stress, and get you in shape. It’s a perfect workout for your body and spirit.