Exercising by yourself in the gym or at home can be boring, especially if you're the sort that enjoys a work out that's as good for your social life as it is for your body. Even for the hardcore fitness freaks, an group workout can be an interesting change. Here's a look at some group workout regimes that have sparked the interest of Mumbai's fit folk.
Party hard, work up a sweat! Zumba being a fun dance form, promises you a chance to lose those pounds while partying away. Zumba is effective for weight-loss, because it's an intensely aerobic workout. Because of the up-beat Latin American inspired music, you won't have a dull moment in class.
“I lost a good 3 kilos and 25 inches within the first month. Soon after I realized that my stamina had increased along with increased flexibility and now one year later I have lost 24 kilos and feel so much better about myself.” says Pilot / Food Blogger Ashrita who attends Zumba sessions at Waves Gym, Lokhandwala.
Break all the rules with CrossFit CrossFit is an intense training method that pushes your body to its limit. In a single workout you will lift weight, do some resistance training, maybe throw in some cardiovascular exercises, so as to target all of your body, making sure no muscle is left out. Dheepesh Bhat runs first CrossFit affiliated gym in Juhu called CrossFitOM. Deepesh coaches people of all age groups and fitness levels and his method draws from all different forms of physical training. “Our specialty is not specializing" he says.
The Bootcamp: you like it rough? Sometimes we need to be whipped into shape, military style! At the Bombay Bootcamp you'll be pushed to move from one exercise to another, without any breaks and without any mercy. In a typical session you will jog, run, sprint and then move onto obstacle courses, jumping jacks, swats, weight lifting, free exercises, ab sets, push-ups, etc. Bombay Bootcamp conducts classes at Oval Maidan or Chowpatty every morning.
Spin into shape Spinning is an indoor stationary-cycle workout, that is done in a group. The high octane music, a trainer who can push you and energy shared by a group keeps the workout interesting. It's a great cardio workout, which makes your heart race and your lungs work overtime. It also does wonders for you legs. Baqar Nasser, a national cycling champion opened Mumbai's first Spinning studio called TopSpin, which has 4 branches in Mumbai, 3 spread over south Mumbai and one in Juhu.
Studies show that people get best results from a workout when they are happy doing it. You don't need to drag yourself to do something you don't enjoy. There's so much to choose from. Find that fitness activity that you enjoy and stick to it. You'll reach all your fitness goals with a smile. Know of other great fitness activities worth trying out, tell us!