July 3, 2009 3:22:57 am
The idea is not only to get you to the destination,but make you enjoy the journey. The emphasis is not only weight loss,but an entire lifestyle change,one that aims at complete fitness of the body and mind. So,its no longer a rigorous,painful schedule of doing just treadmills and weights,one that leaves you completely bored and exhausted. To keep the tempo up and the interest high,gyms now offer a mixed bag of activities,for all age groups and interests and also tempt you with special offers,schemes,diet tips,steam,saunas,get-togethers et al.
Dance classes,yoga,pilates,circuit training,power yoga,kick-boxing, personalized training,you are spoilt for choice. We need to engross you and get into shape! Most people need to be motivated to be fit,and so from lifestyle to power yoga,dance to step aerobics,we have it all, smiles Priya Garg of Planet Fitness,which has introduced Latin American dances in their pure form. So,heres your chance to learn cha-cha,rumba,jive and samba,enjoy one hour of heart pumping workout and fun all rolled into one. Start with the beginners batch and graduate to intermediate and advanced levels and burn 500 calories an hour. The classes,explains Bandeep,who has done his advanced training in Mumbai,will follow a structured format,the dances will be taught in their technically correct and pure forms. Such classes break the monotony of gym routine and Latin dance will soon be recognized by the International Olympic committee, Bandeep says every dance has a beat and its exercise coupled with fun. If you know how to walk,you can dance. Of course,grace comes with practice and time, the classes are open to all age groups adds Bandeep.
You can also look forward and prepare to unleash yourself here. The latest rage in fitness abroad,Unleash is a challenge which involves non-contact moves based on martial arts and these choreographed moves are inspired from Muay Thai,taekwando,kickboxing and kung-fu. Set to gripping music,these fitness classes promise an unrelenting workout. Its a test of your fitness levels, Priya is excited about the classes,which begin next week at the fitness centre. A total upper and lower body work out,you burn 600 plus calories an hour and the Unleash program consists of eight sessions of 60 minutes each. They have an exclusive class preview on July 4 at 5.30 pm.
At Ozone,you can sweat out in style,as the gym has a line-up of fitness activities like body sculpting classes,aerobics,yoga,salsa,Pilates,spinning,massages and also a spa and sauna.
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Harshbir of Platinum Gym is also all set for specific new,plate-loaded machines for strength training at the gym and also a cardio theatre which will have LCD screens and new equipment for members to move ahead with their exercise. We have special ab and cardio classes,physiotherapy sessions,yoga and are constantly innovating, says Harshbir.
Nods Jolly of Fitness First for Women,who has introduced circuit training for his members,which emphasizes on complete personalized training for those who need it the most. The idea,says the trainer is to introduce the members to a variety of exercises,according to the body type,fitness levels and need. This also ensures variety and a lot of emphasis is on giving diet charts and recipes to complement the training process and for better results. Extensive breathing exercises,pilates,yoga,exercises with Swiss ball are all included in the schedules,which are changed constantly so that people dont face a plateau. The results,in terms of fitness and weight loss are amazing and the entire process is more absorbing,so people look forward to the exercise routine, he adds. Fit-o-fit!
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