For years people have entered the gym intent on becoming stronger, leaner, or just looking to get fit. At first you try the program you’ve been given, performing three sets of this and ten reps of that. To mix it up you attend a group fitness class or invent your own program.
After a while you’re left wondering if there’s anything else out there.
As everything in our world has evolved, gym programming has remained the same. We still train the same as we did back in the 1960s and 70s. So has the fitness industry got anything else to offer?
Over the last decade, new theories and fitness philosophies have made their way into the mainstream – revolutionising the way we move, train, and recover. The concepts are diverse but all based on a similar principle – you’re a machine!
The result has been a rise in high intensity, small group training programs that take participants to new levels. You’re challenged regardless of your sporting or training background, and you’ll acquire a unique skill-set unlike any other.
This is not your regular gym program. The movements you’ll be doing could include bodyweight movements, weightlifting, kettle bell work, and cardio all thrown into one. It’s a true test of your fitness, and everyone, regardless of ability, can participate.
But where has this shift come from? And more importantly, how beneficial is it?
First let’s be clear, this is not a fad or trend – it’s a structural shift in the fitness industry. More trainers and clients seek out high intensity training because it ticks all of the boxes.
Take an average woman looking to complete a triathlon. She’ll need to improve her stamina, as well as lower and upper body strength. A high intensity, small group session puts all these elements together, challenging every aspect of her of her cardiovascular and muscular capacity.
The results speak for themselves. Participants of YMCA small group training programs see improved strength, endurance, and confidence. That’s not to mention the friends you create as you push the limits together.
If you’re stuck in a rut and needing a reenergised program for 2014, small group training may be the thing you’re looking for. The YMCA has a broad range of small group, high intensity programs that are specially programmed by industry leading trainers to help you get the most out of yourself. To find out what’s available, speak with staff in centre.
Is it time for you to rethink your fitness?