So I did something I vowed not to the other day: I joined the gym. Long story short, I hit a wall mentally at the gym earlier this year and didn’t bother renewing my membership after it expired in February. I switched to outdoor workouts including running, swimming and bootcamp. This change made a tremendous difference- I started to actually look forward to my workouts again.
Although I love running through the streets & parks of London, I recently started to get the itch to incorporate more strength training into my workout routine. From past experience, I know that a cardio-heavy regime alone doesn’t work for me mentally or physically. After a trial session at a nearby Fitness First last week, I was sold. You guys, this gym is like a playground! From the usual cardio machines & weight training equipment to the pool, power plate machines, plyo boxes, TRX suspension trainers, ViPR rubber tubes and so much more, this place is the shit. Especially as a 1-month membership costs more than double of what I used to pay when I lived in London, I am trying to make the most of it- nothing like money as a motivator, right ;)!
I especially love the variety of group classes on offer. So far, I’ve taken a spin class & sandbells class. This was my first time trying/hearing of sandbells & I’m hooked. Sandbells are neoprene bag filled with sand that can be used as a substitute for dumbbells, kettlebells and medicine balls…but soft & squishy to minimise the risk of injury or bruising. We started the class by selecting 3 sandbells of different weights and then alternated between them based on the exercise. Along with regular squatting & lunging, we performed many functional fitness moves (i.e. moves we perform in our daily lives) like slamdowns, pick-ups & chopping.
As the class is essentially HIIT, it lasts 30 minutes- short yet anything but sweet..I was wiped (in a good way) by the end of it. And just for the record, there’s something remarkably therapeutic about slamming down a bag of sand on the floor! Next on the workout agenda is a body pump class later today, which I’m pumped for ;)!
What kind of workouts have you been doing lately?