Monday, 10 August 2015

A Week Of Gym Classes

Pure Gym App

I quit Pure Gym last Christmas as I never found myself going and much preferred running at the beach and doing workouts in the flat to my same old gym routine. But after realising how much more I can push myself after Spartan Super, I decided to rejoin and spend most of my time doing classes, rather than the machines that I would normally do. The classes are so much harder than I expected them to be and they've really been pushing me to the limits! I've only tried a few classes so far as I try to fit them around my work schedule, but I've booked into some different ones next week that I'm excited to try out.

I'm trying to improve my flexibility so Stretch is probably one of my favourite classes. That and it's not anywhere near as tiring as the others, obviously :P The first time I went it was kind of like a 30 minute cool down, with lunges, sphinx and child's pose, triceps stretches and such like. The second time I went had a lot more weird and wonderful stretches that I had never tried before, a lot involving having my legs and feet at odd angles. Both times I really enjoyed the class and I was glad that it wasn't the same each time.

This class is definitely the toughest class I tried all week. In fact, it was last Wednesday and my legs have only just fully recovered. We started off squatting with a 20kg barbell, which was really hard for me. It was a mixture of squats and pulses, making it extremely tiring! Luckily after a few minutes of this, we moved onto push ups, weighted bridges and oblique twists. We then moved onto the arms, with bicep curls, shoulder press and triceps extensions, again with pulses mixed in. Once we had cooled down, I could tell already I was going to be in pain the next day as my legs felt like jelly and were physically shaking! I think I'll build up my strength before going to this class again.

For some reason I had it in my head that Abs would be an easy class, which is far from the reality. But, I do really enjoy it as it's done in an interval form and really pushes me to the limits. Both times the class has been sets of 4 exercises performed for 30 seconds each, which is a lot harder than it sounds! There's been 3 or 4 sets of these with about 40 second rest between sets. One of the times I've been to this class the exercises included a lot of plank variations, which I found to be the hardest! At one point when I was doing mountain climbers, my legs were so tired that I could barely lift them up to my elbows. Then of course, we did burpees to finish and they were definitely the most pathetic burpees I've ever done!
Kettle Bells
Out of all the classes I took this week, I was most apprehensive about Kettle Bells. Being extremely clumsy, I'm probably the last person that should be allowed to swing a weight up to head height! I decided to stick to the lightest weight for my first class just in case and I'm glad I did, as by the end I was struggling! The class was rotations of different kind of exercises, starting with squats so that the weight touched the ground, then adding on double handed swings, then one handed swings, then shoulder presses and finally shoulder presses with squats. I found myself picking up everything quite quickly, until it came to the shoulder press. It was hard for me to get the hang of adding a shoulder press whilst keeping up a rhythm, but I think I did ok for my first class! 

I enjoy taking classes as it really does help me push through my limits and it's also made me a lot more confident with using barbells and kettle bells on my own. I hate using them in public (silly, I know) so knowing which exercises to do makes it a lot less daunting! 

Which gym classes do you like to take? Are there any that really tire you out? Let me know in the comments below!

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